9 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

9 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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Victoria
— 1 night
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Parksville
— 2 nights
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Tofino
— 4 nights

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Victoria

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): go for a walk through The Butchart Gardens, examine the collection at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Inner Harbour. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Scenic Marine Route, then admire the natural beauty at Abkhazi Garden, and then explore the historical opulence of Craigdarroch Castle.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Victoria tour itinerary planner.

Toronto to Victoria is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Toronto in July, things will get slightly colder in Victoria: highs are around 22°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Parksville.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Scenic Marine Route ©
Scenic Marine Route
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour

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Parksville

Parksville ©

Jewel of Vancouver Island

With access to both the sea and mountains, vacations in Parksville appeal to hikers, swimmers, bird-watchers, and amateur photographers.
On the 3rd (Sun), experience rural life at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, admire the majestic nature at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, and then take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Grove. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Englishman River Falls Provincial Park and then stroll around Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Parksville trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Victoria to Parksville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Parksville

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park ©
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park ©
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

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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 discover tucked-away gems like Rainforest Trail and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get in touch with nature at Schooner Cove and Long Beach. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs Cove, sample the tasty concoctions at Tofino Brewing Company, and kick back and relax at Chesterman Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tofino trip planner.

Getting from Parksville to Tofino by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
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Rainforest Trail ©
Rainforest Trail
Schooner Cove ©
Schooner Cove
Fishing Charters & Tours

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