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Whales, Bears & Vancouver Island

Go in search of grizzly bears, eagles & foxes at Knight Inlet lodge; whale watching at Victoria and Rim National Park and explore Victoria and Vancouver on this 10 day tour

A whale can be partly seen just above the surface of blue water/
View through trees to a waterfall cascading over a mountainside/
Close up of a brown bear surrounded by rocks/
A whale can be partly seen just above the surface of blue water/
Dark brown bear surrounded by rocks/
Dark brown bear in the grass/
Brown bear walking through shallow water with steep hills in the background/

Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver Upon arrival in Vancouver, collect your hire car and drive to your downtown hotel.

Day 2: Vancouver – Victoria (69km/43 miles/4.5 hours inc ferry)
Take the BC Ferry across the Strait of Georgia to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Explore the city and maybe end your day with a traditional afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Day 3: Victoria
Today you’ll launch into the Pacific aboard a Zodiac powerboat as you embark on a fascinating wildlife viewing adventure. A certified marine biologist provides insight into the environment and habits of orca, minke and grey whales as well as seals, porpoises and other marine wildlife. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure.

Day 4: Victoria – Tofino (309km/193 miles/6 hours)
Drive across Vancouver Island to the Pacific Coast. It’s a stunning route that winds through ancient rainforests and provincial parks. The Pacific Rim National Park is simply spectacular.

Day 5: Tofino
Today you will set out for an exciting whale watching expedition. Go in search of the Pacific grey whale, sea lions and puffins. Back of land enjoy free time for exploring the rugged coastline.

Day 6: Tofino – Campbell River (289km/180 miles/6 hours)
It’s a spectacular drive through temperate rainforest to Vancouver Island’s east coast to small town of Campbell River. Enjoy the views of Discovery Passage, Quadra Island and the rugged Coast Mountain range beyond.

Day 7: Campbell River – Floatplane – Knight Inlet
Today starts with a floatplane trip to Campbell River. A thrilling 30-minute flight brings you to the mount of the Glendale River and the floating Knight Inlet Lodge. Head out for the day on an exciting bear watching and wildlife viewing tour. Whilst sightings can never be guaranteed this is an ideal spot to view grizzly bears.

Day 8: Knight Inlet – Vancouver (232km/145 miles/6 hours inc ferry)
Return to Campbell River by floatplane. Enjoy the coastal scenery and keep an eye out for wildlife as you drive along the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island. Then take a ferry back to Vancouver.

Day 9: Vancouver
Full day in Vancouver for further exploration.

Day 10: Depart Vancouver
If time permits, maybe enjoy some last-minute sightseeing or shopping before returning to your car in time for your flight or continue with your onward journey.

Prices Include:
9 nights’ accommodation in standard category hotels
Selected meals
9 Days fully-inclusive compact car hire
Ferry crossings & floatplane to Knight Inlet
Bear watching at Knight Inlet Lodge
Whale watching in Victoria & Tofino

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