7 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

7 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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7 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Drive:  45 min
1
Victoria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Parksville
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Tofino
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Vancouver

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, explore the world behind art at The Robert Bateman Centre, and then trek along Scenic Marine Route. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Craigdarroch Castle, ponder the world of politics at Government House, and then take a leisurely stroll along Inner Harbour.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Victoria trip itinerary planning app .

Vancouver to Victoria is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Vancouver in July, you will find days in Victoria are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Parksville.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
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Scenic Marine Route ©
Scenic Marine Route
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour

1
night
Parksville

Parksville ©
With access to both the sea and mountains, vacations in Parksville appeal to hikers, swimmers, bird-watchers, and amateur photographers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Grove and then take in the dramatic scenery at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Parksville road trip website .

Drive from Victoria to Parksville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in Parksville, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Parksville

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cathedral Grove, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
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Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park ©
Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Cox Bay Beach and Schooner Cove. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Rainforest Trail. Step out of Tofino to go to Ucluelet and see Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Maquinna Provincial Marine Park, stop by Mermaid Tales Bookshop, and view the masterpieces at Eagle Aerie Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tofino online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Parksville to Tofino takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Parksville in July; daily highs in Tofino reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
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Hot Springs Cove ©
Hot Springs Cove
Cox Bay Beach ©
Cox Bay Beach
Schooner Cove ©
Schooner Cove

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