Explore Victoria, the Cowichan Valley and Telegraph Cove!
Vancouver Island, off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, is a true gem with its stunning natural beauty, vibrant cities, and rich cultural experiences. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a food and wine connoisseur, or simply seeking a relaxing getaway, Vancouver Island has something for everyone. Join us as we explore a one-week vacation itinerary to make the most of your visit.
DAY 1 & 2: ARRIVAL IN VICTORIA
Your Vancouver Island adventure begins in Victoria, the island’s capital. As you step off the plane or ferry, you’ll be welcomed by the picturesque Inner Harbour, framed by historic architecture and the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel. Check into your accommodation, and set off to explore the city.
Start your visit with a trip to the Royal BC Museum and learn about the island’s fascinating history. Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll through the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, where you can revel in the beauty of meticulously maintained gardens. For dinner, savor the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants around the Inner Harbour.
Day two in Victoria is all about experiencing the city’s charm and culture. Begin your day with a visit to the Fairmont Empress Hotel for an elegant afternoon tea. This iconic hotel, with its grand architecture and stunning views of the harbour, offers a truly regal experience.
After tea, explore the historic Bastion Square and the vibrant Chinatown district. Victoria’s Chinatown is one of the oldest in North America and is teeming with cultural and culinary delights.
In the afternoon, embark on a whale-watching tour from the Inner Harbour, a thrilling experience to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Our sister company Prince of Whales offer Half Day, Zodiac and Sunset Whale Watching tours right from the Inner Harbour in Victoria, which will take you on a once in a lifetime wildlife watching experience.
As the day winds down, enjoy a delectable seafood dinner at a local restaurant, soaking in the beautiful waterfront views.
DAY 3: COWICHAN VALLEY ADVENTURE
On day three, bid farewell to Victoria and journey to the nearby Cowichan Valley. This region is known for its wineries and artisanal food. Visit renowned wineries like Merridale Cidery and Unsworth Vineyards, and savor some of the finest local wines and ciders.
Make time to explore the Malahat Skywalk as you head up-island. It’s an impressive sight that offers great photo opportunities. You can choose to stay overnight in the charming towns of Duncan or Cowichan Bay, where local hospitality and fresh farm-to-table dining await.
DAY 4 & 5: TELEGRAPH COVE ADVENTURE
As you travel to the northern part of the island, make your way to Telegraph Cove, a picturesque fishing village known for its stunning coastal scenery and wildlife.
Once you arrive, check into your chosen accommodation and explore the charming boardwalk, offering breathtaking views of the ocean. Don’t forget to visit the Telegraph Cove Whale Interpretive Centre to learn more about the marine life in the area. Enjoy the evening in this quaint coastal community, taking in the serenity of the cove and the soothing sounds of the ocean.
Day five in Telegraph Cove is a day for exploration and outdoor adventure. Consider taking a whale-watching tour or kayaking along the coast with us! The area is rich in wildlife and natural beauty, offering a once-in-a-lifetime kayaking experience.
Spend the day taking in the stunning scenery and observing the fascinating marine and terrestrial life that makes Telegraph Cove its home.
DAY 6: RETURN TO VICTORIA
On the sixth day of your Vancouver Island adventure, make your way back to Victoria. Enjoy a leisurely drive through the island’s lush landscapes, capturing any last-minute photo opportunities.
Arriving back in Victoria, take the time to visit any attractions you may have missed or revisit your favorite spots. Enjoy a final dinner in the city, savoring the flavors of the island one last time.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE
Depending on your departure time, you may have some free time in Victoria on your last day. Take a final walk along the Inner Harbour, visit any last-minute attractions, or simply relax before heading to the airport or ferry terminal for your journey home!