I'm trying to decide between doing Victoria or Vancouver first on a upcoming trip. Here's how it would shake out:
d1 Fly Vancouver
d5 bus Vancouver - Victoria
d8 bus to Nanimo, pick up car, drive to Tofino
d11 Return to Nanaimo, drop off car
d12 Fly Nanaimo to Calgary
d1 Fly Vancouver, bus to Victoria
d4 Pick up car, drive to Tofino
d7 drive to Nanaimo
d8 drive Victoria, take seaplane to Vancouver
d12 Fly Vancouver-Calgary
I get equal amounts of time in each place, I'm leaning towards Victoria first as it would mean I could get a seaplane from Victoria to Vancouver, after dropping off the car. I could do that on the other option, but think that would overly complicate things (car to Nanaimo, bus to Victoria, seaplane to Vancouver, bus to airport, plane to Calgary). I also like the fact that I have my own transport for the entire V.I. trip, rather than relying on the Island Express. Plus flights from Vancouver to Calgary, there's practically one per hour.
Actually, writing it all out, I'm fairly convinced I'll do Victoria first, so any dissenting voices?