31 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

31 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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31 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: St. John's
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Ucluelet
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Courtenay
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Nanaimo
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Victoria
— 10 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  12 h
End: St. John's

5
nights
Ucluelet

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ucluelet: Tofino (Scoot - N - Aboot, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pacific Rim National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Mark Penney Gallery, hike along Rainforest Trail, and kick back and relax at Long Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ucluelet trip itinerary maker app.

St. John's to Ucluelet is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from St. John's to Ucluelet due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St. John's in February: high temperatures in Ucluelet hover around 9°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Courtenay.

Things to do in Ucluelet

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tofino
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Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Chesterman Beach ©
Chesterman Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

6
nights
Courtenay

Courtenay ©
Courtenay is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Explore Courtenay's surroundings by going to Seaview Game Farm (in Black Creek), Geoffrey Mountain (in Hornby Island) and Mount Washington Alpine Resort (in Mount Washington). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum at Campbell River, delve into the lush surroundings at Cathedral Grove, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll the grounds of Chinese Cemetery.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Courtenay online visit planner.

Drive from Ucluelet to Courtenay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Courtenay, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Courtenay

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Comox, Port Alberni, Campbell River, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Seaview Game Farm
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Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove
The Museum at Campbell River ©
The Museum at Campbell River
Dolphin & Whale Watching

8
nights
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: Cowichan Valley trail (in Lake Cowichan), Englishman River Falls Provincial Park (in Errington) and Parksville (Englishman River & Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park). There's lots more to do: walk around Neck Point Park, stop by Cherub Chocolate, brush up on your military savvy at Vancouver Island Military Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Harbourfront Walkway.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nanaimo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Courtenay to Nanaimo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Nanaimo can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Victoria.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ladysmith, Qualicum Beach, Chemainus, Parksville, Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
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Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Neck Point Park ©
Neck Point Park
Spas

10
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 (Marshall-Inman Gallery, French Beach Provincial Park, &more) and Cowichan-Chemainus Historic Scenic Route (in Duncan). The adventure continues: go for a walk through The Butchart Gardens, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Inner Harbour, and stroll around Beacon Hill Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Victoria journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Nanaimo to Victoria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sooke, Central Saanich, West Coast Trail, Mount Douglas Park, Metchosin Pioneer Museum
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The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Royal BC Museum ©
Royal BC Museum
Craigdarroch Castle ©
Craigdarroch Castle

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