A Family adventure in British Columbia
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Day 1: Vancouver for 2 nights
Meet & greet private transfer from Vancouver airport to hotel
Accommodation at Hotel Le Soleil****
This Vancouver hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar. A fully stocked bar, Keurig coffee machine, and refrigerator are included in each room. Vancouver Convention Centre is 5 minutes’ walk away.
A 42″ flat-screen TV is offered in all rooms at Hotel Le Soleil by Executive Hotels. All rooms feature a separate living area and work desk. An en suite bathroom offers Aveda toiletries, bathrobe, and slippers.
The Copper Chimney Restaurant boasts Indian cuisine. Guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers in the bar after a day’s outing.
Hotel Le Soleil features an on-site cardio room. A fitness centre with personal trainers, steam room and swimming pool is located next door at the YWCA. Access is available from the front desk at a reduced rate.
Authentic Aboriginal cultural and eco-tourism experience in Stanley Park
While on our Talking Trees Walking Tour, your Talaysay guide-cultural ambassador will share the many stories of this region, as well as the intimate cultural and scientific knowledge of the Northwest coast trees and plants. Still today we continue to gather and harvest these same plants for food, medicine, art and technology.
Every tree and plant is deemed sacred, having a purpose which supported our local indigenous societies for generations. In balance with nature, our preservation and harvest of the plants is governed through intricate and complex natural and social laws. Each plant, each tree, including the sacred red cedar tree — our tree of life, has its own special story.
Dinner reservation at Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio
Situated along Vancouver’s picturesque False Creek seawall, Ancora Dining and Patio serves Peruvian and Japanese cuisine while incorporating the traditions of West Coast sustainable seafood. Enjoy the sunset.
3 hour private guided tour of Vancouver
There’s much more to see in Vancouver beyond the city’s unique natural setting. On this 3-hour introductory Vancouver City Tour with an architect, urban expert, or local historian, we will traverse both the city and its varied history as the green gateway to the Pacific, from its First Nations heritage to 21st-century metropolis. Together, we’ll learn how a rail outpost on the edge of Canada grew to become an idyllic coastal city, frequently cited as among the best in the world in which to live.
Rest of the day at leisure, we suggest going to Granville Island and grab lunch from one of the food stalls, it is eclectic, Vietnamese food, vegan, bread and cheese or fish and chips. Then explore the many shops and galleries.
Dinner reservation at Market by Jean Georges
The restaurant at Vancouver’s Shangri-La hotel is perfect for adults and kids alike. Market has lots on their menu that will appeal to children: pizza, roast meats, or but also truffles and sashimi for sophisticated little eaters.
Day 3: Madeira Park for 2 nights
Pick up car in Vancouver
Drive to Horseshoe Bay and take the ferry to Langdale (40 minutes), then drive to Madeira Park.
Accommodation at Painted Boat Resort Spa and Marina****
Situated on the shores of Pender Harbour, this luxurious Madeira Park, British Columbia resort boasts a seasonal outdoor pool, a spa, an on-site restaurant and guest accommodation with fully equipped kitchens. Sechelt-Gibsons Airport is 40 minutes drive away.
Each well-appointed accommodation at Painted Boat Resort Spa and Marina includes a TV, a CD and DVD player, a dinning area and a washer and tumble dryer. Kitchens include an oven, a stove, a microwave and a refrigerator. Each accommodation includes a balcony or a patio with harbour views.
Serving lunch and dinner THE RESTAURANT at Painted Boat offers a gourmet menu that features signature dishes made from local ingredients. This seasonal restaurant has an extensive wine list and guests can dine indoors or outdoors on the restaurant patio.
20 minutes seaplane experience
One of the most breathtaking and unique ways to experience BC’s Sunshine Coast. Your quintessential west-coast adventure begins dockside in Sechelt. Climb aboard your flight on floats and enjoy magnificent views of the famous Skookumchuck Narrows and Sakinaw Lake from the air as you explore even more of the Inlet and Sechelt Peninsula.
Sea Lion Boat Tour
Depart from Egmont, half an hour from Madeira Park.
