In the very British capital city of Victoria, you can have high tea followed by a wild Zodiac ride in search of whales. The pastoral Gulf Islands include quiet beaches, stunning rain forests, arts and crafts communities and farmers’ markets.
Speaking of whales - if you want to see whales in their natural habitat then Vancouver Island is the place to be. One of the most exciting outdoor experiences is a tour to see the Orcas. About eighty of these huge, glossy, black and white marine mammals, also called killer whales, lie in the waters off the South Island coastline. Although they live in these waters year-round, the whales are most readily seen between May and October when they come closest to the shore in pursuit of salmon, the staple of a killer whale’s diet.
Tofino and Ucluelet are two gems secluded on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. In mid-spring, Grey whales begin their annual migration, passing right by Tofino. From mid-March to mid-April, Tofino and Ucluelet host the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, which is both a fascinating and educational event.
Port Hardy, on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, is another favourite for whale watching.
Whales, Bears and Vancouver
Grand Canadian Rockies - a Tauck Escorted Tour
Great Parks of Western Canada
Iconic Rockies and Western Canada Tour plus the Inside Passage Cruise
Western Wonders of Canada
Western Dreams Family Adventure
Western Canada - Mountain Country
Unlimited Adventures - Canada
Western Canada - Rail and Sail
Great Parks & Lakes of Western Canada
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford