9 days in Tofino, Parksville & Victoria Itinerary

9 days in Tofino, Parksville & Victoria Itinerary

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9 days in Tofino, Parksville & Victoria Itinerary

Start: Tofino
1
Tofino
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Parksville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Victoria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Tofino

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail, Rubio, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Pacific Rim National Park, don't miss a visit to Solart Glass Studio, kick back and relax at Chesterman Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tofino online driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Tofino. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Parksville.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Ucluelet
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Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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Parksville

Parksville ©
With access to both the sea and mountains, vacations in Parksville appeal to hikers, swimmers, bird-watchers, and amateur photographers.
On the 12th (Thu), make a trip to Old Country Market- Goats on Roof, relax in the rural setting at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, then walk around Parksville Community Park and Skate Park, and finally stroll around Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Paradise Fun Park and then take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Grove.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Parksville road trip website .

You can drive from Tofino to Parksville in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Victoria.

Things to do in Parksville

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Old Country Market, Cathedral Grove
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Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove
Parksville Community Park ©
Parksville Community Park

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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.
On the 14th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Inner Harbour, look for gifts at Russell Books, and then admire all the interesting features of The Butchart Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Centennial Square, delve into the mystery of Craigdarroch Castle, then see the interesting displays at Royal BC Museum, and finally stroll around Beacon Hill Park.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Parksville to Victoria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Victoria sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

The Butchart Gardens
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The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
Craigdarroch Castle ©
Craigdarroch Castle

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