How much time do you have to get there?
Along the Way - Chemainus for murals - Coombs for goats on roof - Cathedral Grove for the Big Tree are the standard stops. there are lots more if you have more than 6 hrs to get there.
Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park would rank at the top of my list.
The town of Chamainus is enroute and worthy of a visit as well.
You should include your location in your profile. It can help in the responses.
First stop would be Goldstream Park as you leave Victoria. Salmon spawning river in the Fall, big trees, bald eagles and a nice short hike through the forest to the Nature House.
Farther on, at the summit of the Malahat, the first of three stops on the mountain. Great overlook of the fjord, although that word is not used here.
Second stop is a rest area only, no view
Third stop, Split Rock, Stop here, fantastic view and descriptive map. Descend mountain. Mill Bay McDonalds, Tim Hortons etc.
Enter Duncan, nice town, totem poles all over town and world's largest hockey stick.
Chemainus, just off highway. Nice small town famous for its murals.
Ladysmith, very pleasant small town 'Main Street'.
Nanaimo, small city. Nice harbour front near city centre.
Parkesville & Qualicum. Great beaches. Parkesville great for kids.
Head inland. Coombs , country market, goats on the roof, not as good as it used to be!
Little Qualicum Falls, short hike- really nice. Cameron Lake.
Cathedral Grove- Giant trees- biggest ones on left side, across the highway.
Mill town of Port Alberni, most southerly 'northern town' in BC- used to live here.
Nice, small water front.
Sproat Lake. Beautiful Lake, beach etc. Home to giant Mars water bomber. ( I think there is still one there)
Climb up through Sutton Pass, real mountains become visible. Watch for wildlife! Highest rainfall area in North America . Deep channel with river at the bottom will fill right up to almost road level during winter rainstorms.
Road becomes twisty and exciting as you get near to coast . Part of this is high above the lake, couldn't find it but this is the general area. https://goo.gl/maps/KVjNeM35iW62
It takes 5 hours to drive to Tofino, twice that to include the stops.
A heads up, doing research on the website brings greater rewards than using a phone or the App. There are Top Questions in the right sidebar, on this forum and many others, that are rich in collective information. e.g. Victoria Forum, Nanaimo Forum, Vancouver Island Forum.
I hope you will consider the Kinsol Trestle which I think is worth a stop and a walk on the trail.
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