Day One – Vancouver to Sooke
You will travel through the beautiful Gulf Islands on your way to Victoria, BC’s capital city. Look out for whales on the way to Victoria, sightings are not unheard of. Upon arriving in Victoria, you will have a chance to stroll through the gorgeous Butchart Gardens. There are several optional sightseeing choices around Victoria, including the Royal BC Museum, afternoon tea at the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel, or shopping on Government Street. You will then depart for Sooke for your overnight accommodation.
Day Two – Sooke to Campbell River
Upon leaving, you will make your way along the scenic Island Highway to the seaside community of Comox for lunch. After lunch, depart to Campbell River where you’ll spend the next two nights. You’ll have plenty of time to discover the best activities in Campbell River. Options include: waterfall hike, Bear viewing tour by water, Whale Watching or Kayaking Tour.
Day Three – Campbell River
Enjoy this day at leisure and discover the best outdoor adventures in Campbell River. Ask us for recommendations.
Day Four – Campbell River – Telegraph Cove - Port Hardy
Overnight or BC Ferries Cabin for July/August departures featuring an overnight aboard the Ferry. The overnight ferry departs at 5:15pm, arriving the next day at 11:00am. You’ll be able to be on the viewing decks early in the morning to spot all sorts of wildlife and beautiful views as you pass through the channels.
Day Five – Arrive in Prince Rupert via the Inside Passage aboard BC Ferries
July / August departures will arrive in Prince George at 11:00am this morning. Check in time at your hotel is 4pm. You’ll have time to explore Cow’s Bay this afternoon, a great area with a wide variety of restaurants serving lunch and dinner.
Day Six – Prince Rupert
After the long day you had yesterday, today is all about relaxation and free time in the town of Prince Rupert. You can choose from a variety of breakfast options. Today you will have the opportunity to explore the town or partake in some optional activities. These include canoe tours, Cannery Museum or whale watching. Admission to the Museum of Northern British Columbia is included. There is also an optional extra to view the bears in the region on the July 19th departure. This is seasonal, so please confirm with us beforehand to ensure that we can book you on this activity. This evening there are several dining options in town that you can explore.
Day Seven – Prince Rupert to Prince George
You will then depart on a beautifully scenic day of travel as you leave the Coastal Mountains behind. You will follow the Skeena River on your way to your nighttime destination of Prince George. There are many stops along the way where you will be able to see many beautiful sights of Northern British Columbia. Along the way, you will have time for lunch in the town of Smithers, often referred to as a “skiers paradise’ in the winter. Upon arriving in Prince George, you will check-in to your hotel. You will then have the evening free for dinner.
Day Eight – Prince George to Blue River
You will travel further east and south today towards Blue River. This is a magical part of British Columbia.
Day Nine – Blue River to Kelowna
As you drive South through the Okanagan Valley, you will be wowed by the beauty of Canada’s desert. There are numberous stops along
the way as well as some fantastic wine and cider tastings.
Day Ten – Kelowna – last day, check out at 11am
And so we enter the final day of this fantastic adventure. Take the morning to explore downtown Kelowna. You will be able to walk the beautiful boardwalk along Lake Okanagan or walk through the cute shops that line the streets of this desert town. You will leave Kelowna and travel along the Coquihalla Highway towards Vancouver. Along the way, you will come across the tiny village of Hope. You will finish up the last stop of the adventure with a stop at Othello Tunnels. These tunnels were cut from the granite cliffs in 1914 by the Canadian Pacific Railway connecting the Kootenays to the Coast. A total of five tunnels were cut out as part of the Kettle Valley Railway grade. The engineering effort it took to build this route was impressive, especially considering the limited infrastructure of the time. You will have the opportunity to walk through the tunnels and cross the cascading Coquihalla River. This area is also rich in film history, with several blockbuster film scenes shot at Othello Tunnels. We know that you have memories that will last a lifetime and be richer for the experiences you have encountered over the past 10 days.