Vancouver Island by Motorhome
7 Nights Motorhome from £1,169 per Person Including Flights
Experience the wildlife and seascapes of British Columbia. Beginning in Vancouver, you will take the scenic ferry across The Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Highlights include climbing into the rugged Malahat highlands, driving the Island Highway with easy access to the islands beaches and Provincial Parks such as Morton Lake, Elk Falls and Miracle Beach. You will be able to buy fresh seafood to BBQ at your chosen campsite and when you reach Port Hardy on Vancouver Island you can spot killer whales, dolphins and seals from the shore.
The itinerary below is just a suggestion for your motorhome holiday - you are free to choose where and when you stop. You select your own campsites – in high season you’re advised to book these early, but outside of peak times you can usually leave yourself with the flexibility to adapt your itinerary as you go – if you totally love a place, then why not stay another night?
This itinerary has been designed for you to explore Vancouver Island over the course of a week, but you may want to add this to a flydrive holiday around the Rockies and National Parks staying in hotels and lodges such as the Great Parks of the West or a perhaps a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer train such as the Rockies Highlights.
- Stay in a prime location on Victoria harbour, and take the ferry into the city to explore on foot, and perhaps take a whale- watching trip
- Drive to Malahat summit for stunning views of the fjords and glaciers
- Explore the beautiful beaches of Vancouver island with seals and sealions, and spot whales and dolphins from the shore
- Explore the charming Old City Quarter of Nanaimo, with its shops, restaurants & museums, and stop for a drink at the historic Palace Hotel
Travel inspiration: Spanning an incredible diversity of ecosystems, Vancouver Island offers the perfect environment for recreational pursuits and close encounters with some of the region’s most iconic wildlife. Read our guide to getting around this fast island.
Fly to Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and check into your airport hotel for a relaxing night before your road trip.
Pick up your motorhome from the depot and drive the short distance to the suggested campsite of Burnaby Cariboo on the east side of Vancouver by the Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Vancouver – Victoria (75 miles)
Set off in good time for the Tsawwessen-Swartz Bay Ferry which should be a simple hour long drive, but do allow additional time so you don’t miss your sailing. You’ll take the ferry across to Sannich, south Vancouver Island, so enjoy the seascapes on the ninety minute trip across the Alaska Marine Highway. Once on dry land, you have a 20 mile drive to tonight’s suggested campsite – the West Bay Marine Village.
Victoria – Campbell River (180 miles)
You may want to stay in Victoria for a few days, to explore this beautiful Garden City or take a whale-watching trip or any of the other attractions of Victoria Once you're ready to experience the wilderness just head up along the north eastern coast of Vancouver Island. Drive up to one of the vantage points in the Malahat highlands for stunning views of the Saanich Inlet, a backwards fjord facing into the direction of the glacial flow. Drive through the lowland valleys, with lush farmlands and gravel-bed rivers teeming with Steelhead trout. Turning off Highway 19 onto Highway 19a you will drive through the lovely unspoilt coastal region. Take the short ferry ride from Campbell River to Quadra Island where you will find the Ripple Rock RV Park at Browns Bay Resort
Campbell River – Telegraph Cove (including the round trip to Port Hardy 195 miles)
Continue to the northern-west tip of Vancouver Island Port Hardy, where you may see killer whale pods and schools of dolphins jumping through the waves. Cape Scott Provincial Park is situated on the northern point of the island and here you can explore the fourteen miles of beach where seals and sealions frolic off-shore. Then head back on Highway 19 for your overnight stay at Telegraph Cove RV Park.
Telegraph Cove – Qualicom Bay (186 miles)
Driving back southbound, you can visit the Provincial Parks of Morton Lake, Elk Falls and Miracle Beach. This area is rich in seafood, so why not buy the daily catch and enjoy a BBQ this evening.
Qualicom Bay – Nanaimo (39 miles)
Plenty of time today to enjoy the beaches, as it’s just a short drive to your next stop – Vancouver Islands second city Nanaimo in it’s beautiful location between Mount Benson ay out nd the Straight of Georgia. You’ll enjoy strolling the Old City Quarter with its historic buildings charming shops and quirky museums. Tonight’s campsite is a beautiful natural park of fifty three acres, along the riverside and oceanfront.
Nanaimo – Vancouver (50 miles – most by ferry)
The Horseshoe Bay Ferry is just ten minutes from your campsite, and then it is a two hour crossing back to Vancouver. Either book the Early Bird Departure Special so that you can return your motorhome in the afternoon, or check-in back at the Burnaby Cariboo campsite in Vancouver for another night or two.
- International flights
- 1 night at a Vancouver airport hotel or similar
- Rental of a Standard motorhome (Compact and Large motorhomes are also available)
- Personal & Kitchen Kits
What’s Not Included
- Campsite charges
Vehicle departure time is normally between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Vehicle drop off time is normally between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM only. Returns after 11:00 am may be subject to a late return fee of $25 per hour.
Departure Dates & Prices
|Departure Dates||Prices From|
|7 Nights Motorhome|
|20 Jul - 20 Aug 18||£1409|
|21 Aug - 31 Aug 18||£1729|
|01 Sep - 30 Sep 18||£1279|
|01 Oct - 31 Oct 18||£1169|
Prices correct as at 6pm on 19 Jul 2018. Please call for final price. Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing a room. Other durations available - call for quote. Daily departures . Campground fees are not included. Supplements may apply on dates within certain dates during peak travel periods. Prices include flights, 1 night hotel on arrival and 7 days motorhome hire with unlimited mileage, Vehicle and Personal kits (CM)
|Board Basis||Room Type|
|Room Only||Standard Room|