11 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

11 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vancouver Island trip planner

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Courtenay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nanaimo
— 1 night
Drive
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Sooke
— 1 night
Drive
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Victoria
— 4 nights
Fly

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Courtenay

— 2 nights
Courtenay is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. On the 1st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Puntledge River Hatchery, get a new perspective on nature at Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre, then learn about winemaking at Blue Moon Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial, brush up on your military savvy at The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial, then view the masterpieces at I-Hos Gallery, and finally stroll around Nymph Falls Nature Park.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Courtenay trip itinerary planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Courtenay is an approximately 156-hour travel. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Courtenay. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll travel to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Courtenay

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trip

Nanaimo

— 1 night

Harbor City

Widely regarded as one of Canada's most livable cities, Nanaimo remains both an industrial center and a tourist hub on Vancouver Island.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ladysmith Museum as well as Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, contemplate the long history of The Bastion, then look for gifts at Artzi Stuff, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Morrell Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nanaimo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Courtenay to Nanaimo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Nanaimo can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sooke.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Sooke

— 1 night
Sooke is a district municipality situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Canada. East Sooke Regional Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll around East Sooke Regional Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sooke trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nanaimo to Sooke takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nanaimo in June: high temperatures in Sooke hover around 17°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Sooke

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Victoria

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Royal BC Museum and Eagle Feather Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites and Christ Church Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: hike along Scenic Marine Route, contemplate the waterfront views at Clover Point Park, stroll around Island View Beach Regional Park Campground, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Victoria vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Sooke to Victoria in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Victoria can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Vancouver Island travel guide

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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.