18 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

18 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vancouver Island journey maker

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Victoria
— 7 nights
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Nanaimo
— 3 nights
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Tofino
— 6 nights
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Victoria

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Victoria side-trips: Sidney (Van Isle Marina & BC Aviation Museum) and Cheers Cowichan Tours (in Cowichan Bay). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Butchart Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Bug Zoo, see the interesting displays at Royal BC Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Craigdarroch Castle.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Victoria trip site.

London, UK to Victoria is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Victoria. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nanaimo

— 3 nights

Harbor City

Widely regarded as one of Canada's most livable cities, Nanaimo remains both an industrial center and a tourist hub on Vancouver Island.
Explore Nanaimo's surroundings by going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park (in Parksville), North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (in Errington) and Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park (in Qualicum Beach). On the 15th (Tue), hike the day away at Cowichan Valley trail. And it doesn't end there: sample some tasty brews at Vancouver Island Expeditions, get engrossed in the history at Nanaimo Museum, look for gifts at Bamboozle, and don't miss a visit to The Worldly Gourmet Kitchen Store.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nanaimo road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Victoria to Nanaimo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Nanaimo, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tofino

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tofino: Ucluelet (Pacific Rim Distilling, Wild Pacific Trail, &more). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. On the 20th (Sun), hike the day away at West Coast Trail. There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tofino Brewing Company, look for all kinds of wild species at Maquinna Provincial Marine Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Clayoquot Sound.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tofino road trip planner.

You can drive from Nanaimo to Tofino in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Nanaimo in June, Tofino is slightly colder at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Vancouver Island travel guide

4.4
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.