Vancouver Island: High Tea to Low Tide
- Best of Vancouver and Victoria
- Vancouver Island: High Tea to Low Tide
- Vancouver’s Totem Poles
- Vancouver’s Best Hiking
- Family Fun in Vancouver & Victoria
- Focus on Vancouver and Victoria
- Vancouver Weekend Getaway
- Victoria Weekend Getaway
- A Tour Through Time
- Inside Passage Cruises
- Outdoor Adventures
- Winter Fun in Vancouver & Victoria
So you have just one week and want to concentrate your time on Vancouver Island? Not a problem. This itinerary mixes high tea with low tide to create a trip that has something for everyone.
For many people, hiking the West Coast Trail is a major reason for traveling to the island, but because the route takes a minimum of four days to traverse, I leave it as an option that you could include in an extended tour of the island.
After catching a ferry across Georgia Strait from Vancouver, spend your first day exploring Victoria. Fans of flowers won’t want to miss Butchart Gardens, and history buffs should spend an hour or so in the Royal BC Museum. Either way, head to Oak Bay for a traditional afternoon tea.
Drive north to Nanaimo. Walk along the harborfront, book an afternoon dive at one of the local wrecks, or go bungee jumping. Leave Nanaimo behind by late afternoon, heading for the west coast. Stop at He-tin-kis Park to admire the old-growth forest. Stay in Tofino tonight.
Drive to Port Alberni and take a cruise aboard the MV Frances Barkley. After returning to port, families may want to book a night at one of Parksville’s many beachside resorts, while anglers could continue on to Campbell River.
Telegraph Cove will be a highlight of your time on Vancouver Island—even if you don’t take a whale-watching trip.
Go kayaking, take a hike, or spend a relaxing morning soaking up island life—just read the timetable carefully to ensure the direct ferry back to Vancouver will arrive well before your scheduled departure home.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition