Vancouver Island Road Trip Itinerary From Victoria to Port Hardy

This would make a good Vancouver Island 1-week itinerary. For example, you could stay 3 nights in Victoria, 2 nights in Parksville and 2 nights in Telegraph Cove.

Depending on how much time you have, you can adapt this itinerary to spend more or less time in various places.

Here are some of the best places to visit on Vancouver Island when driving from the bottom of the island all the way to the top.


Voted one of the “Top 10 Cities in North America” by Travel + Leisure, it’s a seaside city with an historic British flavor and loads of natural scenic beauty.


Located a 2-hour drive north from Victoria, these two delightful resort towns  (about a 10-minute drive apart from each other) are known for their sprawling sandy beaches.


Parksville and Qualicum Beach

Photo: Parksville Qualicum Beach


Famous as the place where a Norwegian family built a small country market more than 40 years ago. They put a trip of goats on the sod roof to mow the grass and entertain passers-by.


Campbell River

Dubbed the “Salmon Capital of the World,” Campbell River is a top destination for salmon fishing. Many fishers have caught salmon bigger than 30 lbs (13 kg).


Photo: Destination Campbell River

Elk Falls Provincial Park

With a thundering waterfall and sky-high suspension bridge, Elk Falls Provincial Park is a popular destination.


Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove itself is located on the Johnstone Strait, near Robson Bight, which is famous for its orca-rubbing beaches.


Photo: Telegraph Cove Resort

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Photo: Nimmo Bay Resort