Ultimate Pacific Coast Experience

Ultimate Pacific Coast Experience

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  • May-Sep
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Pacific Rim National Park

Ultimate Pacific Coast Experience

from £1,864 excluding flights

  • 10 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
Pacific Rim National Park

Discover endless beaches and rainforest in Pacific Rim National Park

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Search for grey whales and orca in Clayoquot Sound

BC Ferry

Travel at leisure on the scenic BC Ferry network

Black bear

Go in search of black bears and marine wildlife in Desolation Sound

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Take an optional culinary tour in Victoria or Tofino

Butchart Gardens

Wander through Victoria's beautiful Butchart Gardens

Why this trip...

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Activities included

This itinerary features a range of included activities

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

This self-drive journey travels through the wild magnificence of Canada’s Pacific Coast and is a great choice for nature enthusiasts. Explore the coastal landscapes and wildlife-rich habitats of the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island, where you might witness black bears or encounter a pod of orca and other marine wildlife. The alpine resort of Whistler provides a dramatic contrast to Pacific Rim National Park, where the might of the ocean meets never-ending beaches backed by dense rainforest.

Utilising the excellent network of BC Ferries, you can sit back and relax whilst keeping your eyes peeled for the region’s abundant marine wildlife as you travel. From the spectacular mountain resort town of Whistler to the quintessential ‘Britishness’ of Victoria, via the Sunshine Coast and the many islands of the Strait of Georgia, this journey promises one memorable day after another, perfect for couples and families alike.

Along the way included excursions offer the chance to cruise with whales and spot bears foraging on the shore, tickle your taste buds with a culinary tour or explore the extensive Butchart Gardens. There's plenty of time for independent exploration too, with 2-night stays allowing for a leisurely paced holiday. Spend a day hiking the trails near Whistler, pottering around local galleries on the Sunshine Coast or enjoying the laid-back lifestyle of Tofino on Vancouver Island's stunning west coast. And don't forget to have a glass in hand in time for those unforgettable Pacific Ocean sunsets.

Itinerary

Day 1 Vancouver - Whistler (122 km)

Depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the granite cliffs of Stawamus Chief Rock. Highly recommended is a stop in Squamish to take a ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola for stunning views over Howe Sound and the surrounding coastal mountains.

Depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the granite cliffs of Stawamus Chief Rock. Highly recommended is a stop in Squamish to take a ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola for stunning views over Howe Sound and the surrounding coastal mountains.

Day 2 Whistler

This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy an extensive range of summer activities including hiking, mountain biking and canoeing on the nearby lakes, or simply soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a wide choice of cafes and restaurants. Included is a ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which connects the town's two mountains and offering spectacular views over Whistler and beyond to snow-capped peaks and ancient glaciers.

This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy an extensive range of summer activities including hiking, mountain biking and canoeing on the nearby lakes, or simply soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a wide choice of cafes and restaurants. Included is a ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which connects the town's two mountains and offering spectacular views over Whistler and beyond to snow-capped peaks and ancient glaciers.

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Canoeing on Alta Lake, Whistler
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Day 3 Whistler - Sunshine Coast (244 km)

Return down the Sea to Sky Highway as far as Horseshoe Bay and enjoy a relaxing ferry journey to the Sunshine Coast. This scenic cruise takes you through fjord-like waters fringed by virgin forests and glaciated mountain peaks. At Langdale disembark the ferry and drive the leisurely and stunningly scenic route to your overnight accommodation.

Return down the Sea to Sky Highway as far as Horseshoe Bay and enjoy a relaxing ferry journey to the Sunshine Coast. This scenic cruise takes you through fjord-like waters fringed by virgin forests and glaciated mountain peaks. At Langdale disembark the ferry and drive the leisurely and stunningly scenic route to your overnight accommodation.

Day 4 Sunshine Coast

The beautiful natural landscape of Canada's Pacific Coast is the setting for your choice of outdoor adventures today, or you can choose to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the coastal views.

The beautiful natural landscape of Canada's Pacific Coast is the setting for your choice of outdoor adventures today, or you can choose to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the coastal views.

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Day 5 Sunshine Coast - Quadra Island (78 km)

Travel north to Earls Cove for a 50 minute ferry ride to Saltery Bay. Continue following the coast to Powell River to board another ferry service across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Continue north to Campbell River and your destination Quadra Island.

Travel north to Earls Cove for a 50 minute ferry ride to Saltery Bay. Continue following the coast to Powell River to board another ferry service across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Continue north to Campbell River and your destination Quadra Island.

Day 6 Quadra Island

Enjoy a memorable zodiac cruise among the Discovery Islands and observe local wildlife in their natural habitat. Watch for Stellar sea lions, seals, minke whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins. You’ll see bald eagles swoop from the tree tops and majestic herons fishing in the tidal pools. At low tide, there is an opportunity to see black bears foraging along the shoreline.

