12 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

12 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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Tofino
— 1 night
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Victoria
— 3 nights
3
Sidney
— 2 nights
4
Parksville
— 2 nights
5
Ucluelet
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Pacific Rim National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Dockside Smoked Fish Store and then explore the activities along Clayoquot Sound.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tofino travel itinerary planner.

Toronto to Tofino is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Toronto to Tofino, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Tofino is slightly colder than Toronto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Tofino

Nature · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Clayoquot Sound ©
Clayoquot Sound
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Dockside Smoked Fish Store ©
Dockside Smoked Fish Store

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Inner Harbour and Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Munro's Books and Russell Books. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Victoria: Sooke (East Sooke Regional Park & French Beach Provincial Park). There's still lots to do: hike along Galloping Goose Regional Trail, see the interesting displays at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, and explore the historical opulence of Craigdarroch Castle.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Victoria road trip planner.

Drive from Tofino to Victoria in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in Victoria sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sidney.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Sooke, Galloping Goose Regional Trail
Highlights from your plan
East Sooke Regional Park ©
East Sooke Regional Park
French Beach Provincial Park ©
French Beach Provincial Park
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park ©
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park

2
nights
Sidney

Sidney ©
Sitting on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island, the port town of Sidney serves as an important stop on several ferry and cruise-liner routes.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at The Butchart Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, then take in the exciting artwork at Peninsula Gallery, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Beacon Park. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sidney attractions tool.

Sidney is just a short distance from Victoria. When traveling from Victoria in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sidney, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Parksville.

Things to do in Sidney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Central Saanich, Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park ©
Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park
Victoria Butterfly Gardens ©
Victoria Butterfly Gardens

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 17th (Wed): look for gifts at Robert Held Art GLass, take a peaceful walk through Heritage Forest, and then kick back and relax at Beach Front Park. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Tiger Lily Farm and then admire the natural beauty at Milner Gardens & Woodland - Vancouver Island University.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Parksville trip builder app.

You can drive from Sidney to Parksville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ucluelet.

Things to do in Parksville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Qualicum Beach, Tiger Lily Farm
Highlights from your plan
Heritage Forest ©
Heritage Forest
Tiger Lily Farm ©
Tiger Lily Farm

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nights
Ucluelet

Ucluelet ©
A haven for surfers on Canada's west coast, the small town of Ucluelet offers rugged, rocky scenery to complement the powerful waves that crash against its shores.
On the 19th (Fri), stop by Image West Gifts, see what you can catch with Hot Pursuit Salmon & Halibut Charters, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Pacific Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Cedar House Gallery - Huu Mees Ma As, visit a coastal fixture at Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, and then stroll through Brady's Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ucluelet online journey planner.

You can drive from Parksville to Ucluelet in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Ucluelet are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ucluelet

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Brady's Beach
Highlights from your plan
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse ©
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
Wild Pacific Trail ©
Wild Pacific Trail
Hot Pursuit Salmon & Halibut Charters ©
Hot Pursuit Salmon & Halibut Charters

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