Grizzlies, Orcas & Black Bears
SELF DRIVE TOUR
VANCOUVER | CAMPBELL RIVER | KNIGHT INLET | TOFINO | VICTORIA | VANCOUVER
This tour is perfect for nature lovers. You’ll set out in search of whales, sea lions and other marine life, as well as black and grizzly bears. Stay in some of the most beautiful locations, like Vancouver Island’s Pacific coastal town of Tofino and the beautifully remote Knight Inlet. Knight Inlet is only accessible by floatplane and is set within stunning forest – it’s sure to be a highlight of your trip.
- Watch for Orca and Minke whales in Victoria
- Watch for Grizzly Bears at Knight Inlet Lodge – remote and close to nature
- Look for black bears, whales and sea lions in Tofino
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Grizzlies, Orcas & Black Bears
Day 1 : UK - Vancouver
Arrive Vancouver Airport, collect your car and drive to your downtown hotel.
Day 2 : Vancouver - Campbell River (105 miles)
Leave Vancouver for Horseshoe Bay and sail to Vancouver Island (included). Once on the island head north to Nanaimo, known as the Harbour City, towards Parksville and your final destination of Campbell River.
Day 3 : Knight Inlet Lodge
Today’s destination, Knight Inlet Lodge, is not accessible by road. A thrilling 30 minute flight (included) brings you to the mouth of the Glendale River where Knight Inlet Lodge floats on large cedar booms. Bring your camera - you’ll be going on a bear watching and wildlife viewing tour in search of the grizzly bears.
Day 4 : Tofino (140 miles)
Early this morning return to the bear viewing platforms for a last photo opportunity before departing for Campbell River by floatplane. Collect your car and head to Tofino. En-route stops should be made at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the splendour of 800 year old Douglas Fir and Cedar. Drive through the majestic Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains to arrive in Tofino mid afternoon.
Day 5 : Tofino
Today enjoy a bear viewing cruise in search of black bears who head for the closest food source - the ocean.
Day 6 : Victoria (195 miles)
Enjoy a morning whale watch cruise in search of gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions & sea birds before travelling back to Victoria. A unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences, Victoria boasts many historic buildings, some of the best museums in Western Canada and is home to some of the country’s most famous flower gardens.
Day 7 : Victoria
This morning depart on an exhilarating cruise of 50 to 80 kms in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. This afternoon is free to explore Victoria.
Day 8 : Victoria to Vancouver (43 miles + ferry)
Leaving Victoria drive the short and richly scenic route to Butchart Gardens (admission included) to see the 55 acres of wonderful floral display. Continue to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90 minute Ferry ride (included) to Tsawwassen and on to Vancouver.
Day 9 : Vancouver
A free day to explore Vancouver.
Day 10-11 : Depart Vancouver - UK
Return your car at the airport in time for your homeward flight.