After a few days on the mainland, it’s time to head off to the island. You’ll drive down to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal for a scenic ferry ride over to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Be sure to grab a Nanaimo bar once you land, it’s a local specialty!
Spring is one of the best times to come to the island, summer activities are in full swing from late March on! For those looking to explore Vancouver Island exclusively, we highly recommend checking our Rugged North and Vancouver Island Nature Paradise itineraries. Either of them will be a blast in the spring!
If you’re doing our May highlights tour, here’s a few stops that you’ll make as you after taking a ferry from the mainland over to Nanaimo.
Comox Valley: On your first day on the island, you’ll drive an hour north of Nanaimo and explore nearby Comox Valley! The beautiful beaches nearby offer an amazing variety of activities: kayaking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, and more. The views of Mt Washington to the west will be especially spectacular this time of year, as it’ll still have a bunch of snow up top.
Goldstream Provincial Park: Waterfall central! You’ll walk through a beautiful Douglas Fir and Spruce forest, and soak up amazing views of the park’s numerous waterfalls
Malahat Skywalk: This popular attraction near Victoria gives you amazing views of the surrounding islands. Highly accessible, and a great option for a rest day.
Whale-Watching: Peak season for whale watching begins in May. You can expect to see orcas and humpback whales on your day at sea There’s a bunch of tours leaving from Victoria, so it’ll be a great way to spend your last day