Sunshine & Pacific Coast
SELF DRIVE TOURING
VANCOUVER | SUNSHINE COAST | QUADRA ISLAND | TOFINO | VICTORIA | VANCOUVER
Explore the Sunshine Coast, an undiscovered jewel on Canada’s west coast. Get back to one with nature on the Quadra Island and at Tofino in the Pacific Rim National Park and delight at the sight of whales and bears on wildlife viewing expeditions.
• Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver
• Visit picturesque Butchart Gardens, home to over 900 varieties of flowers, and Victoria
• Stay at West Coast Wilderness Lodge
• See the beautiful natural landscape of the Sunshine Coast
• Watch for whales, sea lions and other sea creatures near Tofino
Sunshine & Pacific Coast
Day 1 : Arrive Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and take an included private transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 : Vancouver - Free day
Today is a free day to enjoy the sights Vancouver, a young, friendly city with countless natural charms in close proximity, voted the world’s third most liveable city and most liveable in Canada; a young, friendly city with countless natural charms in close proximity. Shop on chic Robson Street or explore the funky Granville Island with its market and artists enclave; visit the city’s vast array of museums; walk or cycle around the 1000-acre Stanley Park or visit quaint and atmospheric Gastown. Discover the surrounding peaks of the Coastal Mountains or go whale watching on the Pacific Ocean.
Day 3 : Vancouver - Sunshine Coast (64 miles)
Collect your car this morning and drive north to Horseshoe Bay where you board a ferry for a 45 minute sailing to the Sunshine Coast. This scenic cruise takes you through fjord like waters with mountains blanketed with virgin forests and glaciated peaks. At Langdale disembark the ferry and drive the leisurely and stunningly scenic route through virgin forests and coastal fishing villages to our overnight accommodation at Westcoast Wilderness Lodge.
Day 4 : Sunshine Coast
A free day to enjoy the beautiful natural landscape of Canada’s Pacific Coast or to take part in a variety of outdoor adventures.
Day 5 : Sunshine Coast - Quadra Island (89 miles)
Today, travel north to Earls Cove for a 50 minute ferry ride to Saltery Bay, continue following the coast to Powell River to board another ferry service across the strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Continue north to Campbell River and Quadra Island, and the stunning April Point Resort & Spa.
Day 6 : Quadra Island - Eco Wilderness Cruise
Go in search of the wildlife that abounds in the area. Board a Zodiac boat* and cruise through breathtaking Desolation Sound and enjoy the majesty of Toba Inlet to seek out Black Bears in their natural habitat.
Day 7 : Quadra Island - Tofino (140 miles + ferry)
Take a short ferry ride back to Vancouver Island. Head to Tofino on the island's rugged West Coast.
Day 8 : Tofino - Pacific Rim National Park
Enjoy a free morning to relax or explore. Mid afternoon you will enjoy a 3 hour whale watching cruise through the Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery, and wildlife such as Gray Whales, Sea Lions, Porpoises and Killer Whales.
Day 9 : Tofino to Victoria (195 miles)
Travel back to the East Coast of Vancouver Island and head south to Victoria. En-route stops should be made at the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town.
Day 10 : Victoria - Free day
Today is free to explore Victoria. Admission is included to the Butchart Gardens with it's 50 acre display of magnificent colour.
Day 11 : Victoria to Vancouver (43 miles + ferry)
Leaving Victoria drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90 minute ferry ride back to the mainland. Enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. After arriving at the port of Tsawwassen continue on to downtown Vancouver for your final night.
Day 12 : Depart Vancouver
Your tour ends with the check out from your hotel and the return of your car to the airport rental office.