Vancouver Island 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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)

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