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Discover British Columbia in a RV

Welcome to western Canada! The province of British Columbia is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rockies. The landscapes are grandiose, between the sea and the mountains, the lakes and the rivers, not to mention the endless forests. The climate is ideal for the wineries you’ll encounter in the Okanagan Valley. The Pacific coast and its islands move to the rhythm of the ferries, in a universe between land and sea that incites outdoor activities and wildlife observation. Cities await to surprise you, between Vancouver’s laid-back lifestyle and Victoria’s British legacy, mingling cultural diversity with natural wonder.

Location:

  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (YVR)
  • British Columbia, Canada
9  Days | 8  nights

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Vancouver (if flight and hotel option selected)
  • First night accommodation in a 3-star hotel near the airport
  • Private taxi transfer from hotel to RV rental center
  • RV rental for 7 nights (includes 1600km, pick-up between 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., 2nd driver, amenity kits and lawn chairs)
  • The last night of camping is next to the rental centre (3 services provided)
  • Private taxi transfer from RV rental centre to airport
  • Earn Aeroplan® points

ITINERARY

Day 1

Fly to Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and check in to your hotel.

Tucked between mountains and the sea, Vancouver stuns with its superb setting. Between natural beauty and urban thrills, discoveries abound. You can roam among downtown’s modern architecture, lose yourself in Chinatown, or make it to Granville Island, an alluring, revived neighbourhood ideal for all ages. Stanley Park also deserves a visit for a stroll or a bike ride. Truly the city’s green lungs, the view of Vancouver from here is breathtaking. Find the collection of totem poles, a beautiful example of First Nations art in Canada. In the historic neighbourhood of Gastown, don’t miss the steam clock, one of Vancouver’s curiosities.

Days 2 to 7

Discover British Columbia

Pick up your rental RV and start discovering British Columbia! From Vancouver, the possibilities are endless according to your tastes. Why not consider looping around the centre of the province? On the menu: jaw-dropping landscapes between land and sea, charming villages and a wine-growing valley…

To the north, take route 99, the famous Sea to Sky Highway that lets you travel between Vancouver and Whistler, peppering the way with scenic surprises. Don’t miss taking photos of fjords, mountains and incredible vistas along more than 240km. On the road, Shannon Falls, reaching a height of 335m, is sure to impress, as are wild beaches and untamed wilderness. A feast for the eyes!

A charming city between Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish is worth a detour. You can also hop aboard the Sea-to-Sky Gondola to enjoy a breathtaking view.

You will then arrive in Whistler, world-famous ski resort that hosted the Olympics in 2010 and is an ideal spot to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. A pedestrian village awaits you with art galleries and pretty boutiques. You can take the longest cable car in the world (4.4km), called the Peak 2 Peak Gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb. Stop at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre to immerse yourself in First Nations culture.

Route 99 continues to Kamloops, a crossroads-town and a highlight of the region. Numerous lakes around the city make it a fishing paradise, notably trout fishing. You’ll also find one of the most beautiful First Nation sites in western Canada: the Secwepemc Museum is a traditional village where you can discover the life of the Shuswap people. Kamloops sits at the crossroads of three possible itineraries: to the north, Clearwater, to the south, Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley, and to the east, the Rockies. The choice is yours…

Further north, Clearwater is your gateway to the Wells Grey Provincial Park, that remains untamed and not frequently visited. Here, time stops and you can fully enjoy nature’s beauty. The landscape is defined by numerous waterfalls, such as the Helmcken Falls, easily the most beautiful in western Canada. You’re in a paradise for hikers and lovers of wide Canadian spaces.

By driving back south, you’ll reach Sunpeaks, a pretty village known as a world-class ski station in winter and quiet holiday resort in summer. It is your last stop on the road across the Rockies before you return to the sea and Vancouver.

Further south, the Okanagan Valley stretches before you for 150km, and 20km wide. The reputation of its wines is well deserved. The first vines were planted in 1859 and you can now find over 60 grape varieties and a hundred wine-growers.

Route 97 between Kelowna and Ossoyoos follows Lake Okanagan. Many wine-growers welcome visitors and invite them to sample their delicious products in a magnificent setting.

You can also opt for an escape along the Pacific coast, leaving from Vancouver.

Head to Vancouver Island, accessible by ferry or seaplane from Vancouver. It is the largest island off North America’s Pacific coast, spanning 500km and boasting 2,000-meter, snow-capped summits.  To the south, the sea is omnipresent around Victoria, the provincial capital on the water. It is Canada’s most British city. Make time to indulge in afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, admire the Parliament Buildings that light up at night, stroll along the Dallas Road Waterfront Trail, or go for a whale-watching excursion. Butchard Gardens is a must-see for botany enthusiasts.

Facing the Pacific Ocean, superb Long Beach moulds the landscape with 11 kilometres of white sands. Nearby, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is paradise for lovers of nature and the sea. On one side, Uclulet is a charming fishing village and a great departure point for whale-watching. On the other side, Tofino is a surfer mecca and iconic destination on the island.

An honourable mention goes to the Sunshine Coast, a sublime stretch of road between Powell River and Vancouver, running along the northern part of the Pacific coast. You can make stops in Pender Harbour and its horseshoe-shaped port, in Schelt, or, more to the south, in the village of Gibson with its theatre and galleries

Day 8

Return to Vancouver

Head back to the camping site near the rental centre.

