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Help? Time/distance from Telgraph Cove/Port Mcneill to Butchart Gardens, Victoria?

Help? Time/distance from Telgraph Cove/Port Mcneill to Butchart Gardens, Victoria?

Mar 30th, 2006, 04:08 PM
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Help? Time/distance from Telgraph Cove/Port Mcneill to Butchart Gardens, Victoria?

Contemplating hitting the gardens for a half day/evening after being up in Telegraph Cove/Port McNeill area.

I asked at the Gardens how long they estimated it to be & they said 4.5 hrs.

Then, I went to Mapquest & Yahoo maps & they gave times from 5.5 to 7 hrs for the journey! (quite a range overall from 4.5 - 7 hrs) Both sites said it was about 280 miles.

If you do this gen'l drive regularly could you help clarify the time we should allow?
I'd hate to get there to late...or have it sold out. (was sort of hoping for the fireworks show...saw it once long ago & was BLOWN away by it!)

If you know time to Nanaimo from there...
& then on up. Or any gen'l markers that would be a huge help as we plan this trip.

Another possibility is we'd be coming from Tofino. But I would think that might be even further? (or slower?) Not sure.
This will probably be at peak times...
since fireworks still happening.
Thanks!

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Mar 30th, 2006, 09:25 PM
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I would consider 5 hours as minimum travel time, if you do take any breaks during your travel.

The average travel time is 7 hours and more, if you include short stops into the drive.
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Mar 31st, 2006, 02:05 AM
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Thanks so much!
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Mar 31st, 2006, 02:59 AM
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We've done it from the Telegraph Cove wharf to Victoria in 4 1/2 hours -but I don't suggest you drive that fast! I think 5 1/2 hours is reasonable.

Jerry
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Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:54 AM
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Thanks, Jerry, that helps.

Was that on the newer or older highway?
I'm assuming the older one is slower?
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Apr 3rd, 2006, 02:31 PM
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Older/newer highway??? As far as I know there is only one highway and parts of it are old and windy (the northern part). There is a new bypass around Nanaimo, but that won't cut 2 hours off your trip.
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