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Whales, Bears and Vancouver
This adventure offers lively urban centres, remote wilderness destinations and the unrivalled beauty of Vancouver Island’s scenery. From the bustling city of Vancouver, you will plunge right into a whale watching journey from Victoria and Pacific Rim National Park. Stepping aboard a floatplane you will head inland to go in search of grizzly bears, eagles and foxes near Knight Inlet. The final leg of your adventure takes you back to the mainland where you will explore the rugged seascapes of the Sunshine Coast en route to Vancouver.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Vancouver
Car hire with insurances/taxes included
8 nights superior accommodation throughout
Car ferry Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay
Car ferry Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay
Whale watching tour in Victoria
Pacific Rim National Park and whale watching
Campbell River floatplane
A personalised road book travel tips and day to day driving itinerary with local area information.
Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island
Whale watching and marine life
The Pacific Rim National Park
Knight Inlet Lodge and bear watching
Bon Voyage UK Chauffeur Service
Start in style and put the finishing touches to a memorable holiday with our Chauffeur Drive Service. Your smart, uniformed driver will meet you at your door and whisk you to and from the airport terminal so you are guaranteed a stress-free and relaxing journey. You’ll travel in a showroom condition Mercedes E Class for two people or a sumptuous Viano for families or groups up to six.
Your Bon Voyage travel consultant has all the details, so just mention if you’d like this option included in your holiday quote.
Day 1 : Vancouver
Arrive at Vancouver International Airport and transfer independently to your
downtown hotel. Take the rest of the day to create your own urban adventure amid the
stores, parks, restaurants, theatres and other attractions in downtown
Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 : Victoria, British Columbia
Distance: 45 miles
The B.C. Ferries cruise across the Strait of Georgia will transport you past
the rugged coastline and tranquil beaches of the Gulf Islands to Vancouver
Island. Continue down the Saanich Peninsula to Victoria, the capital of British
Columbia. Victoria has a fascinating marine heritage and has retained its
colonial charm. You may end your day with a visit to the Empress Hotel for a
traditional High Tea. Overnight in Victoria.
Day 3 : Victoria, British Columbia
Today, you will launch into the Pacific aboard a Zodiac powerboat. You will seek
out orca, minke and grey whales, seals, porpoises and other marine wildlife.
Following your excursion, drive through the serene beauty of the Saanich
Peninsula for a visit to Butchart Gardens, one of Victoria's most celebrated
sites and rated among the most beautiful gardens in the world. Once there,
stroll through the colourful arrangements of the Sunken Garden, the Japanese and
Italian Gardens, the English Rose Garden and the magnificent Ross Fountain.
Overnight in Victoria
Day 4 : Tofino
Distance: 213 miles
Be sure that you have your camera at the ready – a panorama of scenic beauty
is about to unfold before you. Your road leads across Vancouver Island to the
Pacific Coast winding through ancient rainforests and provincial parks. You’re
venturing into true wildlife territory here: The Pacific Rim National Park is a
marvel of ecological and geographical diversity. Overnight in Tofino.
Day 5 : Tofino
Today you are taking part in a thrilling whalewatching expedition. Your
search for the Pacific grey whale, sea lions and puffins will hopefully be
rewarded with an unforgettable close encounter in Clayoqout Sound with one of
the world’s largest mammals.
Back on dry land, you’re free to explore the rugged
coastline along the network of hiking trails or to walk the shoreline of Long
Beach in search of shells and driftwood. Overnight in Tofino.
Day 6 : Campbell River
Distance: 193 miles
This morning, the spectacular winding road takes you back to the eastern
coast of Vancouver Island with visits to Horne Lake Caves or Cathedral Grove.
Your route will introduce you to many gems – including native rock carvings at
Sproat Lake and the picturesque falls at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park.
Tonight you will have time to explore the quaint town of Campbell River. Stroll
down the Discovery Pier for a chance to see salmon, eagles, or even whales; take
in views of Discovery Passage, Quadra Island and the rugged Coast Mountain range
of mainland British Columbia; or partake in one of the many locally available
fishing excursions.Overnight in Campbell River.
Day 7 : Knight Inlet
Today’s destination, Knight Inlet Lodge, is not accessible by road, so you’ll
fly in by floatplane from Campbell River. A thrilling 30-minute flight brings
you to the mouth of the Glendale River, where Knight Inlet Lodge floats on large
cedar booms. Bring your camera: today you’ll be going on a bearwatching and
wildlife viewing tour. Be prepared to relish the lush West Coast rainforests and
marvel at the abundance of wildlife! Mostly in the spring, the river is a
popular fishing spot for hungry grizzly bears. Overnight in Knight Inlet. Lunch
and dinner included
Day 8 : Vancouver
Distance: 106 miles
This morning you will return to Campbell River by floatplane. Your route back
to Vancouver will take you through breathtaking coastal scenery. The Coast
Mountain Range in the hinterland forms the backdrop to rugged headlands, serene
lagoons and dense lush forests. Keep a keen eye out for loons, bald eagles,
Canada geese, deer and black bears. Take a cruise on B.C. Ferries back to
Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver. Breakfast included.
Day 9 : Vancouver
Today is your last day in Vancouver before heading back home. However your adventure doesn't have to end here, perhaps you may want to extend your stay and head to Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains?
Call the travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Whales, Bears and Vancouver discovery.