10 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

10 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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10 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Tofino
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Campbell River
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Nanaimo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Victoria
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  13 h
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Tofino

Tofino ©
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.
On the 1st (Wed), kick back and relax at Chesterman Beach, then kick back and relax at Cox Bay Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Henry's Carving Shed. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Clayoquot Sound, then trek along Walk the Wild Side Trail, and then take in the exciting artwork at Eagle Aerie Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tofino sightseeing planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tofino is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Tofino, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in August, plan for little chillier days in Tofino, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Campbell River.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cox Bay Beach ©
Cox Bay Beach
Clayoquot Sound ©
Clayoquot Sound
Chesterman Beach ©
Chesterman Beach

2
nights
Campbell River

Campbell River ©
Locals may joke Campbell River represents civilization's end on scenic Vancouver Island, yet the city remains a lively hub of tourism consistently packed with nature enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): do a tasting at Coastal Black Estate Winery, look for gifts at Uptown Yarns, then get to know the fascinating history of Air Park, and finally experience rural life at Holly Hill Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Campbell River Whale and Bear Excursions and then get outside with Corilair Charters.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Campbell River sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Tofino to Campbell River takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tofino in August, you will find days in Campbell River are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Campbell River

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Courtenay, Coastal Black Estate Winery, Royston Seaside Trail
Highlights from your plan
Air Park ©
Air Park
I-Hos Gallery ©
I-Hos Gallery
Royston Seaside Trail ©
Royston Seaside Trail

1
night
Nanaimo

Nanaimo ©
Widely regarded as one of Canada's most livable cities, Nanaimo remains both an industrial center and a tourist hub on Vancouver Island.
On the 5th (Sun), do a tasting at Averill Creek Vineyard.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nanaimo online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Campbell River to Nanaimo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Campbell River in August since evenings lows in Nanaimo dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Victoria.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Nature Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Averill Creek Vineyard, Riptide Lagoon
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Protection Island ©
Protection Island
Averill Creek Vineyard ©
Averill Creek Vineyard

3
nights
Victoria

Victoria ©
Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Government House and Inner Harbour. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Sooke Potholes. There's still lots to do: trek along Scenic Marine Route, make a trip to Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater, and stop by Madrona Gallery.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria trip planner .

You can fly from Nanaimo to Victoria in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nanaimo in August, Victoria is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sooke Potholes Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
Scenic Marine Route ©
Scenic Marine Route
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park ©
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park

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