9 Nights: Sunshine Coast & Vancouver Island (Approximate distance: 1,300 km)

Sunshine Coast & Vancouver Island
DAY 1: Vancouver To Sechelt
100 km

Pick up your RV in the morning and travel to Horseshoe Bay for the ferry to the Sunshine Coast. This 40-min ferry ride provides some spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains.

Explore the waterfront and village at Gibson’s Landing upon your arrival on the Sunshine Coast. After this, you will travel further north on Highway 101 to arrive in Sechelt where you will spend the night. Enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Sechelt Inlet or walk along Sechelt’s waterfront in the evening.

Nearby Campsites
Sunshine Coast Ferry
  • Scenic ferry ride to Langdale
  • Explore the town of Gibsons
  • Sunset over Sechelt Inlet
DAY 2: Sechelt To Lund
150 km

Follow the Sunshine Coast highway north. Enjoy the short hike to Skookumchuck Narrows to witness one of the largest tidal waves in the world. If you are lucky you might see some whitewater kayakers playing on the waves.

After this scenic stop, it is just a short drive to the Earl’s Cove ferry terminal, where you will embark on another beautiful ferry ride to Saltery Bay. This ferry is free of charge for northbound travel. The town of Powell River is beautifully located on the Upper Sunshine Coast. Be sure to stop by Townside Brewing to pick up some local craft beer for tonight! You will end the day in the picturesque seaside village of Lund.

Nearby Campsites
Sunshine Coast RV Trip
  • Hike to Skookumchuck Narrows
  • Beer tasting at Townside Brewing
  • Dinner at the Laughing Oyster
DAY 3: Lund To Campbell River
125 km

Depart Lund in the morning and board the ferry to cross the Strait of Georgia between Powell River and Comox on Vancouver Island. Travel the scenic Old Island Highway (19A) to make your way to Campbell River.

This highway will take you through several scenic oceanside communities. Option to go on a scenic hike to the Elk Falls Suspension Bridge in the afternoon.

Nearby Campsites
Elk Falls Suspension Bridge
  • Look for Sea Lions in Fanny Bay
  • Walk at Seal Bay Nature Park
  • Elk Falls Suspension Bridge
DAY 4: Campbell River To Gold River
100 km

Today you will venture off the beaten path to travel towards the west coast of Vancouver Island. The village of Gold River has limited options to purchase groceries, so stock up before you leave Campbell River.

Highway 28 is one of the most scenic highways on Vancouver Island, and will take you to several beautiful spots along the way, including Lupin Falls. Detour along Buttle Lake to visit Lower Myra Falls, and Lady Falls.

Nearby Campsites
Vancouver Island Camp
  • Lupin Falls
  • Lower Myra Falls
  • Lady Falls
DAY 5: Gold River
10 km

A day cruise onboard the MV Uchuck III is an absolute highlight of this trip. Enjoy a full day on the water to explore this remote part of Vancouver Island.

Stops are made along the route (as required) at camps and settlements in the area to deliver supplies and passengers. This trip is offered on selected days of the week only, so make sure you plan ahead.

Nearby Campsites
  • Travel on a working marine vessel
  • Look for sea otters and whales
  • Taste traditional west coast fare
DAY 6: Gold River To Telegraph Cove
300 km

Travel to Telegraph Cove via Campbell River. Please do not attempt to travel Nimkish Road with your RV, as this road is inaccessible with your rental RV. Telegraph Cove has a rich and colourful past and is one of the last boardwalk settlements left on the Island.

A century ago there was only a telegraph shack from which loggers, fishermen and pioneers would stay in touch with the outside world. It grew a little bigger when a fish saltery, sawmill, school and general store were built over the years.

Nearby Campsites
Telegraph Cove
  • The Whale Interpretive Centre
  • Whale watching in Telegraph Cove
  • Kayak trip in Telegraph Cove
DAY 7: Telegraph Cove To Port Alice
75 km

Venture further off the beaten path to Port Alice, a short and scenic drive on the newly paved Highway 30. The Village of Port Alice is a picturesque community built on a mountainside offering excellent views of Neroutsos Inlet from every vantage point.

You can often see eagles, bears, whales, otters and seals right from the doorstep of your RV.

Nearby Campsites
Truck Camper at Campsite
  • Wildlife sightings
  • Marble River Provincial Park
DAY 8: Port Alice To Qualicum Beach
350 km

Today you will travel southbound again. Don’t forget to stop at the Nimpkish Valley Ecological Reserve and marvel at what’s left of the area’s magnificent old-growth trees, some are 360 years old!

In the early afternoon, you will arrive in Cumberland, a former mining town that almost became a ghost town has now become a bustling Vancouver Island community and a mecca for mountain bikers.

Nearby Campsites:
Qualicum Beach
  • Nimpkish Valley Ecological Reserve
  • Cumberland
  • Coombs Country Market
DAY 9: Qualicum Beach To Vancouver
150 km

Depart to Nanaimo in the morning for the 1 hour and 40 minute ferry ride back to Vancouver. Enjoy the afternoon free at leisure to walk the waterfront in Vancouver, visit Granville Island and shop for souvenirs in the historic Gastown.

FlyOver Canada is a unique flight simulator that takes passengers on a coast-to-coast flight across the country, where you will see numerous cities and vistas from above. This 30-min activity is located at Canada Place and accessible for all ages!

Nearby Campsites
  • Beautiful ferry ride
  • Gastown
  • Granville Island
DAY 10: Vancouver
25 km

Return your RV to the rental station before 11:30 am.

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