30 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

30 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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Port Hardy
— 4 nights
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Ucluelet
— 6 nights
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Nanaimo
— 8 nights
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Victoria
— 11 nights
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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: Port Alice (Marble River Provincial Park, JC Pacific Charters, &more) and Sointula (Mateoja Heritage Trail, Sointula Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Beaver Harbour Park (Storey's Beach), take in the waterfront activity at Port McNeil Harbor, examine the collection at Port Hardy Museum & Archives, and make a trip to Carrot Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Hardy tour itinerary maker website.

Vancouver to Port Hardy is an approximately 4-hour flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Vancouver in April since evenings lows in Port Hardy dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ucluelet.

Things to do in Port Hardy

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

6
nights
Ucluelet

A haven for surfers on Canada's west coast, the small town of Ucluelet offers rugged, rocky scenery to complement the powerful waves that crash against its shores.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ucluelet: Tofino (Cox Bay Beach, Clayoquot Sound, &more). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Pacific Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, enjoy the sea views from Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, and view the masterpieces at Reflecting Spirit Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ucluelet trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Hardy to Ucluelet takes 6 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ucluelet are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Ucluelet

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

8
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Nanaimo

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: Courtenay (Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery, Paradise Plants Garden Centre, &more), Parksville (Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company, Spas, &more) and The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial (in Comox). On the 19th (Mon), hike the day away at Cowichan Valley trail. Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at Vancouver Island Expeditions, stroll around Colliery Dam Park, go for a walk through Harbourfront Walkway, and hike along Holland Creek Hiking Trails.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nanaimo trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Ucluelet to Nanaimo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in Nanaimo sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

11
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Victoria

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Victoria: Goldstream Provincial Park (in Langford), Cowichan-Chemainus Historic Scenic Route (in Duncan) and Sooke (Fishing Charters & Tours, East Sooke Regional Park, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Butchart Gardens, see the interesting displays at Royal BC Museum, take in the waterfront at Inner Harbour, and get a sense of history and politics at Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria road trip app.

Traveling by car from Nanaimo to Victoria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Vancouver Island travel guide

4.3
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.