10 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

10 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vancouver Island trip itinerary planner

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Victoria
— 3 nights
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Ladysmith
— 2 nights
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Tofino
— 3 nights
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Victoria

— 3 nights

Garden City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at French Beach Provincial Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Vancouver Island Brewing, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Butchart Gardens, then sample the tasty concoctions at Category 12 Brewing, and then take a leisurely stroll along Inner Harbour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Victoria travel route planner.

Toronto to Victoria is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Toronto to Victoria, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect Victoria to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ladysmith.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ladysmith

— 2 nights
Ladysmith, originally Oyster Harbour, is a town located on the 49th parallel on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. On the 3rd (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, then hike along Holland Creek Hiking Trails, and then walk around Waterwheel Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through The Raptors, then do a tasting at Averill Creek Vineyard, then sample the tasty concoctions at Riot Brewing Co., and finally admire the sheer force of Stocking Creek Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ladysmith online trip maker.

You can drive from Victoria to Ladysmith in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Victoria, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Ladysmith, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tofino.

Things to do in Ladysmith

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tofino

— 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Long Beach Nature Tours as well as Clayoquot Sound. Escape the urban bustle at Chesterman Beach and Wild Pacific Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Tofino side-trips: Ucluelet (Pacific Rim Distilling & Amphitrite Point Lighthouse). Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, stroll through Rainforest Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Roy Henry Vickers Gallery, and look for gifts at Rubio.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tofino trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ladysmith to Tofino takes 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ladysmith in September: highs in Tofino hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Vancouver Island travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Parks · Scenic Walking Areas
Just off Canada's far western coastline, Vancouver Island serves as a sprawling natural playground tailor-made for those looking to "get away from it all." For most visitors on a Vancouver Island vacation means exploring the many sandy beaches, gazing or photographing snowcapped mountains, picking up some adrenaline by biking down rugged trails, and hiking through some of the world's oldest and least-spoiled rainforests. If that doesn't fill up your Vancouver Island itinerary, head to Cowichan Valley, a picture-perfect place ideal for foodies and wine lovers. For modern attractions and a bit of island sophistication, visit Victoria, provincial capital with a distinctly Mediterranean climate.