8 days in British Columbia Itinerary

8 days in British Columbia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock British Columbia tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Vancouver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Whistler
— 2 nights
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Drive to Tsawwassen, Ferry to Swartz Bay, Drive to Victoria
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Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 2 nights
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Vancouver

— 3 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Family-friendly places like Vancouver Aquarium and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park will thrill your kids. On the 11th (Sat), spend a day ambling around Stanley Park. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at VanDusen Botanical Garden, go all around town with City Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Spanish Banks, and shop like a local with Pacific Arts Market.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vancouver visit planning app.

Toronto to Vancouver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Vancouver due to the time zone difference. In December, Vancouver is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Whistler.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Beaches

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Whistler

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whistler Blackcomb and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Whistler journey maker.

Traveling by car from Vancouver to Whistler takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Vancouver in December, with highs in Whistler at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Whistler

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Winter Sports
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Victoria, Vancouver Island

— 2 nights

Garden City

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, then step into the grandiose world of Craigdarroch Castle, and then examine the collection at Royal BC Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Victoria online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Whistler to Victoria in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Whistler in December, with highs in Victoria at 7°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Victoria

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British Columbia travel guide

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Approximately four times as large as Great Britain, the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia remains a sparsely populated land of soaring mountains, picture-perfect coastlines, and dense forests filled with a diverse wildlife. Ideal for active and adventurous vacationers, British Columbia holidays usually include a blend of wilderness experiences and tours of urban attractions. Most visitors come here to kayak, whale watch, ski, snowboard, golf, fish, surf, and hike through 4 national parks and 140 ecological reserves. For a comprehensive British Columbia tour, make sure your visit includes stops in Vancouver and Victoria, two big cities packed with modern attractions and perfectly positioned for exploring this part of North America.