Thanks for all of the local knowledge you provide! After several hours reading on the Forum, and planning our trip to Vancouver Island for August, I would appreciate your thoughts
Our family of 5 (parents and 19-24 year old kids) will fly into Vancouver Sat. Aug 10th arriving late afternoon, getting a rental car and staying in Uptown area (Best Western Plus).
Sunday- driving to Whistler and back
Monday- 9am ferry from Tswassen to Swartz Bay (I understand traffic will be a big issue here. We will leave the hotel by 6am and get reservations for our ferry trips.)
Drive to Fisherman's wharf (arriving by noon)
Orca-watching tour from the Wharf 2:30
(Is this schedule realistic- other than the 6am departure?)
Night in Victoria (BW Plus Carlton Plaza)
Tuesday- Enjoy the drive to Tofino
Only other agenda here might be a stop in Nanaimo to do the WildPlay "ropes course"
Wed & Thurs- Tofino
Hiking, surfing, another whale-watching trip (for the gray whales)
(Since this is prime tourist season, I feel we should get advance reservations for the formal activies. Is that true? Any thoughts on the surf lessons for 4 of us?)
Friday- Drive to Nanaimo (Does anyone have experience with Adventure Tours/West Coast Wild Zipline; www.wcwild.com/index.php ?)
Ferry from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay
Night at BW Plus Uptown