South Island Culture & Nature Adventure
Length Dates Route Price (CAD)
Length: 6 Nights / 7 Days Dates: May 15 to October 15 Route: Victoria - Tofino / Ucluelet - Victoria Price (CAD): From $1,495+ per person (based on double occupancy)
Discover the lively urban centres of Nanaimo and Victoria, the east and west coast beaches of Vancouver Island, century old virgin rainforests, and small coastal communities.
You will fly by floatplane across the Salish Sea from Vancouver to Nanaimo, paddle in a traditional dugout canoe to Meares Island off the west coast of Vancouver and embark on an exciting whale-watching journey in Victoria. You will learn about the First Nations culture in museums and cultural centres and meet with artisans in local galleries.
Day 1 Arrival in Nanaimo / Travel to Parksville
Fly by floatplane from Vancouver’s Inner Harbour to the Nanaimo Harbour. Upon arrival you will proceed to the rental car location to pick up your rental car. A short drive north brings you Parksville, a small community on the east coast of Vancouver Island with an amazing sandy beach.
Enjoy the remainder of the day at your beautiful beachside resort. When the tide goes out, you can walk for miles on the hard packed sandy beach and in the summer, the ocean is warm enough to swim in.
Included: Tigh-na-Mara Resort
Day 2 Travel to Tofino/Ucluelet
Your drive today will take you across the island to the west coast and the Pacific Ocean. Mid-way, stop in Port Alberni located in the traditional lands of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. Majestically located on a deep-water ocean inlet, this is a lumber and fishing town as well as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.
Visit the Ahtsik Native Art Gallery, which houses hand-crafted art from the Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish, and Kwakwaka’wakw people. Artists are often working on woodcarvings in the gallery, such as canoes and totem poles. Smell the cedar and see fresh cedar chips on the floor. Your drive will end today at Pacific Rim National Park – a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity.
Day 3 Exploring Tofino
Enjoy an excursion in a traditional First Nations dugout canoe to Meares Island with T’ashii Paddle School. Join a Nuu-chah-nulth guide and learn about First Nations culture, history, and the local environment.
In the evening you may wish to enjoy dinner at the Kwisitis Feast House which is locally owned and operated by the Ucluelet First Nation and located right on Kiwistis Beach. Enjoy delicious food and breathtaking views of the beach.
While you are dining you may catch a glimpse of a whale or a seal playing in the waves and watch the eagles swoop over the surfers as they rip through waves.
Included: Tin Wis Resort in Tofino or Wya Point Resort in Ucluelet, Traditional Canoe Excursion
Day 4 Tofino to Victoria
This morning, your route will introduce you to many gems including the petroglyph at Sproat Lake or the picturesque falls at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. In Chemainus, view the town’s world-renowned giant outdoor wall murals. The last part of your drive takes you over the scenic Malahat Highway and into British Columbia’s capital city of Victoria.
Included: Magnolia Hotel or similar
Day 5 Exploring Victoria
Victoria offers visitors an ideal and enticing mix of Canada’s storied past and its modern and vibrant present. Featuring everything from sunny beaches and sparkling lakes to championship golf courses, spas, shopping, gourmet restaurants, and a happening nightlife, Victoria is also home to museums, art galleries, and historical sites. As the traditional territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations, Victoria is the perfect destination to discover Canada’s Aboriginal heritage.
Included: Magnolia Hotel or similar, Admission to the Royal BC Museum
Day 6 Exploring Victoria
A short drive brings you to the seaside village of Sidney, one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Embark on an exciting 3 ½-hour marine cruise by zodiac into the Salish Sea with Sidney Whale Watching.
You may see transient and resident orcas (killer whales), grey whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and other marine life. From Sidney, drive to world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Stroll through the many themed gardens and delight in the dynamic palette of colours and fragrances.
Included: Magnolia Hotel or similar, Whale Watching Tour, Admission to Butchart Gardens
Day 7 Depart Victoria
This morning your tour ends in Victoria. Drop-off your rental car either at the inner harbour or at the Victoria Airport.
- With rental car: From $1,495† (CAD) per person (based on double occupancy)
- Optional transportation available to Seattle aboard the Victoria Clipper and to Vancouver by either bus and ferry, by helicopter, or by floatplane.
Overview of Inclusions:
- Accommodation for 6 nights
- Guided excursion to Meares Island in a traditional First Nations dugout canoe
- Floatplane flight from Vancouver to Nanaimo
- Admission to Royal British Columbia Museum and Butchart Gardens
- Whale watching excursion in Sidney
- 7-day rental for intermediate size -AVIS Class C
† Price is in Canadian Dollars. Price is per person, based on two people sharing. The price is for orientation and reference purposes only. The final price of this package will be confirmed upon receiving your request.