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Victoria Inner Harbour | @Armon Arani
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The Parliament Buildings, Victoria | ©Reid Naaykens
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Malahat Skywalk, Vancouver Island | ©Malahat Skywalk
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Malahat Skywalk, Vancouver Island | ©Malahat Skywalk
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Malahat Skywalk, Vancouver Island | ©Malahat Skywalk
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Butchart Gardens, Victoria | ©Lisanne Smeele DCT
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Coastline of Pacific Rim National Park | ©Destination BC /Yuri Choufour
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Empress Hotel, Victoria | ©Armon Arani
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Downtown Victoria | ©Sonya Romanovska
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Kayaking in Campbell River, Vancouver Island

Overview

This itinerary explores the best of what Vancouver Island has to offer. Begin with a spectacular BC Ferries crossing from Vancouver to BC’s capital city of Victoria, where we spend two nights. Explore the famous Butchart Gardens and have sufficient time to explore the city at your leisure. Enjoy 3-nights in the laid back town of Tofino located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island and characterised by wild natural scenery including lakes, inlets, ancient rainforest and sandy beaches. The drive on the Pacific Rim Highway is stunning with views of the rugged coastline and lush rainforest. The journey continues to Northern Vancouver Island known for its rugged beauty that rewards guests with solitude, secluded beaches and glimpses of wildlife in their natural habitat. 

Itinerary

1

Vancouver to Victoria

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BC Ferries
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Victoria
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Butchart Gradens
  • Depart downtown Vancouver at 9:15am 
  • Take a scenic ferry through the Gulf Islands
  • Arrive in Vancouver Island and visit the famous Butchart Gardens (admission included)
  • Visit Sea Cider for a tour and enjoy a Cider Tasting
  • Check-in at your centrally located hotel in downtown Victoria
  • Evening at leisure to explore the city
Ferry
BC Ferries to Victoria
Admission
Butchart Gardens
Winery
Cider Tasting
2

Victoria

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Parliament buildings
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Downtown Victoria
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High Tea at The Empress
  • Enjoy a Victoria City tour this morning visiting Beacon Hill Park, Chinatown, Fan Tan Alley, Fisherman’s Wharf and Government Street 
  • The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You can stroll along Government Street or visit the well known Royal BC Museum. You also have the option to enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Guide
City Walking Tour
Sightseeing
Victoria
3

Victoria to Tofino

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Tofino
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Malahat Skywalk
  • Early departure from your hotel and drive along the Malahat Highway where you can enjoy beautiful views over the Southern Gulf Islands
  • Stop at the Malahat SkyWalk – the newest outdoor experience on Vancouver Island. Embark on a 600 metre-long elevated walkway through an expansive Arbutus and Douglas Fir forest, leading to a 10-story, architecturally-inspiring spiral tower lookout – the first of its kind in BC. Rising 250 metres above sea level, you will enjoy 360-degree views of islands, inlets, fjords, forests and mountains in two countries
  • Stop in Duncan for a brief tour around the City of Totems and free time for lunch
  • Arrive in Tofino in the evening and check into your hotel. Your guide will tell you about all the great onsite amenities and best places for dinner tonight.
Admission
Malahat Skywalk
Totems
Duncan - the City of Totems Tour
See
High ground Viewpoints
4

Tofino & Pacific Rim National Park - Day 1

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Tofino | Long Beach
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Pacific Rim National Park
  • Today explore Tofino and its magnificent beaches including Long Beach and option to join your guide for a hike
  • Take a Water Taxi trip over to Meares Island to visit the Big Tree Trail, the home to some of the largest old growth trees in British Columbia. Meares Island holds cultural and spiritual significance for the Tla-o-qui-aht people, who have inhabited the region for thousands of years. The island is known as “Waa’kas” in the Nuu-chah-nulth language, which means “mountain in the sea,” and it is considered a sacred place
  • Evening at leisure
Ferry
Water Taxi to Meares Island
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Tofino & Pacific Rim National Park - Day 2

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Tofino
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Tofino
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  • Today you have a full day to join an activity such as taking a boat cruise to Hot Springs Cove, kayaking, surfing, hiking through one of the many rainforest trails, or simply relaxing on the beach
  • The remainder of the evening is at your leisure to explore the town of Tofino
Cruise
Boat Cruise (optional)
Canoe
Kayaking (optional)
Hiking
Rainforest Trails
6

