10 days in British Columbia Itinerary

10 days in British Columbia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock British Columbia holiday planner

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— 2 nights
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 4 nights
Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 2 nights



— 2 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stop by Vancouver Downtown and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Stanley Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kitsilano Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vancouver trip itinerary builder website.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Vancouver is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Vancouver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in May, things will get a bit warmer in Vancouver: highs are around 21°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tofino.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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Tofino, Vancouver Island

— 4 nights
A tiny settlement on Vancouver Island's wild western coastline, surfers' favorite Tofino occupies a scenic location at the edge of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pacific Rim National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from the city and head to Long Beach and Chesterman Beach. Go for a jaunt from Tofino to Ucluelet to see Mark Penney Gallery about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, view the masterpieces at Roy Henry Vickers Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainforest Trail.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tofino trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vancouver to Tofino takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Vancouver in May, expect nights in Tofino to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly to Victoria.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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Victoria, Vancouver Island

— 2 nights

Garden City

Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites and Hatley Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery in Sooke (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: trek along Scenic Marine Route, explore the historical opulence of Craigdarroch Castle, take a leisurely stroll along Inner Harbour, and get a sense of history and politics at Government House.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Victoria road trip planner.

Fly from Tofino to Victoria in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

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British Columbia travel guide

Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Wineries & Vineyards
Approximately four times as large as Great Britain, the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia remains a sparsely populated land of soaring mountains, picture-perfect coastlines, and dense forests filled with a diverse wildlife. Ideal for active and adventurous vacationers, British Columbia holidays usually include a blend of wilderness experiences and tours of urban attractions. Most visitors come here to kayak, whale watch, ski, snowboard, golf, fish, surf, and hike through 4 national parks and 140 ecological reserves. For a comprehensive British Columbia tour, make sure your visit includes stops in Vancouver and Victoria, two big cities packed with modern attractions and perfectly positioned for exploring this part of North America.