British Columbia Organised Trips

Bear & whale safari from Tofino

Vancouver Island is a wildlife lover’s dream with whales and bears drawn to the region’s food-rich waters. This is a two-part experience from Tofino which  consists of a whale-watching cruise on a 12-passenger Zodiac in the open waters of the Pacific, during which you may spot gray or humpback whales, seals and sea otters. During the second part of the tour you’ll cruise along the coast of the Clayoquot Sound during low tide to see the island’s resident black bears.

Duration:

6 hours

Other information:

Departs daily 01 Apr-17 Oct
On occasion, the second part of the tour may be scheduled for the morning of the following day

Vancouver Whale Watching with Transfers

Embark on an exciting whalewatching excursion on board the Explorathor. Built in 2010, this premier boat is an open-air zodiac style vessel, with upper level observation deck and covered seating in the stern. Travel through the Gulf Islands region, accompanied by a professional naturalist, and marvel at the beauty and might of the whales in their natural habitat.

Duration:

4 hours

Sea kayaking from Tofino

There's nothing quite like gently paddling around the quiet waters of the UNESCO-listed Clayoquot Sound, dipping into coves and passing uninhabited islets. Depart from busy Tofino and head out on a 4-hour trip which takes you across to Meares Island where you will leave your kayaks at the shore and trek along the Big Tree Trail which is lined by some of the tallest and oldest trees in the province.

Duration:

4 hours

Other information:

Departs daily 01 Apr-30 Sep
No kayaking experience is necessary, however guests must have a good level of fitness as you will be paddling for a few hours.

Vancouver Scenic Tour by Seaplane

Depart from Coal Harbour to begin your exhilarating seaplane flight over Vancouver. Drink in the spellbinding vistas as you soar high above a unique landscape of city, beaches, coastal forests, islands and mountains. Have your camera ready to capture incredible aerial views of the city’s famous sights, such as downtown Vancouver, beautiful Stanley Park, the vibrant harbour, the snowcapped peaks of the North Shore Mountains, Horseshoe Bay, English Bay and Deep Cove. The thrilling sensation of landing on the water is the perfect ending to your adventure.

Duration:

30 minutes

Start time: Daily departures on request

Granville Island market tour

Join fellow foodies and sample the fresh, seasonal produce on offer at the Granville Island Public Market on this 2-hour tour. As you wander through the stalls you’ll have the opportunity to taste a variety of food – from cheese and charcuterie to donuts – that’s been locally-sourced. Throughout your time at the market there will be 18 tastings and you’ll hear stories about the produce that you’re tasting. This is the perfect opportunity to get a real taste of Canada!

Duration:

2 hours

Included/Excluded:

Included: Food and drink tastings

Other information:

Departs daily in the summer. Departs Thursday-Sunday between 19 September-20 May.

Whale watching and wildlife viewing

This is the ultimate whale and wildlife-watching adventure from Tofino. Travelling by 12-seater Zodiacs, you'll explore the inlets and fjords of the spectacular Clayquot Sound. This six-hour experience is split into to excursions out on to the water, with a break on land to refresh between voyages. Wildlife you may see during your cruise include black bears, sea lions, sea otters and, depending on the time of year, gray whales, humpback whales and orcas.

Duration:

6 hours

Transport details:

12-passager Zodiac

Other information:

Departs daily between 01 Apr and 17 Oct; departure time confirmed at time of booking

Grand Tour of Vancouver by Bike

Enjoy a spot of active sightseeing on this half day cycling tour. Pedal at a leisurely pace around the beautiful Stanley Park; pass by English Bay and board a ferry that will take you over False Creek to the popular Granville Island public market. You'll have an hour to explore and purchase your lunch before following the sea wall and enjoying views of Vancouver's skyline. The tour will come to a conclusion in historic Gastown.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 10am
Other information:

This tour follows flat bike paths and there are plenty of stops making it ideal for those with a basic fitness level or above.

Tofino bear watching cruise

Cruise along the calm waters of the inlets of beautiful Clayoquot Sound on board a covered cruiser or Zodiac in search of black bears in their natural habitat. Travel along the shore and keep an eye out these beautiful but fearsome creatures as they seek out one of their favourite foods – the rock crab, which they search for when the tide goes out.

Duration:

2½ hours

Other information:

Departs daily 15 Apr-15 Oct

Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge tour

Head out of the city, crossing the Lions Gate Bridge on your way to the North Shore. Visit the Capilano Fish Hatchery before continuing on to the foot of Grouse Mountain. Take the Skyride up to the peak where you’ll have some time to take in the views of the city. The tour’s highlight is the visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge which spans the beautiful Capilano Canyon and River. You can also step out on to the cantilevered Cliffwalk which extends out over the canyon.

