I'm heading there for a week in late August. Anyone ever been? I'm psyched.
It is a very cool place, and big. My wife and I have been there a couple of times, though for relatively short visits. My sister lives on Gabriola Island, near Nanaimo, and two of her adult children live on "the mainland" in Sechelt and Powell River.
Here are a couple of quick thoughts, I'm going to assume you are renting a car:
- if you have the time, take the ferry from Vangroovy. It is a really scenic ride. Be aware of a phenomenon called "ferry stress" caused by rushing to make the sailing time.
- Victoria is a very beautiful city, and full of British charm. Plan on spending some time there.
- go to Tofino. Very groovy, perhaps a bit touristy, but a hippie/surfer/whale-watching/beach-walking kind of place. Very scenic drive to get there, right across the hump of mountains. We stayed in nearby Uclulet, accommodation there was a bit cheaper.
SBR, do you know anything about surfing in/around Tofino? Like what time of year is good, does anyone rent boards?
Well, I know that there is surfing there. Florencia Beach seems to be a hotspot, the day we were there it was packed with surfers. My sister and her daughters took a course there, so someone must rent stuff. Sorry, I can't be of more help. Just did a quick search on "tofino surboard rental" and there seem to be several shops.