8 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

8 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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8 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly + Drive:  11 h 45 min
1
Parksville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Tofino
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Nashville

2
nights
Parksville

Parksville ©
With access to both the sea and mountains, vacations in Parksville appeal to hikers, swimmers, bird-watchers, and amateur photographers.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Cathedral Grove, admire the sheer force of Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Parksville day trip planner .

Nashville, USA to Parksville is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Nashville to Parksville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nashville in August, you will find days in Parksville are colder (69°F), and nights are slightly colder (62°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Tofino.

Things to do in Parksville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, Cathedral Grove
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North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre ©
Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park ©

4
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.
Get outdoors at Cox Bay Beach and Schooner Cove. Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Mermaid Tales Bookshop. Go for a jaunt from Tofino to Ucluelet to see Amphitrite Point Lighthouse about 42 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainforest Trail, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and sample the tasty concoctions at Tofino Brewing Company.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tofino online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Parksville to Tofino in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Parksville in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tofino, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Cox Bay Beach ©
Cox Bay Beach
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Rainforest Trail ©
Rainforest Trail

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