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Too many days in Victoria?

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Too many days in Victoria?

Hi. We are planning a five day trip to VIctoria and VI. We are planning to fly into YVR, spend that day and night in Vancouver then go early the next day to VIctoria, two nights in Victoria, then two nights at Sooke Harbour House (always wanted to go there). We will rent a car in Victoria and then drive around. Thinking the day we come in (by Pacific Coach) to go to Butchart Gardens and city tour or/tea at the Empress. The next day I was thinking leisurely drive back and forth to Nanaimo. Then on to Sooke Harbour and either just relax for the two days there or do the Pacific Marine Trail or some part of. Should we be spending two nights in Vancouver and only one in Victoria? Will we be bored staying two nights in Victoria. After VI we are taking the Clipper down to Seattle and then to Portland for a few days. Comments on the itinerary? We are mid fifties and somewhat active.

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1. Re: Too many days in Victoria?

Hi again, ebwrite ~

It depends totally on what you want to get out of your time. Your itinerary looks fine in general. You won't run out of things to do.

<<Should we be spending two nights in Vancouver and only one in Victoria?>>

You have received replies to this on your other thread. I think it's fair to say that you would be the best person to decide what appeals to you and whether or not you would be bored.

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2. Re: Too many days in Victoria?

While the road trip might be fun, I personally think Nanaimo isn't much to look at. The harbour and old town that used to be cute is shrinking away while big box and strip malls take over.

As for Victoria, 2 days is a nice pace - less and you would feel rushed, more and it would get boring.

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3. Re: Too many days in Victoria?

Vancouverites spend weekends in Victoria regularly - its a very popular destination for an easy weekend away. Every time we go, we seem to find something different to do. Hard to think that you would get bored after only a couple of days unless you were really determined not to check out the different attractions, sites and features.

The Tourism Victoria website has a good "Things to Do" list, so I guess you'll have to browse it and see if you find things that appeal to you.


There's also the many beautiful CRD parks


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4. Re: Too many days in Victoria?

I would suggest exploring the wineries in and around the Cowichan Valley rather than a trip to Nanaimo. Fabulous bakery in Cowichan Bay and in Duncan. Take a drive to Maple Bay or Genoa Bay for lunch.

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5. Re: Too many days in Victoria?

Or have a look at this video of Nanaimo and see if something appeals to you!


Our downtown is vibrant and revitalized. Beautiful harbour. Lovely walkway. Floating pub. Newcastle Island.

Cowichan Valley is also nice and about halfway between Nanaimo and Victoria.

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