Vancouver Island instead of Kelowna

Feb 14th, 2006, 07:04 AM
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Vancouver Island instead of Kelowna

Hi~ After reading the results on this page, we have decided to spend our time on Vancouver Island, Whistler, and Vancouver instead of going to Kelowna and Kamloops. How does this split of time sound?
Fly into Vancouver drive to Whistler
3 nights Whistler
Ferry to Nanaimo drive to Tofino
2 nights in Tofino
Back to Parksville or Nanaimo for 2 nights (which would you stay in?)
3 nights Victoria
Ferry to Vancouver
4 nights in Vancouver
Fly out of Vancouver
Also any suggestions on nice places to stay and restaurants will be appreciated.
Thanks to all~
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Feb 14th, 2006, 09:42 AM
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Take a night off Whister and add it to WCVI.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 09:45 AM
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Bumped the keyboard it it posted prematurely.
Also take another night off Victoria and add it to your Island schedule somewhere.
Parksville/Qaulicum or the Cowichan Valley over dreary old Nanaimo any day.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 01:56 PM
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i'd take a night off of victoria and add it to tofino. the drive from tofino to victoria will take a significant part of the day so don't count that as time in tofino.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 03:43 PM
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Second the Parksville over Nanimo recommendation. Parksville has excellent beaches where you can walk for Kilometers at low tide and the water is warm enough for wading or a quick dip. Don't try that in Tofino without a wet suit.
There is an area called resort drive with a dozen great oceanside resorts to stay at.
For dining try Mclure House on Resort Drive.
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Feb 15th, 2006, 09:29 AM
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Depending on your interests, I'd take a night off of Victoria and add it to Tofino, forget about Nanaimo and Parksville and substitute those nights at a nearby Gulf Island (perhaps Quadra for the Nanaimo connection or Saltspring for Victoria).
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Feb 15th, 2006, 01:44 PM
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Near Butchart Gardens north of Victoria we stayed at a very nice bed and breakfast known as Wintercott Country House. (250) 652-2117. We had a very nice room and breakfast. The home itself is beautifully furnished. It is a little ways out from central Victoria, but very convenient to the Gardens, which to me are special even though I am not a garden person.

We also stayed one night at Ryan's B and B just off the inner harbor. It is near the British Columbia Provincial Museum, which is small as museums go but extremely well done and everything is presented with a classy touch.

Often there are special exhbitions there. We stumbled into one from Egypt and that was as far as we got. We captivated by a lecture on mummies and the process of mummification.

Sheila Ryan who own the B and B is also a singer of some renown. She specializes in Irish ballads and has a beautiful soprano voice. I don't know that she will sing for you, but she does play her recordings. At least ask her to play Samrad Linn and the Three Gypsies. (Prounounced like is was Sour Linn.)

We took the room with the whirlpool tub. It is a little more expensive, but we enjoyed being bubbled.

Peter at Wintercott does not sing, but he is a very well educated man who knows the British law quite well.
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Feb 18th, 2006, 10:24 PM
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I second the recommendations to spend more time in Tofino. Not sure what kind of place you are looking for, but I stayed here: and it was great - very attractive, comfortable, and private, and you can walk into the downtown, where parking is usually tough.
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Feb 19th, 2006, 05:36 AM
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I would have to question your 3 nights in Whistler. I had company from Australia who was very excited to see Whistler and had seen enough after an afternoon. Unless you are into winter sports, and shopping for ski wear, there isn't much else there. Except for the stunning scenery surrrounding the area. It's the drive to and from that was the highlite.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 04:38 PM
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I would suggest you stay in Parksville or Qualicum Beach, instead of Nanaimo. There are several places on the waterfront, Captains Inn in Qualicum Beach, Seaside Resort in Parksville. You don't say when you are planning this trip, if it is May I would suggest you stop at Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach, where they have over 500 varities of rhododendums in bloom during May and early June. While in Qualicum Beach, for excellent sea food, go to Fish Tales, which is on Highway 19A, across from the water. Gary's, in Qualicum Beach, dishes out excellent food as well. Have fun
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