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whistlestop tour?

Hello everyone,

My family will be travelling to Canada for the first time in June and will be based in Vancouver. One of the highlights of our trip will be a visit to Victoria. However, given the shortage of time and other destinations already planned we will only be spending 2 nights/1 day in Victoria. We will be travelling by rented car across the ferry.

There are obvious sightseeing attractions to view on the first day such as the harbour, buchart, museum, parliament to visit on the first day. However, on the second day we would like to go on whistlestop tour of Vancouver Island checking out as many beautiful neighbouring towns, marina’s, bays, coves and beaches to get at least a taste of what this wonderful island offers.

Can anyone recommend a route that could encompass many of the attractions VI has to offer?

Many thanks,

Jay

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1. Re: whistlestop tour?

Hi coffeechat ~

Vancouver Island is 1.5 times larger than Wales. There is one highway 19 up the east side of the Island and one highway 4 across the middle from Parksville to Tofino. And there is the Pacific Marine Circle Route (google it) that extends west from Victoria, cuts across Island to Duncan and hwy 19.

In one day you could probably do the PMCR in 5 hours driving plus the several stops. Or you could drive up as far as Campbell River in about 3 hours, stops extra. Allow 5-6 hours for the numerous points of interest in between and then 3 hours drive back down to Victoria. Heading for Tofino would be counterproductive as it takes 5 hours drive from Vic and then needs 3 nights once there.

Goldstream Ptovinvial Park

Cowichan Valley wineries

BC Forest Discovery Centre at Duncan

First Nations Cultural Centre at Duncan

Chemainus outdoor murals

Nanaimo - the Nanaimo Bar Trail

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

Coombs Farm Market

Rathtrevor Provincial Park

Coombs Farm Market

Courtenay Estuary

the little ferry to Denman Island

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2. Re: whistlestop tour?

Hi coffeechat,

Pretty much what Mufti said but a little tweak here and there. On the day you are leaving Victoria, or stay your second night in Nanaimo, I would head north and do some or all of the following things and then take the ferry from Departure Bay Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver.

Goldstream Ptovinvial Park

Lookouts on Malahat Drive (Hwy 1) heading north, gorgeous views including Mt. Baker extinct volcano

Kinsol Trestle

Merridale Ciderworks, near Kinsol Trestle

Village of Cowichan Bay

Chemainus outdoor murals

Pacific Northwest Raptors Centre, herd Road, Duncan

BC Forest Discovery Centre at Duncan (you would have to double back a bit to go to this stuff in Duncan)

First Nations Cultural Centre at Duncan (head north again after this)

Nanaimo - the Nanaimo Bar Trail

Newcastle Island Provincial Park, Nanaimo

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Parksville

If you have satnav with Canada maps loaded this would be very useful. Could also use Google Maps on your iPhone.

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3. Re: whistlestop tour?

I'm glad there's an expert proofreader on this forum! Thank you for that, Dave. :-) Completely missed the obvious, to cross over to Vancouver on the Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay ferry run.

Here's a map of all these points of interest, listed in the sidebar to the left.

http://tinyurl.com/d47kqeb

Edited: 8:11 pm, May 08, 2013
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Dave/Mufti, thank you very much for the suggestions. Will definately check out.

Jay

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