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North Vancouver Island/Canada

Introducing North Vancouver Island

Down-islanders (which means anyone below Campbell River) will tell you, 'There's nothing up there worth seeing,' while locals here will respond, 'They would say that, wouldn't they?' Parochial rivalries aside, what this giant region, covering nearly half the island, lacks in towns, infrastructure and population, it more than makes up for in rugged natural beauty. Despite the remoteness, some areas are remarkably accessible to hardy hikers, especially along the North Coast Trail.

Spotting black bears feasting on roadside berries soon becomes commonplace up here, but you'll also appreciate many of the quirky locals who color the region: northerners have a hardy, independent streak that marks them out from the south-island softies. For further information on the region, check in with Vancouver Island North.