Explore North America’s largest island on an epic Vancouver road trip. With a magnificent blend of untamed wilderness, rolling beaches, verdant rainforests and vibrant city life, there’s truly something for everyone on Vancouver Island. The mountain-studded and lake-jewelled landscape offers forest trails, snow sports, kayaking adventures and fishing trips – and when you’re finished exploring, five-star hotels and restaurants to unwind in.
With limited public transport links, and an abundance of natural splendour, Vancouver Island is perfect for an independent self drive holiday. Jump in a car or motorhome and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of taking control of your adventure and getting off the beaten track.
Sweeping beaches, vibrant towns and lush rainforests
There are ample adventures to be had on a fly drive Vancouver Island adventure. Take the ferry to multiple points in mainland British Columbia to begin your trip – the most popular route from cosmopolitan Vancouver to historic Victoria. Alternatively, journey from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo or Seattle to Victoria; or take the overnight ferry service between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy.
A self drive holiday in Vancouver enables you to experience all of Canada’s most exciting activities and attractions and to really experience the diversity of the landscape. Discover the charming towns of Tofino, Ucluelet, Nanaimo, Campbell River and Port Hardy; sample the specialities of the Vancouver Island wineries and distilleries; head to Pacific Rim National Park to spot whales, grizzly bears and sea otters; learn about the indigenous First Nations culture. And why not take a break from driving to stay in one of the island’s luxury wilderness resorts? Set in breathtaking locations, indulge in five-star luxury while enjoying the fantastic adventure activities and wildlife experiences of the area.
Inspiring Vancouver Island itineraries
Here’s an array of our popular self drive Vancouver itineraries – get in touch so we can create an incredible adventure, just for you.
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