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, ending in Parksville, full of local charm and adventure activities. The coastal scenery will fill your camera.
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Departure City: Vancouver. Ending City: Vancouver
Accommodations: (4 nights) hotels,(3 nights) camping
Transportation: minibus, ferry, boat
Leaders: Tour leader, Bus driver/ass’t leader
Included meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Included Activities: Ferry rides, excursion to Port Renfrew, Coombs Country Market, Cathedral Grove, whale-watching tour, Hot Springs Cove, Horne Lake Caves
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. You have the option to visit; the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a castle, a miniature world display, BC government headquarters or roam the harbour to get a feel for this city.
Day 3: Today we have an included excursion to Port Renfrew’s Botanical Beach with its unique geological and botanical tidal pools and to hike portions of the scenic Juan de Fuca coastal trail along the way.
Day 4: We travel up the Island to Parksville, then across to the Pacific coast, stopping at numerous sites along the way, including Duncan totem poles, the artsy community of Chemainus, Coombs Country Market, Little Qualicum Falls and Cathedral Grove giant forest, arriving in the Tofino area late in the afternoon.
Day 5: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 6: There are many options to enjoy today in Tofino, including sea kayaking and canoeing, hiking coastal or forest trails, visiting galleries, surfing or stand up paddle boarding on Long Beach, or simply filling your camera with post-card perfect photos.
Day 7: We journey back across the Island to Parksville. This afternoon we’ll become spelunkers, enjoying the delights of the Horne Lake Caves, followed by some free time that could include relaxing on Rathtrevor Beach.
Day 8: We cross the ferry back to the British Columbia mainland, enjoying a tour of world famous Stanley Park on our arrival back in Vancouver.
Tour Add-on Packages (Optional Excursion Add-ons)
Add-on 1: Single Supplement
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation. All travellers will be matched up with another traveler of the same gender. If you would prefer a guaranteed room to yourself there will be a mandatory single supplement charged and single rooms are subject to availability.
If you prefer to have a room to yourself, you must select “Single Supplement” when making your booking. If you wish to room with someone specific who has made a separate booking please advise us of your roommate’s name in the special requests box or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The single supplement for this trip is CA$579.