Travel out to British Columbia on Canadas west coast and visit three of the best locations it has to offer. Pretty Victoria, the state capital, situated on Vancouver Island and built around a stunning inner harbour. Whistler, an amazing skiing destination over the winter becomes one of the most lively and picturesque villages, teeming with life over warm summers. Cosmopolitan Vancouver with the usual big city vibe and lots to see and do. Connecting these three cities could usual take hours out of your trip with long ferry crossings and drives or boring waits and security queues at major airports and not forgetting traffic congestion. Cut all that out with seaplane connections from downtown Victoria’s inner harbour direct to Green Lake in Whistler and then from Green Lake to Vancouver harbour, on the edge of downtown. The journeys are spectacular too as you fly at a few thousand feet over the Inside Passage, Coast Mountains and north Vancouver. You may end up thinking it’s the only way to travel!
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Travel from the UK to Victoria. Currently there are no direct flight options, so the best choice is Air Canada from London Heathrow via Calgary or Vancouver. Upon arrival, make your way into the centre of Victoria for a three-night stay in this enchanting city around the picturesque inner harbour.
Plenty of time and sites to fill two days in the capital of British Columbia. As the capital, Victoria is home to the British Columbia Legislature and the stunning Houses of Parliament building is located close to the inner harbour. Also overlooking the water is the famous Empress Hotel – make time to enjoy tea or a meal with that amazing view. Take to the water for the adventurous with fantastic whale watching trips available from April to October. Included for either of your days is a visit to the much loved Butchart Gardens.
Today take the first seaplane journey across from Vancouver Island to the mountain resort of Whistler on the main land. This fantastic and convenient option departs from the inner harbour, a matter of minutes from your hotel and takes just an hour, landing on Green Lake, 10 minutes from Whistler Village with transfers included. Check-in is just 25 minutes before departure so it’s the quickest option to travel between the two destinations while the flight itself is spectacular. You will fly over the coast of Vancouver Island, across the inside passage before travelling into the Coast Mountains - be sure to have your camera to hand!
Two full days exploring Whistler. The stunning ski resort transforms over summer and still has plenty to offer. The ski runs become mountain bike runs for the thrill seekers while the gondolas still operate for sightseeing and spectacular views from atop Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains – we include a ticket each to travel on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. The verdant forest around the village are home to black bears and trips can easily be arranged to see them or hike the trails and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of the indigenous wildlife. The village itself is home to a great range of shops, bars and restaurants while museums and lakes are all within easy reach if you wish to stay close to the ground.
Seaplane number 2. Take the complimentary shuttle from your hotel in Whistler Village to the dock on Green Lake. A 45-minute flight will take you over the peaks of the Coastal Range and into Vancouver from the north. Look out for stunning views of the city as you come into land over the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park. The terminal is located on Coal Harbour, on the very edge of downtown Vancouver. Some hotels are even within walking distance!
This stunning city by the water has so much to offer. Stroll the shops Robson Street or enjoy the food and drink on offer in Gastown. Pick up a bike and cycle the many pathways around Stanley Park. Enjoy views across the Coal Harbour to the north or False Creek to the south. English Bay even has a beach! Cross the water to the south and visit the market on Granville Island or head over Lions Gate Bridge to North Vancouver for exhilarating excursions up to the Peak of Grouse Mountain or to the tree top walk ways and spectacular heights of the Capilano Suspension Bridge, you will find so much to do in this lively city if you don’t want to stay longer, you will surely want to come back!
With late flights back to the UK, you have a final day to enjoy the sites and sounds of Vancouver before making you way to the airport for an overnight flight home.
‘Amazing Waterfront Hotel’
The Inn at Laurel Point has an enviable location on a six acre peninsula at the edge of Victoria’s inner harbour giving it a prime place to watch the maritime traffic. With water on three sides, the rooms, public areas and Japanese garden all have sea view. The hotel itself offers excellent levels of service and plenty of facilities with an indoor pool, fitness centre and restaurant. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with most offering a private balcony with full harbour view.
'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, Downtown Boutique’
The Loden Hotel is a boutique property located in downtown Vancouver and steps away from Coal Harbour waterfront. It’s in an ideal location, adjacent to many of Vancouver's most popular attractions including museums, galleries, world-class shopping and numerous restaurants. The hotel houses just 77 rooms and suites, all custom designed and with views of the city and water ways. Amenities include a fitness centre on site, spa services offered and its own unique bistro and bar, and there is a Wanderfit programme to make the most of the surrounding nature on bike, trekking and cycling.
This stunning public garden covers an area of over 55 acres and attracts over a million visitors per year. The five main gardens – Japanese, Italian, Rose, Sunken and Mediterranean – are the highlight with plenty to see in-between and options for food and drink located within the gardens too
Travel to the summit of Whistler or Blackcomb mountains via the village gondolas, a spectacular journey, before embarking on the Peak 2 Peak connection.The longest and highest lift connects the two mountains and offers some breath-taking views and is not to be missed.Also offers hiking options, refreshment locations and the Cloudraker Skybridge!
FlyOver Canada is an amazing experience for all as cutting edge filming and presentation technology give you a real experience of flying coast to coast across this wonderful country. The FlyOver Canada experience is a gently thrilling ride that involves sitting in a chairlift-like seat and being lifted and placed in front of a large spherical screen. You will move along with the film creating a feeling of flight and see some of Canada’s most famous sights and the interactive experience will make sure you feel it too with wind, scents and other effects adding to a great experience.
International flights in economy
Nine nights accommodation as listed
Butchart Gardens trip
Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride (from 26th May to 12th Oct)
Fly Over Canada admissions
Meals unless otherwise stated
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