This tour will get you up close with these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
While visiting our new friends you will be surrounded by panoramic views of stunning mountains and waterways, don’t forget to bring your camera.
Day 5: Campbell River for 1 night
Today, you are going to take 2 ferries to reach Campbell River on Vancouver Island.
You will disembark in Comox and drive an hour to reach Campbell River, known to be the salmon capital of the world.
You will stay in a fishing lodge.
Accommodation at Painter’s Lodge***
This resort is 4 km from downtown Campbell River and adjacent to April Point Resort and Spa. It features an outdoor pool, hot tub and spacious rooms with a private balcony.
A cable TV and seating area are furnished in every room at the Painter’s Lodge. All rooms include a coffee maker and view of the garden or ocean.
Legend’s Dining Room at Painter’s Lodge serves gourmet cuisine using local produce and specializes in seafood. Tyee Pub offers beer and wine in the evenings.
Active guests will enjoy free access to the gym and on site tennis court at Painter’s Lodge Campbell River. Bicycle rental is available for a ride around the area, or take a stroll in the garden and relax on the terrace. Whale watching is available in the area.
Sequoia Springs Golf Club and the Museum at Campbell River are both a 10-minute drive away.
Day 6: Telegraph Cove for 2 nights
Drive west of the island to Telegraph Cove (2.5 hours), an adorable village on the Johnstone Strait.
Accommodation in a typical cabin.
Not only can you enjoy the beautiful setting of Telegraph Cove, you can also complete your experience by lodging in one of the many historic cabins. These unique cabins have often been referred to by historians and by the descendants of the families that lived here many years ago. The buildings have kept their original charm from the past, in memory of the families and workers who once called Telegraph Cove home.
The historic houses and cabins are self-contained and are located on or around the boardwalk and inside historic Telegraph Cove. They each have a fully equipped kitchen (except Wastell Manor), full bathrooms in various configurations and enjoy housekeeping service.
Spectacular Grizzly Bear Watching Excursion
After a quick safety briefing and orientation of the boat, we throw the lines and begin the magical two hour journey into beautiful Knight Inlet, the longest inlet on the west coast of North America. Along the way, sit back, relax and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast.
You will have a chance to spot one of these fascinating foraging bears – berries in June, salmon in late August. We change boats halfway for a flat-bottomed boat. These boats have an elevated viewing platform on the bow as well as a crow’s nest up above. Most importantly however, they have a very shallow draft that allows our certified bear Guides to raise the engine and physically pull the boat into the shallow river and inner estuarine waters for a more intimate experience with any coastal critters we may encounter.
During the ride, you can also see eagles, dolphins, seals or black bears.
Zodiac tour to see the orcas
Several of them live here in permanent clans, and are joined in the summer by others passing through to hunt. We move through the beauty of the Johnstone Strait. When the time comes, the engine is turned off, we can only hear the wind whistling and the orcas in the water.
Day 8: Parksville for 1 night
Drive to Parksville and follow the shores of Nimpkish Lake.
The driving time will be about 3h30 minutes.
Accommodation at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort****
Rathtrevor Beach is 5 minutes’ walk from this Parksville resort. An indoor swimming pool and spa and wellness facilities are featured on site. All units are equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette.
Free Wi-Fi is available in all units at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort. A flat-screen TV with cable is provided. Tea and coffee making facilities are included.
Guests can enjoy the Cedar Room restaurant which features West Coast cuisine using local produce. The Copper Lounge offers a lighter menu and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere for adult guests.
The Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort is situated in 22 acres of forest. This resort boasts tennis courts, barbecue facilities and a children’s playground. Laundry facilities and a gift shop are available on site.
Day 9: Tofino for 3 nights
Drive to the opposite coast of Vancouver Island via Port Alberni, along Sproat Lake. This is a scenic road that will take you through spectacular scenery.
After the Mackenzie Mountains, reach Pacific Rim National Park, with its immense centuries-old forests and wild beaches prized by surfers.
Accommodation at Hotel Pacific Sands Beach Resort****
This beachfront resort on Cox Bay features daily surf lessons and bicycle rentals. A full kitchen is available in every accommodation and the Pacific Rim National Park is 1.5 km away.
