Are you visiting Vancouver Island this summer? A great place to see if you have a little extra time is just a 2 hour drive up island from Victoria in a town called Qualicum Beach.

Talk to the great people at Budget Rent A Car, Victoria. They have five locations to serve you. Locations include: the airport, and both downtown and uptown for your convenience, Budget Rent A Car also has a great selection of vehicles of all types for your travel needs.

Consider a convertible… to take in the open air on your scenic trip up Vancouver Island. It’s a very simple drive from Victoria, up through Duncan, Ladysmith and Nanaimo.

One of my favorite places is the lovely village of Qualicum Beach. Qualicum is a pretty town on the ocean with great restaurants and the quiet serenity of a small town. There are so many places to visit during one day and lots a quaint beach hotels with stunning views if you have time to stay overnight. Make sure to book!

We’ll talk in an upcoming article about Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach where British Royalty stayed, Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville where the stunning beaches offer you incredible walks over miles of sand, the numerous Oceanside golf courses, Coombs and Goats on the Roof and so much more .

Once in Qualicum, a short 20 minute drive in your Budget rental car past Coombs, gets you to Qualicum Falls. Here you can walk through the well-maintained trails through waterfalls and scenery that is breath-taking. “Forest Bathing” is a wonderful and healthy experience, so bring your walking shoes and something to quench your thirst as it has some challenging terrain as well if you are so inclined.

Victoria itself has so much to offer as well if that is your destination however, for those of you back for your umpteenth visit, it is a great idea to rent a car from Budget Rent A Car and explore some of the nearby wonders of Vancouver Island.

Next trip up Island: Tofino or maybe Comox/Courtenay, even Campbell River.