12 days in British Columbia Itinerary

12 days in British Columbia Itinerary

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12 days in British Columbia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  4​h
2
Whistler
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Vancouver
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Kelowna
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Toronto

1
night
Victoria, Vancouver Island

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 18th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Victoria trip builder site .

Toronto to Victoria is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Victoria due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Toronto in August, with highs in Victoria at 22°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Whistler.

Things to do in Victoria

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Victoria Butterfly Gardens
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scenic Marine Route ©
Scenic Marine Route
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Whistler

Whistler ©
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
On the 20th (Tue), ski along the peaceful trails at Whistler Blackcomb and then admire the sheer force of Alexander Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): stroll through Whistler Valley Trail, trek along The Whistler Train Wreck Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Brandywine Falls Provincial Park.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Whistler trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Victoria to Whistler in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Victoria, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Whistler, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vancouver.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Whistler Blackcomb ©
Whistler Blackcomb
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park ©
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
Whistler Valley Trail ©
Whistler Valley Trail

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Vancouver Seawall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitsilano Beach and SmartyPantz Escape Rooms. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Granville Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Bloedel Conservatory, take a stroll through Gastown, and contemplate the waterfront views at English Bay.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vancouver trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Whistler to Vancouver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Whistler in August since evenings lows in Vancouver dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

North Vancouver, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach
Granville Island ©
Granville Island

3
nights
Tofino, Vancouver Island

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cox Bay Beach and Schooner Cove. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Tofino to go to Ucluelet and see Kayaking & Canoeing, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Rainforest Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Eagle Aerie Gallery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tofino Brewing Company.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tofino day trip planning site .

Getting from Vancouver to Tofino by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Vancouver in August, expect Tofino to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kelowna.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Ucluelet
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cox Bay Beach ©
Cox Bay Beach

2
nights
Kelowna

At the heart of British Columbia's wine country, Kelowna is at once both urban and rural, featuring a modern downtown encircled by picturesque hills carpeted with vineyards and orchards.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, learn about winemaking at Indigenous World Winery, then learn about winemaking at Quails' Gate Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kelowna road trip planning app .

You can fly from Tofino to Kelowna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kelowna

Wineries Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

West Kelowna
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Zipline
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery ©
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
Lake Okanagan ©
Lake Okanagan

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