See the best of Vancouver Island on this relaxed fly drive holiday. You will visit Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, Tofino in the Pacific Rim National Park, Campbell River, the Salmon Capital of Canada, and Telegraph Cove which is the best spot to see killer whales.
This itinerary is flexible and can be tailor-made to suit you; if you want to add extra days in one area, extend the holiday or maybe change the direction of travel. Talk to one of our experts about how to make this holiday the perfect one for you.
"we managed to see bears and whales"
I just wanted to thank you for organising our Canada holiday for us. We had the most amazing time and have completely fallen in love with the country. The accommodation you booked for us was perfect and everything went extremely smoothly. All of the activities were brilliant and we managed to see bears and whales and many other things. The people of Canada are very friendly and helpful as well. We will definitely be going back at some point in the future.
Itinerary (14 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
Fly into Vancouver and spend a couple of days exploring this scenic and cosmopolitan city. ...
Fly into Vancouver and spend a couple of days exploring this scenic and cosmopolitan city. Highlights include Gastown, Granville Island, Stanley Park, Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
3 nights in Vancouver.
Drive to the ferry port and take the crossing to Swartz Bay. Stop off at Butchart Gardens along the 30 minute drive into Victoria.
During your time in Victoria head out on a whale watching tour to see the orca and other marine life. Explore the Inner Harbour – great for lunch. Explore Victoria on foot perhaps visiting the Royal British Columbia Museum with its innovative displays of First Nation and early Canadian artefacts. See the floating homes at Fishermans Wharf.
3 nights in Victoria.
Drive through Duncan, with its many totems, and Cathedral Grove to Tofino. Stop at Cathedral...
Drive through Duncan, with its many totems, and Cathedral Grove to Tofino. Stop at Cathedral Grove and take short walk amongst the towering first-growth Douglas Firs.
During your time in Tofino enjoy whale-watching (grey and humpback whales) as well as sea lions and bald eagles, a visit to the Hot Springs and bear watching or some sea kayaking, Take a walk along the boardwalks in the rain forest or along the wonderful beaches and explore the art galleries showing Indian artists at their best.
3 nights in Tofino.
Drive back across the mountains up north to Port McNeill for some stunning scenery and...
Drive back across the mountains up north to Port McNeill for some stunning scenery and whale watching. (NB: no superior or deluxe accommodation here.) Stay at the remote Hidden Cove Lodge, with friendly owners and the wildlife that has been known to come right up to the dining room windows!
3 nights in Port McNeill.
North Vancouver Island to Quadra Island
Take the journey south to Quadra Island for a couple of days of relaxation, kayaking...
North Vancouver Island
to Quadra Island
Take the journey south to Quadra Island for a couple of days of relaxation, kayaking or fishing.
2 nights in Quadra Island.