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Vancouver Island Explorer


USD 1,400

/ person
  • 1
  • 8 Days

Diana Murray

West Adventures

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Vancouver Island Explorer

This trip brings you the diversity of the Pacific Coast. On the one hand you have the very British city of Victoria and the beauty of its colonial heritage; on the other, the wildness of the Pacific coast at Long Beach. We will go on a whale-watching excursion, take a boat trip to a hot springs on the edge of the ocean, perhaps surf the Pacific waves and hike the coastal trails. The trip is punctuated with arts and crafts options, ending in Parksville

Meeting Day in Vancouver

Your Vancouver Island Explorer Trip begins! Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in downtown Vancouver. Be sure to have your insurance documents and passports available for presentation to your tour leader. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants. Overnight at the joining hotel. Read more


Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria

We depart Vancouver for the ferry terminal that will take us across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. The scenery on the crossing is exceptional. We arrive in Victoria about noon and have a day-and-a-half to explore this historic, very British city. There is incredible variety to explore in this region. Visit the world renowned Butchart Gardens. Charter a fishing trip. Visit Craigdarroch Castle or Miniature World or the Royal British Columbia Museum or simply stroll the BC Parliament Buildings, Government House or the iconic Empress Hotel. Stroll the Inner Harbour or check out the Oak Bay marina. Read more


Juan de Fuca Trail - Victoria

Today we take an included excursion to Port Renfrew. This is the terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail, a coastal trail that is typically a three- or four-day trek. We’ll hike a short section along this scenic trail before arriving in Port Renfrew, home to Botanical Beach which displays a plethora of small sea life in its unique geological and botanical tidal pools. Non-hikers will have the option to opt out of this moderate hike. Read more


Travel from Victoria to Tofino

Today we have quite a variety of interesting stops as we make our way, first up the coast, then across Vancouver Island to the Pacific coast. Take in the breath-taking views of the Malahat Drive on our way up island. A quick stop in Duncan gives us the opportunity to view some of their famous totem poles, historic symbols of the Coast First Nations, then it’s on to to Chemainus, where we spend some time wandering around this artsy community. After Nanaimo, we turn inland, and shortly we’ll stop at Coombs Country Market, world famous for its goats grazing on the roof. The market itself is an interesting place to wander and shop, and where we’ll likely have our lunch. Two other stops in the area include the North Island Animal Rescue Centre and Little Qualicum Falls. Before getting to the Pacific coast we’ll also stop at Cathedral Grove, the aptly named giant forest preserve. We’ll arrive in the Tofino area late afternoon, where we’ll set up camp for the next three nights. Read more


Whale Whatching and Hot Springs Cove

Today we take an included whale-watching excursion that culminates in Hot Springs Cove. More often than not, you’ll be treated not only to whales but also various other sea life such as harbour seals, porpoises and sea lions. At Hot Springs Cove, you’ll relax in the soothing hot mineral waters as ocean waves surge up to meet you. A true bucket list experience. Read more


Day to Explore Tofino

Today we have a great variety of activities options associated with the Pacific Coast. Surf the waves of Long Beach, or simply relax on the beach; rent a kayak or canoe; take a guided First Nations canoe experience; hike in the rainforest. Explore the art galleries of Tofino, or simply grab your camera and capture the exquisite scenery of Clayoquot Sound and the Pacific Coast. Read more


Horne Lake Caves

After breaking camp, we’ll re-board our minibus for the return trip across the Island, arriving in Parksville around noon. This afternoon we go to the magnificent Horne Lake Caves for an included one-hour exploration. Those who wish, may add on a second hour to explore the caves. Back at Parksville by late afternoon, you’re free to explore this coastal community, perhaps spending your time to relax on Rathtrevor Beach, a completely different beach experience from that of the Pacific Coast. If you haven’t yet indulged in the famous Nanaimo Bar, make sure you treat yourself to that before leaving the Island. Read more

Parksville - Tigh-Na-Mara Se

Farewell & Ferry from Naniamo to Vancouv

This morning we drive to the ferry terminal in Nanaimo, then cross back over to the British Columbia mainland. We’ll say good-bye on our arrival back in Vancouver, unless, of course, you are continuing on. If so, you’ll have time to catch an afternoon city excursion before meeting your tour leader this evening. If you are ending your trip with West Adventures here, please do not book flights leaving before 4 pm, to ensure you have time to get to the airport. Or if you have a few days before departure, we would be happy to arrange some tours for you to add on to your trip before you have to go home. End of Vancouver Island Explorer Tour. Read more

Parksville to Vancouver


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Vancouver
Day 2
Location Victoria
Day 4
Location Tofino
Hotel Camping
Day 7
Location Parksville


Package includes

  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • Included meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Included Activities: Ferry rides, excursion to Port Renfrew, Coombs Country Market, Cathedral Grove, whale-watching tour, Hot Springs Cove, Horne Lake Caves

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • Although we make every effort to provide the listed hotels, they may vary according to availability and our discretion.
  • If you are interested in a private tour on any of our listed dates or alternate dates, please contact us with your date and how many people in the group and we will provide a customized quote for you.


10 Reviews

Andrea, Canada

We saw so much wildlife, & the fact that local guides were at no extra cost made a big difference to the things we saw. Other people without local guides walk right past things that our guides showed us, also very helpful getting great photos. Our tour guide was fabulous. Accommodations were great!

Kelly Brewer, Australia

I recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica and am beyond satisfied with the service provided. Everything was super straightforward and we were well looked after from the second we booked our trip. We had really lovely accommodation, reliable transport that ran on time and some delicious meals...

Shendra B, Canada

The West Adventures trip to Costa Rica was better than expected. Beautiful country, excellent guides. Excellent, experienced host guide, Becky. We saw almost all the animals. had wonderful adventures, zipline, exciting river cruise through Tortuguero National Park, a day at the hotsprings.


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