20 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

20 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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Victoria
— 5 nights
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Nanaimo
— 4 nights
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Campbell River
— 2 nights
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Port Hardy
— 3 nights
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Tofino
— 4 nights

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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.
Explore Victoria's surroundings by going to Sooke (East Sooke Regional Park & French Beach Provincial Park). The adventure continues: go for a walk through The Butchart Gardens, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, walk around Beacon Hill Park, and admire the natural beauty at Victoria Butterfly Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Victoria trip itinerary planning app.

Manchester, UK to Victoria is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Victoria is minus 8 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sooke, Central Saanich, West Coast Trail
Highlights from your plan
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
Royal BC Museum ©
Royal BC Museum

4
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nanaimo: Cathedral Grove (in Port Alberni), Qualicum Beach (Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park & Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park) and Parksville (Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park & Little Qualicum Cheeseworks). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Harbourfront Walkway, stroll around Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Raptors.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nanaimo vacation site.

You can drive from Victoria to Nanaimo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nanaimo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Campbell River.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Cathedral Grove, The Raptors, Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Newcastle Island ©
Newcastle Island

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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.
On the 11th (Fri), snap pictures at Elk Falls Suspension Bridge, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Campbell River trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Nanaimo to Campbell River in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nanaimo in September, Campbell River is slightly colder at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Port Hardy.

Things to do in Campbell River

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Elk Falls Provincial Park ©
Elk Falls Provincial Park

3
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Port Hardy

Port Hardy ©
Port Hardy is a district municipality in British Columbia, Canada located on the northeastern end of Vancouver Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Hardy: Sointula (Beautiful Bay Trail & Sointula Museum), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Port McNeill) and Telegraph Cove (The Whale Interpretive Centre & Telegraph Cove). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre, see the interesting displays at Port Hardy Museum & Archives, don't miss a visit to World 's largest Burl, and stroll around Carrot Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Hardy tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Campbell River to Port Hardy in 3 hours. When traveling from Campbell River in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Hardy, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Port Hardy

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Sointula, Port McNeill, Telegraph Cove
Highlights from your plan
Telegraph Cove ©
Telegraph Cove
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Interpretive Centre ©
The Whale Interpretive Centre

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tofino: Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pacific Rim National Park, stop by Mermaid Tales Bookshop, get interesting insight from Tours, and take an in-depth tour of Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tofino route planning app.

Traveling by car from Port Hardy to Tofino takes 6 hours. In September in Tofino, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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

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