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Vancouver Island Explorer


Western Canada - Vancouver Island Explorer

      
BOARD:  Room Only    DATE: 10/09/2018    NTS: 12 NIGHTS

FROM £2875

An iconic road trip through Canada's spectacular Vancouver Island!

Our Offer Includes:
- 12 nights accommodation
- Car Hire
- Flights from London

Call our Canada Travel Experts on 01928 246 243 to find out more!

   
   
 
   
 

Nestled along Canada's west coast is Vancouver Island, a paradise of tranquil islands, pristine coastlines and emerald forests where the ever-present Pacific Ocean shapes the scenery. In addition to British Columbia's vibrant capital city, Victoria, you'll find colourful quirky communities, a wide range of attractions and outdoor adventure.

 

 

 

Our Opinion

 

In addition to the vibrant, cosmopolitan cities and town you will visit on this trip, the wildlife, scenery and landscapes will simply take your breath away! The paradise of tranquil islands has so much to offer, and you really will get an experience like no other.

 

 

Tour Highlights

 

Historic Victoria

Butchart Gardens

Majestic coastlines

Picturesque towns

Outdoor activities

Colourful heritage

Wildlife viewing

 

 

Itinerary in Brief

 

Vancouver: 3 nights

Victoria: 2 nights

Duncan: 1 night

Tofino: 2 nights

Campbell River: 1 night

Knight Inlet: 1 night

Nanaimo: 1 night

Vancouver: 1 night

 

 

 

Full Itinerary

 

Day 1: Fly to Vancouver - On arrival collect your car and make your way to your hotel.

 

Days 2-3: Vancouver - Two full days to explore this beautiful city - we have a variety of fascinating pre-bookable excursions which you may wish to consider. Sights you won't want to miss include the lush Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown, the shops of Robson Street and Granville Island. For those with a head for heights there's also Vancouver Lookout along with the nearby Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain gondola ride.

 

Day 4: Vancouver/Victoria - Travel by ferry across the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island and drive onwards to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

 

Day 5: Victoria - Explore the beautiful Inner Harbour of Victoria or perhaps visit one of the city's fascinating museums. Allow time also for world-famous Butchart Gardens, where whatever the season you'll enjoy spectacular displays.

 

 

Day 6: Victoria/Duncan - Drive to Duncan in the Cowichan Valley, a fertile crescent of rich farmland, lush vineyards, heritage river systems and scenic backroads in the south eastern corner of Vancouver Island. Dubbed the 'City of Totems', Duncan has more than 80 First Nations carvings located throughout the town and is also home to the Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre.

 

Day 7: Duncan/Tofino - Travel to Tofino, regarded as the jewel of the west coast thanks to its stunning location in the Clauoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. An ideal destination for lovers of the great outdoors as well as foodies, with a variety of excellent restaurants.

 

Day 8: Tofino - At leisure in this nature lover's paradise where activities include fishing, kayaking, whale watching, bear watching, hiking and so much more besides.

 

 

Day 9: Tofino/Campbell River - Drive across Vancouver Island to Campbell River on the east coast. Along with breathtaking scenery Campbell River enjoys a sterling reputation among anglers from all corners of the globe.

 

Day 10: Campbell River/Knight Inlet - Morning transfer and departure by floatplane (30 minute flight) to Knight Inlet Lodge. Once settled embark on a small boat excursion in the estuary. In the afternoon enjoy a two hour bear viewing tour (by boat in spring and summer, or on a viewing platform late August to October) of Glendale Cove, home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in British Columbia. This is followed by a two hour Knight Inlet sightseeing cruise. On each tour you are accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. This evening, relax whilst a guide gives an interpretive presentation.

 

 

Day 11: Knight Inlet/Nanaimo - Morning bear viewing trip before you return to Campbell River by floatplane. On arrival drive south to Nanaimo and enjoy time to stroll around the lovely harbour and bustling waterfront.

 

Day 12: Nanaimo/Vancouver - Return by ferry across the Georgia Strait to Vancouver and make your way to your hotel. Enjoy time for last minute shopping and sightseeing.

 

Day 13: Vancouver - Make your way to Vancouver airport where you tour concludes with your onward journey.

 

 

 

Extensions

 

The beauty about any tour to North America is that you're so close to so many other amazing places. If you'd like to extend your trip with days elsewhere before or after your tour departs, then don't hesitate to contact our expert team who can help tailor your trip to meet your exact desires.