My boyfriend and I booked a cheap flight to Vancouver in May and this time I really want to visit Vancouver island. So I need some tourist guide help We planned to go to Nanaimo by ferry rent a car there. (because it seems that without a car you won't get that far) Then I will have my bf drive me where ever I want (I don't know how to drive ), the question is where? Because Vancouver island is huge with plenty to see. We are mostly interested in the mountains/waterfalls/lakes/nature/beach/beautiful things and we planned to be on the island for about a week. I wasn't really planning on visiting Victoria, more like going on several short or day hikes in the nature... I was thinking of staying a few days on the east coast (I found a hostel in Courtenay?) and take a few hikes/daytrips from there, and then cross the entire island to Tofino and take a hot springs/whale watch tour there. Then go back to Nanaimo after 2 days or so. Thoughts? Does anyone have any tips what we must see? We are on a low budget though. Thanks!!