The beauty of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island are revealed on a comprehensive self-drive tour. Remote, activity-oriented resorts treat guests to uninterrupted shorelines, teeming with native birds, seals and other marine mammals. Guided kayaking tours explore these placid waters, and guided hikes lead small groups through ancient forests to destinations of unsurpassed beauty. These wilderness experiences are balanced by spending time in the urban centre of Victoria, creating a complete West Coast experience.
Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours
Drive distance – 84 miles / 135 KM
Travel from the UK to Vancouver. Direct flights are available daily from London Heathrow or travel from Manchester, Edinburgh or Glasgow via Toronto. After arriving, collect a car at the airport and drive along the wonderful Sea to Sky Highway and into Whistler. The rest of the day is yours to wander the many stores, parks, restaurants and casual eateries of this village in the mountains.
Take a full day to explore this stunning little village in the mountains. Take the Gondola to the top of Whistler Mountain. Take in the views and experience the wonder of the Peak 2 Peak Gondola that will take you across the valley to the top of Blackcomb Mountain. If heights aren’t really your thing, stay on the ground and visit the many wonderful bars and restaurants in the village or spend time on Green Lake.
Drive distance – 133 miles / 214 KM
Head south from Whistler, back along the Sea to Sky Highway – a real highlight of driving around this part of the world is that even the highways are picturesque. Arrive in Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver, and take a short ferry passage across the bay to continue your scenic drive now along Sunshine Coast.
Meals included: dinner
A day of adventure can lie ahead if you wish to paddle the peaceful ocean waters along the forested coastlines of this remote location on a guided kayak tour. The small bays and natural jetties of Sechelt Inlet are home to a wide variety of birds, seals and marine mammals and the sea kayaks provide the perfect, silent vessels to observe these creatures in their natural habitat.
Meals included: breakfast & dinner
Drive distance – 88 miles / 141 KM
Departing the lodge, you embark on a day of travel through some of the most spectacular scenery of the West Coast. After a short ferry crossing, continue along the Sunshine Coast to Powell River where you will board another ferry to cross over the Inside Passage. Once on Vancouver Island, head north to Campbell River for an overnight stop.
Meals included: breakfast
Drive distance – 6 miles / 10 KM
Drive a short distance from the resort in Campbell River to the port and board a water taxi. This time you will wind your way through Discovery Passage and past the islands and inlets that make up the Sunshine Coast, before arriving at the impressive Sonora Resort.
Meals included: breakfast & dinner
Learn how to catch and land salmon from the deep waters of the ocean, or race along the waves in a rigid Zodiac boat to secluded bear watching habitats. If this seems too active, Sonora Resort offers a wide range of spa treatments, exquisite dining and spectacular views if you just want to relax on this secluded island.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Drive distance - 75 miles / 120 KM
Returning to Campbell River via water taxi, the day’s travels continue down the east coast of Victoria Island. This area is home to many small communities such as Courtney and Qualicum Beach that embrace the relaxed lifestyle of Pacific Northwest. Arriving in Parksville, take some time to wander the wide boardwalks and beaches of this oceanfront community.
Meals included: breakfast
Drive distance - 95 miles / 150 KM
Uncover the true wilderness of Vancouver Island as you head inland. Gigantic forests line the highway as you drive through some of the most untouched wilderness of the West Coast. Stop for break in the small town of Port Alberni before following the shores of Sproat Lake to the small community of Ucluelet.
Spend the day exploring and enjoying the wide open expanses of the West Coast of Vancouver Island, where the Pacific Ocean creates some stunning beaches and fantastic surfing conditions for the active. Remaining on the water, guided kayaking tours will offer some amazing views from sea level or head out onto the Ocean in larger craft in search of the many species of whales who will be at home in these waters during the summer months.
Drive distance - 183 miles / 294 KM
Head back east across Vancouver Island and travel down the coast. En route, you may experience the echoing grandeur of Horne Lake Caves, or the towering trees of Cathedral Grove. Arriving in Victoria, spend the evening enjoying the pleasant breezes blowing off the harbour on quiet walks along the sea wall.
Spend a full day enjoying this charming little city situated around its stunning Inner Harbour. Enjoy the sites of the city including the historic buildings of the British Columbia Parliament (Victoria is the provincial capital) and Fairmont Empress, both overlooking the Harbour, or head north out of the city to colourful, manicured and world renowned Butchart Gardens.
A late afternoon flight back to the UK means you will have a morning to enjoy a little more of Victoria before dropping the car off and checking in for an overnight journey.
'Family Friendly, Year-Round Destination’
In the shadow of Canada’s magnificent Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the grand Westin Resort and Spa sits delicately in Whistler’s tranquil pedestrian village, boasting 419 opulent suites, each intricately designed with golden, wooden décor and lavish furnishings to create a warm and inviting ambience. The intimate studio suites with central fireplace and unrivalled mountain views are ideal for a romantic getaway, whereas the spacious two bedroom suites welcome larger groups and families seeking an activity-fuelled holiday. Summers are filled with thrilling zip-lining through the mountain forest, golfing and humbling treetop canopy walks, whilst award-winning skiing, moonlit hot tubs and delicious evening meals at Grill and Vine are on offer in the winter; an ideal year-round destination.
‘Waterfront Location, West Coast Style’
Comfort Inn & Suites Campbell River offer a unique location overlooking the waterside and just minutes from the ferry terminal linking it to Quadra & Cortes Islands. Providing guests with an indoor pool and hot tub as well room amentities such as a fridge, microwave and free breakfast every morning, this makes for a great welcome to Vancouver Islands east coast area. Whether you want to go on a grizzly bear tour, try your hand at fishing or whale watching, the hotel’s location surrounded by the great Canadian outdoors could be the perfect stopover for you.
‘Vast Nature Playground in Canada’
Set on Sonora Island, British Columbia, this homely resort acts as the launch pad for your outdoor adventures. Bike and hike the endless trails, try your hand at fly-fishing at the two ponds, improve your game on the 9-hole putting green, or for the more daring, head out on grizzly bear tours or whale watching. Complementing the broad and immersive activities, comfortable rooms welcome you after the day’s antics, while the restaurant pairs the freshest food with the finest wines.
‘Relaxing Resort; Ocean Views’
On the site of the historic Island Hall Resort, The Beach Club Resort invites you to discover Vancouver Island’s east coast. With its magnificent setting by the ocean, the resort features a restaurant, specialising in the freshest seafood, as well as an indoor pool and hot-tub, a fitness centre and a spa offering a full range of treatments and massages.
‘Set in Nature, Overlooking the Pacific’
Black Rock Forest Oceanfront Resort is in the rainforest on Vancouver Island’s west coast oceanfront in Ucluelet, British Columbia. The resort has was built using steel, wood, water and rock which enhances the rugged wild pacific coastline and offers a dramatic contrast with the surroundings. Rooms feature stunning views of the nearby forest and the lounge area has floor to ceiling views of the sea crashing against the coastline.
‘Harbour Front Luxury Hotel’
The Hotel Grand Pacific is a fantastic, high service hotel located on the edge of Victoria’s inner harbour, affording magnificent views over the water from public areas and rooms. Located on the cities famed waterway, this hotel is perfectly located for watching the maritime traffic or just a short stroll from the city centre for shops, bars and restaurants. On site, the hotel boasts a choice of restaurants and bars and plenty of leisure facilities including a spa, fitness centre and indoor pool. The Grand Pacific is a great choice for a bit of luxury in this beautiful waterfront city.
Return flights in economy
Car Hire with GPS
Return water taxi transfers
Meals unless otherwise stated
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