Itinerary Highlights

  • Spend a leisurely morning strolling through the stunning and fragrant floral displays
  • Sail Vancouver Island's west coast in search of gray whales or humpback whales, you may even be lucky enough to spot orcas
  • Spend three-nights at Farewell Harbour Lodge on a bear watching adventure
  • Take a scenic flight on a floatplane from Victoria to Vancouver, across the Gulf Islands and Vancouver's spectacular skyline
  • Best time to travel MAY - OCT

What's Included

  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Car Hire
  • International Flights
14 nights from £4,699 per person
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
The Inspiring Travel Company Team
01244 435 806

Vancouver Island is worth being the main event on a Canada holiday; often visited as a short side trip from Vancouver, the island is packed with adventures and wildlife experiences, so just a few days is never enough. Our 14-night flexible fly-drive holiday takes in many of the island’s highlights including the historic Victoria waterfront and the spectacular floral displays of Butchart Gardens. Wander through 800-year-old forests at Cathedral Grove and along the Wild Pacific Trail. Embark on bear and whale watching experiences in Tofino and off-shore at Farewell Harbour Lodge, where you will spend four days in the pristine wilderness of Broughton Archipelago Marine Park and the Great Bear Rainforest.

Itinerary

On arrival at Victoria International Airport on Vancouver Island you will be transferred to your downtown hotel. We recommend a pre-dinner cocktail at the Q Bar at Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Depart from Victoria’s picturesque harbour on a morning tour to the fragrant and pretty Butchart Gardens. Formerly a limestone quarry, the site was transformed by Jennie Butchart into a spectacular floral display called the ‘Sunken Garden’. This afternoon, explore Victoria’s Harbour; we recommend the 45-minute Harbour Ferry Tour. Hop off at Fisherman’s Wharf for fish & chips and an ice cream before returning to Empress Dock.
Tofino
Collect your hire vehicle in Victoria and begin your drive. You will pass through Duncan ‘The City of Totems’, and Chermainus, renowned for its giant murals. Pass through Cathedral Grove and admire the 800-year old Douglas Fir and Cedar trees. Drive over the majestic Sutton Pass and Sawtooth Range before arriving in Ucluelet where you will stay for three nights. Alternatively continue up the coast and stay in Tofino.
Tofino
Drive north to Tofino, popular with surfers and those seeking outdoor adventure. Included in today’s itinerary is a choice of either a whale watching cruise or a coastal bear watching tour (both approximately 2.5 hours). Tofino is a charming seaside town with an array of boutiques, galleries, craft shops and cafés. You can surf, hike or take in the spectacular scenery on a floatplane tour.
Tofino
Your Ucluelet hotel is on the Wild Pacific Trail, a network of walks through dense rainforest and along the rugged Pacific coastline. Ucluelet is a quaint little town with an attractive marina, and is the departure point for many scenic wildlife cruises around the rugged beauty of the Barkley Sound and Broken Group Islands.
Today you will be back on the road. Head back over Sutton Pass to the east coast of Vancouver Island, before taking the road to almost the northern tip of the island. You will enjoy glimpses of the Strait of Georgia and islands along the way. At Campbell River you will wind your way through forests and mountains until you reach Port Hardy.
Great Bear Rainforest
The start of your three-night bear and whale watching adventure at Farewell Harbour Lodge. A 25-minute taxi boat transfer takes you through the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park to Berry Island. After settling in to your accommodation you will head out on to the waters of Johnstone Strait and visit the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve in search of marine wildlife such as seals, sea lions and whales.
Head deep into the river systems in search of black and grizzly bears. The experience differs depending on the time of year; some of the best viewing opportunities are in May, September and October. At Farewell Harbour Lodge, there are no purpose-built viewing platforms, so you get a truly natural experience. Enjoy wildlife spotting on foot in the rainforest and from the waters on board your boat.
Enjoy a choice of activities today; either head out in search of bears again or explore the waters of Johnstone Strait more extensively in search of marine life. Orcas are normally present in these waters from mid-July, while Humpback whales can be seen in May and June.
Campbell River
Enjoy a short morning kayak excursion or a guided rainforest hike before your water taxi transfer back to Port Hardy. You will then continue your self-drive back along the east coast of Vancouver Island and stop at Campbell River for two nights.
Campbell River
Campbell River is renowned for its eco-tourism and wildlife adventures as well as claiming to be the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’. There are several wildlife excursions that operate out of Campbell River, including whale and bear watching experiences, which our team can pre-book for you. If you are looking for something a little different, we recommend our Guided Salmon Fishing tour.
Staying at  Painter’s Lodge
Make the most of your last day on beautiful Vancouver Island. Continue your drive south to Victoria where you will return your rental vehicle and board a scenic 35-minute float plane flight over the Gulf Islands, landing in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour for the last stage of your Canada holiday. (Alternatively take the B.C. Ferry from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay and drive to Vancouver).
Staying at  Loden Hotel
A full day to explore Vancouver, using the Hop-On Hop-Off bus service to explore the city at your leisure. Board the free shuttle bus from Canada Place to Capilano Suspension Bridge; here you can walk across the bridge that hangs 70 metres above the Capilano River. Other activities include the treetops walk and a cliff walk where a glass walkway is suspended from the side of the cliff above the valley floor below.
Staying at  Loden Hotel
Another full day to explore this vibrant city. Why not rent bicycles for a ride through Stanley Park, or take an optional tour to Whistler - Canada’s premier ski resort - which is also an adventurers’ playground in the summer.
Staying at  Loden Hotel
Today you will take a private transfer to Vancouver Airport for your flight back to the UK. If you are hoping to pick up some last-minute bargains before flying home, take the free rail shuttle from the airport to Templeton Station and pop in to McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, where several fashion brands offer discounts of up to 70%.
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Vancouver Island Wildlife Adventure

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All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
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