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Beaches & Glaciers - Camping Trips

 

Overview

Hotel description:

9 days | 8 nights

Explore incredible Vancouver Island on this nine-day guided camping tour that takes you to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Parksville, Strathcona Park, then over to the rugged west coast of the island with stops in Tofino, Vargas Island and Ucluelet. Camp under majestic old growth trees, on sandy beaches and secluded islands. See 800-year-old cedars and firs as you truly reconnect with nature.

If you're looking for a trip where someone takes care of the details while you get to focus on the fun, then a Guided Tour is the perfect option for you. All of the flights, meals, activities, and accommodations are booked and prepared in advance, which means all you have to do is explore, discover, and have the time of your life.

Location

Vancouver, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Parksville, Strathcona Park, Tofino region

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Vancouver (if flight and tour option is selected)
  • 8 nights of accommodation (2 nights of hotel in Vancouver area and 6 nights of camping)
  • Spacious 2-person tent with hard-foam mattress, camping gear (except sleeping bag), cooking and eating utensils
  • 2 days of ocean kayaking
  • English-speaking tour guide throughout
  • Camping fees
  • All meals from lunch on Day 2 to lunch on Day 8
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles

Itinerary


Day 1        Fly to Vancouver
Fly to Vancouver and make your way to your hotel.

Day 2        Vancouver to Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
Meet your guide before boarding the mini-bus for the drive to the ferry terminal and the 90-minute crossing to Vancouver Island. Enjoy lunch by the picturesque Inner Harbour then set off to your first campground under giant cedar trees by the beach on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. End the day with dinner by the campfire and a spectacular ocean sunset.

Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours
Meal(s): Lunch and dinner

Day 3        Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
Botanical Beach has one of the most unique and richest tidal areas on Canada's west coast. Tidal pools full of starfish, urchins and sea anemones make for endless photo opportunities today. You'll also have a good chance to see whales, sea lions, seals and eagles.

Hiking time: 4 - 7 hours
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4        Parksville
Explore more of the beach and reef shelves of the Juan de Fuca Strait before crossing to the eastern side of Vancouver Island in the afternoon. The campground features majestic old growth Douglas firs and a wide sandy beach near the city of Parksville.

Hiking time: 2 - 4 hours
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5        Parksville to Strathcona Park
Some of the best wilderness hiking on Vancouver Island is among the glaciated peaks of Strathcona Park in the Central Island. Reach the Forbidden Plateau for panoramic views over southern BC.

Hiking time: approx. 5 hours
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6        Tofino to Vargas Island
For your next adventure, explore the quiet inlet waters and ancient coastal rainforest of Clayoquot Sound in two-person ocean kayaks. No previous kayaking experience is necessary. Stop at Meares Island for a short hike before arriving at your overnight campsite on Vargas Island. A zodiac delivers your equipment and camping gear.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7        Tofino to Ucluelet
Paddle on a different route past Stubbs Island back to Tofino. In the afternoon, enjoy a side trip to Pacific Rim National Park for a hike through ferns, lichens, mosses and thousand-year-old trees. Be sure to pick up local crafts and souvenirs in the charming villages of Ucluelet and Tofino.

Hiking time: 1.5 - 4 hours
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8        Ucluelet to Vancouver
Pass through Cathedral Grove with 800-year-old cedars and Douglas firs, one of which is nine metres in diameter. Return to Victoria via the coastal highway. Arrive in Vancouver in the late afternoon.

Meal(s): Breakfast and lunch

Day 9        Fly home
Make your way to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Standard Room & Tent

Guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the Guided Tour.

The cities and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Vancouver Day 1: Century Plaza Hotel (or similar)
  • From Day 2 to Day 7: Spacious two-person tent
  • Vancouver Day 8: Sandman Signature Vancouver Airport Hotel (or similar)
Occupancy: Maximum 2 persons

Important notes

2019 Deaprture Dates
June 15 & 22
July 13 & 20
August 10 & 17
September 7

Maximum 12 guests per departure

Not included
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel
  • Meals, unless noted
  • Gratuities for the driver(s) or tour director
  • Sleeping bag
  • personal equipment and light day pack