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West Coastal Wilderness Self-Drive

Highlights
Coastal beauty of BC
Sunshine Coast
Bears, whales and birds
Beautiful Quadra Island
Vancouver and Victoria

Introduction
Explore the waterfront cities of Vancouver and Victoria and in between discover some of the gems of Canada’s west coastal wilderness. From the spectacular Sunshine Coast to the natural wonderland of Vancouver Island, adventure and wildlife await.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day
1. Arrive Vancouver and collect hire car
2. Explore Vancouver
3. Drive to the Sunshine Coast
4. Explore the Sunshine Coast
5. Drive to Lund
6. Drive to Quadra Island
7. Explore Quadra Island
8. Drive to Tofino
9. Explore Tofino and Coastal Bear Watch
10. Drive to Victoria
11. Explore Victoria
12. Return to Vancouver

Cost

From £1260 per person (excluding international flights)

Departure Dates

May – October

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Description


Explore the coastal beauty of British Columbia at a relaxed pace on this fantastic self-drive adventure.

Day 1 - Arrival
On arrival in Vancouver collect your hire car and make your way into the city where you are free to explore for the rest of the day.

Day 2 - Vancouver
Spend the day exploring Vancouver beginning with Stanley Park where you can visit the totem poles and aquarium. With many diverse districts to discover, Gastown, Granville Island and Chinatown should all feature on your agenda and for world class shopping head to Robson Street. If time allows cross to the North Shore, home to the Capilano Suspension Bridge or take the Skyride to the top of Grouse Mountain for breath-taking views of the city, ocean and surrounding mountains.

Day 3 - Sunshine Coast
Cross the Lions Gate Bridge to Horseshoe Bay and take the ferry to the Sunshine Coast before continuing to Egmont where you will stay at West Coast Wilderness Lodge for the next 2 nights.

Day 4 - Sunshine Coast
Explore the Sunshine Coast independently or enjoy some resort activities.

Day 5 - Lund
A ferry ride will take you to Saltery Bay today before passing Powell River and on to historic Lund.

Day 6 - Quadra Island
Make your way back to Powell River where you will board the ferry to Vancouver Island. Continue north to Campbell River for another short ferry crossing to Quadra Island. Outstanding scenery, marine life and the laidback island lifestyle are just some of the reasons to visit.

Day 7 - Quadra Island
Surrounded by stunning scenery, Quadra Island provides endless adventure and wildlife opportunities. Cycling, kayaking, boat tours and hiking are all great ways to explore and the local community is rich in arts and culture.

Day 8 - Tofino
Back on Vancouver Island today enjoy the scenic drive across the island to the stunning west coastal town of Tofino.

Day 9 - Coastal Bear Watch
Spend the morning discovering the beautiful beaches and forests around Tofino and this afternoon take to the water to explore the fjord inlets of Clayoquot Sound and an opportunity to safely observe bears as they forage on the shoreline for crabs and clams.

Day 10 - Victoria
Another beautiful drive today will take you to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

Day 11 - Victoria
Explore the city’s colonial past today, highlights include Beacon Hill Park, Bastion Square, the Parliament Buildings and the Inner Harbour. You may choose to join a whale watching cruise to the waters of Juan de Fuca Strait, home to pods of orca and humpback whales

Day 12 - Vancouver
There is time this morning to visit the world famous Butchart Gardens before your ferry back to the mainland. It’s a 90-minute crossing to Tsawwassen and then just a short drive to Vancouver Airport where your coastal adventure comes to an end.

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This is just an example of possibilities available for wildlife self-drives in Canada.   

Price is based on 2 persons travelling and sharing a room and is dependent on travel dates and length of stay. Please contact us for more specific pricing.

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