I'm flying into Vancouver early August and staying for 9 days. I want to spend a few days in Vancouver, maybe a day trip to Whistler and then perhaps go to Vancouver Island. Ideally we don't want to have to travel around from hotel to hotel too much as we prefer to settle ourselves in. Obviously Vancouver island is a bit much for a day-trip though.
How long would you recommend staying in each place? Would Victoria be the best place to stay? If I did something like 5 days Vancouver (incl whistler) then went to Victoria for a few days, would I need to come back to Vancouver before getting the flight home?
We love sight seeing, photographing beautiful places but aren't really into adventure sports. We haven't planned on hiring a car but could do if needed ( can you rent them for a day?!)
Thanks in advance