18 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

18 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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18 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Tofino
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Campbell River
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Victoria
— 8 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Toronto

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tofino side-trips: Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail, Pacific Rim Distilling, &more). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Pacific Rim National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainforest Trail, kick back and relax at Long Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Clayoquot Sound.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tofino online attractions planner.

Toronto to Tofino is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect Tofino to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Campbell River.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ucluelet, Wickaninnish Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wild Pacific Trail ©
Wild Pacific Trail

4
nights
Campbell River

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Campbell River: Cathedral Grove (in Port Alberni), Blue Moon Winery (in Courtenay) and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park (in Parksville). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, play a few rounds at Storey Creek Golf Course, get to know the resident critters at Holly Hill Farm, and fly down the slopes at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Campbell River vacation builder site.

You can drive from Tofino to Campbell River in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Tofino, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Campbell River, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Victoria.

Things to do in Campbell River

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Cathedral Grove, China Beach, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Blue Moon Winery
Highlights from your plan
China Beach ©
China Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Victoria: Goldstream Provincial Park (in Langford), East Sooke Regional Park (in Sooke) and Cowichan-Chemainus Historic Scenic Route (in Duncan). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at The Butchart Gardens, see the interesting displays at Miniature World, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the historical opulence of Craigdarroch Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Victoria tour planner.

You can drive from Campbell River to Victoria in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Campbell River in August, you will find days in Victoria are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Central Saanich, Goldstream Provincial Park, West Coast Trail, East Sooke Regional Park, Cowichan-Chemainus Historic Scenic Route
Highlights from your plan
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
Craigdarroch Castle ©
Craigdarroch Castle

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