This trip brings you the diversity of the Pacific Coast. On the one hand you have the very British city of Victoria and the beauty of its colonial heritage; on the other, the wildness of the Pacific coast at Long Beach. We will go on a whale-watching excursion, take a boat trip to a hot springs on the edge of the ocean, perhaps surf the Pacific waves and hike the coastal trails. The trip is punctuated with arts and crafts options, and ends in BC’s outdoor adventure capital of Squamish. The coastal scenery will fill your camera.
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Departure City: Vancouver. Ending City: Vancouver
Transportation: minibus, ferry, boat
Leaders: Tour leader, Bus driver/ass’t leader
Included meals: none
Included Activities: Ferry rides, excursion to Port Renfrew, Cathedral Grove, whale-watching tour, Hot Springs Cove
Day 1: Meet your tour leader and fellow adventurers at the joining hotel to get your tour orientation. Then enjoy dinner at one of Vancouver’s many renowned restaurants.
Day 2: Enjoy the incredible scenery of the Gulf Islands as we cross to Vancouver Island, reaching Victoria about mid-day. Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens or a castle or a miniature world display government headquarters or roam the harbour to get a feel for this city.
Day 3: A full day to continue exploring Victoria. We also have an optional excursion to Port Renfrew’s Botanical Beach with its unique geological and botanical tidal pools and to hike portions of the Juan de Fuca coastal trail along the way.
Day 4: We travel up the Island to Parksville, stopping at the Duncan totem poles and Chemainus artsy outlets along the way. At Parksville we can visit the Horne Lake Caves, hike to Little Qualicum Falls, explore the famous Coombs market, or relax on one of BC’s best beaches.
Day 5: We cross the Island to Tofino, stopping to admire the towering forests of Cathedral Grove. At Tofino, there are a range of options for exploring the Pacific coast of Canada.
Day 6: Today we’ll take an included whale-watching excursion that culminates in Hot Springs Cove. We may see a wide variety of sea life along the way. At Hot Springs Cove, we relax in the soothing hot mineral waters as ocean waves surge up to meet us. A true bucket list experience.
Day 7: We journey back across the Island and take the ferry across Georgia Strait. Back on the mainland we turn up the incredibly scenic sea-to-sky highway to Squamish for a wide range of activities in a picturesque setting, for every adrenalin level.
Day 8: We enjoy a return trip down the sea-to-sky highway and a tour of world famous Stanley Park on our arrival back in Vancouver.
Tour Add-on Packages (Optional Excursion Add-ons)
How to add optional tour packages
Some of our tours have optional add-on packages which secure those activities or services for you in advance, and may be less expensive and less hassle than booking them individually while on your trip. You can add these packages at check out.
Add-on 1: Single Supplement
Our trip prices are based on two people sharing rooms. Single travelers will be paired up with others of the same gender for room assignments. Subject to availability, travelers may upgrade to single rooms by adding a single supplement to their tour. The single supplement for this trip is CA$579.