7 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

7 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

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7 days in Vancouver Island Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Parksville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Tofino
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Port Renfrew
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Victoria
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Sioux City


2
nights
Parksville

Parksville ©
With access to both the sea and mountains, vacations in Parksville appeal to hikers, swimmers, bird-watchers, and amateur photographers.
On the 10th (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Grove, then take in the dramatic scenery at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Parksville journey maker site .

Sioux City, USA to Parksville is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sioux City to Parksville due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sioux City in May, plan for little chillier days in Parksville, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tofino.

Things to do in Parksville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, Cathedral Grove, North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
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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 11th (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Amphitrite Point Lighthouse and then hike along Rainforest Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cox Bay Beach and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tofino road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Parksville to Tofino takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Parksville in May since evenings lows in Tofino dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Renfrew.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
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Amphitrite Point Lighthouse ©
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
Rainforest Trail ©
Rainforest Trail
Cox Bay Beach ©
Cox Bay Beach

few
hours
Port Renfrew

Port Renfrew ©
On the 13th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Botanical Beach Provincial Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Port Renfrew itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Tofino to Port Renfrew in 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Port Renfrew

Wildlife Parks
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Botanical Beach Provincial Park ©
Botanical Beach Provincial Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, then admire the natural beauty at Government House, and then trek along Scenic Marine Route.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Victoria online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Port Renfrew to Victoria in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Victoria are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
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