18 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

18 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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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: Cheers Cowichan Tours (in Cowichan Bay) and Sidney (Van Isle Marina & BC Aviation Museum). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Royal BC Museum, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Bug Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and get a sense of history and politics at Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Victoria day trip tool.

London, UK to Victoria is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Victoria is minus 8 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Victoria can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nanaimo: North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (in Errington), Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park (in Parksville) and Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park (in Qualicum Beach). On the 23rd (Tue), hike the day away at Cowichan Valley trail. There's lots more to do: learn the secrets of beer at Vancouver Island Expeditions, take an in-depth tour of Nanaimo Museum, make a trip to The Worldly Gourmet Kitchen Store, and look for gifts at Bamboozle.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nanaimo online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Victoria to Nanaimo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Nanaimo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tofino: Ucluelet (Pacific Rim Distilling, Wild Pacific Trail, &more). Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. On the 28th (Sun), hike the day away at West Coast Trail. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Long Beach, explore the activities along Clayoquot Sound, stroll through Schooner Cove, and look for all kinds of wild species at Maquinna Provincial Marine Park.

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Getting from Nanaimo to Tofino by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nanaimo in March since evenings lows in Tofino dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Vancouver Island travel guide

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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.