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4 Day stay on Vancouver Island - August 2009

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4 Day stay on Vancouver Island - August 2009

We are seeking suggestions for a 4 day trip to Vancouver Island. Arriving Victoria on Sat. morning and then hiring a car on the next day. We are looking for ideas for a scenic routes with time to relax on a beach.

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1. Re: 4 Day stay on Vancouver Island - August 2009

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You could drive straight to Tofino and spend all 4 days there, or you could just drive up the Island to Parksville, relax on the beach there for a night, then head out to Tofino. Typically people want to see Tofino for the rainforest and the immediate West Coast experience.

Otherwise you would just drive up the Island and back down. From Parksville north to Campbell River you can drive Hwy 19A (also called the "Old Island Highway" which runs along the east shore for the most part and through the smaller communities or Hwy 19 which is a 2 lane each way freeway and apart from offering speed, is rather boring.

There are lots of places to nose around: Cowichan Bay, Chemainus, Ladysmith, Coombs, Parksville, Qualicum, COurtenay/Comox, Campbell River.

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2. Re: 4 Day stay on Vancouver Island - August 2009

I'd head straight to Tofino on the far west coast and stay there for 3/4 days. It's my favorite place in the region. The drive is about 5 hours from Victoria and you'll want to spend at least 2 full days there, as there's tons of stuff to do, plus you'll want some time to just relax and take in the gorgeous atmosphere.

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