Post # 1
A friend and I are heading to Vancouver for 3 days next month. Since we’ll only have a few days, we want to make sure we see the top sights. Currently, we’re torn between taking a ferry to Victoria Island/Butchart Gardens or renting a car and driving the sea to sky route to Whistler (and stopping at Lynn Canyon Park along the way). I’m personally more drawn to Whistler/Lynn Canyon with all their stunning nature, but everyone else seems to insist that Victoria is a MUST! Thoughts?
Post # 2
Vancouver Island is the island, Victoria is the name of the city on the island (also capital of BC), Vancouver is the city on the mainland.
TBH I much prefer van island over van city, but with only a few days I’d stick to the mainland, unless you are going to spend all your time on the island. The ferry back and forth will eat up a few hours, and not much on the island is close together lol. So even if you do a day trip, you’ll literally ONLY see buchart and then head back.
Post # 4
If you only have a few days, I would go the Whistler route. Victoria/Van Island is more a chill and veg type of place, whereas I feel like there are more fun things to do around Whistler. Both are beautiful though so whichever you end up doing, you can’t really go wrong.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
I love Vancouver Island but if you only I have a few days I’d recommend Sea to Sky too.
Post # 6
Having lived 90% of my life 5 minutes away from Butchart Gardens, in my opinion it’s over-rated. It’s beautiful, yes, but there are lots of beautiful places in BC that are free! I love the island and think it’s definitely worth visiting, but for the situation you’ve laid out my vote is for Whistler!
Post # 7
I also live on Vancouver Island , about 45 minutes from Victoria, I also think Butchard Gardens is over rated . It’s a pleasant way to spent a couple of hours , but I would save the trip , go to whistler . Also if you are right there Stanley Park in Vancouver is pretty cool .
Post # 8
In August 2018 we spent 8 days in Vancouver and 5 in Victoria. We rented a motorcycle and rode from Vancouver to Whistler and it was amazing! Literally one of the best experiences of my life. The views of the mountains and tress were spectacular. Whistler itself was okay. We took a whale watching tour to Victoria and it wasn’t a very fun trip. It was cold and we had the briefest whale sighting;. I know nature doesn’t bend tonour will but I was still bummed. I am partial to the Butchart Gardens because my fiancé proposed there. I had zero idea he was planning to propose. It is truly a beautiful garden. Some of the views are just amazing. When I show people pictures of the garden they assume that they were editors led to enhance the color. With all that being said if your time is short I would do Whistler.
Post # 10
Vancouver Bee here – I love the island, but the Feery rides will eat into your time. You sounds like nature lovers, so I’d recommend you spend a day exploring Vancouver, enjoying the sea wall and Stanley park, then head to whistler. The drive is so, so beautiful and there are great spots to stop along the way to site see or take mini hikes, or you could do the Chief in Squamish. You could stop at horseshoe bay on your way there or back and enjoy some oysters and lovely view. Shannon falls is also pretty for a picnic! Whistler is gorgeous, and I love it in the summer – you can rent bikes ans explore the trails, rent a canoe, all sorts of things.
Post # 11
If you’re going to Vancouver after May 9th the Richmond night market will be open and it is SO good. If you like Asian, and Asian inspired food you’ll really enjoy it.
Post # 12
I too would recommend you stick to the mainland for this trip. Lynn Canyon, stop at Squamish for the Gondola, where you will get an incredible view of Howe Sound, then head up to Whistler. If you have the time and flexibility, stay overnight in Whistler. It will give you more options to do Squamish on the way back if you run short of time the first day.