i'm planing with another girl to go to vancouver island from the 8th to the 12th of may.
we will leave from vancouver...what do you recommend where to go with the ferry...nanaimo or victoria?
i thought take the ferry to victoria, continue on the westcoast to port renfrew, do a hike on the west coast trail for a half or one day, continue to go to the pacific rim national park, go on to port alberni and give the car back on the 12th in de morning in nanaimo...
what to you think about it? is there anyone who plans to do a similar trip? are there other possibilities to come around than to rent a car?
thx so much for your help
Sounds like a great plan to me. I'd also suggest you consider some time to visit Butchart Gardens, the Butterfly World, and the many spots where there are beekeepers that sell fresh honey on the island. I've been to Vancouver Island three times and always enjoyed myself there.
And don't forget to visit the 'goats on the roof' at Coombs. So cool!
Note that goats might not always be present on the roof (there weren't any when we dropped by; false advertising!) and that the entire place appeared to us as a completely chaotic and crowded tourist trap.
Pacific Rim National Park is gorgeous. My favorite part was the Schooner Cove Trail (the most northernly of the many short trails, iirc), which has some of the densest and most gorgeous old-growth rainforest around. Also be sure to visit the wonderfully irreverent Tofino Botanical Garden; the folder with explanations about the various parts of the gardens entertained us to no end.
Note that I don't think there's a way to just "continue on" from Port Renfrew to the Pacific Rim National Park / Tofino area; you first have to loop back north all the way to the 'east' coast, and then head west from there. But totally worth it!
Hrm... except that you're rather short on time for doing so... Much as I love Victoria (which is my favorite city in Canada), with only four days, I'd instead opt to take the ferry to Nanaimo and head straight from the Pacific Rim.
I absolutely love Victoria and definitely agree with Calcruzer make sure to stop by the Butchart Gardens! Victoria has a lot of cool shops and street performers as well if you go in the right season.