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Vancouvers island

I am wondering if one week is long enough to see the main beatuiful areas ON the island and if you can name the must sees and where to stay. We want ot go to Tofino for sure

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Hi keanu ~

If you're arriving to Victoria, you would have time to visit there for, say 3 nights, and add in the Pacific Marine Circle Route, then spend 3 nights in Tofino. Are you returning to Victoria? or somewhere else?

I would suggest you go to the Vancouver Island Forum, the parent forum to this one (blue print link above your avatar) and look in the left sidebar for the Things to Do. The "must sees" that you want to do may be different from what others might think, so best to look them over and choose the ones you like best. It may have an impact on your route and itinerary.

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Not really, no, but you'll get a good taste for it. 2 nights Victoria, 3 nights Tofino and then the remaining 2 nights either somewhere like Port McNeil/Telegraph Cove or Campbell River, or head to one of the smaller islands like Saltspring or Hornby.

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Thank you so much we will most likely have 3 weeks total and I was thinking of flying into Seattle staying one or two nights then going to see the San Juan islands then to pender island then to Victoria rent a car and stay a week on the island then take a ferry to Vancouver adn drive back to Seatltle? ia that a good route?

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Hi Keanu,

How about telling us a little more about your plan and what things are most important to you ...

There is no direct ferry route from the San Juans to Pender Island; it is actually a long trip if you don't have a boat, in which case it is very short! There is a car ferry to the San Juans from Anacortes Washington that goes to Sidney just north of Victoria: wsdot.com/ferries/… ... so you could go to San Juan Island -- seehttp://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/ScheduleDetailByRoute.aspx?route=ana-sj ... one day, and on to Vancouver Island the following day (via Anacortes), say. This would be an unusual way of getting here but who cares? :-) Of course this would require renting a car just before leaving Seattle. If you don't want to rent before reaching Vancouver Island, then take the Clipper from Seattle to Victoria: http://www.clippervacations.com/

There is a ferry from Swartz Bay, near Sidney, to Pender Island, but it is not a quick trip and reservations are usually needed. The scenery is similar on the San Juans. the southern Gulf Islands, and extreme southeast Vancouver Island, so I would not do both San Juan AND Pender.

Don't hesitate to ask more questions and refine your plans as you go -- trip planning is part of the fun!

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Hi Keanu ~

I think you've got yourself set up for some awkward travelling, due to ferry schedules.

To add to what tennisjazz has covered so well, you would need to drive to Anacortes from Seattle to take the WA State ferry to and through the San Juan Islands to Sidney BC. Check the ferry schedule for your date to see if you would need to spend a night near Anacortes in order to take the ferry. You would need a car.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/

Map is here (arbitrarily showing a stop at San Juan) .... http://g.co/maps/83b54

From Sidney, you would drive about 15 minutes to the BC Ferry terminal at Swartz Bay for a ferry to Pender. Do check the schedule for your travel date to see if you would need to spend an overnight near Sidney in order to take the ferry to Pender (often Pender is on a milk run, which includes stops at 2 or 3 other islands, resulting in a 3 hour ferry trip.)

www.bcferries.com

http://g.co/maps/9hp4k

BC Ferries will also get you from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen and Hwy 99 to the border and Seattle. The border can be congested and can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 3-4 hours to get through. A lot of Canadians cross the border to shop in WA state.

So yes, it's a logical route but potentially an awkward one that may eat up some nights because of the ferry schedules. Check them out thoroughly so you know what you are getting into.

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Hi Keanu,

If you are traveling to the island from Seattle, I would suggest that you take the Clipper passenger ferry from Seattle. It's a beautiful trip, affordable and takes you from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria. You can rent a car from there and tour Vancouver Island.

Must-see destinations:

Start in Victoria - spend two days taking in the city. Downtown is very walkable and offers so many tourist attractions within a short distance.

Next stop: Drive up-island to Nanaimo, Chemainus, stay overnight in Parksville. Go to Rathtrevor Park and walk the beach when the tide is out. There are a number of great resorts (Tigh Na Mara, Pacific Shores Resort, Beach Club, or the more affordable Beach Acres). Stop by the nearby waterfalls.

From Parksville, drive to Coombs and check out the market. They have some amazing food and collectables here. Continue on to Cathedral Grove - the oldest growth giant forests on the island including an 800 year old tree. You will be inspired.

Make your way through Port Alberni and head toward Ucluelet / Tofino / Long Beach. My favourite of all the beaches is Chesterman Beach. VRBO.com is a good source for accommodation. Most are vacation rentals (the resorts are pretty pricy).

Spend at least two days in the Tofino area. Kayak if you can - it's amazing. Take the boat excursion to Hot Springs Cove if you have time.

When heading back, you can see Courtney/Comox / Mt. Washington area. Driving back down, make a pit stop in Cowichan Bay - or better yet, take the Mill Bay Ferry across to Brentwood Bay and the Saanich Peninsula. Wonderful scenery and a shortcut from taking the Malahat.

When you arrive back in Greater Victoria, head to Sidney-By-The-Sea for a day of sightseeing, coffee and books. From here you can take the Washington State Ferry to the San Juan islands.

…wa.gov/ferries/…

Enjoy! We have a lot to offer here.

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