17 days in British Columbia Itinerary

17 days in British Columbia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock British Columbia journey planner

Make it your trip
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Vancouver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Squamish
— 2 nights
Drive
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Whistler
— 3 nights
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Drive to Horseshoe Bay, BC, Ferry to Nanaimo Departure Bay, Drive to Tofino
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Tofino
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Renfrew
— 2 nights
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Victoria
— 4 nights
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Drive to Swartz Bay, Ferry to Tsawwassen, Drive to Vancouver

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Vancouver

— 2 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
On the 25th (Wed), spend a day ambling around Stanley Park. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Vancouver Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Vancouver Lookout, and stop by Granville Island.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vancouver route planning site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Vancouver. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Squamish.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Squamish

— 2 nights

Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada

Easily accessible from both Whistler and Vancouver, little Squamish sits in the middle of one of Canada's scenic natural areas, affectionately called the "Sea to Sky Country." A vacation in Squamish provides the perfect opportunity to try a range of outdoor activities, so it's not surprising the town calls itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada." Visitors get their dose of adrenaline by rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, golfing, whitewater rafting, or kite surfing in the area.
On the 27th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Brackendale Art Gallery Theatre Teahouse, then immerse yourself in nature at Alice Lake Provincial Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Stawamus Chief Park.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Squamish travel planner.

Drive from Vancouver to Squamish in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Squamish are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Whistler.

Things to do in Squamish

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Whistler

— 3 nights
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
Whistler is known for adventure, winter sports, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Spicy Sports, and walk around Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Whistler, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Squamish to Whistler in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Clayoquot Sound, hike along Rainforest Trail, kick back and relax at Long Beach, and stroll through Chesterman Beach.

Make your Tofino itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Whistler to Tofino in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Whistler, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tofino, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Renfrew.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Port Renfrew

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on Big Tree Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Botanical Beach Provincial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at China Beach and then stroll through Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Renfrew day trip planner.

You can drive from Tofino to Port Renfrew in 5 hours. Traveling from Tofino in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Port Renfrew. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Port Renfrew

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Victoria is known for museums, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at The Butchart Gardens, examine the collection at Royal BC Museum, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and explore the historical opulence of Craigdarroch Castle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Victoria driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Port Renfrew to Victoria takes 2 hours. Traveling from Port Renfrew in September, Victoria is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

British Columbia travel guide

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Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Wineries & Vineyards
Approximately four times as large as Great Britain, the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia remains a sparsely populated land of soaring mountains, picture-perfect coastlines, and dense forests filled with a diverse wildlife. Ideal for active and adventurous vacationers, British Columbia holidays usually include a blend of wilderness experiences and tours of urban attractions. Most visitors come here to kayak, whale watch, ski, snowboard, golf, fish, surf, and hike through 4 national parks and 140 ecological reserves. For a comprehensive British Columbia tour, make sure your visit includes stops in Vancouver and Victoria, two big cities packed with modern attractions and perfectly positioned for exploring this part of North America.