See whales offshore and explore Victoria on your Kuoni holidays

Beautiful to the eye and soft on the soul, Vancouver Island’s lakes, forests, beaches and ocean are a compelling reason to visit.

Where sea lions sunbathe on rocks, humpback whales breach the waters and a tangle of ancient cedar trees thrive in otherworldly forests, Vancouver Island has a thoroughly wild side. Hit the waves in the tiny west shore surfer town of Tofino, lap up architectural gems in its historic capital, Victoria, and head to Clayoquot Sound for a chance to spot native black bears in residence. From lush rainforest to rugged coastline, Vancouver Island serves up plenty of outdoor adventure. Come to sail and kayak in tranquil waters, to hike through fir forests in Cathedral Grove and to taste your way around Cowichan Valley’s wineries.

With North America by Kuoni you can explore the most beautiful places in British Columbia.

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Vancouver Island Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Vancouver Island

The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria

Overlooking Victoria’s inner harbour, Fairmont Empress has a prime position in glorious Victoria....

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa

Spectacular setting overlooking the Inner Harbour.

Inn at Laurel Point

Perched on a six-acre peninsula on the harbour edge, the eco-minded Inn at Laurel . provides an e...

Long Beach Lodge, Tofino

A cosy lodge with unforgettable ocean and beach views.

Pacific Sands Resort, Tofino

This beachfront beauty of a resort is fully invested in the Canadian outdoorsy way of life. Combi...

Painter's Lodge, Campbell River

Painter’s Lodge, sitting prettily on the banks of the Campbell River, stands ready to whisk wanna...

Coast Discovery Inn, Campbell River

The Coast Discovery Inn is in a prime jumping-off location for adventures around Campbell River a...

Magnolia Hotel & Spa

An elegant hotel in the heart of Victoria, Magnolia Hotel & Spa lavishes its guest with the very...

Holidays in Vancouver Island

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Overlooking Victoria’s inner harbour, Fairmont Empress has a prime position in glorious Victoria. Oozing elegance and style, this is a swish place to stay when exploring this historic city.

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Spectacular setting overlooking the Inner Harbour.

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Perched on a six-acre peninsula on the harbour edge, the eco-minded Inn at Laurel . provides an escape from Victoria’s bustle but is within easy distance to reach all the city highlights.

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A cosy lodge with unforgettable ocean and beach views.

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This beachfront beauty of a resort is fully invested in the Canadian outdoorsy way of life. Combining a love of surfing with campfire rendezvous and spacious yet cosy accommodation, this is the type of place you’ll make yourself at home in, then find it hard to part…

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Painter’s Lodge, sitting prettily on the banks of the Campbell River, stands ready to whisk wannabe fishers (and their more experienced counterparts) to catch Canada’s world-famous salmon. But there’s much more to this riverside beauty beside a good catch.

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The Coast Discovery Inn is in a prime jumping-off location for adventures around Campbell River and beyond. It’s a top choice when you know that you’ll spend most of your time out and about in the wilderness of Vancouver Island.

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An elegant hotel in the heart of Victoria, Magnolia Hotel & Spa lavishes its guest with the very best service, winning hearts (and repeat business) as they go. Victoria’s attractions are all within walking distance and make the Magnolia a convincing place to stay.

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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.

• Departs daily
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Bear Watching in Tofino

Cruise along the calm waters of the inlets of beautiful Clayoquot Sound on board a 45-foot covered cruiser in search of black bears in their natural habitat. Travel along the shore and keep an eye out these beautiful creatures as they seek out one of their favourite foods – the rock crab, which they search for when the tide goes out.

• Departs daily
• Operates April to October
• Group experience

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Tofino Whale-Watching Cruise

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.

• Departs daily
• Operates March to October
• Group experience

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Victoria Hop-on Hop-Off 24 hr Pass

Experience Victoria aboard an open top, double-decker bus, with the flexibility to explore the many popular attractions the city has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour. The tour loop takes approximately 90 minutes, and guests can hop on and off at their leisure whenever the tours are operating. Highlights include Fairmont Empress Hotel, Craigdarroch Castle, Chinatown and Old Town, Fisherman's Wharf, Panoramic Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings, Christ Church Cathedral, Oak Bay Village and Marina, Cook Street Village, Ogden Point Cruise Terminal and Break

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