A scenic road trip taking in the diverse beauty of Whistler, Vancouver Island and the Pacific Rim National Park
- Look down on Vancouver's cityscape from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain
- Head to Whistler for everything from hiking to white-water rafting and a ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola
- Explore the deserted beaches and lush rainforests of the Pacific Rim National Park
- End with Victoria's turn-of-the-century architecture and pretty harbour setting
- 3 Nights Vancouver
- 2 Nights Whistler
- 2 Nights Sunshine Coast
- 2 Nights Quadra Island
- 2 Nights Tofino
- 2 Nights Victoria
City | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive | Summer | Wildlife
From the beautiful city of Vancouver to Whistler's year-round adventure playground and the beauty of the Sunshine Coast, this fly-drive holiday takes in the very best of British Columbia's Pacific coast. Spot dolphins playing in the surf off Quadra Island before heading on to Tofino and the Pacific Rim National Park, home to Clayoquot Sound, where grey whales pass in their thousands as they migrate north from Mexico. Round things off with two nights in Victoria, where turn-of-the-century architecture and the floral beauty of Butchart Gardens bring your journey to a fittingly picturesque conclusion.
Day by day itinerary
Begin your trip in style with included airport lounge access before your day flight to Vancouver. On arrival, make your way to your hotel to relax and prepare for two full days exploring the delights of this Pacific-coast city. Perhaps begin with the emerald green expanse of Stanley Park, which itself covers an area the size of downtown. Or, get a birds-eye view of the city with a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain. Walk amongst the tree canopies, see First Nations artwork and take the Skyride to the peak of Grouse Mountain for incredible views. Elsewhere, there are the historic neighbourhoods of Yaletown and Gastown to explore while optional activities range from foodie tours to scenic flights on the famous Mail Run.
Stay: The Loden (Superior)
Collect your hire car this morning for a drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, stopping along the way to take in cascading Shannon Falls and Stawamus Chief Rock, where climbers from all over the world come to scale the granite cliffs. In Whistler itself, you'll rise high above the tree line with a ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to take in spectacular views of ancient glaciers, extinct volcanoes and snow-capped granite peaks.
Stay: Listel Whistler Hotel (Superior)
Return via the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Horseshoe Bay where you'll board the ferry to Vancouver Island's Sunshine Coast. A spectacular sailing, you'll cruise through a fjord-riven landscapes of mountains carpeted with emerald green forests and glaciated peaks en route to Langdale where you'll disembark. Then, its a short drive past pretty fishing villages to your lodge accommodation, a wonderfully rustic base for two days of independent outdoor adventure in one of western Canada's most beautiful coastal regions.
Stay: West Coast Wilderness Lodge (Superior)
Today is for waterways as your journey takes you north with two ferry crossings via Earl’s Cove and Saltery Bay to Powell River. From here, you’ll board another ferry across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Plunging into the British-Columbian wilderness, you’ll enjoy a guided eco cruise on Desolation Sound, keeping your eyes peeled for native wildlife including dolphins, orcas and, along the shoreline, black bears.
Stay: April Point Resort & Spa, Quadra Island (Standard)
Drive southwest across Vancouver Island to arrive at its wild, West Coast. Checking in for a two-night stay at your clifftop resort, you’ll pair the very best in regional culinary indulgences with the chance to explore mile-upon-mile of pristine beaches and an ancient rainforest home to an abundance of wildlife. We’ve even included a guided cruise for the chance to spot gray whales,orcas, sea lions and porpoises.
Stay: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort (Superior)
After breakfast, and perhaps one last stroll along the beach, you’ll travel back to Vancouver Island’s east coast and then south to Victoria. bc’s eminently walkable capital is a delight to explore, with its turn-of-the-century architecture, pretty harbour setting and the delightful Butchart Gardens, entry to which is included. Then, take the ferry back to Vancouver for overnight flight home.
Stay: Inn at Laurel Point (Superior)
Drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for the 90-minute ferry ride to Vancouver. This scenic sailing gives chance to enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. Once you reach the mainland continue to Vancouver Airport for your overnight flight to London.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
from £2,910 pp. incl. flights
from £3,495 pp. incl. flights
Valid for travel: May - Oct 2019
- Complimentary UK departure airport lounge access
- Return flights to Vancouver
- 3 nights in Vancouver
- 12 days car rental
- B.C Ferry tolls
- Peak 2 peak Gondola & Peak Chair Ride
- Zodiac Eco Tour into Desolation Sound (Superior option only)
- Whale Watch tour at Clayoquot Sound
- admission to Butchart Gardens and all travel documentation including personalised maps, itinerary & driving directions.
Please note: road tolls are excluded
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