Traditionally styled, each accommodation at Pacific Sands Beach Resort boasts a stone fireplace and a flat-screen cable TV. All provide a private patio or deck and a dining area. They are decorated in natural tones and offer floor-to-ceiling windows.
Cougar Annie’s Garden, situated on 5 acres, is 4 km from the resort. Wilderness tours and whale watching can be arranged nearby the resort. Umbrellas and raincoats are available for guests during storm watching season.
Pacific Sands Beach Resort offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The resort offers over 450 DVDs for guests to rent and a selection of board games are available for free.
Guests can go beachcombing or explore tidal pools. Beach toys and boogie boards are available for use. A sunset walk through the rainforest and guided interpretive walks are offered.
Kitchens, Kid’s Camps, and s’mores in the evening
Private kayaking Tour
Kayaking allows you to explore coastlines that would otherwise be inaccessible by any larger vessels and through this, it opens an opportunity to feel a deeper connection to the ocean as you sit only inches above its surface. As the sun rises in the morning or begins to ease off throughout the afternoon the most common sounds you will hear will be that of your paddle blade as it eases in and out of the water with each stroke you take, only to be contested by the cries of an eagle or a black bear roaming the tidal waters.
While enjoying the calm waters and discussing the history of Clayoquot Sound we will also be looking for Harbour Seals, Black Bears, Bald Eagles and various other forms of wildlife that out populate humans in this area. Snack breaks are encouraged and can be done while floating on the water using a healthy piece of Kelp as a natural anchor.
Private Hiking tour on First Nations territory
This tour starts with a water taxi from the Tofino Harbour to Meares Island and takes 15 minutes.
Learn how the First Nations – the native peoples -, have sheltered in temperate rain forest. Follow your guide along the Big Tree Trail, a hiking trail that leads to the heart of landscapes of red cedars. These trees, aged between 800 and 1,300 years, are something to marvel at.
Take a private surf lesson in Tofino
The cool coastal breeze of Pacific and the best waves in Canada for both pros and beginners alike.
Are you ready to catch your first wave, want to pop up quicker, are you ready to ramp up your style or just want someone to show you where the best waves are?
Day 12: Victoria for 2 nights
Drive to Victoria about 5h30 minutes on a scenic road that follows the coast and pretty beaches.
Accommodation at Hotel Fairmont Empress*****
Overlooking Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour, this historic hotel features extensive spa treatments and a selection of on-site restaurants. The Royal British Columbia Museum is 5 minutes’ walk away.
The Fairmont Empress Hotel’s elegantly decorated rooms offer a plush seating area and windows that open out. Each is equipped with cable TV and an in-room coffee maker.
The Empress holds a traditional afternoon tea in a special lobby with views of the harbour.
Guests can admire the Victorian architecture and stained glass ceiling of the lobby or swim in the indoor pool. Willow Stream Spa includes a sauna, hot tub and fitness centre.
The Empress Fairmont Hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Royal London Wax Museum. The Maritime Museum of BC is less than 1 km away.
Tea Time in the afternoon for a true British Experience
Tea, scones and little sandwiches are just delicious.
Admire the illuminated Parliament at night.
Day at leisure to stroll through Chinatown, the oldest in Canada.
Make sure to go to Fisherman’s Wharf, hop off the ferry here and wander through the gaily painted floating homes, the funky little shops, and the ecotour operators based here.
Stop for fish and chips or ice cream, and check out the fresh seafood on display at the fish markets.
Visit Butchart Gardens, considered one of the gardening wonders of the world and an iconic of Victoria’s experiences
Visit the Royal British Columbia Museum which is home to nearly 65,000 natural science objects and specimens.
Dinner reservation at Steamship Grill
Waterfront restaurant at the heritage Steamship Terminal on Victoria’s spectacular Inner Harbour.
Head back to the city of Vancouver (3h).
The ferry crossing of the Strait of Georgia from Swartz Bay offers an exceptional panorama of remote landscapes.
Drop off car at Vancouver airport
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