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Full Tour Itinerary
  • Days / nights15 / 14
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$3049

Day 1

Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in downtown Vancouver. Be sure to have your insurance documents and passports available for presentation to your leader. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants.

Overnight at the joining hotel.

Included meals: none

Day 2

We depart Vancouver for the ferry terminal that will take us across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. The scenery on the crossing is exceptional. We arrive in Victoria about noon and have a day-and-a-half to explore this historic, very British city. From hiking sections of the Juan de Fuca trail to visiting the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, there is incredible variety to explore in this region. Charter a fishing trip. Visit Craigdarroch Castle or Miniature World or the Royal British Columbia Museum or stroll the BC Parliament Buildings, Government House or the iconic Empress Hotel. Stroll the Inner Harbour or check out the Oak Bay marina.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: ferry crossing

Day 3

Continue with the activities you started yesterday. Or do something totally different. Take a hike; there are a lot of hiking trails in the region. Today, your driver will give you the option of driving as far as Port Renfrew, the terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail, where you can explore Botanical Beach with its unique geological and botanical tidal pools. You’ll have the option of hiking one or more sections of that trail, or relaxing on one of the beaches along the way.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 4

We leave the Greater Victoria area this morning and make our way up the Island. Take in the breath-taking views of the Malahat Drive on our way, stop at the totem poles in Duncan, then on to Chemainus. Here we’ll make a brief stop to wander around this artsy community. Then it’s off to Parksville. Here you can take a tour to explore the Horne Lake Caves, take a short hike to Little Qualicum Falls or explore Coombs Country Market, world famous for its goats grazing on the roof. You may want to check out the Errington animal Rescue Centre or spend a lazy afternoon on Rathtrevor Beach

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 5

Today we cross the Island to the Pacific Coast, stopping along the way to see Cathedral Grove, the aptly named giant forest preserve. We’ll arrive at Long Beach and the Tofino area about noon. Here we have a variety of activities associated with the Pacific Coast. Surf the waves of Long Beach, or simply relax on the beach; rent a kayak or canoe; hike in the rainforest. Explore the art galleries of Tofino, or simply grab your camera and capture the exquisite scenery of Clayoquot Sound and the Pacific Coast.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 6

Today we take an included whale-watching excursion to Hot Springs Cove. More often than not, we’ll be treated not only to whales but also various other sea life such as harbour seals and porpoises. At Hot Springs Cove, we’ll relax in the soothing hot mineral waters while ocean waves surge up to meet us. A true bucket list experience!

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: whale watching tour

Day 7

We retrace our journey across the Island to Nanaimo, to board a ferry back to the BC Mainland. Then we head up the gorgeous Sea-to-Sky Highway to Squamish, billed as the “outdoor adventure capital of Canada.” Kite surfing and rock climbing the face of the Stawamus Chief are some of the more extreme activities available here. Less challenging are the hikes up the Stawamus Chief or to Shannon Falls, the fourth highest in Canada. Or take the easier route up the Sea-to-Sky gondola for breathtaking views of Howe Sound. Or, if you’d prefer to do something more relaxing, take a tour of a local distillery. You’ll wish you had more time to take in all the options.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: ferry ride

Day 8

This morning we retrace the short drive back down the Sea-to-Sky Highway, something you’ll be more than happy to do a second time. This is one of the most beautiful drives you’ll ever find. We get back to Vancouver about noon, so you’ll have time to catch an afternoon city excursion. Because some may be joining this tour at this time, and others leaving, there will be a second meeting with your tour leader tonight. After your tour briefing, you may want to get to know your new adventurers by going out together for dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.

Overnight: hotel.

Included meals: none

Day 9

We depart relatively early, traveling first through the scenic Fraser Valley that produces most of BC’s berries, vegetables, dairy, and poultry products. We’ll stop to visit the Hope Slide, where a mountain came crashing down through the Nicolum Valley. More than fifty years later, the rubble still tells an amazing geologic story. By late morning we arrive at Manning Park where we’ll spend most of the day. There are numerous hiking options here for all fitness and adventure levels, as well as placid waters to relax beside. Your driver will take you to various trailheads. Later in Summer you’ll also get to appreciate the picturesque alpine meadows. Before sundown we’ll travel a short distance to Princeton where we’ll get a chance to relax.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 10

Today is a short driving day to Osoyoos, the northern end of the Great Sonoran Desert and a summer playground for locals. Along the way we might stop at fresh fruit stands in Keremeos or at the unusual Spotted Lake. There are lots of options at Osoyoos: go swimming or simply relax on the beach, rent a canoe or kayak or motorized boat, go waterskiing or jetboating, visit the Desert Model Railroad or the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre, or take a tour at the Desert Centre. Rent a bike to explore the area, or challenge your fitness on the steep hills outside town. Tonight we stay right near the beach, close to everything.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 11

Our drive today will take us up alongside the turquoise waters of the Okanagan Lakes and through the centre of the Okanagan wine region, a greatly under-appreciated region that is winning accolades around the world. We’ll stop at several wineries along the way. We may stop in Penticton for a float trip down the Penticton Channel, as well. This evening we arrive in Kelowna, where we’ll stay for two nights. This is a bustling city with loads of activities and lots of night-life.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: B

Day 12

Hike or cycle the famous Myra Canyon, including sixteen old or restored trestles from the Kettle Valley Railroad. Or rent a boat and spend the day on Okanagan Lake, home of the Ogopogo, Canada’s Loch Ness Monster. Go mini-golfing, lie on the beach, check out a few more wineries or farm tours featuring orchards, honey or vegetables. If you’re a golfer, you won’t find many better courses than those of this region. Maybe you want to take a tour in an exotic car (think Lambo or McLaren) or a custom sidecar. You’ll have a tough time making your decision!

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: B

Day 13

We travel up the north end of the Okanagan Valley, passing the emerald waters of Kalamalka Lake (a definite photo stop), then cross into the Shuswap drainage basin. We may stop for a tour of the Armstrong cheese factory and, on arrival in Sicamous about noon, may check out a farm tour and ice cream outlet. Then we head down to the marina and board the Remote Escape for an afternoon and overnight on the waters of Shuswap and Mara Lakes, the house-boating capital of Canada. We’ll sail into Shuswap Lake, stopping at various sites and enjoying this special place. Activities include swimming, sun-tanning, riding a dinghy, simply relaxing on board, or sitting in the on-board hot-tub. Shared cooking responsibilities for dinner. Note: you may have to share beds on this night.

Overnight: houseboat berths

Included meals: B, D

Included activities: house-boating

Day 14

Returning to the marina, we re-board our minibus for a trip through picturesque Shuswap country and into the Thompson region. After Kamloops we ascend to the high country and eventually into the back-country where we’ll end up at an artistically and hand-built guest ranch for this, our final night. At the ranch, we get an included horseback trail ride before our final dinner together. Spend the evening in the attached lounge; kick up your heels and enjoy the night.

Overnight: guest ranch hotel

Included meals: B, D

Included activities: trail ride

Day 15

After a hearty breakfast at the ranch, we make our way back to the main freeway and travel the scenic Coquihalla Highway back to the Fraser Valley and on to Vancouver. If you are flying out today, please don’t book flights leaving before 4 pm, to give you adequate time to get to the airport. If you are continuing on to another West Adventures tour, your tour leader will meet you at the joining hotel for a group meeting at 6 pm. In the meantime, enjoy one of many optional downtown tours of Vancouver. And if you have a few extra days to spend in the area, we’ll be happy to help you arrange some tours or accommodations in Vancouver or Whistler.

Included meals: B