Whales and Bears of the Pacific Rim
Holiday Reference: 16558
Experience first-hand the magnificence of the British Columbia wildlife and witness the majesty of killer whales in their natural environment. Watch for black bears, stellar sea lions, seals, whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins. You will see bald eagles in their treetop nests and herons fishing in tidal pools.
Price based on July 2019 departure. Other dates available May - September 2019 - Call for details!
Upon arrival into Vancouver International Airport make your way to your Airport hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Vancouver Airport
This morning transfer (independently) to Vancouver International Airport’s “South Terminal” for a scheduled scenic flight to Campbell River. Upon arrival transfer by coach to the water taxi that takes you to Quadra Island. April Point Resort offers a unique rustic West Coast theme with beautiful ocean views that is a feature of every room. You will awaken to the cry of Eagles, refreshed and ready for the day’s nature adventure. Overnight: April Point Resort
Experience the majesty of killer whales in their natural environment. Transient and resident pods of as many as 120 whales each gather around Robson Bight and Telegraph Cove each summer, making Vancouver Island one of the world’s hot spots for watching. These incredible mammals arrive each year to socialize and mate, giving lucky on-lookers a rare chance to see them in the unspoiled splendour of their natural habitat. The tour includes lunch and is a full day mini-coach/zodiac adventure . (Please note for tour departures between May 19th - Jun 29th today will be a free day to enjoy the many activities at the lodge due to the Whale Watching tour not operating.)
Board a Hurricane Zodiac and zip along Discovery Passage to Vancouver Island’s untouched wilderness. Guided by a trained naturalist, you’ll travel among the Discovery Islands and see local BC wildlife thriving in their natural habitat. Watch for black bears, stellar sea lions, seals, whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins. You’ll see bald eagles swoop from the treetops and majestic herons fishing in the tidal pools. Breathe the crisp, salty air as you dart around lush inlets and explore secluded Pacific islands by boat. It’s the ultimate way to get a first-hand glimpse of magnificent BC wildlife in our gorgeous Pacific Playground.
Transfer by water taxi and coach to Campbell River Airport to connect with your scheduled flight to Vancouver Airport. Transfer independently to your Vancouver downtown hotel where you will stay for the next 4 nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Vancouver
Depart around noon today from your hotel and discover Vancouver’s fascinating past and present when it comes together on this tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rain forests. Begin with the highlights of downtown, including Canada Place, the Arts and Financial Districts, and Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park, where you visit the First Nations Totem Poles. Continue across the Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Don’t miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre. From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over the Capilano River before you walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the other side where many unique experiences await. Return to downtown Vancouver and get ready to engage all your senses as you step out into Granville Island Market. This market is an artisan haven for all things local and hand-made, including delicious food, coffee, tea, eclectic artwork, and west coast music. Carry on through bustling Chinatown and continue to historic Gastown, the heart of Vancouver.
Today you will escape into Vancouver’s rugged wilderness. Visit the quaint seaside village of Horseshoe Bay, take the gondola up Mount Habrich high above the Howe Sound fjord, conquer the heart-quickening walk across the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, feel the mist from the breathtaking Shannon Falls, and ride a mine train into a retired copper mine tunnel. Taste the true essence of the Canadian coastal wilderness that lies beyond the city centre.
Today you are free to explore Vancouver at your leisure. Make sure you make use of your admission to the amazing FLyOver Canada experience (included). Buckle up your seat belt and prepare for the flight of your life! FlyOver Canada incorporates state-of-the-art technology to bring you some of Canada’s most thrilling sights like you have never seen them before. Groups of up to 60 guests at a time will hang suspended, feet dangling, immersed in a huge 20m spherical screen while our film takes you on a thrilling 8 minute journey from east to west across Canada. It will be a fully immersive experience including wind, mist and even scents!
Today your amazing experience comes to an end. Check out of your Vancouver Hotel and make your way (independently) to Vancouver International Airport where you will board your flight back to the UK