Self-Drive – 10 Days Inside Passage And British Columbia

Self-Drive - 10 Days Inside Passage And British Columbia

  • Ultimate Western Canada Experience
  • 10 Days | 9 Nights
  • Guaranteed Dates: July 19, 2020 | August 16, 2020 | September 15, 2020
Driving
Price Per Person

From CA$1,399pp
Based on quad occupancy (ex GST)

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Overview

Starting in Vancouver and finishing in the Okanagan this self-drive tour provides a journey of a lifetime through one of the wildest, diverse and unbelievably beautiful parts of the world. You will not regret taking part in this adventure. You will navigate routes that are embedded in Canadian History. Begin your journey on a scenic ferry through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island where you will have time to explore Victoria, the capital of BC, before continuing on through the charming small coastal towns of Sooke, Chemainus, Parksville, Coombs, Campbell River, Telegraph Cove and Port Hardy. There is so much to see and plenty of hiking and activity options that we can help you organize. From Port Hardy you will embark on BC Ferries sailing through the Inside Passage which is a unique trip through the Salish Sea and the Pacific Ocean as you weave through Islands in the Pacific Northwest. Most cruise liners cannot make this trip due to the narrow straits that you will be going through. You will have the opportunity to see a diverse and beautiful landscape. You will also have the chance to view some fantastic wildlife along the way. Look out for the Kermode Bear (also known as the Spirit Bear). Seeing a Kermode Bear will be a rare sighting, but you can then tell everyone that you have seen this national wonder. Once you are through the straits, you will enjoy time to explore the town of Prince Rupert then travel through Wells Gray National Park on the way to the Okanagan. In this time, you can stop at wine farms in the famous desert region of Canada and have a chance to walk the beautiful shores of Lake Okanagan in Kelowna. Along the way, you will experience distinctly Canadian activities that will deepen your understanding of Canadian culture, nature and landscape. Be sure to pack your binoculars for this tour!

Price Includes
  • 9 night’s overnight accommodation
  • Ferry fees from Vancouver to Victoria, (one-way) for 1 standard sized vehicle and passenger fees
  • Inside Passage ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert (one-way) for 1 standard sized vehicle and passenger fees
  • Admission to the Museum of Northern BC in Prince Rupert
  • Self-Drive Itinerary with all of the suggested stops and map

Car rental, national park fees or car parking are not included. Car rental can be booked for an additional cost.

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Iconic Canadian Scenery

Cruise the Inside Passage, visit Northern BC and take in the Okanagan. This is the most complete Western Canada package we have on offer.

Deluxe Accommodation

As part of this experience, you will get to stay in some beautiful hotels across Western Canada.

Flexible Travel Times

With this being a self drive tour, you will have the flexibility in terms of time. You can spend as long or as short at any given location and you can stop and take in sights that are not on our itinerary.

Optional Activities

In addition to the included activities, there are a number of optional activities as well in all our overnight stays. Make this journey an experience never to be forgotten.

2020 Tour Pricing

Single Occupancy
Single Person per Room
CA$3,899pp
Double Occupancy
Two Persons per Room
CA$2,129pp
Triple Occupancy
Three People per Room
CA$1,629pp
Quad Occupancy
Four People per Room
CA$1,399pp

Trip Itinerary

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.

Presell Options

Optional activities are available at the time of booking your tour as availability for some activities is limited. We offer the following optional activities on this tour for a discounted price. 

Victoria

  • Royal BC Museum
  • Butchart Gardens

Campbell River: (all options must be pre-booked)

  • Sunset Kayak Tour through an estuary on shores of Campbell River. This tour includes an intimate pizza dinner & glass of wine. Trips operate rain or shine. Limited space available (minimum of six pax, max twelve) *advanced bookings only
  • Whale Watching
  • Bear Watching Tour *seasonal

Prince Rupert

  • Cannery Museum 
  • Whale Watching – Prince Rupert Adventure Tours – Available on all departures. *highly recommended

Vancouver

  • Optional– Pre or Post Night in Vancouver, BC from $175 pp all taxes included  based on double occupancy *advanced bookings only
  • Half-Day Vancouver City Highlights (minimum of six pax required) *advanced bookings only
  • Sightseeing tickets to Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Fly Over Canada and Vancouver Lookout Tower. 
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