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British Columbia’s Coastal Charms

6 Days

2 Cities

5 Experiences


Countryside | Wildlife

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Private transfer from airport to hotel

Seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria

Hotel Fairmont Empress ★★★★★ (2 nights)

Victoria walking tour

Explore Victoria’s rich history on this walking tour, including highlights like the 1910 fire and the city’s oldest brick building. Wander down Government St, admiring 1800s architecture and delving into the stories of early settlers, with opportunities to explore select buildings. Discover Chinatown, Fan Tan Alley, and possibly the Chinese Museum, followed by a stroll along Wharf Street to learn about the city’s maritime past. Experience the unique atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf, where working vessels and float homes coexist.

Dinner reservation at Steamship Grill
Day 2

Coastal Forest hiking tour

Customize your coastal forest hiking experience on this full-day tour near Victoria. Your guide will tailor the hike to your pace, whether it’s a leisurely stroll or a brisk climb up a local mountain. Explore diverse ecosystems including coastal forests, Garry Oak woodlands, meadows, beaches, and wetlands, with opportunities to spot wildlife and learn about the area’s natural history. Plus, enjoy a lunch paired with cider tasting for a complete outdoor adventure.

Day 3

Pick up car in Victoria

Drive to Tofino (about 4hrs)

Pacific Sands Beach Resort ★★★★ (3 nights)
Day 4

Meares Island Big Tree trail

Embark on a scenic 10-minute boat cruise from Tofino to the Big Tree Trailhead. Experience the awe-inspiring Big Tree Trail, featuring a boardwalk leading to the Hanging Garden Tree, boasting impressive dimensions of 18.3 meters in circumference and 42.7 meters in height. Wander through fern-carpeted forests and marvel at ancient trees aged between 800 and 1,300 years, while learning about Meares Island’s significance in Tla-o-qui-aht culture and its pivotal role in environmental conservation efforts.

Grizzly Bear Watching Excursion

Embark on a magical two-hour journey into Knight Inlet, the longest inlet on the west coast of North America, following a safety briefing and boat orientation. Indulge in a complimentary continental breakfast as you relax and keep an eye out for foraging bears, with chances to spot them enjoying berries in June or salmon in late August. Midway, switch to a flat-bottomed boat with enhanced viewing platforms for a closer encounter with coastal wildlife, including eagles, dolphins, seals, and black bears.

Day 5

Hot Spring Cove tour

Take part in a captivating 6-hour excursion to Hot Springs Cove, where our guides lead wildlife-spotting trips along 20 miles of stunning coastline. While wildlife sightings can’t be guaranteed, you’ll have excellent chances to encounter whales, black bears, seals, sea lions, and more. Follow a picturesque cedar boardwalk through the enchanting rainforest to discover natural geothermal hot spring pools, a cascading waterfall, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean—a remarkable day trip suitable for all ages!

Man in swimwear by a hot spring cove in Tofino.

Day 6

Drop off car in Tofino

Seaplane from Tofino to Vancouver

Private transfer from harbot to airport

Fly home

Trip Overview

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