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5 Days on Vancouver Island. Where to go what to see?

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5 Days on Vancouver Island. Where to go what to see?

Hello,

I will be visiting Vancouver Island in second week of July. I got 5 days, car and I would like to see as much as I can. Wildlife, totems, hike some trials, enjoy the spectacular views. I will be starting in Victoria. Where to go next? Where to stay for a night?

Thank you for all ideas and advice's.

Greg.

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1. Re: 5 Days on Vancouver Island. Where to go what to see?

From Victoria, I'd be heading north to Nanaimo and Parksville area. if you are okay with a longer day in the car and driving on the "right" side of the road, you may want to head straight to Tofino on the west coast. But it is a busy place, and you may not be able to get any reservations for accommodation now. You would want to have at least two nights there, three if you can, to see it all and enjoy the hikes and other activities. Go surfing, or take a boat out to the hot springs. Lots of options there.

Does five days mean 4 nights? Will you be arriving by plane in Victoria, or by car on a ferry?

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2. Re: 5 Days on Vancouver Island. Where to go what to see?

5 days, 5 nights, R/T out of Victoria, with car.

Maybe spend 1 night Victoria, 2 nights Nanaimo or Parksville or Qualicum, maybe 1 night in Campbell River. And the final niight back in Victoria.

Helmcken House in Vic: tourismvictoria.com/listings/…

RBCM in Vic has large exhibit of totems and First Nations culture: http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/

Kinsol Trestle: http://www.cvrd.bc.ca/index.aspx?nid=1379 .... Map to get there, then continue up Island: http://goo.gl/maps/8ry6X

Chemainus murals: chemainus.com/arts/…Chemainus-murals.htm

Nanaimo Bar Trail: nanaimo.ca/assets/…NanaimoBarTrail.pdf

Dinghy Dock Pub in Nanaimo Harbour: http://dinghydockpub.com/

Cathedral Grove: http://www.cathedralgrove.eu/

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre: http://www.niwra.org/

BC Wildlife Watch: http://www3.telus.net/driftwood/bcwwhome.htm

Parksville Sand Sculpture Contest: http://www.parksvillebeachfest.ca/

Campbell River whale watching: tripadvisor.ca/Attractions-g181792-Activitie…

Edited: 28 May 2014, 03:21
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3. Re: 5 Days on Vancouver Island. Where to go what to see?

And wineries in the Cowichan Valley!

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4. Re: 5 Days on Vancouver Island. Where to go what to see?

Thank you for all informations.

Yes 4 nights. I will be arriving by ferry. I will be driving and right side is not a problem.

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5. Re: 5 Days on Vancouver Island. Where to go what to see?

Okay, with four nights, Tofino is off the agenda then.

Which ferry are you using? Coming from Vancouver, or Washington State? Important to know, if you need to end up back in Victoria at the end of the four nights, or back in Vancouver?

I hope it is back in Vancouver. Easier! You would use the ferry from Tsawwasssen (south of Vancouver), to Swartz Bay (north of Victoria). That crossing is just beautiful, through the Gulf Islands and Active Pass. Make sure you get out on the deck for the best views and watch for orcas and other wild life.

Then to Victoria for one or two nights, then head north over the Malahat highway.

Do take a look through the links that Mufti listed for you and see what interests you. You won't be able to see and do everything, so you can pick and choose what strikes your fancy. Most of the things listed do not involve reservations either.

Nanaimo or Parksville would be good for the other nights. Parksville is much smaller, and quieter. Closer to some of the highlights for that area. But know that July is super busy on the island with holiday makers!

Hope you get some great weather when you are here!

Forgot... then catch the ferry in Nanaimo (Departure Bay) to head back to Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay). You would not have to return to Victoria then.

Edited: 28 May 2014, 16:35
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6. Re: 5 Days on Vancouver Island. Where to go what to see?

@J0an123

Thank you for the anfo about Nanaimo-Vancouver ferry. It will be very handy because my next stop will be Whistler.

Once again thank you all for links and helpful informations

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7. Re: 5 Days on Vancouver Island. Where to go what to see?

Whistler will be wonderful that time of year. Once you get off the ferry at Horseshoe Bay, watch carefully for the signs to Whistler. You will need to be on the right hand side of the highway to exit to Whistler.

Don't buy any Peak 2 Peak tickets until you get to Whistler. They do need to shut it down occasionally on windy days.

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8. Re: 5 Days on Vancouver Island. Where to go what to see?

Thanks for the heads up!

Looking forward to Visit Canada. Just few days left.

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