Circle Tours: West Coasting on Vancouver Island

Victoria Inner harbour view

Overnight Stops: Victoria - Port Alberni - Tofino - Campbell River - Nanaimo - Victoria

Arrive in Victoria (1) , and drive southwest from the airport to Butchart Gardens at Brentwood Bay and catch a short ferry to Mill Bay before continuing north along the Island Highway. See how wooden boats were built at the Wooden Boat Society, visit the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre in Cowichan Bay and enjoy the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan. Past Parksville the landscape becomes more rugged, so head inland to Port Alberni (2), where you can tour the McLean Mill National Historic Site or ride a restored steam locomotive on the Alberni Pacific Railway.

View of various Ferries in Victoria's Innner Harbour From here drive west and visit the quaint town of Ucluelet (3) with easy access to golden beaches, secluded coves, forest trails and the natural wonder of the Pacific Rim National Reserve Park. End the day in the surfing town of Tofino, near Clayoquot Sound which was recognized by the UN as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Head back east then work your way north to the towns of >Comox, with a major Armed Forces base, and Courtney, before reaching the vacation paradise of Campbell River (4), for an overnight stay.

View of tidal waters and bouys, near Sidney Continue south along the Strait of Georgia to land in picturesque Nanaimo (5), known as the bathtub racing capital. The next day is a drive back to Victoria (6), the provincial capital of British Columbia, which has a number of wonderful attractions. Tour the Inner Harbour, where you can see the Wax Museum and the Undersea Gardens or hop on a boat for some whale watching. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through nearby Beacon Hill, home of the Emily Carr House. You can also see Canada's west coast naval base at Esquimalt and the pretty seaside community of Sidney before catching your plane home from this amazing trip.

Route Map

Fly into: Victoria (YYJ)

Overnight Stops: Victoria - Port Alberni - Tofino - Campbell River - Nanaimo - Victoria

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