10day/9nights Vancouver - Victoria Islands Itineraries
Fly to Seattle(SEA) through Alaska Airline, 1 stop at SJO. (recommend Alaska Airline)
Rent compact at Hertz, and get Toyota Hybrid Prius. (stealing deal)
Drive to Vancouver through Hwy 5, board cross at Peach Arch Provincial park. Traffic is ok, it is about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Check in at Hyatt Regency Vancouver. (room is modern style, bed is very good. pool is outdoor, not impressive. $28/night parking, gee~ this is bad, no free wifi/internet)
Dine at 麒麟海鲜酒家 (7900 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC (604) 303-8833). Several friends recommend it, but our experience is not very good, I will rate ok but not great.
July 1 (Canada Day)
Worm spent the whole day doing hair straightening at 美发轩 (Maggie, Unit2127, 3779 Sexsmith Rd, Richmond), it is about five hours.
Lunch at 王記台灣牛肉面 (8390 Granville Street), so-so, not very impressive.
Later afternoon, we visit the Vancouver water front around convention center for Canada national day actives. Then watch the night parade.
Dine at 悦海大酒家(1088 Melville St. Vancouver, (604) 669-8383), close to Hyatt hotel, but very hard to find the entrance. Few people, quiet, food is ok.
Day trip to Whistler, sea to sky drive.
It is about 3~4 hours drive, about 8 to 10 stops at the road. The view is good, little town, harbor, waterfall etc, nothing fancy but worth a day trip.
Whistler peak to peak Gondola is the highlight, a must experience. We spent quiet a lot time at the snow mountains. Tried all types of gondola, and saw a little black bear cub on the way downhills.
The lunch at Whistler is too expensive, $15 for just a burger. We should prepare sandwich ourselves.
Dine at 上海一只鼎 (Unit 120, 8100 Ackroyd Rd. , Richmond . 604-278-8789). Friday night no reservation, wait about 30 min. The food is good, we recommend it but better make a reservation first, since it is a small restaurant.
North Vancouver - Downtown Vancouver
Visit the Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge for free, instead of famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. Hiking about 1 hour.
We spend the rest of day at Stanley park, driving around, taking pictures, hiking and clam digging. So many fun.
Dine at 帝苑海鲜酒家(7997 Westminster Highway, Richmond, 604-249-0080), since that weekend the lobster is special. Be there at 5:30pm just before the open time, so got a table. Otherwise you need a reservation since the tables are filled up quickly. We love the food there. Recommend.
Western Vancouver - Horseshoe bay - Nanaimo - Tofino
Check out hotel and went to VanDusen Botanical Garden. Since some tourists recommend it. Cheaper than the Butchart Gardens at Victoria island.
Go dim sum at 置地广场楼上(I need to find the restaurant name). Very crowed at Sunday noon. Have to wait about 1 hour since we did not make a reservation. The feel eating there bring me back to Hong Kong. The lady at frond desk is amazing, more stories later. The food is half-half, some is good, some is so-so. If I do not have to wait that long, I will recommend it.
After lunch, we rush to Horseshoe bay for 3pm ferry. Just in time. Ferry to Victoria island is about 2 hours. Then it is another 3 hours drive to Tofino.
Check in Blue Bear B&B. Great, nice lady owner. recommend.
Ocean Outfitters whale watch
Three hours morning tour, caught six grey whales. Not bad.
The sea is rough.
Afternoon we spot several beaches, including the pacific rim long beach. Low tide, very impressive on the size of the beach.
In the evening we drive out photo hunting for bear. Stop at Uclenet, now we understand why that town is not as good as Tofino, luckily I didn’t rent a B&B there.
On diet, on budget, free breakfast, but for rest of day we like instant noodles plus some fruits/snacks.
Tofino - Victoria
In the morning we check out and visit another two local beaches, for tide pool and beach combing.
Then it is a long 5 hour drive on the road.
Check in at Marriott Victoria Inner Harbor. Room is nice, the indoor pool, hot tub are great. free internet, parking is $15/night. Recommend.
Victoria inner harbor sunset view, romantic and relax feel. It is more like a tourist town.
Dine at Japanese village restaurant for light food. It is ok, nothing fancy.
Local scenic drive. Visit Sidney, and several local beaches. Well, overall, the local beach is not as good as Tofino for sure.
Lunch at Redfish Bluefish, highly recommend, the halibut is very fresh. Check out Yelp, so many people love it.
Dine at a local family Chinese restaurant, and order some Xinjiang food. Good value and good taste.
Check out hotel, leave at 8:00am for 10:30am vehicle ferry from Victoria BC to Port Angeles WA. The lock down time is 1 1/2 hour for immigration procedure.
Unfortunately since we did not reserve in advance ($15 extra reservation fee), we are out of luck since the ferry is full and they cut the line two cars before us.
Have to wait another 4 hours for the next. Walk and lunch at Fisherman wharf. Order at Barb’s fish & chip, about same price as redfish bluefish but you can tell the piece of fish is much smaller.
Take 3pm ferry and arrive Port Angeles at 5pm. Decide to go Sol Duct hot springs at Olympic NP as planned. The spring is crowed, but we enjoy the smelly hot water.
Left at 9pm, arrive hotel at 12pm, this is a long drive since too late to catch the ferry to Seattle, instead a big deep loop at Hwy 5.
Holiday Inn Seattle-Renton is a good option for SEA airport hotel . No extra parking fee, free internet, onsite gas station. 10 min drive to airport. $42/night through the priceline is a good deal.
Fly back home, sweet home at night.