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Help us decide on how to split our time

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Help us decide on how to split our time

We're arriving in Vancouver Friday eve July 29, we''ll spend the weekend and then head to Vicrtoria for Mon. & Tues. nights. We are not leaving CA until the following Sunday July 8.

We are thinking of heading to Whistler for a night or two. We are not very active, but enjoy nature.

Should we spend a night or two in Whistler? ITf we do will we feel like we did not have enough time in Vancouver?

Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Help us decide on how to split our time

The Vancouver forum is where you need to post this question:


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2. Re: Help us decide on how to split our time

Hi sandune;

FYI...This forum is primarily about the country of Canada in general.

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3. Re: Help us decide on how to split our time

Just for clarification... you arrive June 29, 3 nts Vancouver, 2 nts Victoria and have 4 nts to play with yes? Flying out of Vancouver on the 8th yes? You have a rental car yes?

First of all - Please tell me you have hotels arranged for yr first 5 nights and a reservation on the ferry to Victoria on Monday. It's a holiday/long wkend!!

Well, normally I would say, stay on the island for 3 more nts, head to the west coast and spend your last night in Vancouver but finding accommodation in the popular towns of Tofino/Ucluelet might be challenging at this point. Certainly a great option if you can find something. Very beautiful there.

If you do this, make reservation for ferry Nanaimo to mainland (either Departure Bay/Horseshoe Bay or Duke Point/Tsawwassen) on Sat and spend last nt in Vancouver before flight. (Tsawwassen if staying at airport hotel and HB if downtown depending on yr flight time)

OR you could see if you can find accommodation on Salt Spring Island for a couple of nts and then go back to Vancouver for your last 2 (ferry from Swartz Bay/Victoria to Fulford Harbour (not reservable) and to Tsawwassen from Long Harbour - reserve this one)

OR You could.... drive to Comox for a night and take the ferries to Powell River then Saltery Bay/Earls Cove & continue on to somewhere on the Sunshine Coast for a couple of nights (again accommodation availability) That would require a ferry from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay to get back to Vancouver so again, best to go on Sat w/last nt in Vancouver before flight. Reserve.

And yes Whistler is certainly an option, accommodation won't be a problem as they have thousands of rms/condos. If you decide to do this, drive up island from Victoria on Tues and take ferry from Nanaimo Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay. reserve?

I think your decision depends on how much driving you want to do, how much you like ferries! and if you have a preference for mountains, seaside or city lights. What did you come to see in BC? Seems a shame to come to the island and only see Victoria but I'm biased;)


I'm not sure how much help this is or if it's more a primer for how to get from A to B by ferry routes!!

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4. Re: Help us decide on how to split our time

What are your dates? Do you mean June 29, a Friday, and July 8 is a Sunday.

Canada Day is July1, with July 2 being taken as a day in lieu by many people, mainly office workers. School gets out on June 29. It's a very very busy weekend on the roads and the ferries.


June 29, 30, July 1. Vancouver

July 2, 3, 4. Victoria

July 5, 6. Courtenay/Comox area of Vancouver Island. Lots of nature between Victoria and Comox. The Puntledge River, at Comox, provides an estuary to walk in and other delights. And Goose Spit Park for nature. Courtenay has a wonderful small museum. Cumberland near by takes you underground as a coal mine museum. The Parksville area has a half dozen attractions to visit.

July 7. Vancouver the night before your flight out

July 8. Fly out.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GqZCEPpDKG32



June 29, 30, July 1, Vancouver

July 2, 3. Whistler

July 4, 5, 6. Victoria

July 7. Vancouver, the night before your flight out

July 8. Fly out.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/nRzFUhj9Gsq


Both options are doable. Your choice is going to come down to doing the research for each destination and seeing which route holds more interest for you.

Here is an article from the Victoria Forum's Top Questions (visible on a computer) that describes the things to see and do between Victoria and Parksville: https:/…Day.Trips.From.Victoria.html

And here is an article from the Vancouver Forum's TQs that describe what there is to see and do on the way from Vancouver to Whistler: https:/…Driving.The.Sea.To.Sky.Highway.html

Don't worry about the red boxes. The information is still current.

Ladysmith, VI: www.ladysmith.ca/discover-ladysmith/overview

Chemainus, VI: http://visitchemainus.ca/

Nanaimo, VI: https://www.tourismnanaimo.com/

Parksville/Qualicum Beach, VI: http://www.visitparksvillequalicumbeach.com/

Comox Valley, VI (Courtenay/Comox): https:/…

Whistler: www.whistler.com ... and ... www.whistlerblackcomb.com

Edited: 14 May 2018, 14:19
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