Duration:

Half day

Victoria scenic seaplane experience

Enjoy a 30-minute scenic flight over the provincial capital of Victoria and the breathtaking Strait of Juan de Fuca which stretches from the Pacific Ocean towards Seattle and Vancouver. Experience the excitement of taking off from the water and witnessing the southern coastline of Vancouver Island,  and the United States’ Olympic Peninsula, with the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Duration:

30 minutes

Other information:

Departs daily 01 May-30 Sep, weather permitting

Sea to Sky Tour/Sea to Sky Tour with Sea Safari

Explore the oceanside town of Horseshoe Bay which marks the sea end of the Sea to Sky Highway which seemingly clings to the edge of the mountainside. You'll then follow the eastern edge of the beautiful Howe Sound as you travel towards the province's 3rd highest waterfall, Shannon Falls. Continue to the Sea to Sky Gondola and ascend 840 metres up to a viewing platform and a 50-metre suspension bridge. On your way back to the city, stop at the Britannia Mine Museum for a train ride through a historic mine.

For a supplement you can head out for a boat trip (on a 9m rigid inflatable Zodiac) on the beautiful Howe Sound, North America's southern-most fjord. During your time on the water you may see harbour seals and various bird species at the Christie Islet Bird Sanctuary. You'll then step back on dry land at Britannia Beach join the rest of the group and continue on to the falls, the gondola and the mine museum.

Duration:

Full day

Other information:

Departs daily 01 May-mid October

Victoria whale watching cruise

Head out in search of orcas, minke and gray whales and a whole host of other marine wildlife on this three hour cruise from Victoria. Choose from either a 45 foot ocean cruiser or a more exhilarating ride on a Zodiac RIB, both of which are fitted with a hydrophone to listen for the whales, and will have a naturalist or biologist on board.

Duration:

3 hours

Fly 'N Dine Bowen Island

Experience a thrilling float plane flight from Coal Harbour to Bowen Island which is situated at the entrance to Howe Sound to the north west of Vancouver. Dinner will be served at Doc Morgan's Pub & Restaurant in the charmingly-named Snug Harbour. Following dinner you'll board a ferry to Horseshoe Bay where a limousine will be waiting to take you back to the city.

Duration:

3 hours

Other information:

Departs daily 01 May to 30 Sep

Grizzly Bears of the Wild: First Nations Wildlife Journey into the Great Bear Rainforest

On this immersive wildlife experience you'll go in search of grizzly bears in the company of a First Nations guide. Learn about the culture and idigenous history of the region as you follow the waterways of the Broughton Archipelago by boat and search for British Columbia's most iconic wildlife species. You'll also visit local villages and the oldest remaining Big House in the country.

Duration:

Full day

Other information:

Departs daily at 7am from 01 June-15 October
Guests will need to make their way to the tour departure point in Port McNeill (approximately a 30-minute drive from Port Hardy)

Vancouver Trolley Tour

Climb aboard a San Francisco-style trolley for an excellent city tour with full commentary. Sightsee at your own pace as you hop on and off at 30 of Vancouver's premier attractions. Highlights include historical Gastown, Stanley Park, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, False Creek ferry ride and Granville Island. Enjoy the views from the top of the Harbour Centre Tower (admission included).

Duration:

Variable.

Flyover Canada

Experience a unique view of the awesome natural landscapes and modern cities of Canada on one of Vancouver’s most popular attractions, Flyover Canada. Take your place in the chairlift-style seat and you’ll feel the sensation of soaring as you pass above the mountains, valleys, prairies during a 9-minute virtual ‘flight’ from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic Ocean. This cinema experience is an unbeatable introduction to one of the most scenically stunning countries on earth.

Other information:

Departs daily
Not suitable for guests with fear of heights or photosensitive epilepsy; minimum height 4 foot.

Sunset Dinner Cruise Experience

A coach transfer will take you to Harbour Cruises Marina where you will board the authentic paddlewheeler, M.P.V. Constitution (or similar) for a unique way to cruise Vancouver. Enjoy a leisurely evening; as the sun sets on the ocean horizon, cruise the waters of Vancouver Harbour, taking in the sights and sounds of the city skyline, and feasting on a delicious West-Coast themed buffet.

