My husband and I are headed to Vancouver Island for the first time this September. We are visiting friends for a few days in Ladysmith/Nanaimo, but plan to take the rest of the week to explore on our own and make it into a mini-vacation. Hoping you can help me with the must-do/must-see for our first visit. So far, our itinerary looks a bit like this:
Sunday, Sept 18: Arrive in Victoria at 11am. Spend the rest of the day in Victoria (what are the must-dos for this day?) Hotel will potentially be the Best Western Inner Harbour (we have a free night at a Best Western that we can use)
Monday: Rent a car, leave Victoria. Where to? TBC
Wednesday: Plan to arrive in Ladysmith late afternoon / early evening
Thursday: Ladysmith / Nanaimo to visit friends
Friday: Plan to head back to Victoria mid-late afternoon, to be there around dinner time. Overnight at the Best Western again? Or different hotel in different area?
Saturday: Fly out of Victoria airport at 11:30am
As you can see above, we plan on spending 2 nights in Victoria, one at the front end of our trip and one at the back end...and we think that's probably enough. As you can see, the Monday, Tuesday, and part of Wednesday are all up in the air. We'd like to visit other parts of the island while we're there. Everyone we've talked to so far keeps saying that Tofino/Ucluelet are must-sees...but we're open to other suggestions too.
Hoping for some great suggestions that will help us fill in some of the blanks in our itinerary!
Some things we might be interested in...my husband would love to try zip-lining, and I would love to try kayaking (although I can't swim, and I have never tried it before, so it would have to be somewhere fairly shallow for me to feel comfortable).
Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions!