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Full Tour Itinerary

Vancouver Island Explorer with Trek

  • Days / nights10 / 9
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$1899

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 tour 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

Enjoy the incredible scenery of the Gulf Islands as we cross to Vancouver Island, reaching China Beach, the start of the Juan de Fuca Trail trek, about noon. Today’s easy half-day trek to Bear Beach is a good orientation to the trail. Tonight we’ll set up camp and share camp responsibilities, as we also will for the next two nights.

Overnight: camping

Meals: Dinner

Included activities: Ferry crossing, trekking

Day 3

The second day of trekking the Trail is the toughest day, but the ocean scenery is spectacular. We’ll trek about 12 km to Chin Beach, where we’ll enjoy a well-deserved, relaxing evening, perhaps some s’mores around a fire, and tales of our various adventures.

Overnight: camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Included activities: trekking

Day 4

The third day of the trek is somewhat easier than the second, though still rated as “moderate,” taking us another 12 km to Little Kuistsche Creek, away from the coast. Today’s trekking, while flatter, may be muddier than what we have experienced so far.

Overnight: camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included activities: trekking, beach time

Day 5

The final day of the trek is mostly flat, taking us the last 14 km of the trail to Port Renfrew. There we’ll spend some time enjoying Botanical Beach with it its unique geological and botanical tidal pools, and likely meet other adventurers joining us for the rest of the trip exploring Vancouver Island. We’ll spend tonight in the historic, very British, city of Victoria.

Overnight: hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included activities: Botanical Beach, trekking

Day 6

Today we have quite a variety of interesting stops as we make our way, first up the coast, then across Vancouver Island to the Pacific coast. Take in the breath-taking views of the Malahat Drive on our way up island. A quick stop in Duncan gives us the opportunity to view some of their famous totem poles, historic symbols of the Coast First Nations, then it’s on to Chemainus where we’ll spend some time wandering around this artsy community. After Nanaimo, we turn inland, and shortly we’ll stop at Coombs Country Market, world famous for its goats grazing on the roof. The market itself is an interesting place to wander and shop, and where we’ll likely have our lunch. Two other stops in the area include the North Island Animal Rescue Centre and Little Qualicum Falls. Before getting to the Pacific coast we’ll also stop at Cathedral Grove, the aptly named giant forest preserve. We’ll arrive in the Tofino area late afternoon, where we’ll set up camp for the next three nights.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Dinner

Day 7

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

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included activities: whale-watching tour

Day 8

Today we have a great variety of activities options associated with the Pacific Coast. Surf the waves of Long Beach, or simply relax on the beach; rent a kayak or canoe; take a guided First Nations canoe experience; 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. The day won’t be long enough to get in everything that you’d like to do.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

After breaking camp, we’ll re-board our minibus for the return trip across the Island, arriving in Parksville around noon. This afternoon we go to the magnificent Horne Lake Caves for an included one-hour exploration. Those who wish, may add on a second hour to explore the caves. Back at Parksville by late afternoon, you’re free to explore this coastal community, perhaps spending your time to relax on Rathtrevor Beach, a completely different beach experience from that of the Pacific Coast. If you haven’t yet indulged in the famous Nanaimo Bar, make sure you treat yourself to that before leaving the Island.

Overnight: hotel
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: Horne Lake Caves

Day 10

This morning we drive to the ferry terminal in Nanaimo, then cross back over to the British Columbia mainland. We’ll say good-bye on our arrival back in Vancouver, unless, of course, you are continuing on with another tour. If so, you’ll have time to catch an afternoon city excursion before meeting your tour leader this evening. If you are ending your trip with West Adventures here, please do not book flights leaving before 4 pm, to ensure you have time to get to the airport. Or if you have a few days before departure, we would be happy to arrange some tours for you to add on to your trip before you have to go home.

Included meals: none

Included activities: ferry ride