11 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

11 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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11 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Victoria
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Nanaimo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tofino
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: London

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Victoria Butterfly Gardens and Craigdarroch Castle. Head to Marshall-Inman Gallery and The Avenue Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Sooke (French Beach Provincial Park & East Sooke Regional Park) and Peninsula Gallery (in Sidney). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Royal BC Museum, explore and take pictures at Inner Harbour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Centennial Square.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Victoria trip itinerary builder app .

London, UK to Victoria is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Victoria, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Victoria, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sooke, Central Saanich, Peninsula Gallery, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
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Royal BC Museum ©
Royal BC Museum
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Craigdarroch Castle ©
Craigdarroch Castle

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.
On the 24th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at The Raptors, view the masterpieces at Westholme Tea Company, and then browse for treasures at Willow Street Antique Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, view the masterpieces at Coastal Carvings Fine Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Arts Afire Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Nanaimo Art Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Cherub Chocolate.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nanaimo vacation planner .

Drive from Victoria to Nanaimo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Coombs, Westholme Tea Company, The Raptors, Willow Street Antique Mall, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
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Cherub Chocolate ©
Cherub Chocolate
Nanaimo Art Gallery ©
Nanaimo Art Gallery
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Cox Bay Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, and then kick back and relax at Chesterman Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then shop like a local with Eagle Aerie Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Mark Penney Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Henry's Carving Shed.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tofino sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Nanaimo to Tofino by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mark Penney Gallery
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Chesterman Beach ©
Chesterman Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Cox Bay Beach ©
Cox Bay Beach

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