It takes six hours to drive from one end of Vancouver Island to the other. An island that is as big as Austria. And it is just an hour and a half away from Vancouver city. Which sums up Canada holidays rather beautifully really. Wilderness is always just a heartbeat away. You can hike for days, paddle on pristine lakes and rivers, ski on Mount Washington, see grizzly bears, cycle a plethora of mountain paths and visit Aboriginal communities - phew!