Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast

9 nights from £2,469 per person

Best time to travel MAY - SEP

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Itinerary Highlights

  • By zodiac, cruise through breath-taking Desolation Sound, look out for black bears in their natural habitat
  • Choose from heading out to sea on a whale watching cruise, or cruise close to the coastline in search of black bears in Tofino
  • Explore Butchart Gardens, a 50 acre display of magnificent colour in Victoria

What's Included

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9 nights from £2,469 per person
Best time to travel MAY - SEP
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
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A spectacular flexible self-drive holiday taking you through some of British Columbia's most spectacular coastal scenery and wilderness.

Travel through the gulf islands and Strait of Georgia on BC Ferries, taking you to quaint fishing villages and through breath-taking fjords.

Visit the sunshine coast and enjoy optional outdoor pursuits including mountain biking, hiking, kayaking or take to the skies on flightseeing tours by float-plane or helicopter.

Relax on the pristine shores of Quadra Island overlooking Discovery Bay and enjoy a wilderness zodiac tour in search of whales and black bears. Drive over Sutton Pass, Vancouver Island, stop and hug an 800-year-old Douglas Fir at Cathedral Grove. Set on the wild Pacific Coast, Tofino's wilderness beckons you to explore its hiking trails or join wildlife tours in search of Black Bears and whales.

Our flexible Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast self-drive holiday continues to British Columbia's capital city of Victoria, explore the 50-acre floral display at Butchart Gardens and wander around the quaint harbour front.

Photo Credits - Cathedral Grove / Destination BC - Sean Scott.


Day 1  Travel to Vancouver
Fly from the UK to Vancouver, collect your car at the airport depot and drive downtown to your hotel. After you have settled in spend the late afternoon and evening exploring this cosmopolitan city at your leisure.
Day 2  Vancouver to Sunshine Coast (64 Miles)
Drive north out of Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay, and board one of the frequent BC Ferries to Langdale at the start of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. The 45 minute scenic cruise sails through fjord like waters and past forest cloaked mountains. Disembark the ferry at Langdale and continue your drive along the stunning scenic route passing through coastal fishing villages and forests until to reach the West Coast Wilderness Lodge in Egmont.
Day 3  West Coast Wilderness Resort, Sunshine Coast
Set in pristine wilderness and boasting unsurpassed scenery on British Columbia's west coast, the area is perfect for outdoor pursuits and adventures. West Coast Wilderness Lodge offers a range of optional activities that you can purchase in resort and include anything from mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, floatplane or helicopter tours and exhilarating adventures by zodiac. You have a full day to enjoy these spectacular surroundings.
Day 4  Sunshine Coast to Quadra Island (47 miles)
On leaving Egmont, travel north to Earls Cove where you will board BC Ferries for your 50 minute cruise to Saltery Bay. Continue your scenic drive to Powell River where you board the BC Ferry across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. A short drive north brings you to Campbell River where you board one final ferry to Quadra Island and check-in in to April Point Resort. The resort is set on the pristine shores of Quadra Island overlooking Discovery Bay.
Day 5  Eco Wilderness Cruise to Desolation Sound
By Zodiac, you will cruise through the breathtaking Desolation Sound with its fjords, mountains and wildlife. Explore this beautiful and serene wilderness and look out for black bears foraging in their natural habitat.
Day 6  Quadra Island to Tofino (140 miles)
After a short ferry crossing from Quadra Island to Campbell River, you will continue your drive south-west across Vancouver Island to the Pacific Coast town of Tofino. The scenic drive is spectacular, driving through forests and over mountain passes. There are many photographic opportunities along the journey. We recommend a stop at Cathedral Grove where you can wander through forests of gigantic 800 year old Douglas Firs and Cedar trees.
Day 7  Tofino
Set on the wild Pacific Coast, Tofino is one of Canada's premier surfing destinations and draws visitors to explore its coastal trails and join wildlife tours in search of whales and black bears. Today you will join a 3 hour whale watching excursion through Clayoquot Sound, revealing spectacular scenery and wildlife including porpoises, sea lions, gray whales and killer whales. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the area or take a leisurely stroll along Long Beach.
Day 8  Tofino to Victoria (195 miles)
Return to the east coast of Vancouver Island and then south to Victoria, British Columbia's Capital City. Stop en-route at the artist community town of Chemainus, where murals adorn the building's exterior walls and wander around Duncan, the 'City of Totems'.
Day 9  Victoria
Today is free for you to explore Victoria, enjoy the quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea at the very grand Fairmont Empress Hotel and wander around the quaint harbour. Admission to the 50 acre floral display at Burchart Gardens is included.
Staying at  Inn at Laurel Point
Day 10  Victoria to Vancouver (43 miles plus ferry)
Depart Victoria and head for Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90 minute crossing to Tsawwassen before returning to Vancouver Airport where you will drop off your hire vehicle and catch your flight back to the UK.
Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast
9 nights from £2,469 per person
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
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