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Coastal Wilderness - Fly & Drive

 

Overview

Hotel description:

12 days | 11 nights

An adventure on Vancouver Island and beyond!

Explore the West Coast on this 12-day tour. Enjoy delectable cuisine and great shopping in Vancouver. On the Sunshine Coast, visit tidal rapids and charming towns on your way to discover BC's amazing natural beauty in Desolation Sound Marine Park. Then it's off to Vancouver Island, where you'll marvel at old growth forests, stroll on lovely beaches and discover local artists. Your tour includes a bear-watching zodiac tour where you may see black bears in their natural habitat.

If you love the freedom and adventure of the open road, then a Fly & Drive vacation is just what you need. Fly into Vancouver and drive your way through the experience of discovering parts of Canada one kilometer at a time. The car rental and hotel stays are included in the package, along with a bunch of other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable. 

Location

Vancouver, Lund, Quadra Island, Uclulet, Parksville, Victoria

 

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Vancouver (If flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • 11 nights of accommodation
  • 11-day car rental
  • Bear-watching zodiac tour in Tofino
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles

Suggested Itinerary

The day-to-day locations are already set and hotel accommodations will already be booked, but what you do during the day in each town or city is completely up to you. Below is a suggested itinerary of things to do and see so you can get the most out of your adventure. The beauty of this trip is that you can explore the country the way you want to. Just make sure to get to the hotel on time!

Day 1       Fly to Vancouver

Fly to Vancouver and pick up your rental car at the airport to make your way downtown.

Day 2       Vancouver
Spend today exploring Vancouver. Stroll Stanley Park, visit the waterfront, Chinatown or historic Gastown.

Day 3       Vancouver - Lund / Sunshine Coast (215km plus 2 ferries)
Drive over the Lions Gate Bridge to Horseshoe Bay. Board the ferry to Langdale on the Sunshine Coast. Drive along the coast through Gibsons and Sechelt to the small village of Egmont. Visit the impressive tidal rapids at Skookumchuck Narrows. Continue on to the ferry to Saltery Bay. Drive north past Powell River to Lund.

Day 4       Sunshine Coast

Spend the day exploring the charming waterfront community of Lund, at the mouth of the beautiful, pristine Desolation Sound Marine Park. Stroll the boardwalk around the harbour and visit the shops. Optional activities include a zodiac boat or sea kayaking tour, guided hiking tours, fishing charters or a visit to an oyster farm.
 
Day 5         Lund - Campbell River or Quadra Island (114 km plus ferries)
Leaving historic Lund you will make your way back to Powell River where you will board the ferry to Little River. Continue North on Vancouver Island to Campbell River, one of the top destinations for salmon fishing. Overnight in Campbell River or Quadra Island (short ferry ride from Campbell River).

Day 6         Campbell River or Quadra Island

Arts, culture, adventure, recreation, scenery and the laid-back lifestyle are just a few of the reasons people come to live in this area. Take the day to explore beautiful Quadra Island (a short ferry ride from Campbell River). The local community is rich in arts and culture and local artisans display their crafts in a variety of galleries and other locations. Surrounded by stunning scenery Campbell River and Quadra Island lie in  one of British Columbia's premier recreation destinations with numerous possibilities including: sea kayak tours, marine tours, hiking trails, cycling, sport fishing, diving, grizzly tours in the fall, and much more. Overnight Campbell River or Quadra Island.

Day 7        Campbell River or Quadra Island - Tofino / Ucluelet area (266 km plus ferry)
Depart southwards from Campbell River (short ferry ride from Quadra Island)  along the east coast of Vancouver Island, passing through some pretty villages. Make a stop at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks on Morningstar Farm, nestled in the cool moist climate of Vancouver Island in the shadow of Mt. Arrowsmith, where you will find a selection of world-class cheeses to delight the senses. From Parksville travel to the west coast and Pacific Rim National Park. En route stop at Cathedral Grove for a walk through a towering stand of 800 year old trees. Overnight in Tofino / Ucluelet area

Day 8       Tofino

Bear watching today! Be sure to bring your camera. Aboard a zodiac, cruise the fjords and sheltered bays. Black bears come down to the shore to feed. You'll likely
also see seals, eagles and herons.

Day 9       Tofino - Parksville / Nanaimo (150km)  
Spend the morning in the Tofino and Ucluelet area, then head east to Parksville. Stop at the Country Market in Coombs, famous for the goats that like to graze on the grass roof. It's also a great ice cream stop!

Day 10       Parksville / Nanaimo to Victoria (150km)

Spend the morning at Rathtrevor Provincial Park and walk along lovely beaches. Heading south, stop at Chemainus to view interesting murals by local artists and visit quaint boutiques. Wineries and specialty food producers abound in the Cowichan area. Continue south to Victoria.

Day 11       Victoria
Enjoy the day in Victoria. You'll love the Inner Harbour. It's the heart of the city full of restaurants, galleries and shops.

Day 12       Victoria to Vancouver (64km plus ferry) then Fly home
From Victoria, take the ferry back to Vancouver and drop off your rental car at the airport before boarding 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.

3-Star Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the Fly & Drive trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Vancouver: Holiday Inn Downtown (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Lund: Historic Lund Hotel (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Quadra Island: Tsa-Kwa-Luten Hotel (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Tofino: Blackrock Oceanfront Resort (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Parksville: Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort (or similar) (1 night)
  • Victoria: Coast Victoria Harbourside (or similar) (2 nights)


Room occupancy: Maximum 4 persons (4 adults or 2 adults + 2 children 0-12 years old)

 

Important notes

2019 Departure Dates
Daily from May 1 to September 24

Not included in package

  • Meals
  • Personal expenses and insurance
  • BC Ferry Tolls on all segments for car and passengers

Coastal Bear Watch Excursion

Children under 5 years of age are not permitted on Coastal Bear Watch Excursion

BC Ferry Tolls
Ferry tolls on all segments are not included and must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure on bcferries.com

Car Rental

Inclusions: AVIS Mid-Size Category D (2 Door) or E (4 Door) for 12 Days. Time (24 hrs basis), Unlimited Kilometres, Loss Damage Waiver (LDW), CAD 1 Million Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage, One (1) Additional Driver, Provincial & Other Taxes, Airport Contract Fees and air conditioning on all vehicles equipped with air conditioning.

Exclusions: Fuel, Personal Accident Insurance Plus (PAI Plus) & Personal Effects Protection (PEP), Other optional services such as refueling charges, applicable one-way service fees, extra additional driver's fee, GPS, baby seats, ski racks, etc.; Extra services are payable at rental counter and subject to change without notice. Anything not specifically noted above.

Minimum age for car rental is 21 with a prepaid voucher. A valid driver's license from country of origin must be presented at time of rental. All drivers under the age of 25 will be subject to a surcharge of CA$25.00 per day; subject to change. Certain car classes may not be available to drivers under age 25.