Vancouver Island has been selected as one of the top 10 best regions to visit in 2022.
The island was the only Canadian destination to make the annual list of top 10 by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022, the globally recognized guidebook and travel publishing company.
Lonely Planet’s number one region for 2022 is the Westfjords, Iceland; West Virginia, USA comes in second; and Xingshuabanna, China is third. Vancouver Island is number nine of 10.
“We are honoured to receive such positive recognition for Vancouver Island at a time when our tourism industry is embarking on a road to recovery,” says Anthony Everett, president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island. “As international visitors begin to travel again, they will look to trusted travel authorities such as Lonely Planet for direction on which destinations to choose first.”
This year’s edition places particular emphasis on the best sustainable travel experiences, ensuring travellers will have a positive impact wherever they choose to go. Each destination is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor and ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism practices.
“This criteria is particularly meaningful given Tourism Vancouver Island’s dedication to developing and promoting responsible and sustainable travel in the Vancouver Island region,” adds Janet Docherty, chair of Tourism Vancouver Island’s board of directors. “We thank the residents of Vancouver Island for contributing to making the region a special place to live and visit.”