Van Isle Camper Van rentals - Trip Planning

Welcome to the Trip Planning page of Van Isle Camper Van Rentals. Here we will show points of interest around Vancouver Island. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to plan your trip.

 

Tofino

Located on the west side of Vancouver Island the approximate drive time in a camper van rental is about 3 hours.  Tofino is for the true outdoor enthusiast.  Surfing, kayaking, and hiking are just some of the many activities you can enjoy while there  There are a number of campsites in the area and its best to have a reservation if your there in the summer.  While there you can also go whale watching or book a wildlife tour.  If you don’t feel like cooking there are many great restaurants to tempt your taste buds.  Tofino has it all.

Victoria, BC, Canada

The Capital of BC, Victoria is located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island.  You can drive there in a camper van rental in about 2 hours from Nanaimo.  Old world charm and lots of history await you in Victoria.  Visit the J-Pod orcas or tour downtown.  Victoria is a great place to explore a city then escape back to your camp site.  Out door markets live entertainment are the norm around the downtown harbour water front.  Lots of great parks surround the area and are easily accessible.  Put Victoria on your trip list you won’t regret it.

Coombs Country Market, BC, Canada

Take a drive in a camper van rental to the Coombs Old Country Market for a one-of-a-kind experience complete with local and international foods, locally made and imported gifts, and a herd of goats the roof. The market also has a restaurant, deli, bakery and ice cream shop and surrounding businesses hold unique and interesting gifts and clothing.

Parksville

Sandy beaches and sunny weather await you when you visit Parksville.  An easy drive within 30 minutes in a camper van rentals Nanaimo.  Even if your just visiting for a day or stay for a week the beaches at Parksville are fantastic.  Skim boarding, biking, hiking and sunbathing are all on the agenda when visiting.  Great food and festivals are found year round.  There are lots of great camping sites in the area and should be reserved before your trip.

Campbell River

The gateway to the Discovery Islands, Strathcona Park and the salmon capital of the world.  Camper van rentals travel time from Nanaimo is one hour and 45 minutes.  Lakes and oceans abound in this part of Vancouver Island.  Ocean Rapids, whale watching, hiking, boating it hard to choose just one thing to do here.  Camping is popular in the area so check ahead before your go to make sure you have a spot.

Cape Scott Provincial Park

Located at the northern tip of Vancouver Island this park is wild. Wolves eagles and bears are common sites in this park.  Multi day hiking and camping, day hikes are options for the area.  Fishing right off the beach or take a paddle down the river with your board and catch the break at San Joseph Bay.  Your roughing it but campsites are available.  From Camper Van Rentals Nanaimo to the trail head is a solid 6 hours but well worth the drive.  Don’t forget your wetsuits.

West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail, originally called the Dominion Lifesaving Trail, is a 75 km (47 mi) backpacking trail following the southwestern edge of Vancouver Island. It was built in 1907 to facilitate the rescue of shipwrecked survivors along the coast, part of the treacherous Graveyard of the pacific. It is now part of the Pacific Rim Park and is often rated by hiking guides as one of the world’s top hiking trails. The trail is open from May to September.  Van Isle Camper Van Rentals offers pick up and drop off services for customers who wish to do this trail. Contact Van camp today.

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a rugged 47-kilometre wilderness hiking trail located along the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island. The trail stretches from China Beach, 35 km west of Sooke, to Botanical Beach, just outside Port Renfrew. Panoramic views of the coastline, Juan De Fuca Straight and the Olympic Mountains can be seen from many points along this rainforest trail. Lucky are those who spot a pod of whales, but it is not uncommon to view sea lions, bald eagles, herons and other wildlife.The trail can be hiked in part, as a day hike, or in its entirety in four to six days. Unlike the longer West Coast Trail (75 km), the Juan de Fuca Trail does not require a reservation; however, there is a backcountry camping fee of $10 per person/per night.  Van Isle Camper Van Rentals offers pick up and drop off services for customers who wish to do this trail. Contact Van camp today.

Schoen Lake Provincial Park

Schoen Lake Provincial Park is one of Vancouver Island’s best kept secrets when it comes to remote wilderness camping.   That being said its only a 2.5 hour drive from Van Isle Camper Van Rentals. The relatively untouched area is amazing to behold with lots of scenic shots of mountain tops and old growth forests.  Old unmaintained trails still exist at various points around the lake and with a little exploration you can venture through the old growth forests to smaller bodies of water in the surrounding mountains.

Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens is a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada, located near Victoria on Vancouver Island. The gardens receive over a million visitors each year. The gardens have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

Vancouver Island Destinations

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