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Tofino, Vancouver Island

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Introduction

Famous for its whale watching at Tofino and provincial parks offering a selection of wildlife, a Vancouver Island holiday will provide hiking trips, kayaking and historical highlights.

Whale watching

Tofino is a hotspot for whale watching enthusiasts. The main attraction is the migration of gray whales passing Long Beach just five kilometres from the shore. Humpback whales can also be seen, while further north killer whales can be seen from Telegraph Cove or Discovery Passage.

The Great Outdoors

The abundance of wilderness on Vancouver Island is yours to explore. Three sections of the Pacific Rim National Park - Long Beach, The Broken Group Islands archipelago and the West Coast Trail - offer a choice of hikes. Further inland the mountainous wilderness of Strathcona Principle Park is to be taken on by more experienced hikers. Travel to Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, to continue your adventure with a selection of rare rainforests.

History and Culture

With Victoria being the capital of British Columbia, it is no surprise that it offers a collection of museums and gardens. A stroll along the Inner Harbour is well worth a visit for the architecture, especially The Parliament Buildings and The Fairmont Express Hotel. Explore the history of the First Nations' villages in the Royal British Columbia Museum.

You can also indulge in the hot water rockpools at Hot Springs Cove. Taste the local food in Campbell River and combine architecture with shopping in Victoria's Bastion Square.

Top itineraries in Vancouver Island

Grizzlies, Orcas & Black Bears Self Drive

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,785 pp incl. flights

Leave the urbane charms of Vancouver behind to take in the unique wildlife of Vancouver Island with ultra-scenic drives, expert-led excursions and stays in remote lodges.

Rockies Explorer & Alaska Cruise Escorted Tour

20-day escorted tour & rail journey from £7,645 pp incl. flights

The Canadian Rockies are spectacular. Giant peaks towering above beautiful tree-covered valleys and sparkling lakes, interspersed with pretty villages and mountain resorts sit alongside an abundance of native wildlife from deer and moose to black bears and grizzlies.

Western Canada Fly-Drive

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,555 pp incl. flights

Take to the open road on this tailor-made fly-drive as you link the cities of Vancouver and Calgary via stops in Vancouver Island, Whistler and the Banff and Jasper national parks.

Canada's Pacific Coast Fly-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,385 pp incl. flights

This tailor-made fly-drive pairs Vancouver and Victoria's city highlights with the natural wonders and wildlife of Whistler, the Sunshine Coast and Pacific Rim National Park.

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Top places to stay in Vancouver Island

Sonora Resort

Traditional lodge from £1,520 pp incl. flights

Discover the breathtaking wilderness landscapes of British Columbia at Sonora Resort, located on a beautiful archipelago on Canada's Pacific coast.

The Wickaninnish

Contemporary lodge

The Wickaninnish Inn or ‘The Wick’ as it is known locally, is a superb resort in the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Nimmo Bay Resort

Small & intimate lodge from £4,965 pp incl. flights

Accessed by float plane or helicopter from either Port Hardy or Port McNeill - towns located an hour's flight from Vancouver at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Nimmo Bay is as remote as it is beautiful.

The Fairmont Empress

Historic hotel

The Fairmont Empress stands guard over the Inner Harbour and is regarded as one of Victoria’s most iconic hotels.

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Where to go in Vancouver Island

Clayoquot Sound

Venture through the rare rainforests in Clayoquot Sound, named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. To complete your Clayoquot Sound travel itinerary explore the inlets for stunning costal views, wilderness trails as well as black bear watching from April to October.

Ucluelet

Ucluelet is part of the Pacific Rim National Park south of Tofino. Long Beach draws both surfers and hikers thanks to its waves and nature trails. It also has viewing points, such as The Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre, to spot some of the 25,000 gray whales migrating five kilometres from shore.

Tofino

Tofino is a fishing village famous for whale watching. Located in the centre of Clayoquot Sound, Tofino travel takes advantage of cruise and kayaking options as vantage points for the 25,000 migrating gray whales. You only need to travel five kilometres from the shore to view their migration from M…

Campbell River

Campbell River travel is all about wildlife, such as whales, bears, eagles, ravens and seals. Catch a glimpse of these species at Discovery Passage en route to the Discovery Islands archipelago.

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Best of Canada's Winter Destinations

Winter is Canada's longest season. However, rather than shut down the country comes alive with opportunities for activities and festivities. Essentially the country is one big winter playground.

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