Discovery of Vancouver Island, aboriginal culture and it’s wild


This itinerary features the lively urban centres of Victoria and Vancouver, remote wilderness destinations, the unrivalled beauty of Vancouver Island’s scenery and fascinating Aboriginal culture experiences.
In Victoria, embark on an exciting whale-watching journey. Travel to remote Tofino to discover the remote and untamed rainforests and coastal beauty seldom seen by people, home to grizzly bears and eagles; and paddle to Meares Island in a traditional dugout canoe. A captivating stay on Quadra Island provides a perfect base for nature viewing excursions in search of whales and other marine life, black bears and grizzly bears.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Vancouver

    Vancouver Upon arrival in Vancouver, pick-up your rental car and drive to your hotel. Enjoy this original lodge putting forward aboriginal culture and art, with each of its room unique by its art masterpieces.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 2 Victoria

    Victoria Once on Vancouver Island, you’ll reach the charming capital of British Columbia. Victoria offers visitors an ideal and enticing mix of Canada’s storied past and its modern and vibrant present. As the traditional territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations, Victoria is the perfect destination to discover Canada’s Aboriginal heritage. (B)

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 3 Victoria

    Victoria A short drive brings you to the seaside village of Sidney, one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Embark on an exciting 3 ½-hour marine cruise by zodiac into the Salish Sea. Then you’ll go to Butchart garden for a colorful afternoon.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 4 Tofino

    Tofino Travel from Victoria to Tofino and enjoy a panorama of scenic beauty unfolding before you. In Duncan, you could visit the Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre and hear the stories and legends of the Quw’utsun’ people. Further north is the town of Chemainus with its world-renowned giant outdoor wall murals. A short drive further brings you to Port Alberni, in the traditional lands of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, majestically located on a deep-water ocean inlet. Here, visit the Ahtsik Native Art Gallery, which houses hand-crafted art from the Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw people. Your drive will end at Pacific Rim National Park – a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 5 Tofino

    Tofino Enjoy a guided excursion in aboriginal canoe; join a Nuu-chah-nulth guide and learn about First Nations culture, history and the local environment. Have breathtaking views of the beach. While you are dining you may catch a glimpse of a whale or a seal playing in the waves and watch the eagles swoop over the surfers as they rip through waves.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 6 Quadra Island

    This morning, your route will introduce you to many gems including the petroglyph at Sproat Lake or the picturesque falls at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. Upon arrival in Campbell River, you will have a 10-minute ferry ride to Quadra Island, followed by a short drive to your beautiful oceanfront resort, the Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge. This Aboriginal-owned and operated lodge features Pacific Coast Kwagiulth architecture as well as traditional and contemporary native art.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 7 Quadra Island

    Today you will enjoy a thrilling wildlife viewing excursion. Depending on your departure date, the program may differs.

    From May 21 to August 18 : 6-hour marine wildlife viewing in Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait. Search for orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises, eagles, seals and sea lions and black bears. On occasion, in the spring, you may see grizzly bears.

    From August 19 to September 28 : 8-hour grizzly bear viewing in Orford River in Bute Inlet (fjord). Travel by high-speed, covered vessel through pristine glacial river valleys, which are home to these magnificent animals. View bears on specially designed bear viewing platforms, which are situated along the river in strategic locations. Here you’ll have the opportunity to witness firsthand the autumn ritual of bears feasting on spawning salmon in Canada´s true wilderness. (L)

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 8 Vancouver

    Vancouver Today you board the ferry for your return trip to Campbell River where you continue your drive south along the eastern shores of Vancouver Island. As you drive through Comox, you are passing through the traditional lands of the K’ómoks First Nation where you can visit the I-Hos Gallery. The gallery sells authentic west coast First Nations art. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 9 Vancouver

    Vancouver Discover the amazing city of Vancouver and its aboriginal culture. On the 9th day you will have the pleasure to join a local First Nations guide for a leisurely walking tour through 1,000-acre Stanley Park. Your guide will share the many stories of this region, as well as the intimate cultural and scientific knowledge of the Northwest coast trees and plants. Afterwards you will have leisure time to explore the city on your own, for this last days in the “City of glass”. (B)

    Accommodation in hotel

  • Day 10 Vancouver

    Vancouver Drop-off your vehicle and return flight. (B)

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: 


- Cruise Whale Watching (3h30) (day 3)
- Admission to Butchart Garden (day 3)
- Guided excursion in traditionnal canoë (2h) (day 5)
- Cruise Marine Wildlife Viewing (6h) (day 7, from May 21 to August 18)
- Cruise Grizzly Viewing (8h) (day 7, from August 18 to September 28)
- Talking Trees Tour, guided walking tour in Stanley Park (1h30) (day 9, only included for departures between May 21 and August 18)
- Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria
- R/T ferry between Campbell River and Quadra Island
- Ferry from Nanaimo to Vancouver· 9 nights accommodation · 4 meals (see abbreviations)
- Applicable taxes 

The cost does not include: 


- The personalized roadbook (OPTION: 89$ cdn)
- Air travel
- Car rental (see www.iglobe-trotter.com)
- Personal expenses
- Drinks (excluding coffee and tea with meals included) 

Practical info

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Destination
British Colombia Rocky mountains
Activity
Nature - Adventure Self-drive Summer
Duration
10 days
Code
AUT-15
Price
From C$1,265
Level
2/5
Comfort
3/5

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