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Top Choice Museum in Alert Bay

U'mista Cultural Centre

This must-see longhouse-like facility proudly displays dozens of culturally priceless indigenous artifacts confiscated when potlatch ceremonies were outlawed in Canada. Distributed to museums and collections around …
Top Choice Museum in Victoria

Miniature World

Tucked along the side of the Empress Hotel, this old-school hidden gem is a must-see, especially if you appreciate the craft of extremely intricate model-making. Lined with dozens of diminutive diorama scenes, divid…
Top Choice Museum in Victoria

Craigdarroch Castle

One of Canada's finest stately home attractions, this elegant turreted mansion illuminates the lives of the city's Victorian-era super-rich. Lined with sumptuous wood paneling and stained-glass windows, the rooms ar…
Top Choice International in Nanaimo

Gabriel's Gourmet Café

An expanded new location for Nanaimo's best farm-to-table eatery (check out the tables made from old bowling-alley wood) means a larger menu of international-influenced comfort dishes. But some things never change, …
Top Choice Pub in Nanaimo

Crow and Gate

With Nanaimo's decidedly underwhelming bar scene, it's worth heading out of town (with designated driver, of course) to BC's best Brit-style pub. With a dark, wood-beam interior and a lip-smacking menu of housemade …
Top Choice Museum in Victoria

Royal BC Museum

Start in the natural history gallery of BC's best museum and say hello to the hulking woolly mammoth exhibit. From there, wander alongside evocative dioramas, then head up to the First Peoples exhibit with its fasci…
Top Choice Seafood in Victoria

Red Fish Blue Fish

On the waterfront boardwalk at the foot of Broughton St, this freight-container takeout shack serves fresh-made, finger-licking sustainable seafood. Highlights include jerk fish poutine, amazing chowder and tempura-…
Top Choice Bar in Victoria

Drake

Victoria's best taphouse, this redbrick hangout has more than 30 amazing craft drafts, typically including revered BC producers Townsite, Driftwood and Four Winds. Arrive on a rainy afternoon and you'll find yoursel…
Top Choice Pub in Victoria

Garrick's Head Pub

Great spot to dive into BC's brilliant craft-beer scene. Pull up a seat at the long bar and you'll be faced with 55-plus taps serving a comprehensive menu of beers from Driftwood, Phillips, Hoyne and beyond. There a…
Diner in North Vancouver Island

Cable Cook House Cafe

Whether you're driving up or down island, look for road signs to Sayward and you'll soon find yourself double-taking at the quirkiest streetside diner you've ever seen. Enveloped in 2,500-meters of thick steel cable…