Day 9

Fly Home

Drop your RV off at the rental centre and board your flight home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

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.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (YVR)
Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport(or similar)
British Columbia, Canada
Deluxe Van Camper(or similar)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (YVR)
Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport(or similar)
British Columbia, Canada
Run of Fleet 4 People(or similar)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (YVR)
Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport(or similar)
British Columbia, Canada
Run of Fleet 6 People(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels. Room occupancy: Maximum 4 persons (4 adults or 2 adults + 2 children 0–17 years old)
Maximum occupancy for the Deluxe Van Camper: 2 People (2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child 0-17 years old)

IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

Daily departures between May 15 to October 03, 2021

MORE TO KNOW

Package Exclusions:

  • Meals, unless otherwise indicated
  • Parking fees
  • Personal expenses and insurance
  • Additional km on RV rental: any additional km above 1600km will cost $0.41 per km, to be paid locally, subject to change.
  • Northern surcharge: There is a surcharge of $625 (to be paid locally, and subject to change) for all RV vacations with permission to travel only on/in the following:
    • Alaska Highway north of Fort St-John, British Columbia
    • Cassiar Highway (#37) north of Kitwanga, British Columbia
    • Highway 35 north of Peace River, Alberta
    • Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut

Campsites: 

Passengers are responsible to book their own campsites for nights 2 through 7 of the itinerary. The only campsite pre-booked is the last night of the RV rental, this campsite will be located within a 1-hour drive of the RV rental office.

Powered sites can be difficult to manage during high season. We recommend Guests make a reservation for at least a 33ft RV, irrespective of the size of the motorhome reserved to avoid problems due to possible upgrades.

It is the guests responsibility to book and secure a campsite during their trip.  Space is based on availability and it’s recommended you call as soon as possible to book your campsite.  ACV cannot be held responsible if the campsite requested is not available.                                                        
Hotel Rooms:

When booking for 5 people or more, passengers will be split into 2 hotel rooms for the first night of the stay.

TRANSPORTATION

RV Rental:

Inclusions:

  • $5,000,000 public liability and property damage
  • Vehicle preparation fee
  • 24/7 on-road support
  • First fill of propane
  • Full tank of fresh water
  • Minimum quarter-tank of fuel
  • CanaDream Club membership

Driver's license/age of driver:

All drivers must have a driver’s license that is valid for the entire rental period.

If the driver’s license of your own country is in English, you do not need an international license. If the license is in another language than English, we strongly recommend that you have an international license, as well as the license from your own country. For translation purposes, an international driver’s license guarantees ease of use in Canada and the United States. Please note that an international driver’s license is not valid on its own to drive in Canada and the United States. The international driver’s license must be accompanied by a valid driver’s license delivered to your own country.

The minimum age to rent is 21 years old. Only drivers mentioned in the contract are authorized to drive the vehicle.

Terms and conditions:

  • RV rental is for 7 nights minimum
  • Pick-up time is between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and drop-off time is between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Additional fees apply if these times are not respected.
  • Driving across the border to the United States is possible and subject to an additional fee payable at destination.

Alternate location drop-off fee:

Drop-off of vehicle at a location different than the pick-up point is available, but subject to additional fees. Contact our call centre for a quote.

RV Insurance:

At CanaDream vehicles are insured with $5M public liability and property damage. A security deposit of $1000 is required on a major credit card for the collision and comprehensive insurance deductibles as outlined in our full insurance policy. The deposit will be processed to that credit card at pick-up and refunded to the same credit card upon the return of the vehicle in the same condition as it was received and not involved in any incident claims. Please read full insurance details.

Insurance coverage and the guest are responsible for all damages, related expenses and costs. The guest is also subject to a $1500 penalty. CanaDream reserves the right to restrict access to specific geographic areas at any time. These restrictions may be applied at the time of pick up. The guest assumes all responsibility for any expense or loss.

Prohibited Travel Areas:

When operating an RV, the below roads/regions are always prohibited:

  • Mexico
  • Logging and non-public roads
  • Any and all unnumbered roads and highways
  • Crossing any Manhattan, NY bridges or tunnels
  • Denali Highway in Alaska (Highway 8 from Paxson to Cantwell)
  • North Canol Highway in the Yukon
  • Dalton Highway (north of Livingood)
  • Eagle, Alaska (Hwy 5 north) from the junction of Hwy 9 (Top of the World Highway) and Hwy 5 West
  • McCarthy Road between Chitina and McCarthy, Alaska
  • Northway Road (off AK-2) to Northway
  • Nabesna Road (off AK-1) to Nabesna
  • Highway 500 (Trans Labrador Highway) from Goose Bay to Labrador City
  • Highway 389 from Labrador City to Baie Comeau
  • Highway 510 from Red Bay to Happy Valley-Goose Bay
  • Highway 167 north of La Doré
  • Highway 109 and Baie James Road, Quebec.
  • Dempster Highway in the Yukon between September 15 and May 15, due to road conditions. (Guests can travel on this road between May 16 and September 14).

Pricing display

Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.