Later, early settlers arrived, stripping resources, culture and freedoms from the original peoples.
Many modern historians also believe that there was a deliberate calculated genocide inflicted upon the First Nations people. Paterson claims that there are at least 28 abandoned ghost towns on Vancouver Island today.
Many areas are home to old growth forest with some individual trees believed to be over a thousand years old and some whole forest areas believed to be over 700 years old.
The tallest known tree in Canada is located on Vancouver Island and stands at 95 meters (315 feet) tall.
The Vancouver Island coast is part of the infamous Graveyard of the Pacific.