8 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

8 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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1
Victoria
— 3 nights
2
Nanaimo
— 1 night
3
Campbell River
— 1 night
4
Port Alberni
— 1 night
5
Tofino
— 1 night

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.
Victoria is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at The Butchart Gardens, step into the grandiose world of Craigdarroch Castle, ponder the design of Confederation Fountain, and stroll around Beacon Hill Park.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria itinerary builder website.

Toronto to Victoria is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Victoria is minus 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in August: high temperatures in Victoria hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Central Saanich
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The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
Royal BC Museum ©
Royal BC Museum

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.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Harbourfront Walkway, thenstroll around Newcastle Island, and then stroll around Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nanaimo holiday website.

Getting from Victoria to Nanaimo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Victoria in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nanaimo, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Campbell River.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
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Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Newcastle Island ©
Newcastle Island

1
night
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 25th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, get engrossed in the history at The Museum at Campbell River, and then take in the views from Elk Falls Suspension Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Campbell River trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Nanaimo to Campbell River in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nanaimo in August, expect nights in Campbell River to be slightly colder, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Alberni.

Things to do in Campbell River

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Museum at Campbell River ©
The Museum at Campbell River
Elk Falls Suspension Bridge ©
Elk Falls Suspension Bridge

1
night
Port Alberni

Port Alberni ©
Port Alberni is a city located on Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia, Canada.Port Alberni has a total population of 17,743, and a census agglomeration area of 25,396.Port Alberni is a deep port city which lies within the Alberni Valley at the head of the Alberni Inlet, Vancouver Island's longest inlet. On the 26th (Wed), stroll around MacMillan Provincial Park, walk around Fossli Provincial Park, and then take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Grove.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Port Alberni trip planner.

Traveling by car from Campbell River to Port Alberni takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Port Alberni are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tofino.

Things to do in Port Alberni

Parks Nature
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Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove
Fossli Provincial Park ©
Fossli Provincial Park
MacMillan Provincial Park ©
MacMillan Provincial Park

1
night
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 27th (Thu): stop by Scoot - N - Aboot.

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You can drive from Port Alberni to Tofino in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Port Alberni in August, plan for slightly colder days in Tofino, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Scoot - N - Aboot ©
Scoot - N - Aboot

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