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Sooke Potholes - Vancouver Island

Unique Landscapes of Vancouver Island

Though only measuring 450km in length, Vancouver Island has an incredible diversity of landscapes and scenery. From small, desert-like islands sheltered by the rain shadow to mountains stretching more than two kilometers into the sky, the island is home to almost every landscape that BC has to offer. Separated from the mainland on the subduction zone between the Juan de Fuca and North American tectonic plates, Vancouver Island has a unique geological makeup, and is part of the Insular range of mountains, which stretches all the way to the Haida Gwaii.


Described in this section are a few of the more notable landscapes on Vancouver Island. Chosen for their variety, uniqueness, and importance to the history of Vancouver Island, these landscapes typify what this remarkable place has to offer. While there are undoubtedly many more that are worth mentioning, the ten landscapes outlined here represent a range of geological and geographical features spanning the island on both coasts from the very north in Cape Scott Provincial Park to the very south, at the Sooke Potholes.



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