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Tofino, Vancouver Island

Canada's Pacific Coast Fly-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,680 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A scenic road trip taking in the diverse beauty of Whistler, Vancouver Island and the Pacific Rim National Park

Highlights

  • 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

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Vancouver
  • 2 Nights Whistler
  • 2 Nights Sunshine Coast
  • 2 Nights Campbell River
  • 2 Nights Tofino
  • 2 Nights Victoria

About

Recommended for:
City | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive | Summer | Wildlife

From the urban delights of Vancouver to Whistler's year-round adventure playground and the beauty of Vancouver island, this fly-drive holiday takes in the very best of British Columbia. Spot whales playing in the surf at Campbell River 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

Days 1-3
Vancouver

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)

Days 4-5
Whistler

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: Aava Whistler Hotel (Superior), Hilton Whistler Resort (Deluxe)

Days 6-7
Whistler to Sunshine Coast

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 & Deluxe)

Day 8
Sunshine Coast to Campbell River

Today, travel north to Earls Cove for a 50-minute BC Ferries ride to Saltery Bay, then continue following the coast to Powell River to board another BC Ferries service across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Continue north to Campbell River

Stay:  Coast Discovery Inn or Comfort Inn (Superior & Deluxe)

Day 9
Whale Watching & Wildlife Safari Cruise

The diversity of wildlife and awe inspiring scenery that exists so close to Campbell River is unparalleled! The area has quickly become the most predictable place in the world to see the Bigg’s or Transient, mammal eating Orca! Pacific White-Sided dolphins are common and can often be seen in large groups. Eagles and several varieties of seabirds are all sighted regularly.

Stay: Coast Discovery Inn or Comfort Inn (Superior & Deluxe)

Day 10
Campbell River to Tofino/Ucluelet

Today head south-west to Tofino on the rugged West Coast. En route, picture stops should be made at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the splendour of 800-year-old Douglas Fir and Cedar trees plus the Mars Water-Bombers at Sproat Lake, the world’s two largest water-bombers used for the sole purpose of putting out forest fires. After the Mars Water-Bombers drive through the majestic Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains to arrive in Tofino around mid-afternoon.

Stay: Water's Edge Shoreside Suites (Superior), Black Rock Oceanfront Resort (Deluxe)

Day 11
Tofino

Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of three excursions

Option 1. Coastal Bear Watch Cruise

Search for foraging bears from the comfort and safety of a 24’ Zodiac vessel. Abundant on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, black bears roam the shores at low tide in search of their favourite delicacy, the Rock Crab.

Option 2. Whale Watching Cruise

Cruise through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound to view beautiful scenery and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, you may encounter gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles.

Option 3. Tofino Food Tour

Taste why Tofino is truly one of Canada’s best food scenes, combined with local stories & fascinating history. This tour includes 7 delicious tastings from some of Tofino’s best restaurants & food vendors

Stay: Water's Edge Shoreside Suites (Superior), Black Rock Oceanfront Resort (Deluxe)

Day 12
Tofino to Victoria

Travel back to the East Coast of Vancouver Island and head south to Victoria. En route stops should be made at the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town and Duncan the “City of Totems”. If time permits, visit the Quw’utsun’ Heritage Village which provides you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (seasonal hours - admission not included)


Stay: Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, British Columbia (Superior) or The Fairmont Empress (Deluxe)

Day 13
Victoria

Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of two excursions 

Option 1. Butchart Gardens Admission

On its 100th birthday in 2004, the Butchart Gardens was named a National Historic Site of Canada. Explore 22 Hectares/55 acres of breathtaking gardens on the 53 hectare/130 acre estate.

Option 2. Eat like a Canadian Food Tour

Not many people can define exactly what Canadian food is. From local ingredients to historic dishes, this tour is the best way to experience Canadian culinary culture. Sip and savour local cuisine, explore the iconic Inner Harbour, and meet the chefs and owners that make Victoria such an exciting culinary hot spot.

Stay: Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, British Columbia (Superior) or The Fairmont Empress (Deluxe)

Day 14
Departure

Leaving Victoria drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90-minute ferry ride to Tsawwassen. On-board BC Ferries enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Tsawwassen continue to Vancouver Airport for your overnight flight to London. 

Map

Pricing

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

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,680 pp incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £2,680 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,180 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel: May - Sep 

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK departure airport lounge access
  • Return flights to Vancouver
  • 3nts accommodation in Vancouver
  • 11 days car hire (pick up Day 4)
  • 10nts accommodation on itinerary route
  • Peak to Peak Gondola Ride in Whistler
  • Return BC Ferries incl. toll, passengers and vehicle between Vancouver and Vancouver Island with reserved sailing time
  • Campbell River | Freedom of Choice touring; Whale watching or Wildlife Safari cruise
  • Tofino | Freedom of Choice touring; Coastal Bear watch cruise / whale watching cruise or Tofino Food Tour
  • Victoria | Freedom of Choice touring; Butchart Gardens Admission or Eat like a Canadian Tour

Please note: Must depart from Vancouver on Sunday, Monday, Friday & Saturday


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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