Tofino to Campbell River

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Coombs Market
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Ancient Rainforest
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Campbell River
  • Check out of your hotel this morning and depart Tofino, traveling back towards the east coast of Vancouver Island
  • Stop at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park where you can take a walk around the old-growth Douglas Fir rainforest.
  • Arrive in Coombs Market, famously known for the goat on the rooftop and today’s stop for lunch. Here you can find fresh produce, great sandwiches and the best ice cream on the Island
  • Continue your drive along Coastal Highway 19A that has you travel through coastal communities and along beautiful landscapes, stopping in Comox for dinner this evening
  • Arrive in Campbell River and your hotel for the night 
  • Evening at leisure to explore the resort, watch the sunset and enjoy the peaceful surroundings
Forest
Ancient Rainforest
Market
Coombs Market
Scenic
Coastal Highway
7

Northern Vancouver Island

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Suspension Bridge | Elk Falls Provincial Park
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Whale Watching
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Bear Watching
  • Morning at leisure with the option to participate in many different activities including kayaking, fishing, and whale watching (Additional Cost)
  • Option to go on a full day Grizzly Bear Expedition into the Bute or Toba Valley (available from Aug 18-Oct 15)
  • Visit Elk Falls Provincial Park and explore the extensive network of walking and hiking trails including Elk Falls Suspension Bridge and enjoy a walk on the elevated cantilevered viewing platform that offers an amazing view of Elk Falls
  • Arrive back at your hotel and free time for dinner
WhaleWatching
Whale Watching Tour
Admission
Grizzly Bear Expedition (full day)
Hiking
Elk Falls Provincial Park
8

Campbell River - Nanaimo - Vancouver

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MorningStar Farm
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Farm to Table produce
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Nanaimo Harbourfront
  • Depart Campbell River in the morning
  • Stop at Morningstar Farm in Parksville. Morningstar Farm is a local food hub featuring self-guided tours, a farmgate store, seasonal “calfé”, a petting farm and trails
  • Stop in Nanaimo for a stroll along the Harbourfront. Don’t miss trying one of the famous Nanaimo Bars – a treat for everyone loving sweets
  • Take the 3:55 pm  ferry from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay
  • Return to downtown Vancouver at approximately 6:30 pm
Ferry
Nanaimo to Vancouver / BC Ferrries

Now accepting bookings for 2025!

duration

Duration

8 Days | 7 Nights
duration

Size

GUIDED (Max. pax: 22)
duration

Quad

From* CA$2,844/pp | US$2,218/pp

Triple

From* CA$2,954/pp | US$2,304/pp

Double

From* CA$3,194/pp | US$2,491/pp

Single

From* CA$4,164/pp | US$3,248/pp
*Prices may vary during peak season. Special rates available. Online booking fee excluded. Transactions are processed in Canadian dollars (CA$). Prices displayed in U.S. dollars (US$) are indicative rates only for information purposes. We recommend confirming current exchange rates prior to making any transactions.
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Highlights

  • Explore the best of what Vancouver Island has to offer.
  • Explore the famous Butchart Gardens, Malahat Skywalk
  • Explore the magnificent beaches in Tofino with options to surf, kayak or relax.
  • Hike secluded trails in ancient rainforest among national parks.
  • Whale watching at Campbell River (optional)
  • Stunning views of the rugged coastline and lush rainforest

Inclusions

  • BusMini-coach transportation
  • GuideExperienced, fun and friendly guide
  • MealDaily Breakfast
  • FerryBC Ferries to Vancouver Island (round trip fees included)
  • WinerySea Cider Tasting
  • AdmissionAdmission to Butchart Gardens
  • AdmissionAdmission to Malahat SkyWalk
  • FerryWater taxi to Meares Island and the Big Tree Trail
  • Bed7 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • VICTORIA - 2 Nights
  • TOFINO - 3 Nights
  • CAMPBELL RIVER - 2 Nights
  • AdmissionAll taxes and park fees

What to Bring:

  • Light jacket / windbreaker
  • Hiking shoes/Comfortable shoes
  • Beach Towel
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sunscreen
  • Binoculars
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars for wildlife watching

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