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Vancouver Island Mini-Safari: Leg 3

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

This is the perfect trip for small groups of family and friends who want to get off the beaten path. We explore old-growth forests trails where the trees form a cool canopy, and saunter along on sparkling, wave-swept beaches. Our destination is Port Hardy, gateway to our Haida Gwaii trip (Leg 4).

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. We immerse ourselves in this west coast environment: weaving along secondary roads, visiting villages, parks, and three Gulf islands, our small group of six avoids the crowds while travelling through vast stretches of Island wilderness. Four days in duration, this fully guided trip ultimately travels the 460 kilometer length of Vancouver Island to Port Hardy – an unusual trip that will be sure to delight.


4 days, 3 nights
Victoria, BC
Port Hardy, BC
Activity Level
Max Group Size
Maximum: 6. Minimum to confirm: 4
The properties we stay at include inns and lodges At a minimum guests 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 or SUV.
4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and three dinners.
Activity Notes
The hike to Avatar Grove can be tricky when wet and takes about an hour, including viewing time, to walk 2.5 kilometers with a 50 meter elevation gain. Please note that all July and August departure dates correspond to later departure dates for the Haida Gwaii trips.

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  • Fully escorted with one driver/guide
  • 4 nights’ accommodation 
  • 15 passenger van / SUV with air conditioning
  • 4 breakfasts, one lunch and three dinners
  • Escorted walks and hikes
  • All entrance fees to provincial, national parks and protected areas
  • Entrance fee to U'mista 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