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Full Day by Day Itinerary
Upon arrival into Vancouver, after completing immigration and customs formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall. Here you will collect your rental car for the next eight days and head to the ferry terminal for your ferry across the bay to Vancouver Island. Once on the island, make your way to Sooke Harbour House where you will stay for two nights.
Escape to the welcoming and gracious Sooke Harbor House, with its enchanting water views, casual and fine dining, and impeccable rooms. Watch for seals and whales from your room.
Today, enjoy a Private Guided Day Hike.
There are many areas to choose from, depending on your interest for the day – from beautiful coastal hikes with stunning Pacific Ocean views, to old growth forests with towering trees. Your guide will work with you to find the perfect fit and your day will be completely customizable. Your guide will provide transportation as well lunch for your outing!
This morning, begin your drive to the little town of Tofino to Pacific Sands Beach Resort where you will stay for three nights.
Part beach house, part full-service luxury, Pacific Sands Beach Resort offers beach front and ocean view Tofino accommodations on spectacular Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Just a short, scenic drive from Long Beach as well as the charming, seaside village of Tofino, enjoy year round activities, make-yourself-at-home resort services and authentically west coast hospitality.
This morning, enjoy a Private Guided Half Day Bird Watching Tour.
The west coast of Vancouver Island offers a variety of ecosystems that provide critical habitat for migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, forest songbirds, raptors and palagic sea birds. The Tofino mudflats provide a stopover site for globally significant numbers of shorebirds, many migrating between South America and the Arctic. You’ll have a chance to visit multiple locations on this tour, as well as enjoy some short and easy hiking opportunities.
Later, enjoy a Whale Watching Boat Tour.
This adventurous boat-ride takes you out on the open pacific ocean, in search of the West Coast’s most majestic animals. The leave their winter feeding ground Mexico in the early spring to travel all the way up to Alaska. From March to October you can watch these friendly animals along Tofino’s Coast as they dive to the ocean floor, in the search of food. You will see tales and spouts everywhere. The main Goal on this Trip are the Whales, but you’ll also see plenty of other wildlife a long the way, Californian sea-lions, harbor seals, sea-otters, bald eagles and other birds are a common sight on this trip.
Today, enjoy a Private Guided Meares Island Explorer Tour.
You’ll begin this adventure at sea as you journey into Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve aboard your own private vessel. The protected waters of the Sound offer incredible coastline for viewing black bears, eagles, seals and other wildlife. Next, step ashore and explore Meares Island Tribal Park, home to some of the oldest red cedars in British Columbia, on a leisurely interpretive walk along the Big Tree Trail.
This morning, begin your drive south to Victoria. Here, make your way to Magnolia Hotel & Spa where you will stay for two nights.
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is in a great central location for exploring Victoria’s Inner Harbor, where you’ll find a variety of wonderful boutiques, restaurants, galleries, parks, and museums. The Magnolia is an elegant hotel with personal, attentive service. The hotel has a European feel to it, and fresh flowers, lovely sitting areas, and other thoughtful touches surely add to the enjoyment of your stay. Each morning you’ll be treated to a complimentary European breakfast.
Enjoy the day at your leisure to explore Victoria.
Situated on the southern end of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the charming town of Victoria serves as the provincial capital. It is known for its numerous outdoor activities, heritage architecture, and its colorful gardens. The surrounds feature ancient rain-forests, majestic mountains and a wild Pacific coastline. Visitors can look forward to partaking in the tradition of afternoon tea, discovering the city’s world-class culinary delights, and enjoy a variety of adventure options with everything from kayaking to whale-watching. Other attractions include: the stately Craigdarroch Castle, a historic Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion; Butchart Garden, with its immaculately kept grounds; and the extensive network cycle paths, Victoria has more cycle routes than any other Canadian city.
At a time to be advised: Make your way to catch the ferry back to Vancouver before heading to the airport to return your rental car before your departure flight.
Return home, taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible trip!