9 day self drive itinerary

Whales, Bears and Vancouver Island

Unspoilt wilderness and incredible wildlife

Experience vibrant, cosmopolitan cities, incredible wildlife and the unrivalled beauty of Vancouver Island's scenery. Arriving first in the provincial capital of Victoria, where you'll hit the water for a world-class whale watching journey in the Strait of Georgia. Then, travel to remote Tofino to discover the remote and untamed beauty, home to grizzly bears, eagles and other quintessentially Canadian wildlife. A captivating stay at an authentic luxury wilderness lodge, Sonora Resort provides the perfect setting for eco or wilderness tours. The final leg of your adventure takes you back to the mainland where you will explore urban Vancouver for shopping, entertainment and restaurants.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Explore the rugged coastlines, lush rain forests and untamed wilderness of Vancouver Island
  • Visit cosmopolitan Vancouver and quaint Victoria
  • View incredible wildlife in their natural habitat on whale and bear boat tours
  • Take the ferry along the picturesque Strait of Georgia
  • Stay at the exclusive and luxurious wilderness resort, Sonora Resort
  • Discover fascinating aboriginal culture

Sample Itinerary Summary

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9 days
Destination Breakdown
Private basis, Self-Guided
  • International flights
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Car hire
  • Room only basis (Other than Sonora Resort - which is Full Board starting with dinner on Day 5 and ending with lunch on Day 7)
  • Three hour whale watching by Zodiac from Victoria on Day 2
  • Two hour bear watching by boat from Tofino on Day 3
  • Ferry crossings (car and passengers): Day 7, Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Days 5 - 7 Sonora Resort - water taxi transfers between Campbell River and Sonora Resort - Day 6, Guided Ecotour or Guided Bear Watching excursion, depending on season - Full use of the resort recreational facilities
  • A personalised Canada Roadbook containing essential travel information featuring overview notes of the area of travel, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps with city guides and day-by-day routing maps
Not included
  • Any applicable one way drop off fees
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Park entrance fees
  • Victoria

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Take a stroll around historic rose garden of Butchart Gardens
    • Join a whale watching trip to see the resident orcas
    • Enjoy afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress Hotel
    • Visit Thunderbird Park to see the display of totem poles
    • Discover the boutique shops
  • Tofino

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Hike the Tonquin Trail and enjoys the views
    • Take a whale watching tour by zodiac style boat
    • Surf the waves of Cox bay
    • Marvel at the wildlife, spot eagles, seals and sea lions
    • Join a bear viewing tour by boat
  • Vancouver

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Enjoy breakfast at Grizzly Lookout Cafe on Grouse Mountain
    • Brave the Capilano Suspension Bridge and witness the breathtaking views
    • Take a foodie tour in Vancouver and sample some of the amazing food on offer
    • Soar from Eastern Canada to Western Canada on Flyover Canada flight simulator
    • Visit Stanley Park totem poles