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  • Grizzly bear
  • Orca, British Columbia
  • Black bear, Great Bear Rainforest

Grizzlies, Orcas & Black Bears Self Drive

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,075 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Showcase the Canadian wilds on scenic drives, remote-lodge stays and a full spread of excursions

Highlights

  • Enjoy a full-board stay in a remote floating lodge
  • Spot grizzles and whales on expert-led cruises and walks
  • Explore with scenic drives, ferry hops and floatplane flights
  • Take in Vancouver’s rural charms with a bicycle tour
  • Stop off at bohemian enclaves, deserted beaches and First-Nation villages

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Vancouver
  • 1 Night Campbell River
  • 1 Night Knight Inlet Lodge
  • 2 Nights Tofino
  • 2 Nights Victoria

About

Recommended for:
City | Natural world | Self-drive | Wildlife

This curated road trip will see you move out from Vancouver’s urbane charms and into the wilderness of Vancouver Island. Here, ultra-scenic drives, ferry hops and even floatplane flights will see you spot grizzly bears and humpback whales among hidden waterways and old-growth forests. Throughout, you’ll enjoy a full spread of expert-led excursions, from island bike rides to whale-watching cruises and bear-spotting walks. You’ll even stay in a floating lodge so remote that it’s only accessible by seaplane.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-3
UK/Vancouver

Begin with complimentary airport lounge access before your day flight to Vancouver. On arrival, you’ll make your way to your handpicked accommodation, its spa and chic rooms just a few steps from the Vancouver waterfront. While you’ll have free use of your hotel’s Electra-Townie bikes, we’ve also included a Stanley Park Bicycle tour, to get your bearings. Flung out into the harbour, it’s the chance to leisurely explore rainforests, beaches and spectacular coastal routes just a hop away from the city’s skyscrapers. Otherwise, be sure to spend your time here wandering Vancouver’s mountain-backed waterfront and cobbled-street historic districts before tasting your way through its culinary delights.

Stay: The Loden (Superior)

Day 4
Campbell River

You’ll pick up your hire car today to hop over the Lions Gate Bridge and weave along the cragged coast of North Vancouver. You’ll then arrive into Horseshoe Bay where an included ferry ride will see you over to Vancouver Island. Setting off back on land, you’ll travel north along the coast, watching as towns slowly slip behind before arriving into Campbell River, where you’ll drop your car off. Historically renowned as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, be sure to sample the local seafood in between marvelling at its spectacular setting. The Cascade Mountains rise to the east while the evergreen forests of Strathcona Provincial Park spread out to the west.

Stay: Comfort Inn Suites (Standard)

Day 5
Knight Inlet Lodge

Your wilderness adventure starts today with a thrilling included seaplane flight out to Knight Inlet Lodge – a true Canadian icon that’s only reachable by air. Flying out over winding straits and carpeted swathes you’ll arrive at this remote floating retreat, kept stable by giant cedar booms. Here, you’ll treated to a full-board spread of hearty meals, with crab and prawn harvested fresh from the surrounding glacier-melt waters. But, it’s the wildlife that’s the real star, showcased on a series of included excursions. The lodge’s resident naturalists will bring you out to spot salmon-hunting grizzles with walks, boat rides or elevated hides.There is the option to spend longer here – please contact us for details.

Stay: Knight Inlet Lodge (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Days 6-7
Tofino

Waking early, you’ll head back to the bear-viewing platforms this morning in the company of your expert guide. Then, it’s time for the equally spectacular return leg on the floatplane, arriving back to Campbell Rive to pick up your hire car You’ll then head inland to hop over the high mountain passes of the Sawtooth Range to arrive at the rugged west coast and your chic accommodation. Suggested stops include the 800-year-old fir-tree giants of Cathedral Grove and the Mars Water-Bombers at Sproat Lake – the world’s largest firefighting planes. While you’ll then have forest and beach walks on your doorstep, we’ve also included a choice of two excursions – either a whale- or bear-watching cruise.

Stay: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort (Superior)

Days 8-9
Victoria

Travelling south, you’ll head towards Victoria, the island’s largest city. Along the way, be sure to pause at Chemainus – an artist community adorned with giant murals – and Duncan, the ‘City of Totems’. Further First-Nations heritage can be found at the Quw’utsun’ Village where aboriginal history stands strong to this day. You’ll then arrive into your contemporary waterfront hotel to take in Victoria’s quaint charms. In among its English-heritage architecture – best exemplified by its Renaissance-Revival Parliament Buildings – you’ll discover bohemian boutiques, seafront cycle paths and whale-watching tours.

Stay: The Inn at Laurel Point (Superior)

Days 10-11
Depart for UK

Your included return ferry leg will see you back across the water to Vancouver, where you’ll drop off your hire car at the airport and board your overnight flight home.

Map

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,895 incl. flights

Superior 2019

Low Season

from £3,075 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,630 pp. incl. flights

Travel dates:  21 May to 14 Oct 2019

Includes: 

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights to Vancouver
  • 7 days car rental 9 nights accommodation
  • Stanley Park guided bicycle tour
  • B.C ferry tolls
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Knight Inlet Lodge
  • Grizzly Bear Viewing at Knight Inlet Lodge
  • Return floatplane transfer to Knight Inlet Lodge
  • Whale Watch or Black Bear Viewing Tour
  • Admission to Butchart Gardens
  • Whale Watch Tour from Victoria
  • All travel documents including personalised maps, itinerary, driving directions and Lonely Planet Guide Book of Canada

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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