Surfers head out into the swells in Tofino

Tofino, Stanley Park voted B.C.’s ‘best places’ to visit

A new poll of British Columbians has the Park and surfer's paradise one-two atop the province's travel destinations.

The Park edges the beach, just barely, in a ranking of B.C.’s most popular travel spots.

A new poll from Insights West polled British Columbians on their favourite places to visit inside their own province, with Stanley Park (39 per cent) and Tofino (38 per cent) topping the list. Residents were asked to choice their “best places” from 69 options and, while Stanley Park and Tofino stood apart, votes were split across several of B.C.’s landmarks and leisure spots.

“British Columbia’s leisure travellers have a hard time selecting a favourite destination from the many appealing attractions their province has to offer,” said Mario Canseco, the vice president of Public Affairs at Insights West.

“Still, Stanley Park and Tofino were regarded by about two-in-five respondents as visits that cannot be missed.”

Insights West says it polled 600 British Columbians between June 11 and 15, “who have made at least one leisure trip 100 km from home in the past 12 months.”

Granville Island (27 per cent), Butchart Gardens (26 per cent) and the Rocky Mountains (26 per cent) finished on the top five, with Okanagan wineries, English Bay/Spanish Banks, Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands, Whistler Village, and Okanagan Lake finishing the top 10, in that order.

(Okanagan Lake, which finished 10th, still placed on 20 per cent of respondents’ ballots.)

The poll’s youngest demographic, aged 18 to 34, favoured Stanley Park with 46 per cent of their votes. English Bay (33 per cent) and Gastown (23 per cent) also placed high among that age range.

Insights West said notable destinations included Whistler-Blackcomb (19 per cent), Barkerville (17 per cent), Cathedral Grove (16 per cent), and Pacific Rim National Park (15 per cent).

1. Stanley Park

Stanley Park Aerial view

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author Mjrogers50

2. Tofino

Tofino

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author SpezNc

3. Granville Island

Granville Island

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author Taz

4. Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author Jeff Yang

5. Rocky Mountains

Mount Robson in B.C.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author Britannicus

6. Okanagan Wineries

Mission Hill wine

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author Shinsuke Ikegame

7. English Bay/Spanish Banks

English Bay photo

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author Francisco Anzola

8. Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands

Haida Gwaii

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author Waterfront/Karen Neoh

9. Whistler Village

Whistler Village

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author Mogodore

10. Okanagan Lake

Lake Okanagan - Peachland BC

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author TBrandley

Just Posted

Find out what the tax increase will be in your area of the Tri-Port

The Gazette reached out to all three communities financial departments requesting numbers to crunch

Tree falls inches away from Port Hardy home

The tree narrowly missed the residence on Wolleson Street

Port Hardy firefighters to earn money for calls

Council has approved a Fire Department Remuneration policy

A memorial mural will be painted in Port Hardy

The mural will honour lives lost to substance abuse and mental health

VIDEO: North Island Local Hero Awards 2018

On the North Island, we are blessed with many different kinds of heroes.

Trans Mountain pipeline: How we got here

A look at the Kinder Morgan expansion, decades in the making

Passersby help rescue occupants of home as fire breaks out in Courtenay

Coffee run turns into fire rescue for pair of men

Giant beer tanks arrive in new B.C. home city

Molson Coors tanks finish river journey and move to overland trip in Chilliwack

VIDEO: Pipeline supporters rally across B.C.

Five simultaneous events organized by month-old Suits and Boots lobby group

VIDEO: B.C. woman praises burn fund after boat explosion in 1978

White Rock woman was 16 years old when she was left with second- and third-degree burns

B.C.’s Ryan Craig, Vegas Golden Knights chase history

Local product behind bench for expansion team’s incredible championship run

CP rail workers give strike notice

Employees could walk out as early as Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT

RCMP investigating after gunshots fired in Courtenay

Comox Valley RCMP officers are investigating after gunshots rang out in Courtenay… Continue reading

Vancouver Island wife brings husband back to life with CPR, thanks to 911 dispatcher

‘The dispatcher literally taught me CPR over the phone’

Most Read