9 days in Vancouver & Vancouver Island Itinerary

9 days in Vancouver & Vancouver Island Itinerary

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9 days in Vancouver & Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Vancouver
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
2
Victoria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Nanaimo
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Tofino
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  12 h 15 min
End: New York City

1
night
Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, then steep yourself in history at Deep Cove, then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Park, and finally kick back and relax at Spanish Banks. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Crescent Beach, and then admire the striking features of Bloedel Conservatory.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Vancouver online journey maker .

New York City, USA to Vancouver is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Vancouver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in March, Vancouver is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Victoria.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lighthouse Park, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Crescent Beach, Deep Cove
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Crescent Beach
Crescent Beach
Deep Cove ©
Deep Cove

3
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 8th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, get a sense of history and politics at Government House, and then trek along Scenic Marine Route. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Witty's Lagoon Regional Park, look for all kinds of wild species at East Sooke Regional Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Clover Point Park.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria tour itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Vancouver to Victoria in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

East Sooke Regional Park, Witty's Lagoon Regional Park, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
East Sooke Regional Park ©
East Sooke Regional Park
Scenic Marine Route ©
Scenic Marine Route

few
hours
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.
On the 10th (Sat), take a stroll through Old City Quarter, then brush up on your military savvy at Vancouver Island Military Museum, and then steep yourself in history at The Bastion.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nanaimo day trip tool .

You can fly from Victoria to Nanaimo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Nanaimo sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vancouver Island Military Museum ©
Vancouver Island Military Museum
The Bastion ©
The Bastion

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hot Springs Cove as well as Pacific Rim National Park. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Eagle Aerie Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Clayoquot Sound, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Pacific Rim National Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tofino trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Nanaimo to Tofino in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Tofino can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse ©
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
Hot Springs Cove ©
Hot Springs Cove

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