SELF-DRIVE TOUR – ROUND-TRIP FROM VANCOUVER
Bears, whales and other marine wildlife can all be seen on this unique adventure. You will also enjoy a thrilling floatplane journey to Knight Inlet Lodge.
Arrive in Vancouver and a private transfer will take you to your hotel for a 3-night stay.
DAYS 2 & 3
With your 2-day Hop-on/Hopoff pass take time to explore Vancouver at your own pace. The bus has over 20 stops including English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island (we recommend this as an ideal place for lunch!), historic Gastown, Robson Street and trendy Yaletown.
Vancouver to Victoria (70km – land only)
Pick up your rental car and travel by BC Ferry to Vancouver Island and the city of Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, for a 2-night stay.
This city is an intriguing blend of old world charm and modern features with the bustling Inner Harbour as its focal point. A full-day of sightseeing awaits you as we have included a 3-hour whale-watching excursion to search for Orca, seals, porpoises and other marine wildlife as well as admission to the world-famous Butchart Gardens.
Victoria to Tofino/Ucluelet (320km)
Head north and then west across Vancouver Island to Tofino/Ucluelet on the Pacific Coast. Check into your hotel for a 3-night stay.
At low tide board a boat and speed along the lush coastline to the bear’s feeding grounds. When the tide goes out, the bears emerge from the forests and forage along the shores in search of their favourite food, rock crabs and other shellfish. On this 21⁄2 hour excursion you will have an ideal opportunity to view the bears in their natural habitat. Tofino itself is a mix of wide sandy beaches and old growth forests, fishing and sightseeing boats and casual eateries and eclectic fine dining – an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature’s playground.
On this 21⁄2 hour excursion you’ll travel through the pristine waters of Clayoquat Sound to view the stunning scenery and wildlife. Pacific Gray whales are regular visitors from March to October with other marine wildlife sightings possible such as humpback whales, transient Orcas, seals, sea lions as well as birds including bald eagles.
Tofino/Ucluelet to Campbell River (290km)
Cross back to the eastern coast of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, famous for salmon fishing – it’s long been known as ‘The Salmon Capital of the World’. Check into the Comfort Inn & Suites for an overnight stay (all guests stay here).
Campbell River to Knight Inlet Lodge
Drive to the floatplane dock (which is just five minutes away) and check in for your flight to Knight Inlet Lodge – today is sure to be one of many highlights of your holiday! Upon arrival at the lodge, check in for a 2-night stay and, after a quick induction, you’ll head out on your first grizzly bear viewing excursion. Full board is included while at Knight Inlet Lodge including wine with dinner.
Knight Inlet Lodge
A full-day at the lodge to enjoy watching grizzly bear and other wildlife in their natural, pristine environment. The lodge is located in one of the very best grizzly bear-viewing regions and you’ll have the opportunity to see them feed and play by boat or viewing platforms depending on when you stay.
Knight Inlet Lodge to Vancouver (160km – land only)
After breakfast return to Campbell River by floatplane then drive to Nanaimo before taking a BC Ferry back to the mainland. On arrival at Horseshoe Bay drive to Vancouver for a final night stay.
End of Arrangements
Your arrangements end with the check out from your hotel and the return of your car to the Vancouver airport rental depot.