11 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

11 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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11 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Victoria
— 4 nights
2
Tofino
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Parksville
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater and Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Explore hidden gems such as East Sooke Regional Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore Victoria's surroundings by going to Venturi-Schulze Vineyards (in Cobble Hill), Sooke Potholes Provincial Park (in Sooke) and The Raptors (in Duncan). There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll around Centennial Square, take in the exciting artwork at Old School Gallery & Gifts, and admire the masterpieces at Robert Bateman Centre.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Victoria trip planner .

Atlanta, USA to Victoria is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Atlanta to Victoria due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Atlanta in August: highs in Victoria hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tofino.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sooke, The Raptors, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, Venturi-Schulze Vineyards
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Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Raptors ©
The Raptors

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Amphitrite Point Lighthouse and Eagle Aerie Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cox Bay Beach and Hot Springs Cove. Venture out of the city with trips to Ucluelet (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park (in Qualicum Beach). There's still lots to do: trek along Rainforest Trail, cast your line with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Rubio, and kick back and relax at Schooner Cove.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tofino attractions tool .

Traveling by car from Victoria to Tofino takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Tofino, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Parksville.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ucluelet, Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
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Rainforest Trail ©
Rainforest Trail
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Parksville

Parksville ©
With access to both the sea and mountains, vacations in Parksville appeal to hikers, swimmers, bird-watchers, and amateur photographers.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): walk around Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, look for all kinds of wild species at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, then make a trip to Old Country Market- Goats on Roof, and finally admire the majestic nature at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Parksville trip planner .

You can drive from Tofino to Parksville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Parksville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, Old Country Market- Goats on Roof
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North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre ©
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

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