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Vancouver Island & the West Circle Trip Exploring the West of British Columbia

14 nights

Starting from Vancouver, you will be able to explore Vancouver Island, take the Inside Passage Ferry to Prince Rupert, where there will be time to take a bear watching excursion, before returning to Vancouver via the Gold Rush route. This takes you through cattle country and into the alpine resort of Whistler.

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Day 1-2

Vancouver

Fly to Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic, waterside city.  Take a stroll to Gas...

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Day 3-4

Vancouver to Victoria

Collect your car and take the ferry to Vancouver Island.  Cruise through the Gulf Islan...

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Day 5

Victoria to Campbell River

Drive up-island to Campbell River stop en route in Duncan, city of Totems and Chemainus, city of...

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Day 6

Campbell River to Port Hardy

Drive to Port Hardy taking in a whale watching cruise at Telegraph Cove. 1 night i...

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Day 7-8

Port Hardy to Prince Rupert

Travel up the Inside Passage, one of the worlds most beautiful waterways, to Prince Rupert,...

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Day 9

Prince Rupert to Smithers

Follow Skeena River to Smithers, situated in the Bulkley Valley directly on the Trans Canada Yell...

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Day 10

Smithers to Quesnal

Drive through Prince George and the BC lake district to Quesnel, the pinnacle of many Regional Pa...

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Day 11

Quesnal to 108 Mile House

Visit the gold rush town of Barkerville en route to 108 Mile House. 1 night in 108...

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Day 12-14

108 Mile House to Whistler

A beautiful drive through first ranching country and then past Duffy Lake to Whistler, a mountain...

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Day 15

Whistler to Vancouver

Drive to Vancouver Airport, drop off your car and take an overnight flight home....

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Day 1-2

Vancouver

Fly to Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic, waterside city.  Take a stroll to Gastown to see the famous Steam Clock, ride on a horsedrawn cart around Stanley Park and see the totems, or enjoy some boutique shopping on Granville Island.

2 nights in Vancouver.

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Day 3-4

Vancouver to Victoria

Collect your car and take the ferry to Vancouver Island.  Cruise through the Gulf Islands from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay and into the beautiful city of Victoria.

2 nights in Victoria.

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Day 5

Victoria to Campbell River

Drive up-island to Campbell River stop en route in Duncan, city of Totems and Chemainus, city of Murals.

1 night in Campbell River.

 

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Day 6

Campbell River to Port Hardy

Drive to Port Hardy taking in a whale watching cruise at Telegraph Cove.

1 night in Port Hardy.

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Day 7-8

Port Hardy to Prince Rupert

Travel up the Inside Passage, one of the worlds most beautiful waterways, to Prince Rupert, a thriving city with much to offer.  Waterfalls, white sandy beaches, hot springs, Humpback whales, Canada’s only Grizzly bear sanctuary, eagles & seals are only a few of the reasons for visiting.
The ferry journey takes 15 hours (please take ferry loading time into consideration), plus 1 hour driving.
N.B. the ferry operates 3 times a week.

2 nights in Prince Rupert.

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Day 9

Prince Rupert to Smithers

Follow Skeena River to Smithers, situated in the Bulkley Valley directly on the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway (Route 16), approximately half way between the cities of Prince Rupert and Prince George.  Smithers, an old railroad town, offers expansive mountain vistas, roaring rivers and tranquil creeks and brooks.

1 night in Smithers.

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Day 10

Smithers to Quesnal

Drive through Prince George and the BC lake district to Quesnel, the pinnacle of many Regional Parks and areas of outstanding beauty.

1 night in Quesnal.

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Day 11

Quesnal to 108 Mile House

Visit the gold rush town of Barkerville en route to 108 Mile House.

1 night in 108 Mile House.

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Day 12-14

108 Mile House to Whistler

A beautiful drive through first ranching country and then past Duffy Lake to Whistler, a mountain town full of recreational activities, excellent shopping and vibrant nightlife.

3 nights in Whistler.

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Day 15

Whistler to Vancouver

Drive to Vancouver Airport, drop off your car and take an overnight flight home.

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