Victoria to Nanaimo - 10 Days

Trip Overview

There’s lots to see and do in BC’s capital city of Victoria. Attractions ranging from lush gardens, pathways, and expansive parks, to museums, galleries, and restaurants are available to travelers with mobility considerations.

The Cowichan Valley, located between Victoria and Nanaimo, offers great wine touring opportunities, and the city of Nanaimo is home to a beautiful waterfront and many don’t-miss food and drink options.

The inner harbour in Victoria BC bustles with activity

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Trip Highlights

  • Victoria
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Cowichan Valley
  • Chemainus Murals
  • Wine tasting
  • Nanaimo
  • Float Plane

Trip Itinerary

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Day 01 :
Arrival

Whether you arrive in Victoria BC by sea or by air, you will first pick up your adapted vehicle with GPS tracking and head for your downtown hotel to check-in.  Relax and acclimate in this gorgeous location with lots to see and do.

Victoria BC is beautiful from all angles. Here we see driftwood on the beach with mountains in the background

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Day 02 :
Victoria

Victoria’s iconic Inner Harbour is home to a flat waterfront path (accessible via a ramp on either end) with views of boat and seaplane traffic, great people-watching opportunities, and an ideal vantage point to check out the heritage buildings that surround the harbour. The mountains of Washington State can be seen in the distance.

Among the notable waterfront buildings is the Steamship Terminal Building with its distinctive white pillars, now home to the Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature. See the world’s largest collection of works by renowned artist and naturalist Robert Bateman, and be inspired to champion the preservation of our natural spaces.

Across the street sit the Parliament Buildings, the home base of the provincial government, called the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. See what happens inside these impressive buildings on a guided tour. In summer, you may find staff dressed in historic costumes. Don’t forget your camera!

The Inner Harbour Victoria BC

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Butchart Garden is one woman’s vision that forever transformed our notion of a garden. This former rock quarry is bursting with colour year round, and in the summer, the splendour of the garden is enhanced by live performances and fireworks. Christmas lights at the gardens are an excellent draw, and a decadent afternoon tea adds to the experience at any time of year. Most public areas are wheelchair accessible; some pathways are narrow and have a steeper grade.

The nearby, wheelchair-accessible Victoria Butterfly Gardens are also worth a visit, with thousands of butterflies on display alongside tropical critters and colourful plants.

Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC are alive with color all year round

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Day 04 :
Victoria

Today discover Victoria on your own! Start at the Royal BC Museum to learn about 550 million years of natural history and 9,000 years of human history. Permanent exhibits include the First Peoples Gallery, Natural History Gallery, and Modern History Gallery, and the museum regularly hosts touring exhibitions from Canada and around the world. Note that there are a few areas on the museum’s third floor, such as the interior of the replica HMS Discovery, that are not wheelchair accessible.

Victoria Miniature World, located at the stately Fairmont Empress hotel, is a popular attraction, as is Beacon Hill Park‘s more than 80 hectares (200 acres) of parkland, immaculate flower beds, and unique Gary Oak ecosystem. The park holds important history, as well as cultural and spiritual significance to the area’s Indigenous population, including an ancient burial ground.

Fisherman’s Wharf is the place to enjoy fish and chips on a floating dock surrounded by colourful floating homes, and the Victoria Public Market showcases locally produced cheeses, meats, and direct-from-the-farm produce, as well as homemade pies, French pastries, fresh flowers, and more.

There are many accessible pathways to take in the beauty of Victoria BC

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Head north to Duncan, known as the City of Totems. Each pole has a story to tell, and you can see more than 40 of them all along a self-guided tour.

This region is home to award-winning wineries, including Enrico Winery, Unsworth Vineyards, Cherry Point Estate Wines, and Blue Grouse Estate Winery. Another must-visit is Merridale Cidery & Distillery with its delicious craft ciders and celebrated spirits. Note that Merridale’s courtyard, tasting room, eatery, and farm store are wheelchair accessible, but other areas of the farm are not.

Twenty minutes north of Duncan, the community of Chemainus is best known for its collection of murals depicting local history. You will be in Chemainus 3 days before continuing on to Nanaimo, so you will have plenty of time to prepare. Follow the yellow footprints that mark the path to the murals, or pick up a self-guided tour map at the Visitor Centre, which also houses a museum. It’s a little-known fact that some of the mural artists painted their own faces into their artwork; Visitor Centre staff can tell you more.

The murals of Chemainus give your a glimpse of the historic past.

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Day 06 :
The Raptors

Get up close and personal with powerful birds of prey at The Raptors, a centre created to educate and promote the conservation of these beautiful birds. Flight demonstrations are held daily, though check their website before visiting as the centre is closed for two months in the winter. Some of the trails here are not paved and can be challenging for wheelchairs; it’s best to consult with staff ahead of time.

Get a close-up look at birds of prey with a visit to The Raptors near Duncan BC

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Day 07 :
Wine Tour

This sampling tour runs for 3 hours (times vary, generally 1-4pm) and includes 3 wineries with tastings at each location.

Take the day off from behind the wheel and enjoy sampling some local wine and foods

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Day 08 :
Nanaimo

Nanaimo is a lovely harbour city with many wheelchair-accessible pathways perfect for watching seaplanes take off and land, and boats come and go. Browse your way through the Old City Quarter, with its boutique stores housed in the heritage buildings. Watch for the plaques that tell the stories of Nanaimo’s colourful past.

Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo, BC Display of world flags

 

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Day 09 :
Nanaimo

Visit Nanaimo Museum to learn the history of local Indigenous Peoples, the city’s coal mining history, and fun facts, like how bathtub racing was born here and is still going strong.

Thirsty visitors should stop by Arbutus Distillery for some expertly crafted artisan spirits and cocktails. Make sure to try the kombucha. Follow the BC Ale Trail to White Sails Brewing and Wolf Brewing, and move on to some of the city’s accessible dining experiences. Try the fresh, locally sourced daily special at Gabriel’s Gourmet Cafe, sample the French pastries at Mon Petit Choux, and have a pint at Crow and Gate Pub, which claims to be the first neighbourhood pub in BC.

Watch the seaplanes come and go as you stroll the nanaimo Harbour

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Day 10 :
Departure

Return to Vancouver via BC Ferries or by air.

BC Ferries are a fantastic way to travel and sightsee all at the same time

Trip Includes

Includes

  • Accessible Vehicle 10 days
  • Victoria Hotel 4* 4 Night Accessible Room
  • Entry Butchart Garden
  • Chemainus Hotel 3 Night Accessible Room
  • Entry to The Raptors
  • Wine Tour
  • Nanaimo Hotel 2 Night Accessible Room

Does not include

  • International flights or ferry costs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Meals

Trip Map

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Victoria to Nanaimo
From $3,145.00
per Adult
From $2,359.00
per Child
  • Customized for Accessibility
  • Full Service Agency
  • Equipment Rental
  • Travel Assistant

Trip Info

  • Price is subject to change
  • Assistive devices on request
  • Can be modified for sight impairment
  • Free & Easy
  • 4-star
  • Accessible Transportation included
  • Small Groups or individuals
  • Mid Level

Local Weather

Victoria11°CCloudy
SUNRISE7:45am
SUNSET4:20pm PST
Feels like: 8°CWind: 19km/h WSWPressure: 1019.98mbarUV index: 0
Daily Forecast
Thu8/2°C
Fri6/3°C

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