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Full Tour Itinerary
  • Days / nights15 / 14
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$3185

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

We depart Vancouver for the ferry terminal that will take us across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. The scenery on the crossing is exceptional. We arrive in Victoria about noon and have a day-and-a-half to explore this historic, very British city. There is incredible variety to explore in this region. Visit the world renowned Butchart Gardens. Charter a fishing trip. Visit Craigdarroch Castle or Miniature World or the Royal British Columbia Museum or simply stroll the BC Parliament Buildings, Government House or the iconic Empress Hotel. Stroll the Inner Harbour or check out the Oak Bay marina.

Overnight: Hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: Ferry Crossing

Day 3

CToday we take an included excursion to Port Renfrew. This is the terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail, a coastal trail that is typically a three- or four-day trek. We’ll hike a short section along this scenic trail before arriving in Port Renfrew, home to Botanical Beach which displays a plethora of small sea life in its unique geological and botanical tidal pools. Non-hikers will have the option to opt out of this moderate hike.

Overnight: Hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: Juan de Fuca trail hike

Day 4

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 to Chemainus, where we 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 5

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 6

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.

Overnight: Camping

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

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 8

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. 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.

Overnight: Hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: Ferry Crossing

Day 9

We depart relatively early, traveling first through the scenic Fraser Valley that produces most of BC’s berries, vegetables, dairy, and poultry products. We’ll stop to visit the Hope Slide, where a mountain came crashing down through the Nicolum Valley. More than fifty years later, the rubble still tells an amazing geologic story. By late morning we arrive at Manning Park where we’ll spend most of the day. There are numerous hiking options here for all fitness and adventure levels, as well as placid waters to relax beside. Your driver will take you to various trailheads. Later in Summer you’ll also get to appreciate the picturesque alpine meadows. Before sundown we’ll travel a short distance to Princeton where we’ll get a chance to relax.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 10

Today is a short driving day to Osoyoos, the northern end of the Great Sonoran Desert and a summer playground for locals. Along the way we might stop at fresh fruit stands in Keremeos or at the unusual Spotted Lake. There are lots of options at Osoyoos: go swimming or simply relax on the beach, rent a canoe or kayak or motorized boat, go waterskiing or jetboating, visit the Desert Model Railroad or the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre, or take a tour at the Desert Centre. Rent a bike to explore the area, or challenge your fitness on the steep hills outside town. Tonight we stay right near the beach, close to everything.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 11

Our drive today will take us up alongside the turquoise waters of the Okanagan Lakes and through the centre of the Okanagan wine region, a greatly under-appreciated region that is winning accolades around the world. We’ll stop at several wineries along the way. We may stop in Penticton for a float trip down the Penticton Channel, as well. This evening we arrive in Kelowna, where we’ll stay for two nights. This is a bustling city with loads of activities and lots of night-life.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: B

Day 12

Hike or cycle the famous Myra Canyon, including sixteen old or restored trestles from the Kettle Valley Railroad. Or rent a boat and spend the day on Okanagan Lake, home of the Ogopogo, Canada’s Loch Ness Monster. Go mini-golfing, lie on the beach, check out a few more wineries or farm tours featuring orchards, honey or vegetables. If you’re a golfer, you won’t find many better courses than those of this region. Maybe you want to take a tour in an exotic car (think Lambo or McLaren) or a custom sidecar. You’ll have a tough time making your decision!

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: B

Day 13

We travel up the north end of the Okanagan Valley, passing the emerald waters of Kalamalka Lake (a definite photo stop), then cross into the Shuswap drainage basin. We may stop for a tour of the Armstrong cheese factory and, on arrival in Sicamous about noon, may check out a farm tour and ice cream outlet. Then we head down to the marina and board the Remote Escape for an afternoon and overnight on the waters of Shuswap and Mara Lakes, the house-boating capital of Canada. We’ll sail into Shuswap Lake, stopping at various sites and enjoying this special place. Activities include swimming, sun-tanning, riding a dinghy, simply relaxing on board, or sitting in the on-board hot-tub. Shared cooking responsibilities for dinner. Note: you may have to share beds on this night.

Overnight: houseboat berths

Included meals: B, D

Included activities: house-boating

Day 14

Returning to the marina, we re-board our minibus for a trip through picturesque Shuswap country and into the Thompson region. After Kamloops we ascend to the high country and eventually into the back-country where we’ll end up at an artistically and hand-built guest ranch for this, our final night. At the ranch, we get an included horseback trail ride before our final dinner together. Spend the evening in the attached lounge; kick up your heels and enjoy the night.

Overnight: guest ranch hotel

Included meals: B, D

Included activities: trail ride

Day 15

After a hearty breakfast at the ranch, we make our way back to the main freeway and travel the scenic Coquihalla Highway back to the Fraser Valley and on to Vancouver. If you are flying out today, please don’t book flights leaving before 4 pm, to give you adequate time to get to the airport. If you are continuing on to another West Adventures tour, your tour leader will meet you at the joining hotel for a group meeting at 6 pm. In the meantime, enjoy one of many optional downtown tours of Vancouver. And if you have a few extra days to spend in the area, we’ll be happy to help you arrange some tours or accommodations in Vancouver or Whistler.

Included meals: B