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Plot your escape to one of the West's best islands--places so lovely you won't want your time there to end

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Vancouver Island, B.C.
Thomas J. Story

Vancouver Island, B.C.

There aren't many temperature-friendly and easily accessible places left in North America that offer as much as northern Vancouver Island does: a shortage of pavement and people, a profusion of serrated mountain peaks, remote lakes, pristine seacoasts, and ubiquitous (but harmless) black bears, especially without braving temperature extremes and traveling long, long distances.

More: British Columbia's island of discovery

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