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Whales, Bears and Vancouver Island Holiday

This self-drive offers lively urban centres, remote wilderness destinations, the unrivalled beauty of Vancouver Island’s scenery and fascinating aboriginal culture experiences. Arriving in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, you will plunge right into a whale watching journey. Travel to remote Tofino to discover the remote and untamed beauty seldom seen by people, home to grizzly bears, eagles and other quintessentially Canadian wildlife. A captivating stay at an authentic wilderness lodge provides the perfect setting for eco or wilderness tours. The final leg of your adventure takes you back to the mainland where you will explore Vancouver.

What's included

• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection
• 8 nights accommodation
• 9 day Intermediate car hire with Fully Inclusive insurance
• Day 2 – 3 hour whale watching tour by Zodiac
• Day 5 and Day 7 – water taxi transfers from Campbell River to Sonora Resort and return
• Full Board at Sonora Resort – starting with dinner on day 5 until lunch on day 7
• Day 6 – Guided eco-tour or guided bear watching excursion (depending on the season)
• Use of Sonora Resort’s facilities
• Ferry on Day 7: Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay
• A personalised Canada Roadbook containing essential travel information and customised day-by-day routing maps

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Itinerary

Day 1 Vancouver to Victoria

Landing into Vancouver international airport, collect your hire car and drive to Tsawwassen Bay, south of Vancouver, and catch your ferry over to Vancouver Island for your first stop in Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city. Upon check-in collect your Canada Roadbook at the front desk. Overnight in Victoria.

Day 2 Victoria

Today you embark on a fascinating wildlife viewing adventure aboard a fast-moving Zodiac rigid boat. A certified marine biologist provides insight into the environment and habits of orca, minke and grey whales as well as other marine wildlife. Return to your hotel afterwards for an evening at leisure. Overnight in Victoria.

Day 3 Victoria to Tofino

Be sure that you have your camera at the ready – a panorama of scenic beauty is about to unfold before you. Your road leads across Vancouver Island to the Pacific Coast winding through ancient rainforests and provincial parks. You’re venturing into true wildlife territory, exemplified by The Pacific Rim National Park - a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity. Overnight in Tofino.

Day 4 Tofino

Today you board a Zodiac boat to take a captivating bear watching excursion and speed along the lush coastline to the bears’ feeding grounds. When the tide goes out the bears emerge from the forests and forage along the shores in search of rock crabs, providing the perfect opportunity to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. Back on dry land, you’re free to explore the rugged coastline along the network of hiking trails or to walk the shoreline in search of shells and driftwood. Perhaps enrich your experience with a visit to the Himwitsa Art Gallery and marvel at the collection of authentic pieces native to the Tofino area. Overnight in Tofino.

Day 5 Tofino to Sonora Resort

This morning, the spectacular winding road takes you back to the eastern coast of Vancouver Island and onto Campbell river. Your route will introduce you to many gems, you may wish to stop at for a brief visit at the native rock carvings at Sproat Lake or the picturesque falls at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. Upon arrival in Campbell River, you board a water taxi for the short boat ride to the stunning Sonora Resort. Settle in for the night at this quintessential west coast resort and prepare yourself for tomorrow's day of adventure and discovery! Overnight at Sonora Resort. Dinner included.

Day 6 Sonora Resort

You have the entire day at this luxurious wilderness resort. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy unlimited hiking, swimming, and tennis throughout their stay. Today you enjoy one of two thrilling nature adventures:

Econature Tour (7 May – 26 Aug departures) featuring a fascinating tour of the surrounding wilderness conducted by a knowledgeable guide.

Bear watching by Boat (27 Aug – 10 Oct) takes participants by boat to the prime feeding and gathering areas of the mighty grizzly bear. The guide communicates by headphones to passengers, ensuring the creatures are seen in their most natural and undisturbed state.

In the evening, sit down to a gourmet dinner, sip a fine wine on the terrace, or mingle with other guests in one of the lounges or games room. Overnight at Sonora Resort. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7 Sonora Resort to Vancouver

Today you board the water taxi for your return trip to Campbell River where you continue your drive south along the eastern shores of Vancouver Island. Small seaside towns such as Comox offer delightful spots to stop for a quick lunch or some shopping for reminders of your west coast experience. Arriving in Nanaimo, you board a BC Ferries vessel and sail across the Strait of Georgia to arrive in Vancouver where the remainder of the day is at leisure. You may wish to dine out at one of Vancouver’s many excellent restaurants, offering everything from Canadian/European fusion to authentic Far East Asian cuisine. Overnight in Vancouver. Breakfast at Sonora resort included.

Day 8 Vancouver

Today is yours to explore this vibrant cosmopolitan city. Boutique shops line Robson Street, offering everything from high fashion to aboriginal artwork. Perhaps pay a visit to Khot-La-Cha Art Gallery and Gift Shop, featuring masks, prints, gold and silver jewellery, wood carvings, textiles and clothing produced by First Nation artists. Stanley Park is interwoven with paved forested trails and features an enthralling aquarium at its centre and fascinating totem poles. The boardwalks along the seawall provide sweeping views of the water and the rising mountains of the mainland. Discover the charms and sights of this truly magnificent city on the water. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 9 Vancouver - End of Tour

Today you check out and proceed to Vancouver International Airport in time to check-in for your departure flight.

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Dates

Selected departure dates between May and Oct 2017

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Please note prices and availability are subject to change

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At a glance


8 nights, 9 days

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • International Flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • 9 days Intermediate car hire with fully inclusive insurance
  • Bear watching excursion
  • Whale watching excursion
  • 2017: FREE National Park Pass
  • Also available from Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary
  • 2018 early booking offers!

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Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


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from only £2,251 per person

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At a glance


8 nights, 9 days

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • International Flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • 9 days Intermediate car hire with fully inclusive insurance
  • Bear watching excursion
  • Whale watching excursion
  • 2017: FREE National Park Pass
  • Also available from Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary
  • 2018 early booking offers!

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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