Following on from my post last week about wanting to return to BC in 2020 and kicking around ideas, this is what I have come up with and just wanted to see what you thought about the logistics of it, the only thing I am slightly worried about is getting from Vancouver Island to Vancouver airport on the final day.
So, 15 nights holiday it will be because of the flight dates and times that are the usual schedule for Manchester to Vancouver.
Land in Vancouver and drive to North Vancouver for 5 nights. (the original plan was to head to Vancouver Island but after our 9 hour flight from the UK I really don't want to be taking the ferry and doing much more travelling) From our base in North Vancouver we will have a day at Whistler, visit Deep Cove and Lynn Canyon that we missed last time, a day in downtown for Granville island and then visit a few more places for hikes/waterfalls etc around the north area.
Then Horseshoe bay for the ferry over to Departure Bay. Stop of in Coombs on the way to Ucluelet for 5 nights, thinking of staying in a cabin here with a hot tub and water views. From our base here we will explore Tofino and the rainforest walks, do a bear tour and visit the many beaches.
From there we will drive down to south Vancouver island for our final 5 nights, I am thinking of somewhere near Sooke. On the way we will stop at Nanaimo for lunch, obviously i'll need a Nanaimo bar too seen as they are so nice ;-) and call in at Cheminus to see the murals. This should break the long drive up. From our base in Sooke we will be able to visit Victoria and Buchart gardens, the Goldstream tressle, Mystic beach and all the other sites on the south of the island.
The flight home to the UK from Vancouver is usually scheduled for 6pm. This 'should' give us plenty of time to travel from Sooke to Swartz Bay and then over to Tsawwassen. I'm not against getting up early and catching one of the first ferries to make sure we get there. I had thought of booking a 1 way car hire and dropping it at Victoria airport and flying back to Vancouver but this will just add to cost and I doubt it would be much quicker anyway once you factor in airport security and any flight delays.
Interested to hear your thoughts on this.