33 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

33 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver
Drive:  3 h 15 min
1
Victoria
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nanaimo
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Campbell River
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Port Alberni
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Tofino
— 8 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
End: Vancouver

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Royal BC Museum and Miniature World. Change things up with these side-trips from Victoria: Goldstream Provincial Park (in Langford), Cowichan-Chemainus Historic Scenic Route (in Duncan) and Sooke (French Beach Provincial Park & East Sooke Regional Park). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through The Butchart Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Bug Zoo, stroll around Beacon Hill Park, and ponder the world of politics at British Columbia Parliament Buildings.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Victoria trip website.

Vancouver to Victoria is an approximately 3.5- hour car ride. In April, daily temperatures in Victoria can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Central Saanich, Sooke, Sidney, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Goldstream Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
Royal BC Museum ©
Royal BC Museum
Victoria Bug Zoo ©
Victoria Bug Zoo
Miniature World ©
Miniature World

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parksville Community Park and Riptide Lagoon. Get out of town with these interesting Nanaimo side-trips: Errington (Englishman River Falls Provincial Park & Tiger Lily Farm), Brady's Beach (in Bamfield) and Cowichan Valley trail (in Lake Cowichan). Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Paradise Fun Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Front Park, stroll around Neck Point Park, and see the interesting displays at B.C. Forest Discovery Centre.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nanaimo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Victoria to Nanaimo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Nanaimo, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Campbell River.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Parksville, Errington, Duncan, Brady's Beach, Beach Front Park
Highlights from your plan
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Paradise Fun Park ©
Paradise Fun Park
Tiger Lily Farm ©
Tiger Lily Farm

4
nights
Campbell River

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like China Beach and Holly Hill Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Campbell River: Blue Moon Winery (in Courtenay), Mount Washington Alpine Resort (in Mount Washington) and The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial (in Comox). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Elk Falls Provincial Park, get engrossed in the history at The Museum at Campbell River, and delve into the lush surroundings at Cape Scott Provincial Park.

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

Drive from Nanaimo to Campbell River in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nanaimo in April since evenings lows in Campbell River dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Alberni.

Things to do in Campbell River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vancouver Island, Blue Moon Winery, Mount Geoffrey Escarpment Provincial Park, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial
Highlights from your plan
China Beach ©
China Beach
Holly Hill Farm ©
Holly Hill Farm
Cape Scott Provincial Park
Cape Scott Provincial Park

3
nights
Port Alberni

Port Alberni ©
Port Alberni is a city located on Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia, Canada.Port Alberni has a total population of 17,743, and a census agglomeration area of 25,396.Port Alberni is a deep port city which lies within the Alberni Valley at the head of the Alberni Inlet, Vancouver Island's longest inlet. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Alberni: Lighthouse Country Regional Trail (in Qualicum Bay), Old Country Market (in Coombs) and Qualicum Beach (Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery, Spas, &more). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Grove, browse the exhibits of Ahtsik Native Art Gallery, stroll around Fossli Provincial Park, and look for gifts at Blue Fish Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Alberni trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Campbell River to Port Alberni by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Port Alberni

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Qualicum Beach, Lighthouse Country Regional Trail, Old Country Market
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove
Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery ©
Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park ©
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park

8
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.
Kids will enjoy Chesterman Beach and Schooner Cove. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tofino: Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail, Florencia Bay, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Long Beach, identify plant and animal life at Maquinna Provincial Marine Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Clayoquot Sound, and hike along Rainforest Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tofino holiday planner.

You can drive from Port Alberni to Tofino in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Port Alberni in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tofino: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Chesterman Beach ©
Chesterman Beach

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