60 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

60 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vancouver Island holiday maker

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Tofino
— 9 nights
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Port Alberni
— 5 nights
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Campbell River
— 7 nights
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Nanaimo
— 13 nights
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Victoria
— 25 nights
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Tofino

— 9 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tofino side-trips: Ucluelet (Mark Penney Gallery, Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, &more). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cox Bay Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tofino trip itinerary maker tool.

Calgary to Tofino is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Calgary in April, Tofino is a bit warmer at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Alberni.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Port Alberni

— 5 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. Explore Port Alberni's surroundings by going to Qualicum Beach (Spas, Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, &more), Water Bear Adventures (in Nanoose Bay) and Old Country Market (in Coombs). There's lots more 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 play a few rounds at Alberni Golf Club.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Alberni trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Tofino to Port Alberni in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tofino in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Port Alberni, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Campbell River.

Things to do in Port Alberni

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Campbell River

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Campbell River: Seaview Game Farm (in Black Creek), Mount Washington Alpine Resort (in Mount Washington) and Comox (Comox Valley Farmers' Market, Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park, &more). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the natural beauty at Paradise Plants Garden Centre, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga 10 Studio, and get to know the fascinating history of Air Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Campbell River trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Port Alberni to Campbell River in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Campbell River, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Campbell River

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Nanaimo

— 13 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nanaimo: Qualicum Beach (Beach Front Park, Milner Gardens & Woodland - Vancouver Island University, &more), Lake Cowichan (Cowichan Valley trail & Cowichan River Provincial Park) and Coombs (Arts Afire Gallery & Hamilton Hobby Farm). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll around Westwood Lake Park, identify plant and animal life at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, and hike along Holland Creek Hiking Trails.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nanaimo road trip planning app.

Getting from Campbell River to Nanaimo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Campbell River in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nanaimo, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Victoria

— 25 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 Sidney (Tulista Park, Sidney Spit Marine Park, &more), Port Renfrew (Avatar Grove, Botanical Beach Provincial Park, &more) and Sooke (Cheanuh Marina, Sandcut Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Royal BC Museum, stroll around Mount Douglas Park, have fun and explore at Miniature World, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Inner Harbour.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Victoria travel planner.

Drive from Nanaimo to Victoria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Victoria, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.