12 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

12 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vancouver Island Trip Planner

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Route & dates

1
Victoria
— 3 nights
2
Parksville
— 2 nights
3
Tofino
— 4 nights

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 Inner Harbour and Craigdarroch Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater and Scenic Marine Route. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through The Butchart Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Government House, have fun and explore at Miniature World, and walk around Beacon Hill Park.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria trip itinerary builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Victoria is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Victoria, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Victoria, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Parksville.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Central Saanich
Highlights from your plan
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater ©
Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour

2
nights
Parksville

Parksville ©
With access to both the sea and mountains, vacations in Parksville appeal to hikers, swimmers, bird-watchers, and amateur photographers.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stroll around Parksville Community Park, walk around Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, and then view the masterpieces at Oceanside Village Artists' Gallery. On the next day, walk around Englishman River Falls Provincial Park and then delve into the lush surroundings at Cathedral Grove.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Parksville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Victoria to Parksville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tofino.

Things to do in Parksville

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Cathedral Grove, Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
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Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park ©
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rainforest Trail and Fishing Charters & Tours. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Schooner Cove, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs Cove, and stroll through Long Beach.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tofino road trip planning tool.

Drive from Parksville to Tofino in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tofino are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Rainforest Trail ©
Rainforest Trail
Schooner Cove ©
Schooner Cove
Hot Springs Cove ©
Hot Springs Cove