31 days in British Columbia Itinerary

31 days in British Columbia Itinerary

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Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 3 nights
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Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
— 4 nights
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Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 5 nights
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Drive to Swartz Bay, Ferry to Tsawwassen, Drive to Whistler
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Whistler
— 4 nights
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Osoyoos
— 2 nights
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Kelowna
— 4 nights
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Yoho National Park
— 1 night
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Revelstoke
— 4 nights
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Clearwater
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Tofino, Vancouver Island

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Amphitrite Point Lighthouse and Fishing Charters & Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Rainforest Trail and Cox Bay Beach. On the 3rd (Sat), hike the day away at West Coast Trail. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Schooner Cove, explore the activities along Clayoquot Sound, and explore the galleries of Roy Henry Vickers Gallery.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tofino trip itinerary planner.

Toronto to Tofino is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Tofino due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, things will get a bit cooler in Tofino: highs are around 21°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park and North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to The Raptors and Newcastle Island. Get out of town with these interesting Nanaimo side-trips: Parksville (Parksville Community Park, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, &more), Chemainus Festival Of Murals Society (in Chemainus) and Englishman River Falls Provincial Park (in Errington). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Pipers Lagoon Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Maffeo Sutton Park, get a dose of the wild on Vancouver Island Whale Watch, and take in the pleasant sights at Harbourfront Walkway.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nanaimo day trip planner.

You can drive from Tofino to Nanaimo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tofino in July since evenings lows in Nanaimo dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Victoria, Vancouver Island

— 5 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 some historical perspective at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites and Hatley Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Victoria Butterfly Gardens and Scenic Marine Route. Change things up with these side-trips from Victoria: Sidney Whale Watching (in Sidney) and Sooke (Fishing Charters & Tours, East Sooke Regional Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, hike along Galloping Goose Regional Trail, get a sense of history and politics at Government House, and don't miss a visit to Government Street.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Victoria online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nanaimo to Victoria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nanaimo in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Victoria, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whistler.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Whistler

— 4 nights
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
Escape the urban bustle at Brandywine Falls Provincial Park and Garibaldi Provincial Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park and Whistler Valley Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Squamish (Squamish Oceanfront Interpretive Trail, Shannon Falls Provincial Park, &more). The adventure continues: tee off at Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, get outside with Vallea Lumina, trek along The Whistler Train Wreck Trail, and ski along the peaceful trails at Callaghan Country's Alexander Falls Touring Centre.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Victoria to Whistler in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Victoria in July, expect nights in Whistler to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Osoyoos.

Things to do in Whistler

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Osoyoos

— 2 nights
Thanks to favorable year-round weather and plenty of fresh water, the area surrounding Osoyoos remains a top producer of fruit and wine.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Anarchist Mountain Lookout, then contemplate the waterfront views at Osoyoos Lake, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally learn about winemaking at Rust Wine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, then see the interesting displays at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Osoyoos Desert Centre, and finally learn about winemaking at Silver Sage Winery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Osoyoos tour planner.

Traveling by car from Whistler to Osoyoos takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Whistler in July: high temperatures in Osoyoos hover around 38°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Kelowna.

Things to do in Osoyoos

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Kelowna

— 4 nights

Orchard City

At the heart of British Columbia's wine country, Kelowna is at once both urban and rural, featuring a modern downtown encircled by picturesque hills carpeted with vineyards and orchards.
Get outdoors at Lake Okanagan and Kettle Valley Steam Railway. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Boyce-Gyro Beach Park and Waterfront Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kelowna: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Penticton) and Dirty Laundry Vineyard (in Summerland). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, do a tasting at The Vibrant Vine, stop by Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm, and admire the natural beauty at Kasugai Japanese Garden.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kelowna driving holiday app.

Drive from Osoyoos to Kelowna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Yoho National Park.

Things to do in Kelowna

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Yoho National Park

— 1 night
Named after the Cree word used to express awe, Yoho National Park encompasses awe-inspiring natural wonders, including tall waterfalls, soaking peaks, and vertical rock walls attracting adrenaline junkies from around the globe.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): trek along Wapta Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Takakkaw Falls.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yoho National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kelowna to Yoho National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Kelowna to Yoho National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Yoho National Park sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Revelstoke.

Things to do in Yoho National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Revelstoke

— 4 nights
At first glance, Revelstoke may seem like it's in the middle of nowhere.
Visiting Revelstoke Mountain Resort and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail and Skytrek Adventure Park. On the 28th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Glacier National Park. There's still lots to do: cruise along Meadows in the Sky Parkway, see a world frozen in time at Three Valley Gap Ghost Town, see the interesting displays at Revelstoke Railway Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Revelstoke trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yoho National Park to Revelstoke in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yoho National Park to Revelstoke due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yoho National Park in July, with highs in Revelstoke at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Clearwater.

Things to do in Revelstoke

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Clearwater

— 3 nights
Although forestry remains the area's major employer, Clearwater tourism thrives thanks to the region's good opportunities for outdoor activities on six big lakes and four rivers.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Dawson Falls, admire the sheer force of Helmcken Falls, and then get outside with Battle Mountain Equine Enterprises Inc.. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Moul Falls Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at River Safari, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wells Gray Provincial Park.

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Traveling by car from Revelstoke to Clearwater takes 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Clearwater when traveling from Revelstoke in July, with lows around 10°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

British Columbia travel guide

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Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Wineries & Vineyards
Approximately four times as large as Great Britain, the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia remains a sparsely populated land of soaring mountains, picture-perfect coastlines, and dense forests filled with a diverse wildlife. Ideal for active and adventurous vacationers, British Columbia holidays usually include a blend of wilderness experiences and tours of urban attractions. Most visitors come here to kayak, whale watch, ski, snowboard, golf, fish, surf, and hike through 4 national parks and 140 ecological reserves. For a comprehensive British Columbia tour, make sure your visit includes stops in Vancouver and Victoria, two big cities packed with modern attractions and perfectly positioned for exploring this part of North America.