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Tofino, British Columbia

Canada's Pacific Coast Fly-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,330 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

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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 Listel Hotel (Standard) / Loden Hotel (Superior & Deluxe), Vancouver

Days 4-5
Whistler

Collect your hire car this morning for a drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls, the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs and the Sea to sky Gondola where incredible bird’s-eye views of Howe Sound sprawl before you. At the top, enjoy access to several interpretive walking trails, viewing platforms and the on-site restaurant and tea house. Continue onto Whistler to arrive mid-afternoon.

Next day after a morning at leisure, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon in Whistler than exploring the eclectic culinary scene. enjoy a delicious multi-course lunch while visiting some of the best local lunch spots and indulge a sweet tooth at a couple of chocolate shops

Stay: Aava Whistler Hotel (Standard), Hilton Whistler Resort (Superior), Fairnont Chateau Whistler (Deluxe)

Meals: L

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 (Standard, Superior & Deluxe)

Meals: B D

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 (Standard, Superior & Deluxe)

Meals: B

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 (Standard, 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 or Black Rock Oceanfront Resort (Standard, Superior & Deluxe)

Day 11
Tofino

Today 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.

Stay: Water's Edge Shoreside Suites or Black Rock Oceanfront Resort (Standard, Superior or 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 (Standard & Superior), The Fairmont Empress (Deluxe)


Day 13
Victoria

Today travel to the beautiful Butchart Gardens named a National Historic Site of Canada. Explore 22 Hectares/55 acres of breathtaking gardens on the 53 hectare/130 acre estate.

Stay: Inn at Laurel Point (Standard & Superior), 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. 

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Pricing

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

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior Deluxe

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,330 pp incl. flights

Standard

Low Season

from £3,330 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,695 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel: May - Oct

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
  • Sea to Sky Gondola Ride
  • Whistler Guided Lunch Tour
  • Return BC Ferries, toll for vehicle and passengers, between Vancouver and Vancouver Island with reserved sailing time
  • Campbell River Whale watching & Wildlife Safari Cruise
  • Tofino Coastal Bear Watch cruise
  • Victoria Butchart Gardens Admission

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

Low Season: May / Jun / Oct

High Season: Jul / Aug / Sep


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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