8 days in Vancouver – Vancouver Island or up the Sunshine Coast Highway?
16th July 2022 at 11:43idontfly 42 posts
Would be very grateful for any advice on how to spend 8 days in and around Vancouver.
Currently plan 1 night in Vancouver then head to either:
4 or 5 days in Vancouver Island or alternatively up the Sunshine Coast Highway to Secret Cover/ Madeira Park.
Then 1 or 2 day in Squamish
Final night back in Vancouver.
We will have a car for travel, just wonder if waiting for the ferries and the travel to Vancouver Island is worth the effort for a relatively short break.
Thank you for your thoughts.16th July 2022 at 12:32Lyn 180 posts
Vancouver Island has a lot going for it. For me, the ferries are part of the charm, and easily worthwhile for 4 or 5 days on the island.
What time of year would you be visiting?16th July 2022 at 14:16idontfly 42 posts
@lyn thanks for the comments, will be visiting at the end of August, early September – are the mosquites really bad there at that time of year?16th July 2022 at 17:35Lyn 180 posts
I’ve just asked about mosquitos. Apparently they tend to disappear when the weather turns cooler sometime around early September, and they are usually only a problem as you get further from urban areas. This applies to the whole Vancouver island / Sunshine Coast / Vancouver area, it is just a matter of distance from populated areas.
Remember there are several ferry routes linking the Island with the mainland and with the Gulf Islands. A circular route Vancouver to Victoria (prettier route) or Nanaimo and then Comox back to Powell River on the Sunshine Coast is apparently quite popular. Some of the smaller islands could be worth visiting on day trips as well.17th July 2022 at 08:12Sandj 13 posts
We are on vancouver island in august some years ago, it was warm but we never noticed a mosquito problem. I’d love to go back to vancouver island, great wildlife viewing. The opportunity to see bears and whales was the reason we went to VI rather then the sunshine coast and we weren’t disappointed.
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
New to Head for Points?
Welcome! We’re the UK’s most-read source of business travel, Avios, frequent flyer and hotel loyalty news. Let us improve how you travel. Got any questions? Ask them in our forums.
Latest Forum Posts
- Lady London on Tokyo > Manchester cancelled
- Jim Utd on Travel Talk forum – anyone else invited?
- BBbetter on Chat thread – Wednesday 21st February
- BA Flyer IHG Stayer on Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Promotion
- Ihar on Nationwide travel insurance changing
- Aston100 on Tokyo > Manchester cancelled
- RoundTheWorld on Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Promotion
- phantomchickenz on Hilton St George’s Park April cheap rates
- Lyn on Using AA lounge on US domestic flight
- davefl on Anyone else having issues with Avios eStore?
Check reward flight availability instantly for free!
Booking a luxury hotel?
Our luxury hotel booking service offers you GUARANTEED extra benefits over booking direct. Works with Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, The Ritz Carlton, St Regis and more. We've booked £1.7 million of rooms to date. Click for details.