14 days in Tofino & Nanaimo Itinerary

14 days in Tofino & Nanaimo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  2 h 30 min
1
Tofino
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Nanaimo
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
End: Vancouver

6
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.
Step out of Tofino to go to Ucluelet and see Wild Pacific Trail, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Chesterman Beach, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs Cove, and identify plant and animal life at Maquinna Provincial Marine Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tofino trip itinerary planner.

Vancouver to Tofino is an approximately 2.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Vancouver in August, expect Tofino to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Wild Pacific Trail
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Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Chesterman Beach ©
Chesterman Beach

7
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nanaimo: Victoria (Miniature World, Royal BC Museum, &more) and Central Saanich (The Butchart Gardens & Victoria Butterfly Gardens). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Harbourfront Walkway, stroll around Maffeo Sutton Park, look for gifts at Cherub Chocolate, and contemplate the long history of The Bastion.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nanaimo trip builder tool.

You can drive from Tofino to Nanaimo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Tofino in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nanaimo, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Victoria, Central Saanich, The Worldly Gourmet Kitchen Store
Highlights from your plan
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
Royal BC Museum ©
Royal BC Museum

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