Enjoy a memorable zodiac cruise among the Discovery Islands and observe local wildlife in their natural habitat. Watch for Stellar sea lions, seals, minke whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins. You’ll see bald eagles swoop from the tree tops and majestic herons fishing in the tidal pools. At low tide, there is an opportunity to see black bears foraging along the shoreline.

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Quadra Island

Day 7 Quadra Island - Pacific Rim National Park (225 km)

Depart Quadra Island on the short ferry ride back to Vancouver Island and head west to Tofino on the rugged West Coast. En route, you may wish to stop at at Cathedral Grove, to enjoy a walk amongst 800 year old Douglas fir and cedar trees. Continue through the majestic Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains to arrive in Tofino or Ucluelet.

Depart Quadra Island on the short ferry ride back to Vancouver Island and head west to Tofino on the rugged West Coast. En route, you may wish to stop at at Cathedral Grove, to enjoy a walk amongst 800 year old Douglas fir and cedar trees. Continue through the majestic Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains to arrive in Tofino or Ucluelet.

Day 8 Pacific Rim National Park

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Coastal Bear Watch Cruise - search for foraging bears from the comfort and safety of a Zodiac. Black bears roam the shores here at low tide in search of their favourite delicacy, the Rock Crab.
Whale Watching Cruise - cruise through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound to view beautiful scenery and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, you may encounter grey whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles.
Tofino Food Tour - enjoy 7 delicious tastings from some of Tofino’s best restaurants and food vendors, and discover why this seaside town is home to one of Canada's best food scenes.

After your excursion enjoy some time at leisure - you may wish to walk along the famed Long Beach, with its miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf, or explore the coastal rainforest on a selection of well-marked hiking trails.

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Coastal Bear Watch Cruise - search for foraging bears from the comfort and safety of a Zodiac. Black bears roam the shores here at low tide in search of their favourite delicacy, the Rock Crab.
Whale Watching Cruise - cruise through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound to view beautiful scenery and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, you may encounter grey whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles.
Tofino Food Tour - enjoy 7 delicious tastings from some of Tofino’s best restaurants and food vendors, and discover why this seaside town is home to one of Canada's best food scenes.

After your excursion enjoy some time at leisure - you may wish to walk along the famed Long Beach, with its miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf, or explore the coastal rainforest on a selection of well-marked hiking trails.

Cox Bay, near Tofino
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Tofino Harbour

Day 9 Pacific Rim National Park - Victoria (313 km)

Make your way back to the eastern side of Vancouver Island and head south to Victoria. En-route you may wish to stop at the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town, and at Duncan, the 'City of Totems'. If time permits visit the Quw'utsun Heritage Village which provides you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (admission not included).

Make your way back to the eastern side of Vancouver Island and head south to Victoria. En-route you may wish to stop at the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town, and at Duncan, the 'City of Totems'. If time permits visit the Quw'utsun Heritage Village which provides you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (admission not included).

Day 10 Victoria

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Butchart Gardens Admission - this National Historic Site of Canada is renowned for its stunning floral displays set over 55 acres of gardens.
Eat like a Canadian Food Tour - from local ingredients to historic dishes, this tour is a great introduction to Canadian culinary culture. Sip and savour local cuisine, explore the iconic Inner Harbour, and meet the chefs and owners that make Victoria such an exciting culinary hot spot.

The rest of the day is free to explore Victoria at your leisure, with its turn of the century architecture and strong British traditions.

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Butchart Gardens Admission - this National Historic Site of Canada is renowned for its stunning floral displays set over 55 acres of gardens.
Eat like a Canadian Food Tour - from local ingredients to historic dishes, this tour is a great introduction to Canadian culinary culture. Sip and savour local cuisine, explore the iconic Inner Harbour, and meet the chefs and owners that make Victoria such an exciting culinary hot spot.

The rest of the day is free to explore Victoria at your leisure, with its turn of the century architecture and strong British traditions.

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Parliament Building, Victoria

Day 11 Victoria - Vancouver (69 km)

Leaving Victoria drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for your final ferry crossing to Tsawwassen. On board the ferry enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Tsawwassen continue back to Vancouver to return your rental vehicle.

Leaving Victoria drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for your final ferry crossing to Tsawwassen. On board the ferry enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Tsawwassen continue back to Vancouver to return your rental vehicle.

Accommodation Options

With a wide choice of accommodation in Canada, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference - from motels and hotels to design properties and wilderness lodges in stunning locations.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Prices and Departures

Price from £1,864 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental with GPS throughout
  • Ferry crossings (passengers and vehicle)
  • Peak to Peak Gondola Ride (May-Sep)
  • Wildlife Cruise by Zodiac into Desolation Sound (minimum age 8 years)
  • Choice of excursion in Tofino: Coastal Bear Watch Cruise / Whale Watching Cruise / Tofino Food Tour
  • Choice of excursion in Victoria: Admission to Butchart Gardens / Eat Like a Canadian Food Tour
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices

This itinerary starts from £1,864 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, with rental of an intermediate vehicle. Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

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30 Grizzlies seen in the wild

8 Canada provinces visited

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