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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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Rv Trip Vancouver Island

  • 9 Days
Explore the rugged coastline of Vancouver Island with your Cruise Canada motorhome on this 8 day suggested itinerary. Starting in…
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Bear Watching Excursion

Whales Bears Vancouver Island Self-Drive

  • 9 Days
  • Guide Price £3,799 PP
Our incredible Whales, Bears and Vancouver Island self drive provides a sample of Canada’s most spectacular treasures. Discover picturesque Vancouver…
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Self drive holidays
High Note Trail, Whistler

Calgary To Vancouver Road Trip

  • 16 Days
  • Guide Price £4,499 PP
Take an epic adventure across the great Canadian Rockies. Journey from Calgary through the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the breath…
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Self drive holidays

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