Summer doesn't feel complete without going on a few adventures. If you don't want to miss a thing, then it is time to pack up the car. Here are all the stops you'll want to make to have the ultimate Vancouver Island summer road trip.
It just isn't life without a trip to the beach. But that isn't all there is to enjoy on a sunny day on the island.
Instead of enjoying endless days relaxing on the sand on repeat, it is time to shake things up. For all you aquaholics, there is a swimming hole where you can float under a suspension bridge.
Or you could eat your way around town, following the Nanaimo Bar Trail and fill up on sugary goodness.
Plus, around the island, you can visit multiple waterfalls.
There is everything from towering cascades to one that feels like a treasure hunt to find it. Did you know at Sombrio Beach you can hunt for waterfall within a mossy cave?
It is up to you if you want to pick your favourite spots on the list, or seeing them all over a few days. Safe travels!
Address: Glen Eagles Rd., Shawnigan Lake, BC
Why You Need To Go: You can hike along a wooden trestle bridge that is 44 meters off the ground. The route was used by trains, but now it is open to hikers who want to enjoy a spectacular lookout of the Cowichan Valley.
Address: Botanical Beach, BC
Why You Need To Go: You don't need to scuba dive to see starfish, anemones and tiny fish. Along the shores of Botanical Beach, you can find tidal pools filled with colourful marine creatures and plants.
Goats On The Roof
Address: 2326 Alberni Hwy, Coombs, BC
Why You Need To Go: In Coombs, you won't want to miss exploring the Old Country Market; it looks like sometime from a children's storybook. You'll find a mini castle, a cozy A-frame cottage selling mouthwatering donuts, and three cute goats roaming on the roof of a shop.
Hot Tub Boat Victoria
Address: 450 Swift St., Victoria, BC
Why You Need To Go: Their hot tub boats are like a floating infinity pool and need to be on your bucket list. Together with your closest friends, you can enjoy a spa day as you drift along the Victoria's Gorge Waterway.
Jack Point and Biggs Park
Address: 501 Duke Point Hwy., Nanaimo, BC
Why You Need To Go: Within the park, you'll be able to follow a boardwalk trail next to the water where you might see cute sea-lions playing. Eventually, it will lead you to surreal sandstone caves that look like honeycombs.
Address: Top Bridge, Parksville, BC
Why You Need To Go: You can have the ultimate summer day here. There is a five-kilometre forest path to explore and a suspension bridge that will take you above the river. Then to cool down, you can visit the secret swimming hole right next to Top Bridge, where you can float in the sunshine.
The Teahouse At Abkhazi Garden
Address: 1964 Fairfield Rd., Victoria, BC
Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you are brunching in London as you enjoy a four-course high tea within this lush garden. Together with your BFF, you'll be able to sip tea and nibble on finger sandwiches and indulge on different desserts next to the blooming flowers.
Hole In The Wall
Address: Port Alberni, BC
Why You Need To Go: This charming spot has it all, a mini waterfall and a swimming hole. If you are looking to beat the heat, head to find Port Alberni’s best-kept secrets for a splashing good time.
Address: Sombrio Beach, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, BC
Why You Need To Go: Did you know Sombrio Beach has a cave with a waterfall inside? It might take a bit of searching, but it worth it to find this unreal natural wonder.
To get here, walk along the beach until you spot a small creek. Following the streaming water, you'll find the entrance to the mossy cavern with the cascading falls.
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Address: 1050 Joan Cres., Victoria, BC
Why You Need To Go: Are you afraid of ghosts? If not, you can visit Craigdarroch Castle that used to belong to baron Robert Dunsmuir.
While it is still grand to explore today with its lavish decor and stained glass, it might give you goosebumps. It is said to be haunted by a spooky woman in white who appears to visitors.
Fan Tan Alley
Address: Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, BC
Why You Need To Go: Don't go here if you have claustrophobia. Fan Tan Alley is Canada's narrowest street and might remind you of Diagon Alley in Harry Potter.
Within the alley, you'll find magical glowing lanterns and tons of shops where you can buy trinkets and tasty treats.
Address: Nanaimo and the surrounding region, BC
Why You Need To Go: No visit to Nanaimo would be complete without having one of their famous Nanaimo bars. But did you know there is a tasting trail devoted to Nanaimo Bars?
You can go on a self-directed tour, and enjoy the most mouthwatering bites of the layered chocolate and custard treats.
Old Baldy Mountain Swing
Address: Cowichan Valley B, BC
Why You Need To Go: There is no better spot to spend a lazy day. You can soar in the sky on this mountaintop swing. At this spot, you can enjoy an epic lookout of the glistening water of Shawnigan Lake.
Address: 2005 Sooke Rd., Victoria, BC
Why You Need To Go: Europe isn't the only spot with majestic castles. You feel like royalty as you explore the lavish gardens surrounding the building.
Deadpools fans might also recognize some of the sights as part of the movie was filmed here.
Address: Langford, BC
Why You Need To Go: You can hike to two stunning sights, Niagara Falls and Goldstream Falls. If you are looking for a cheap spot to spend the night, this park would be perfect as you can camp here too.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.