37 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

37 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vancouver Island attractions planner

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Victoria
— 9 nights
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Port Alberni
— 6 nights
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Tofino
— 7 nights
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Campbell River
— 4 nights
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Nanaimo
— 10 nights
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Victoria

— 9 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Craigdarroch Castle and Inner Harbour. Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal BC Museum and Red Art Gallery. Explore Victoria's surroundings by going to Botanical Beach Provincial Park (in Port Renfrew), Sooke (East Sooke Regional Park, Fishing Charters & Tours, &more) and BC Aviation Museum (in Sidney). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, expand your horizons at Carr House, take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and have fun and explore at Miniature World.

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Dallas, USA to Victoria is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dallas in June, with highs in Victoria at 64°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Alberni.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Port Alberni

— 6 nights
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. Let the collections at The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial and Comox Air Force Museum capture your imagination. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Brady's Beach and Kin Beach Provincial Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Alberni: Cumberland Museum & Archives (in Cumberland), Courtenay (Air Park, I-Hos Gallery, &more) and Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (in Bamfield). There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, trek along Royston Seaside Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Ahtsik Native Art Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Arts Afire Gallery.

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Drive from Victoria to Port Alberni in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Victoria in June, expect nights in Port Alberni to be a bit cooler, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Port Alberni

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tofino

— 7 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.
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse and Lennard Island Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Henry's Carving Shed and Reflecting Spirit Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Ucluelet (Mark Penney Gallery, Florencia Bay, &more). Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cox Bay Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and gain insight at Raincoast Education Society.

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You can drive from Port Alberni to Tofino in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Port Alberni in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tofino: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Campbell River.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Campbell River

— 4 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

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.
You'll explore and learn at The Museum at Campbell River and Maritime Heritage Centre. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, delve into the lush surroundings at Beaver Lodge Forest Land, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and walk around Elk Falls Provincial Park.

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Traveling by car from Tofino to Campbell River takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tofino in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Campbell River: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Campbell River

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Nanaimo

— 10 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Sombrio Beach and Beach Front Park. Westholme Tea Company and Nanaimo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Nanaimo's surroundings by going to Duncan (B.C. Forest Discovery Centre & The Raptors), Moorecroft Regional Park (in Nanoose Bay) and Parksville (Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Robert Held Art GLass, &more). On the 9th (Thu), hike the day away at Cowichan Valley trail. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn more about the world around you at Chemainus Valley Museum, and stroll through North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre.

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You can drive from Campbell River to Nanaimo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Campbell River in July, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Nanaimo: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Vancouver Island travel guide

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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.