Duration:

2½ hours

Float plane transfer from Vancouver

A float plane ride is an iconic Canadian experience as well as a quick and easy way to travel between destinations. Planes depart from Coal Harbour which is easily reached from all Downtown Vancouver hotels. From here you can fly right to and from the heart of Victoria or Seattle year round and between Vancouver and Tofino or Whistler seasonally.

Duration:

Vancouver to Victoria: 35 minutes
Vancouver to Whistler: 45 minutes
Vancouver to Tofino: 1 hour
Vancouver to Seattle: 1 hour

Other information:

• Floatplanes have a luggage limit of 12kg per person; for a luggage allowance of 23kg per person, you can upgrade to Harbour Air's goGOLD fare. We recommend you book early as there are a limited number of goGOLD seats available per flight
• Multiple departures daily to Victoria
• Whistler services operate seasonally (mid-June to late September)
• Tofino services operate seasonally (mid May to late September)

V2V Vancouver to Victoria passenger ferry

Travel between downtown Vancouver and Downtown Victoria on the comfortable V2V ferry. During the three-and-a-quarter-hour voyage you'll cross the Strait of Georgia and pass through the breathtaking Gulf Islands and you can enjoy the views from the rooftop observation deck. There are two classes of travel – Premium Comfort and Royal. The latter is well worth the upgrade as a welcome beverage, a meal and the services of a dedicated host are all included during the sailing. You'll also have priority boarding and the chance to relax in a reclining leather seat. One piece of luggage (up to 23 kilograms) and one carry on (up to 10kg) is included for all guests.

Duration:

3¼ hours

Other information:

Departs daily 01 Mar-31 Dec (excluding 25 Dec)

BC Ferries

BC Ferries operate car ferry routes along British Columbia's Pacific Coast. They also connect the Vancouver area with a couple of destinations on Vancouver Island. The most popular route is between Tsawwassen (approximately 30 minutes south of Vancouver airport) and Swartz Bay which sits at the tip of the Saanich Peninsula and is about half an hour from central Victoria. If you wish to tavel further up the Vancouver Island coast, cutting the driving time to the likes of Campbell River and the west coast towns of Tofino and Ucluelet, you can take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Duke Point in Nanaimo.

Duration:

• Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver to Swartz Bay, Vancouver Island: 1 hour 35 minutes
• Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver to Duke Point, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island: 2 hours
• Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver to Duke Point, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island: 1 hour 40 minutes

Other information:

Regular departures daily on all routes, please call for details
In summer, we recommend pre-booking ferries in advance as they can get very busy.

Deluxe Victoria City & Butchart Gardens

Spend the morning exploring the city on an introductory tour of Victoria in the company of a driver guide before stopping off at the iconic Fairmont Empress for a mouthwatering lunch. You'll see Craigdarroch Castle, stop in the seaside village of Sidney and sip a few gins at a local distillery. Later, either visit the Victoria Butterfly Gardens or sample some more local produce at Church & State Winery before heading to the world-famous Butchart Gardens.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 9am
Other information:

Departs Saturday to Monday from 01 June to 31 August

Taste, savour & indulge

Enjoy the landscapes of the northern Okanagan region on this relaxing tour. Departing from Vernon you will head to Intrigue Wines and then on to Gray Monk for a tour of the winery and a delightful al fresco lunch. Later continue on to the ExNihilo vineyards – Arrowleaf and Ancient Hill – before concluding the tour either with a glass of wine at Ancient Hill or a visit to the Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery.

Duration:

Full day

Whistler bear viewing tour

Travel by 4x4 and head out in to the wilderness to search for black bears. Whistler and Blackcomb are home to approximately 50 bears who have adapted to live in these ski area habitats. Travel through forests and meadows and past streams and take short walks to the known bear feeding areas, rub trees and old trees where bears have hibernated during the winter.

Duration:

3 hours

Whistler Mountain & PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

Traversing the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the incredible PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola offers 360 views of the Coast Range peaks and mountain resorts below. The gondola’s span is 2.7 miles and its record-breaking achievements include being the longest and highest lift in the world. As well as riding on the gondola and other chairlifts in the area, you can enjoy access to over 30 miles of hiking trails. This really is a unmissable Whistler experience!

Duration:

1 day pass

Other information:

Available daily 27 May-19 Oct, weather permitting

Zipline adventure bear tour from Whistler

Perfect for families and thrill seekers alike, this zip lining adventure whisks you at speed over the beautiful Fitzsimmons Creek between the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. You will pass over old-growth rainforest as you make your way round a network of five ziplines which vary in length between 120 and 335 metres in length, and four tree-top suspension bridges which are up to 61 metres above the valley floor.

Duration:

2½-3 hours