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Vancouver Island Mini-Safari: Leg 3

8 days  ·  Victoria, BC → Port Hardy, BC  ·  Easy

Leg 3 is our small group tour of Vancouver Island. We search for bears, whales and explore old growth forests and west coast beaches as we travel to Tofino and up the Island’s north tip to Alert Bay.

Tour Summary

Nestled along Canada’s west coast, Vancouver Island is a paradise of tranquil islands, pristine coastlines, and emerald forests. Here, the ever-present Pacific Ocean shapes the scenery, softens the climate and supports a thriving marine and land mammal population. Parks visited on this Vancouver Island holiday include Goldstream Provincial Park, MacMillan Provincial Park and Pacific Rim National Park. 

On this leg of the Canada West Safari, we explore old-growth forests where the trees form a cool canopy over walking trails, saunter along on sparkling, wave-swept beaches and wind our way to Vancouver Island’s distinctly different west and east coasts. As we head north, we learn the history of First Nations and see how their ceremonies and traditions are woven into the fabric of Vancouver Island culture. Optional activities include grey whale watching in Tofino and  grizzly bears viewing from Alert Bay.

8 days, 7 nights
Victoria, BC
Port Hardy, BC
Activity Level
Max Group Size
The properties we stay at include inns, cabins and small hotels. At a minimum you will have one queen bed and a private bathroom. Our properties all underscore our philosophy to utilize small-scale accommodation that offer character and cleanliness, pursue sound environmental practices and support other local operators.
Air conditioned 15 passenger van.
7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Activity Notes
This tour enables guests to get out and explore the front country of the six parks we visit. Escorted hikes and walks vary in length from 20 minutes to one hour.

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  • Fully escorted with one driver/guide
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in hotels, motels and inns
  • 15 passenger van with air conditioning
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Tours of local villages
  • Escorted walks and hikes
  • All entrance fees to provincial, national parks and protected areas
  • Return ferry transportation from Quadra Island to Campbell River
  • Return ferry transportation from Port McNeil to Alert Bay
  • Entrance to the Butchart Gardens
  • Three hour narrated whale watching tour in Johnstone Strait
  • Entrance fees to Umista Cultural Centre

Not Included

  • Meals where not indicated
  • Airfare from Port Hardy to Vancouver 
  • Optional activities
  • Travel, cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Driver/guide gratuities
  • Porterage
  • 5% GST

If you decide to finish Leg 3 in Port Hardy on Day 6, please advise Midnight Sun Travel if you would like us to book your air to Vancouver on this day, As our last stop on Day 6 is Alert Bay (about one hour by ferry and road to Port Hardy) we will be able to book you an afternoon flight on Day 6 to Vancouver. Air from Port Hardy to Vancouver is about $150.00 to $250.00 depending on when booked.

Optional Activities

Entrance to Craigdarroch Castle

Guided Horse Carriage Rides

2 hour guided Kayak Tour



Guided Cultural Tour in Voyaguer Canoe

Zip Trekking

Grey whale watching in Tofino (approx. $90)

Grizzly bear viewing from Alert Bay (full day - approx. $268)