We are a couple with a 12mth old, travelling to VI from Vancouver. We will bring our car over on the ferry, and are planning on spending 4 nights on the island.
We love to appreciate beautiful beaches and the dramatic scenery, but would also like to see a bit of what the city (ie. Victoria) has to offer. As we have our daughter with us, we can't really easily join tours or get on any boats. Also, she does OK in the car but not really much more than 2hrs (during the day - night is much better).
Upon arriving in Nanaimo, we were thinking of driving straight down to Victoria and spending 2 nights there. Then, driving up to Tofino and spending another 2 nights. Then head back to Nanaimo for the ferry back to the mainland.
Does basing ourselves in Tofino and Victoria sound like a good way to see a few highlights of the island... well, as many of the highlights as are possible in 4 days.
Thanks so much in advance!