Wildlife West


Vancouver Island and the Pacific Coast is a world on its own whose impressive natural and cultural richness certainly worth spending a holiday!
That’s why we created this itinerary which will delight travelers looking for an escape in outstanding territories.
A fabulous mix of fascinating cities and amazing wilderness. 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Vancouver

    Vancouver Pick-up your vehicle and drive to your hotel in Vancouver.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 2 Victoria

    Victoria Today you take the ferry to Victoria, the charming capital of British Columbia.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 3 Victoria

    You will have the chance to experience a whale watch cruise. Nothing is better than a zodiac to see the whales from very close. Put on your Mustang survival suit and set off for an unforgettable encounter with the biggest sea mammals!

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 4 Tofino

    Tofino Tofino is an excellent starting point to explore legendary Pacific Rim National Park. On the program: long beaches, the fascinating rain forests and the local wildlife. (B in STD day 5)

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 5 Tofino

    Today you will do a great tour aboard a zodiac in search of elusive black bears as they roam the beaches at low tides, rolling huge boulders aside in search of the shore crab.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 6 Parksville

    Parksville On your way to Parksville, you should stop at Cathedral Cove where you can see 800-year-old and 5-metre-thick Douglas Firs! We’d like to let you know that two fantastic packages could easily be added to this itinerary. We indeed feel like it would be relevant to stay at the famous Great Bear Lodge (see p. 209) which is one of the best places in the world to observe grizzly bears and other wildlife while staying in a fabulous floating lodge where your hosts will prepare wilderness gourmet meals using the best local seafood. The other option would be to continue on towards the amazing rain forest that lies north of Campbell River. You’d then stay at the Knight Inlet Lodge (see p. 209), a picturesque assortment of floating houses which are the ideal starting point for adventures in the wild. (B in STD)

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 7 Campbell river

    Campbell river Continue on towards Campbell River, the world’s Salmon Fishing “Capital”.
    You will stay at the April Point Resort & Spa, situated on beautiful Quadra Island.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 8 Campbell river

    Today you will hence take part in an outstanding zodiac tour in the vicinity of the lodge. Your naturalist guide will show you the best spots to observe the black bears (which also like to catch salmon on the shores!), the sea lions, the seals and even the whales and the dolphins!

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 9 Nanaimo

    Nanaimo After all this travelling in remotely located areas, you now return momentarily to civilization.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 10 Whistler

    Whistler Back on the mainland, continue on towards Whistler, the famous winter sport station which hosted the Olympic ski competitions in 2010.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 11 Vancouver

    Vancouver Continue on towards thrilling Vancouver! Its outstanding location between mountains and ocean definitely makes this city one of the most beautiful in the world. Discover its main attractions and let yourself be immersed by its relaxed west-coast atmosphere. We particularly suggest the visit of the aquarium, of the anthropology museum, of Stanley Park, of Chinatown and of Gastown historical district.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 12 Vancouver

    Drop-off your vehicle and return flight

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Notes

The cost includes: 


- Whale watching cruise in zodiac (3h) (day 3)
- Zodiac black bear watching excursion (2h30) (day 5)
- Zodiac wildlife watching excursion with a naturalist guide (day 8) (3h)
- 11 nights accommodation
- 2 meals in STD (see abbreviations)
- Applicable taxes  

The cost does not include: 


- The personalized roadbook (OPTION: 89$ cdn)
- Air travel
- Personal expenses
- Drinks (excluding coffee and tea with meals included)
- R/T ferry to Vancouver Island

Practical info

Morgane

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Morgane

  • - Passionnée des grands espaces
  • - Sportive dans l'âme
  • - Aime découvrir de nouvelles cultures
  • - Toujours à la recherche de nouveaux défis
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Destination
British Colombia Rocky mountains
Activity
Nature - Adventure Self-drive Summer
Duration
12 days
Code
AUT-14
Price
From C$1,300
Level
2/5
Comfort
3/5

Strengths

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