Find out how to get from Victoria to Tofino, as well as stop at some of Vancouver Islands top attractions along the way! These are some of our favourite routes around the island.
Suggested rental period: 5 days
This short route takes you out of Victoria towards Sooke and up the West Coast Road (Highway 14). Stop at any of the beautiful beaches along the way and choose from hundreds of hiking trails between East Sooke Park, Juan De Fuca Park and Port Renfrew. Head North towards Lake Cowichan through forests of massive red cedars and then on to Duncan. Finish the loop by heading South down Highway 1 to Victoria.
EAST COAST RUN
Suggested rental period: 8 days
The East Coast Run takes you along the Strait of Georgia towards Port Renfrew, sticking to the East Coast of Vancouver Island. This route passes through some of the beautiful coastal towns along Highway 1 taking you all the way to Telegraph Cove, North Vancouver Island. Take your time and you'll find some beautiful campgrounds, lakes, and trails to spend your vacation exploring and discovering on the East Coast of Vancouver Island.
WEST COAST BEST COAST
Suggested rental period: 10 days
This is our favourite route. First, head out of Victoria and up the coast towards Port Renfrew. Keep an eye out to the let and you'll enjoy views of the Olympic Mountain Range in Washington. Pick one of the hundreds of trails down to the beaches and find waterfalls, driftwood, and towering trees. When you're finished exploring the area or Port Renfrew, head inland to Lake Cowichan and onto Highway 1. You'll eventually end up in the small towns of Ladysmith and Nanoose Bay. The fun really starts when you turn onto Highway 4. Enjoy beautiful mountains and lakes as the winding road takes you all the way to the Pacific Rim National Park. Make sure to take your time, enjoy the view, and let the faster cars pass you. Nobody on vacation should be in a hurry! We recommend spending at least a couple days around the Pacific Rim National Park enjoying the towns of Ucluelet and Tofino. Spend another day or two making your way back to Victoria, and you will have completed your tour of the Southern half of Vancouver Island.