8 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

8 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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8 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Nanaimo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tofino
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Nanaimo

Nanaimo ©
Widely regarded as one of Canada's most livable cities, Nanaimo remains both an industrial center and a tourist hub on Vancouver Island.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Newcastle Island. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, then take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Grove, and then explore the activities along Maffeo Sutton Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nanaimo sightseeing planner .

Toronto to Nanaimo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Nanaimo is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Toronto in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nanaimo: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Tofino.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cathedral Grove, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, The Raptors
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Newcastle Island ©
Newcastle Island
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park ©
Maffeo Sutton Park ©
Maffeo Sutton Park

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Schooner Cove and Amphitrite Point Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: trek along Rainforest Trail, stop by Mermaid Tales Bookshop, sample the tasty concoctions at Tofino Brewing Company, and take in the exciting artwork at Eagle Aerie Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tofino road trip planning site .

Getting from Nanaimo to Tofino by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Nanaimo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tofino, with lows of 9°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll 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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