Those unfamiliar with Vancouver Island may not realize that this temperate landmass, rising from the waters of the Pacific Ocean off Canada’s west coast, has been a plentiful area since the advent of written history. Local First Nations, occupying the island for some eight to twelve thousand years before this, would most certainly agree. With accounts from early explorers heralding an abundant and seemingly endless supply of food, furs, timber, gold, and gems, it is clear that Vancouver Island was unlike anywhere else they had seen before. The deep spiritual connection the local first nations developed with the sacred land, wildlife, and waters that surround Vancouver Island are often celebrated through their vibrant and unique artwork that both adorns and is synonymous with Vancouver Island.
Named for the Queen of England, the province’s capital of Victoria is named after the queen and subsequently had to be built to suit starting in 1847. The southern island is peppered with colonial buildings, fortifications and castles of eras past, where coal and timber barons and baronesses even royalty would feel at ease. Vancouver Island is now home to some of the most exclusive, sought-after and expensive addresses, accommodation, hospitality, services and products in Canada. From fine distilled spirits, award-winning vineyards to a variety of celebrated craft producers and a multitude of local organic food sources, Vancouver Island has fortified a prestigious and internationally recognized hospitality industry over the past 170 or so years.
This is VILL’s niche; an insider’s perspective to all that is luxury on Vancouver Island. We aim to explore, celebrate, and indulge in the finest offerings the Island can provide, all for your benefit. We are made up of disproportionate parts regular patrons of the finest establishments, and industry hardened hospitality veterans that perpetually surpass the level of service the local “regulars” and discerning international visitors have come to expect. Our backgrounds provide extraordinary expertise with Luxury Real Estate, Boutique Hotels, Fine Dining, Exotic Cars, Yachting and the finer points of other leisurely pursuits on and around Vancouver Island. Our team looks to reshape the world’s vision of Vancouver Island luxury lifestyle through our exclusive online publication VILL.
NOUN: the state of great comfort and extravagant living.
ORIGIN Latin derived luxus for “excess” became luxrie-luxure in Old French and eventually into middle English. The earliest current sense dates from the mid 17th century.
ORIGIN Early 17th century: from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin villa ‘country house’.