Nanaimo often feels like the mainland to residents, even though it's an island city. This isn't far from the truth, since Vancouver Island is the largest North American island in the Pacific Ocean, stretching approximately 500km northwest to southeast, and 200 km east to west, with 3440 km of spectacular coastline. The island is home to more than 750,000 residents, and covers 32,261 square kilometres, making it about the same size as Holland.
Vancouver Island is home to many bustling communities from the large (Victoria) to the small (Bamfield). If you're travelling the Island, this handy distance chart will give you an idea of how far you might be going on a given road trip (and whether you should pack a snack or a full lunch!), so you can plan accordingly.
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