17 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

17 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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Tofino
— 4 nights
Drive
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Campbell River
— 2 nights
Drive
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Parksville
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Victoria
— 8 nights
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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.
Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Chesterman Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Tofino's surroundings by going to Ucluelet (Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, Wild Pacific Trail, &more). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. On the 27th (Tue), hike the day away at West Coast Trail. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Clayoquot Sound, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cox Bay Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tofino tour itinerary maker website.

Vancouver to Tofino is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Vancouver in July, expect Tofino to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Campbell River.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

2
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Campbell River

Salmon Capital of the World

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.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the views from Elk Falls Suspension Bridge and then experience the excitement of Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get engrossed in the history at The Museum at Campbell River, and then get to know the resident critters at Holly Hill Farm.

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You can drive from Tofino to Campbell River in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Tofino, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Campbell River, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Parksville.

Things to do in Campbell River

Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games · Trails

Side Trip

2
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Parksville

Jewel of Vancouver Island

With access to both the sea and mountains, vacations in Parksville appeal to hikers, swimmers, bird-watchers, and amateur photographers.
On the 1st (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Moorecroft Regional Park, stroll around Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Englishman River, then experience rural life at Tiger Lily Farm, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): explore the galleries of Robert Held Art GLass, stroll around Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, then stroll around Parksville Community Park, and finally find something for the whole family at Paradise Fun Park.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Parksville online itinerary maker.

Getting from Campbell River to Parksville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Parksville

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

8
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Victoria

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.
Bring the kids along to The Butchart Gardens and Craigdarroch Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Sooke (French Beach Provincial Park & East Sooke Regional Park), Sidney Spit Marine Park (in Sidney) and Goldstream Provincial Park (in Langford). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal BC Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Inner Harbour, stroll around Beacon Hill Park, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Victoria trip planning website.

Getting from Parksville to Victoria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Victoria sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Vancouver Island travel guide

4.3
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.