9 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

9 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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9 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  16 h
1
Campbell River
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Victoria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Nanaimo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Tofino
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Campbell River

Campbell River ©
Locals may joke Campbell River represents civilization's end on scenic Vancouver Island, yet the city remains a lively hub of tourism consistently packed with nature enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): learn about winemaking at Coastal Black Estate Winery, get to know the fascinating history of Air Park, then do a tasting at Blue Moon Winery, and finally meet the residents at Holly Hill Farm. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Campbell River Whale and Bear Excursions and then get outside with Corilair Charters.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Campbell River online journey planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Campbell River is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Campbell River, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Campbell River

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Courtenay, Coastal Black Estate Winery
Highlights from your plan
Air Park ©
Air Park
Coastal Black Estate Winery ©
Coastal Black Estate Winery
Corilair Charters ©
Corilair Charters

2
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 3rd (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Government House and then stroll through Scenic Marine Route. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then take in the waterfront at Inner Harbour.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria attractions planning website .

Getting from Campbell River to Victoria by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Campbell River in August: highs in Victoria hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Scenic Marine Route ©
Scenic Marine Route
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
Government House ©
Government House

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Bastion, then look for all kinds of wild species at Newcastle Island, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Morrell Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nanaimo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Victoria to Nanaimo by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Victoria in August since evenings lows in Nanaimo dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tofino.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Newcastle Island ©
Newcastle Island
Morrell Sanctuary ©
Morrell Sanctuary
The Bastion ©
The Bastion

2
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.
On the 6th (Mon), trek along Walk the Wild Side Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Eagle Aerie Gallery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Clayoquot Sound. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Pacific Rim National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tofino route planner.

Traveling by car from Nanaimo to Tofino takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nanaimo in August since evenings lows in Tofino dip to 14°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Clayoquot Sound ©
Clayoquot Sound
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Chesterman Beach ©
Chesterman Beach

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