An 11-day circle drive from Vancouver highlighting the scenery, wildlife and adventure of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia Coast. This classic itinerary explores the Canadian Coastal cities of Victoria, Tofino, Parksville, Quadra Island and the Sunshine Coast. And the adventure carries with it the scent of the fresh sea breeze and the amazing ability to relax the soul. Enjoy two nights accommodation at each location along with activities including whale watching, Hot Springs Explorer boat tour, spa treatment and Hungarian mineral bath and a guided sea kayaking trip. What better way to vacation than with the flexibility of a rental vehicle allowing you to change your day at a whim based on the things you love to see and do.
Arrive in Vancouver and collect your rental vehicle for your journey to Victoria, including a 90-minute ferry ride through the scenic Gulf Islands. Journey time to Victoria is approximately four hours without stops. If you are arriving from an international flight or in the late evening we suggest you overnight in Vancouver prior to commencing your journey. Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa, Victoria's only five-star oceanfront resort provides understated elegance and discerning service. Located on pristine Brentwood Bay, your Ocean Suite offers inspiring views from every vantage point. Overnight at Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa.
Today you will be able to choose from several tour options, including a Butchart Gardens and city tour, whale watching, Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress, mountain biking, kayaking or flightseeing. Your activity can be booked on arrival in Brentwood Bay, allowing you the flexibility to choose based on operation, weather conditions and personal preference. Overnight at Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa.
Join the Island Highway north to Nanaimo and then drive west to the island’s Pacific Coast and the town of Tofino. With sightseeing stops, we recommend allowing six hours for today’s drive. Long Beach Lodge is a luxurious resort set amongst towering trees, taking full advantage of the rugged coastline and long sandy beach. First-class service will welcome you to a relaxed, informal setting, where you will enjoy exhilarating activities or simply put your feet up and gaze out to the crashing surf. Overnight at Long Beach Lodge.
Enjoy a full-day marine excursion to the north end of Clayoquot Sound. Here a short boardwalk trail will take you to natural sulphur hot springs where you can enjoy a truly magical soak. Whales are frequently sighted during the journey, and marine stops may include a sea cave, black bear viewing, an eagle’s nest and a seabird-nesting island. Your journey will be made by covered boat or Zodiac with appropriate clothing provided. Overnight at Long Beach Lodge.
A short journey today back across-island to Parksville. En route consider a stop at Sprot Lake Provincial Park and Coombes, where you might find goats grazing on the grass-covered roof of the local store. Arrive in the seaside jewel of Parksville and check-in to your two night stay at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort. Overnight at the Tigh-Na-Mara Resort.
Pamper yourself with a one-hour spa treatment and a dip in the Hungarian mineral bath. Surrounded by 22-acres of forest, rich in Douglas fir and Arbutus trees and bordered by three kilometres of sandy beaches you will begin to enjoy the life of an islander. Overnight at the Tigh-Na-Mara Resort.
Enjoy another leisurely drive up the Island Highway to the community of Campbell River before taking the ferry to Quadra Island, the largest and most populated of the Discovery Islands. Quadra Island is nestled between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia and is best known for its natural and beautiful wilderness scenery. Check-in for your two-night stay at April Point Resort, a West Coast paradise removed from the crowds and home to world-renowned BC salmon fishing and wildlife adventures. This full-service resort features ocean views from every room and a perfect place to pamper yourself at the Aveda Spa. Overnight at April Point Resort.
Today you set off from the resort in a 17-foot Boston Whaler on a four-hour fishing trip in the waters of Discovery Passage with an experienced guide. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced angler, your guide can set the hooks, offer new tips and techniques, and help you reel in the catch you have been waiting for. Back at the dock, your guide will weigh, clean and package your catch so it is ready for you to take. Swap fish tales, watch for wildlife and soak up the stunning scenery as you drop your line into the salmon-rich waters of the "Salmon Capital of the World." All equipment is supplied. Overnight at April Point Lodge.
From Quadra Island return to Campbell River and journey southbound on Highway 19 to Little River for your ferry to Powell River. Head south on Provincial Route 101 towards Saltery Bay for the ferry to Earls Cove. It is only a short drive from here to Egmont on the Sunshine Coast. You will find unforgettable adventure at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge. Relax and unwind during your two-night stay tucked away amongst majestic cedars and firs, featuring spectacular views of the Pacific Coast. Overnight at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge.
Explore the waters with a guided kayaking adventure, which is included during your vacation. The area surrounding the lodge is a pool of oceanic and terrestrial life and everyday as the tide floods and ebbs, the scenery and wildlife changes, making each kayaking trip unlike any other. Overnight at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge.
Travel back by car along Provincial 101 to Langdale Bay for the ferry to Horseshoe Bay. Your vacation ends on arrival in Vancouver and the return of your rental car. Journey time to downtown Vancouver is four hours.
|2||Victoria||Multiple choices locally, including whale watching|
|4||Tofino||Hot Springs Explorer boat tour|
|6||Parksville||Spa treatment and mineral bath pass|
|7||Quadra Island||Travel day|
|8||Quadra Island||Guided fishing trip|
|9||Sunshine Coast||Travel day|
|10||Sunshine Coast||Guided sea kayaking trip|
|11||Travel day. Vacation ends|
Prices do not include GST and will vary depending on rental car selection, accommodation choices, travel dates and number of individuals travelling together. (All prices in Canadian Dollars)
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