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Pacific Marine Circle Route and Wineries

The ultimate road trip on the West Coast!

This six-day loop is the best way to discover Vancouver Island's West Coast, with unique trails by the coastline, splendid beaches, vineyards and restaurants and small, charming hotels. Traverse the Pacific Marine Circle Route and seek out the savours of Southern Vancouver Island.

Location:

  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (YYJ)
  • Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
  • British Columbia, Canada
7  Days | 6  nights

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Victoria (if flight and hotel package option is selected)
  • 6 nights of 4-star accommodation
  • 6-day car rental
  • Wine tasting and picnic at the Blue Grouse Winery
  • Admission to Mahalat Skywalk
  • Earn Aeroplan® points

ITINERARY

Day 1

Fly to Victoria - Sooke (approx. 60 km)

Take your flight to Victoria and pick up your rental car at the airport. Northwest of Victoria, along the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, are the towns of Sooke and Port Renfrew. Connected by Highway 14, these two municipalities are highly regarded for their rugged coastlines, their mighty trees and their untouched natural beauty. Sooke is a popular destination for a seaside escape thanks to its local artisans, cafés and vast parks and trails. Make sure to stop by the East Sooke Regional Park, where you can go for a simple hike or a day-long expedition along its myriad trails. Ornithologists at heart will enjoy Whiffin Spit, a natural breakwater nestled between the Juan de Fuca Strait and Sooke Harbour. Inland, the crystalline waters of Sooke Potholes Regional Park are just asking you to come in for a swim.

Day 2

Sooke - Port Renfrew (approx. 72 km)

Port Renfew borders the west coast of the island. Known as the Canadian capital of mighty trees, the village is located in a region comprised of spectacular ancient forests and unspoiled nature. It is also home to some of the most spectacular beaches along the Juan de Fuca Maritime Trail. While the entire trail can be completed by experienced hikers, there are many shorter hikes that can serve as an entry point. French Beach, China Beach and Sombrio Beach are also easily accessible from the road. At the end of the trail, Juan de Fuca and the spectacular tidal pools of Botanical Beach offer a unique glimpse of underwater seascapes. Port Renfew is also a starting point of the West Coast trail, a world-renowned nature trail that goes through the Pacific Rim National Park. Make sure you visit Avatar Grove, a unique stretch of old-growth forest in Gordon River Valley. And be sure to keep an eye out for "Canada's Gnarliest Tree" - a cedar tree whose trunk is full of twisted knots.

Day 3

Port Renfrew - Malahat (approx. 125 km)

Enjoy a two-night stay in Malahat by visiting the Mahalat Skywalk (included), a spiral wooden ramp leading up to a 32-meter viewing deck for panoramas over sea inlets and mountains.

Explore the Cowichan Valley, whose name is derived from Quw’utsun’, an aboriginal word meaning ''The Warm Land''. Cowichan has for decades been the source of incredible, locally produced food and drink in its burgeoning farms, vineyards, cider mills and distilleries. And there's so much more than the incredible food and drinks! From concerts to festivals and outdoor activities like biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking and so much more, the list of things to do in the region never lacks for ways to quench your thirst for exceptional cuisine and outdoor fun.

Day 4

Malahat

Today, embark on an enjoyable tour of the Cowichan Valley's vineyards and stop by Blue Grouse Winery. The Blue Grouse Estate consists of 65 yards tucked on a sunny slope of Vancouver Island. The warm and dry summers and mild and humid winters of the valley have made it the only ''cool'' Mediterranean maritime climate in Canada. The valley has sufficient growing degree days in the spring and summer and thus perfect conditions for Vitis vinifera grapes that bud late and ripen early. Enjoy a tour of the winery complemented with a tasting and a picnic on site (included).

Meal(s): Lunch and Tasting

Day 5

Malahat - Victoria (approx. 40 km)

Enjoy the gardens blooming year-round in Victoria thanks to the mildest climate in Canada. Closely linked to both land and sea, the city is a haven for all-season adventures in the great outdoors. Easily navigated on foot, Victoria is best explored at your own pace, for an experience as relaxing as it is educational and fascinating. Enjoy the diverse history, architecture and cultures of the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest. From indigenous history to British and Asian colonial traditions and its monuments, culture, cuisine, festivals and festive energy, Victoria mixes it all into one of the world’s preferred destination. Visit the splendid Butchart Gardens ($). One of Canada's national historical site, it is also one of the most sought-after attractions of Vancouver Island. You will find a cluster of several flower show gardens and more than 900 varieties of plants counted in the millions.

Day 6

Victoria

Free day to explore at your own pace.

Day 7

Fly Home

Return your rental car 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
Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
Prestige Oceanfront Resort(or similar)
West Coast Trail Lodge(or similar)
Villa Eyrie(or similar)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (YYJ)
Hotel Grand Pacific(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the Fly & Drive trip. Room occupancy: Maximum 4 persons (4 adults or 2 adults + 2 children 0-15 years old)

IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

Daily departures from May 01 to October 26, 2022

MORE TO KNOW

Package exclusions:

  • Meals, unless otherwise mentionned
  • Parking fees
  • Extra insurance with car rental
  • Personal expenses and insurance

TRANSPORTATION

Car Rental

Inclusions: Full-Size Category (FCAR) with AVIS, including: 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: GPSFuel, personal accident insurance plus (PAI Plus) & Personal effects protection (PEP); other optional services such as refuelling charges, applicable one-way service fee, extra additional driver's fee, baby seats, etc., Additional driver fee is CA$10.00 per day per additional driver up to a max of CA$50.00 per rental, per driver, where applicable. All rates are subject to change without notice and are payable at the rental counter. Anything not specified above. Driver credit card required to collect rental car.

Minimum age for car rental is 21 with a prepaid voucher. A valid driver's licence 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.

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.