60 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

60 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vancouver Island vacation planner

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Tofino
— 11 nights
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Port Alberni
— 7 nights
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Campbell River
— 9 nights
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Nanaimo
— 14 nights
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Victoria
— 18 nights
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Tofino

— 11 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tofino: Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail, Mark Penney Gallery, &more). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pacific Rim National Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maquinna Provincial Marine Park, and kick back and relax at Long Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tofino trip planning site.

Toronto to Tofino is an approximately 8.5-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 September, expect Tofino to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Alberni.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Port Alberni

— 7 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Alberni: Rosewall Creek Provincial Park (in Fanny Bay), Coombs (Arts Afire Gallery, Bamboozle, &more) and Qualicum Beach (Spider Lake Provincial Park, Spas, &more). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Cathedral Grove, play a few rounds at Alberni Golf Club, sample the tasty concoctions at Twin City Brewing, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Brady's Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Alberni trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tofino to Port Alberni in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Tofino, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Port Alberni, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Campbell River.

Things to do in Port Alberni

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Campbell River

— 9 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Campbell River side-trips: Comox (Comox Valley Farmers' Market, The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial, &more), Courtenay (Blue Moon Winery, Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery, &more) and Mount Washington Alpine Resort (in Mount Washington). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chinese Cemetery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Geoffrey Mountain, and kick back and relax at China Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Campbell River trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Alberni to Campbell River takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Port Alberni, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Campbell River, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Campbell River

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Nanaimo

— 14 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.
Explore Nanaimo's surroundings by going to Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park (in Port Renfrew), Duncan (Duncan Totem Poles, Duncan Farmer's Market, &more) and Qualicum Beach (The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre & Heritage Forest). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Cowichan Valley trail, stroll around Westwood Lake Park, take in the waterfront at Swy-a-Lana Park, and step off the mainland to explore Protection Island.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nanaimo trip planning website.

You can drive from Campbell River to Nanaimo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Campbell River in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nanaimo, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Victoria

— 18 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Duncan (Cowichan-Chemainus Historic Scenic Route & Stone Butter Church), Sooke (East Sooke Regional Park, Aylard Farm, &more) and Goldstream Provincial Park (in Langford). The adventure continues: go for a walk through The Butchart Gardens, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, step into the grandiose world of Craigdarroch Castle, and get a sense of history and politics at Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Victoria road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nanaimo to Victoria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Victoria can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vancouver Island travel guide

4.4
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.