22 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

22 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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22 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:  1 h 15 min
3
Qualicum Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Port Renfrew
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Victoria
— 9 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tofino: Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). The adventure continues: trek along Pacific Rim National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainforest Trail, kick back and relax at Long Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Maquinna Provincial Marine Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tofino trip website.

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 difference when traveling from Toronto to Tofino is minus 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in August: high temperatures in Tofino hover around 22°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive 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
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

4
nights
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.
Explore Campbell River's surroundings by going to Courtenay (Blue Moon Winery & Air Park) and Mount Washington Alpine Resort (in Mount Washington). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Corilair Charters, snap pictures at Elk Falls Suspension Bridge, and get engrossed in the history at The Museum at Campbell River.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Campbell River trip planner.

You can drive from Tofino to Campbell River in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tofino in August: highs in Campbell River hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Qualicum Beach.

Things to do in Campbell River

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Courtenay, China Beach, Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
China Beach ©
China Beach
The Museum at Campbell River ©
The Museum at Campbell River

2
nights
Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach ©
Qualicum Beach is a town located on Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Heritage Forest, immerse yourself in nature at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Cathedral Grove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Island Scallops, then walk around Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally walk around Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Qualicum Beach road trip planner.

You can drive from Campbell River to Qualicum Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Port Renfrew.

Things to do in Qualicum Beach

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Cathedral Grove
Highlights from your plan
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park ©
Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

1
night
Port Renfrew

Port Renfrew ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Avatar Grove, then kick back and relax at Sombrio Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Botanical Beach Provincial Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Renfrew planner.

You can drive from Qualicum Beach to Port Renfrew in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Port Renfrew

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Beach Provincial Park ©
Botanical Beach Provincial Park
Avatar Grove ©
Avatar Grove
Sombrio Beach ©
Sombrio Beach

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Victoria: Goldstream Provincial Park (in Langford), Sooke (East Sooke Regional Park & French Beach Provincial Park) and Cowichan-Chemainus Historic Scenic Route (in Duncan). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Butchart Gardens, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the long history of British Columbia Parliament Buildings, and explore the historical opulence of Craigdarroch Castle.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Victoria online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Renfrew to Victoria in 2 hours. Traveling from Port Renfrew in August, expect nights in Victoria to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Central Saanich, Sidney, Sooke, Mount Douglas Park, West Coast Trail
Highlights from your plan
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
Craigdarroch Castle ©
Craigdarroch Castle

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