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10-Day Vancouver Island Holiday Itinerary - Canada

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Duration11 days / 10 nights


ItineraryVancouver - Victoria - Tofino - Quadra Island - Vancouver

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If you’re short on time, or want to concentrate your trip around the beauty of Vancouver Island, then this express itinerary is for you. Packing a punch with plenty of wildlife, epic road trips and varied accommodation this 10-day itinerary will give you a real mix of city and nature. Starting in bustling Vancouver you can cycle through Stanley Park at your own pace. Next up whale watching, bear spotting and kayaking at sunset on Vancouver Island as you travel from south to north.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Excursions as described below
  • Car hire and insurance – prices may vary depending on departure dates

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Vibrant Vancouver

Start or end your Canadian adventure in this perfectly located city between the sea and the mountains. Vancouver sits in stark contrast to the vast and rugged nature of the rest of the country and is a highlight of western Canada not to be missed. See why it’s often heralded as the most liveable city in the world, as you explore the vast Stanley Park, stroll through the historic Gastown district and sample the many culinary delights in this bustling multicultural city. We’ve included a guided bike ride through Stanley Park to help you get under the skin of this vibrant city!

Bridge over body of water

Whale Tails in Victoria

Next up, you’ll visit Victoria, a charming city with good chances of spotting whales swimming off the shore. You’ll jump in a boat in search of these black and white giants; a trip you won’t forget in a hurry. Spend the rest of your time meandering down the Inner harbour and enjoying the old world ambience. You’ll be staying in a hotel in the city centre, walking distance to cosy restaurants.

Whale Tails in Victoria

The Bear Necessities

On the wild coast of the Pacific Rim, you’ll find dramatic coastlines, rocky trails and sandy beaches. Your home for the next couple of nights is a lodge close to the coast. During your stay you’ll head out on a large rubber dinghy with a guide and sail along the fjords in search of black bears foraging for food. Then take a walk through the misty rainforest, past giant cedars and moss-covered firs, and discover a nature trail that’s jam-packed with flora and fauna.

black bear in tofino canada

Sunsets Over Quadra Island

The small island of Quadra offers plenty of opportunities for active travellers. Take a hike, head out kayaking at sunset and enjoy the views of purple-dipped mountains and dark black water. Your home away from home is a timber lodge on the coast, nestled amongst the pine trees. The lodge is owned by First Nations residents and it’s decorated in traditional Indian style with large totem poles in the lounge. This is the ideal base from which to explore the local area.

quadra kayaking

Night in Vancouver

Tonight you’ll stay back in Vancouver where your Canadian adventure started. Take a stroll through Gastown and sample some local cuisine or relax in Stanley Park one last time.

Downtown Vancouver City Skyscrappers
Rob standing by tree

Speak to our Canada specialist, Rob

"Nothing beats the freedom of the open road, and Canada offers just that! My absolute highlights were spotting bears up close and opening my curtain to the most amazing views each morning. Those moments will stay with me forever!"

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