17 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

17 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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17 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Ucluelet
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Campbell River
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Comox
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Nanaimo
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Duncan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Victoria
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
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 27th (Fri), stroll through Wild Pacific Trail. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, then sample the fine beverages at Pacific Rim Distilling, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pacific Rim National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ucluelet travel route builder site .

Toronto to Ucluelet is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Toronto in September, with highs in Ucluelet at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Campbell River.

Things to do in Ucluelet

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Tofino
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Chesterman Beach ©
Chesterman Beach

2
nights
Campbell River

Locals may joke Campbell River represents civilization's end on scenic Vancouver Island, yet the city remains a lively hub of tourism consistently packed with nature enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Quinsam River Hatchery, get engrossed in the history at The Museum at Campbell River, then walk around Elk Falls Provincial Park, and finally take in the views from Elk Falls Suspension Bridge.

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You can drive from Ucluelet to Campbell River in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Campbell River sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Comox.

Things to do in Campbell River

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Museum at Campbell River ©
The Museum at Campbell River
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Comox

Comox ©
Comox is a town of 13,000 people located on the southern coast of the Comox Peninsula in the Georgia Strait on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. On the 2nd (Wed), walk around Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park, brush up on your military savvy at Comox Air Force Museum, then do a tasting at 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Comox Fisherman's Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Deep Bay Marine Field Station, savor the flavors at Comox Valley Farmers' Market, then brush up on your military savvy at The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial, and finally walk around Goose Spit Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Comox trip maker website .

You can drive from Campbell River to Comox in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Comox are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Comox

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Comox Air Force Museum, Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Highlights from your plan

2
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.
On the 4th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, stroll around Neck Point Park, and then go for a walk through Harbourfront Walkway. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, then walk around Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Newcastle Island.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nanaimo online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Comox to Nanaimo in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Comox in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nanaimo, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Duncan.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Parksville, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Newcastle Island ©
Newcastle Island

2
nights
Duncan

Duncan ©
Duncan is a city on southern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. On the 6th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Chemainus Festival Of Murals Society, look for all kinds of wild species at The Raptors, then examine the collection at B.C. Forest Discovery Centre, and finally pause for some photo ops at Duncan Totem Poles. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Cowichan Valley trail, then take in the views from Kinsol Trestle, and then make a trip to Cowichan-Chemainus Historic Scenic Route.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Duncan trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Nanaimo to Duncan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nanaimo in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Duncan, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Duncan

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinsol Trestle, Chemainus Festival Of Murals Society, Cowichan Valley trail
Highlights from your plan
B.C. Forest Discovery Centre ©
B.C. Forest Discovery Centre
Kinsol Trestle ©
Kinsol Trestle
Chemainus Festival Of Murals Society ©

6
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.
Take a break from Victoria with a short trip to East Sooke Regional Park in Sooke, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at The Butchart Gardens, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stroll around Beacon Hill Park, and see the interesting displays at Royal BC Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Victoria trip planner .

Traveling by car from Duncan to Victoria takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Victoria are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Central Saanich, East Sooke Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Royal BC Museum ©
Royal BC Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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