DAY TRIPS AND LONGER

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If you have access to a car and want to explore further afield than Victoria, here’s some suggestions of where to visit around Vancouver Island!

You’ll find some trips listed in both sections because a day trip can easily be extended if you’re having too much fun to go back right away!

DAY TRIPS – Places close enough to get there and check things out – then get back the same day!

  • Duncan, BC Visitor in Victoria

DUNCAN, BC – CITY OF TOTEMS

If you're looking for a great day-trip while visiting Victoria, BC, consider a drive up the beautiful Malahat Drive to the city of Duncan, BC. The city is about 50 kilometres from both Victoria to

  • Cowichan Bay, BC Visitor in Victoria

COWICHAN BAY

Cowichan Bay, BC is a small sea-side community about an hour north of Victoria, BC. For many thousands of years Cowichan Bay was home to First Nations people who harvested the wealth of salmon and

  • Whippletree Junction, Duncan, BC Visitor in Victoria

WHIPPLETREE JUNCTION

About 45 - 50 minutes or so north of Victoria right along Hwy #1 is the quaint and unique Whippletree Junction. It's a funky collection of businesses, restaurants and art and craft galleries that's always

  • Chemainus, BC Visitor in Victoria

CHEMAINUS – CITY OF MURALS

Chemainus is a small town of approximately 3900 and is located about 80 kilometers north of Victoria, BC. The drive itself up to the town is on the breathtaking Malahat Drive which passes through some

  • McLean Mill Visitor in Victoria

THE MCLEAN MILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

A Trip Back in Time at the McLean Mill National Historic Site, Port Alberni, BC. A 2 1/2 hour drive will take you to one of Vancouver Island most interesting historical sites, the McLean Mill. 

  • Coombs Country Market, Coombs, BC Visitor in Victoria

COOMBS COUNTRY MARKET

I first happened upon this place over 20 years ago when it was just a ‘country market’ with the added appeal of having goats grazing on it’s turf roof.  It was a great place to

HISTORIC KINSOL TRESTLE

For a unique biking or walking experience, I suggest you drive up to see the amazing century old Kinsol Trestle which is now part of the Trans Canada Trail.  It's about an hour's drive up

  • Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew, BC Visitor in Victoria

JUAN DE FUCA PROVINCIAL PARK – BOTANICAL BEACH

When visiting Victoria, a really nice day trip is out to Port Renfrew - there you'll find a wonderful place to explore at low tide - Botanical Beach.  Click HERE for a link to tide

  • East Point, Saturna Island, BC

Gulf Islands Get Away – Saturna Island

A SATURNA ISLAND DAY TRIP While you're in Victoria, you should definitely think about exploring some of the Gulf Islands.  If you want a quiet, outdoorsy get away, Saturna Island is probably your choice.  With

  • vineyards

VINEYARDS

Vancouver Island is fast becoming one of the premier wine growing areas in BC - second only to the Okanagan. Within the Greater Victoria area here are some suggestions of wineries to visit: 1. Church

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BUS SERVICE OUT-OF-TOWN

Bus Transportation from Victoria to other Vancouver Island Destinations TOFINO BUS ISLAND EXPRESS If you are planning to visit other parts of Vancouver Island while you are visiting Victoria and don't have your own vehicle

SIDNEY SPIT NATIONAL PARK RESERVE

Sidney Spit National Park Reserve is located on Sidney Island, just east of the town of Sidney, BC Sidney Spit is accessible by kayak, canoe or boat. There are 21 mooring buoys, and dock space

  • French Beach Sign

FRENCH BEACH PROVINCIAL PARK

Situated on the scenic Strait of Juan de Fuca on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island, French Beach Provincial Park offers much more than just beautiful hiking trails through lush forests. A wide swatch

  • Horne Lake Caves

HORNE LAKE CAVES PROVINCIAL PARK

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is located about 2.5 hours north of Victoria. (See map and directions at bottom of post) What to do at Horne Lake Caves… Cave Theatre & Museum Come visit the

  • Port Renfrew, Botanical Beach, Vancouver Island Visitor in Victoria

PORT RENFREW HIKES AND ADVENTURES

A pleasant drive and day trip is the route to the small town of Port Renfrew. Take a beautiful and scenic drive of approx. 100km (one way) to the West Coast town of Port Renfrew.

  • Alberni Pacific Steam Train

ALBERNI PACIFIC STEAM TRAIN, PORT ALBERNI, BC

Welcome to the Alberni Pacific "Steam" Railway Alberni Steam Train Come Ride the Rails on the Alberni Pacific Railway. Over the past 20 years the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society has restored

  • bc ferry

THE GULF ISLANDS, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Just a short ferry ride from Victoria is a series of small islands called the 'Canadian Gulf Islands'. For something very different and memorable, take a ferry ride to one of the many Gulf Islands.

  • malahat view

DUNCAN AND CHEMAINUS, VANCOUVER ISLAND

A Driving Tour from Victoria To Duncan and Chemainus, BC If you're looking for other things to do within a day's drive from Victoria, consider driving up the famous 'Malahat' (Highway #1 North) with it's

LONGER TRIPS – These are far enough away that you might want to spend the night (or nights!) and return the next day (or week!).

  • Campbell River Harbour

A VISIT TO CAMPBELL RIVER

Outdoor Enthusiasts will Love Campbell River, BC Campbell River is the third largest city on Vancouver Island and is literally surrounded by nature. It sits on the 5oth parallel about a 3 hour drive north

  • West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, BC

WEST COAST TRAIL

One of the best hikes on Vancouver Island is the West Coast Trail. This is not a trail to be taken lightly - it's not a Sunday afternoon type of hike.  This is a major

  • East Point, Saturna Island, BC

Gulf Islands Get Away – Saturna Island

A SATURNA ISLAND DAY TRIP While you're in Victoria, you should definitely think about exploring some of the Gulf Islands.  If you want a quiet, outdoorsy get away, Saturna Island is probably your choice.  With

  • bus service

BUS SERVICE OUT-OF-TOWN

Bus Transportation from Victoria to other Vancouver Island Destinations TOFINO BUS ISLAND EXPRESS If you are planning to visit other parts of Vancouver Island while you are visiting Victoria and don't have your own vehicle

  • Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island

Telegraph Cove is named for a coastal telegraph station built a century ago. Kayaking into Telegraph Cove This renowned whale watching outpost retains it's original character as one of the West Coast's last

  • Port Renfrew, Botanical Beach, Vancouver Island Visitor in Victoria

PORT RENFREW HIKES AND ADVENTURES

A pleasant drive and day trip is the route to the small town of Port Renfrew. Take a beautiful and scenic drive of approx. 100km (one way) to the West Coast town of Port Renfrew.

  • comox valley

To Courtenay/Comox/Mt. Washington, Vancouver Island

WINTER AND SUMMER ACTIVITIES Vancouver Island If you're in to winter sports, we have a very good ski hill - Mt. Washington - which is about 3 - 3 1/2 hours north of

  • long beach

LONG BEACH IN TOFINO, VANCOUVER ISLAND

SIGHTSEEING/PADDLING/WHALE WATCHING/SURFING Vancouver Island Because Vancouver Island is fairly small (about 460 km - or 290 mi x 80 km - or 50 mi) it's easy to get anywhere in a day. But

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