60 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

60 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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Victoria
— 20 nights
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Nanaimo
— 12 nights
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Campbell River
— 9 nights
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Port Alberni
— 8 nights
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Tofino
— 10 nights
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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.
Explore Victoria's surroundings by going to Sooke (French Beach Provincial Park, Sheringham Distillery, &more), Metchosin (Witty's Lagoon Regional Park & Devonian Regional Park) and Sheringham Distillery (in Shirley). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Royal BC Museum, admire the striking features of Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens, stroll around Beacon Hill Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Victoria travel itinerary planner.

Vancouver to Victoria is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. In November, daytime highs in Victoria are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

12
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cowichan Valley trail (in Lake Cowichan), Parksville (Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Englishman River, &more) and The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre (in Qualicum Beach). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Pipers Lagoon Park, take in the exciting artwork at Westholme Tea Company, take an in-depth tour of Nanaimo Museum, and explore the activities along Maffeo Sutton Park.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nanaimo tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Victoria to Nanaimo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Nanaimo sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Campbell River.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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Campbell River

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Campbell River: Cumberland (Chinese Cemetery & Legendary Tours), Comox (Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park, The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial, &more) and Courtenay (Air Park, The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The Museum at Campbell River, sample the fine beverages at Shelter Point Distillery, identify plant and animal life at Quinsam River Hatchery, and brush up on your military savvy at Comox Air Force Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Campbell River travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Nanaimo to Campbell River takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nanaimo in December, Campbell River is slightly colder at night with lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Alberni.

Things to do in Campbell River

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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: Coombs (Coastal Carvings Fine Art Gallery & Old Country Market), Active Angler Fishing Charters (in Parksville) and Qualicum Beach (Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, &more). On the 1st (Fri), hike the day away at West Coast Trail. There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Cathedral Grove, stroll around Stamp River Provincial Park, don't miss a visit to Hole in the Wall, and stop by Blue Fish Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Alberni trip planner.

Getting from Campbell River to Port Alberni by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Port Alberni

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tofino: Ucluelet (Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, Mark Penney Gallery, &more) and GPO Charters (in Bamfield). Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Long Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cox Bay Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tofino Brewing Company, and browse the exhibits of Henry's Carving Shed.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tofino tour builder site.

Drive from Port Alberni to Tofino in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Alberni in January: highs in Tofino hover around 9°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

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.