For anyone that wants to tour Canada, here is the place to begin. This is Mile 0 of the Trans Canada Highway in Victoria. From Victoria the Trans Canada Highway runs up island to Nanaimo. Normally it is only a couple of hours to drive from Victoria to Nanaimo but there is so much to see on the island that you should allow for a week or two. I also recommend a detour up island to Telegraph Cove to see the whales.