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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 visit historical and unique places that characterize the Westcoast lifestyle, its people and culture.

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 as welll as smller provincial parks and eclogical preserves.

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. Travel by packed frieght boat to a secluded wilderness lodge and "chill" or try your hand at kayaking.Heading 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.

Duration
8 days, 7 nights
Departs
Victoria, BC
Arrives
Port Hardy, BC
Activity Level
Easy
Max Group Size
8
Accommodation
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.
Transport
Air conditioned 15 passenger van mini van or SUV.
Meals
7 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 2 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 two hour.

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Included

  • Fully escorted with one driver/guide
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in hotels,lodges, motels and inns
  • 15 passenger van with air conditioning/ mini van or SUV
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Tours of local villages
  • Escorted walks and hikes
  • All entrance fees to provincial, national parks and protected areas
  • Return ferry transportation from Port McNeil to Alert Bay
  • Entrance fees to Craigdarroch Castle, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisguard Lighthouse, McLean Historic Mill and Umista Cultural Centre
  • Two Wine Tasting
  • Whale Whatching Tour or Marine Tour
  • Return Air to Vancouver from Port Hardy ( for those people carrying onto Haida Gwaii the return airfare will be substituted for accommodation in Port Hardy).

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

 

Optional Activities

Entrance to Craigdarroch Castle

Guided Horse Carriage Rides

2 hour guided Kayak Tour

Fishing

Golfing

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)