10 days in British Columbia Itinerary

10 days in British Columbia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock British Columbia visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Vancouver
Drive
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Squamish
— 1 night
Drive
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Whistler
— 3 nights
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Drive to Horseshoe Bay, BC, Ferry to Nanaimo Departure Bay, Drive to Qualicum Beach
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Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 3 nights
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Drive to Nanaimo Departure Bay, Ferry to Horseshoe Bay, BC, Drive to Vancouver
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Vancouver
— 1 night
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Vancouver

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vancouver trip builder.

Toronto to Vancouver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Vancouver due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Vancouver are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 4th (Wed), you're off to Squamish.

Things to do in Vancouver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Squamish

— 1 night

Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada

Easily accessible from both Whistler and Vancouver, little Squamish sits in the middle of one of Canada's scenic natural areas, affectionately called the "Sea to Sky Country." A vacation in Squamish provides the perfect opportunity to try a range of outdoor activities, so it's not surprising the town calls itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada." Visitors get their dose of adrenaline by rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, golfing, whitewater rafting, or kite surfing in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Squamish Rafting Company.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Squamish trip planner.

You can drive from Vancouver to Squamish in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whistler.

Things to do in Squamish

Adventure · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Whistler

— 3 nights
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
You've added The Whistler Train Wreck Trail, Peak 2 Peak Gondola, Nairn Falls Provincial Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): stroll around Joffre Lakes Provincial Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nairn Falls Provincial Park.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Whistler route builder app.

Traveling by car from Squamish to Whistler takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Qualicum Beach.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks · Outdoors · Transportation · Trails

Side Trip

Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island

— 1 night
Qualicum Beach is a town located on Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. Englishman River Falls Provincial Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Sun), walk around Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, stroll around Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Front Park. On the next day, take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Grove and then immerse yourself in nature at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Qualicum Beach planner.

Getting from Whistler to Qualicum Beach by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tofino.

Things to do in Qualicum Beach

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Tofino, Vancouver Island

— 3 nights
A tiny settlement on Vancouver Island's wild western coastline, surfers' favorite Tofino occupies a scenic location at the edge of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): kick back and relax at Long Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Pacific Trail, and then stroll through Rainforest Trail. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Chesterman Beach, and then kick back and relax at Cox Bay Beach.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tofino road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Qualicum Beach to Tofino takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Tofino, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Vancouver.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Vancouver

— 1 night

Hollywood North

Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take a stroll through Granville Island.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vancouver itinerary planning website.

Fly from Tofino to Vancouver in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Tofino, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Vancouver, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 59°F. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Vancouver

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

British Columbia travel guide

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Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Wineries & Vineyards
Approximately four times as large as Great Britain, the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia remains a sparsely populated land of soaring mountains, picture-perfect coastlines, and dense forests filled with a diverse wildlife. Ideal for active and adventurous vacationers, British Columbia holidays usually include a blend of wilderness experiences and tours of urban attractions. Most visitors come here to kayak, whale watch, ski, snowboard, golf, fish, surf, and hike through 4 national parks and 140 ecological reserves. For a comprehensive British Columbia tour, make sure your visit includes stops in Vancouver and Victoria, two big cities packed with modern attractions and perfectly positioned for exploring this part of North America.