Grizzlies, Orcas & Black Bears Self-Drive
Holiday Ref: 16308
On this 10-night tour you will go in search of the Bears and Whales of Vancouver Island You will search for the Black Bears of Tofino and the Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet. For those that love their wildlife have your camera ready on this wonderful journey.
Based on June 2019 departure. - other dates available May – October 2019 - call for details!
Transfer (independently) to your Vancouver Hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver.
You are free today to explore more of the city at leisure. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to Stanley Park - its seawall, beaches, walking trails, totem poles, pool, miniature railway and more attract 8 million visitors each year. Later, indulge in fabulous shopping, have a coffee at the cities famous harbour or search for a bargain at the Granville Island Markets. You could also take a trip up Grouse Mountain for spectacular views over the city - on a clear day you can see as far as Seattle! Overnight in Vancouver.
Pick up your hire car and take a ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Vancouver Island. Depart BC Ferry and head north through Vancouver Island’s largest city Nanaimo and on through Parksville. Your destination is Campbell River, but take as many stops as you wish to soak up the incredible views.Overnight in Campbell River.
Leave your car behind today and take a thrilling 30-minute floatplane ride to Campbell River, arriving at the mouth of the Glendale River where Knight Inlet Lodge floats on large cedar booms. Don’t forget your camera – you will be going on a bear watch and wildlife viewing tour in search of grizzly bears and will create memories that you will want to cherish forever. Overnight Knight Inlet Lodge (lunch & dinner included).
Early this morning you will have another opportunity to bear watch before departing for Campbell River by floatplane. Collect your hire car and head south west to Tofino. Take a walk along the sandy stretches or hit the waves to experience Canada’s best surfing. Overnight in Tofino.
Today choose between 1 of 2 cruises: whale-watching or black bear cruise. The whale-watching cruise (included) will take you in search of gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles. The bear viewing cruise ventures into the waves in search of black bears who head for the closest food source - the ocean! Overnight in Tofino.
Travel back to the East Coast of Vancouver Island and head south to Victoria. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Victoria.
Nicknamed “The Best Place on Earth”, Victoria is walkable seaside city packed full of fragrant gardens, waterfront paths, engaging museums, and beautiful 19th century architecture and British influence. In the summer, the Inner Harbour – Victoria’s social and cultural centre – buzzes with visiting yachts, horse and carriage rides, street entertainers and excursion boats heading out to visit pods of friendly local whales. Overnight in Victoria.
Leaving Victoria, drive the short and scenic route to Butchart Gardens (admission included) - fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display, continue driving north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90 min ferry ride (ferry toll included) to Tsawwassen. Make sure you take enough time to explore the incredible displays. While on-board BC Ferries, enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Tsawwassen continue on to downtown Vancouver, return your hire car and make your way to your overnight hotel. Overnight in Vancouver.
Check out of your Vancouver Hotel and make your way (independently) to Vancouver Airport and your flight back to the UK.
Check out of your Vancouver Hotel and make your way (independently) to Vancouver Airport and your flight back to the UK