Vancouver Island | Canada
FROM: R66,805 pp

This 8-day escorted group tour takes a deep dive into the vibrant landscapes and coastline of Vancouver Island, from Victoria to Tofino and Campbell River. Stroll along an elevated walkway, taste locally brewed cider and enjoy a guided tour of the island's capital, Victoria. Enjoy plenty of optional hiking opportunities, choose to join a whale watching cruise and much more.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Victoria - Saunter through the stunning Butchart Gardens, enjoy award winning cider and partake in a guided city tour
Meares Island - Embark on the Big Tree Trail, and discover the cultural and spiritual significance of the "mountain in the sea" which is considered a sacred place
Choombs Market - Browse the market for the finest fresh produce the Island has to offer - keep an eye out for the goat that lives on the roof
Nanaimo - Stroll along the Harbourfront and make sure to try a famous Nanaimo Bar, suited for those with a sweet tooth
Malahat - Conquer the Malahat Skywalk elevated over Arbutus and Douglas Fir Forest to embrace beautiful vistas that span across two countries
Tofino - Explore the magnificent beaches and enjoy hiking, rainforest trails, kayaking, surfing and other activities in this picturesque town
Campbell River - Partake in a range of activities with optional Bear and Whale watching and enjoy a visit to Elk Falls Provincial Park which hosts a suspension bridge and viewing platform for panoramic views

Included

7 breakfasts
Escorted by an experienced, friendly and fun tour guide
Water taxi to Meares Island & the Big Tree Trail
Sightseeing and free time in Tofino and Campbell River
Admission to Butchart Gardens & Malahat SkyWalk
All taxes and park fees
7 nights 3-4 star hotels
All relevant transportation in a private minibus or coach
BC Ferries to Vancouver Island (round trip fees included)
Sea Cider Tasting
One piece of luggage and a small backpack or handbag per guest
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go

Not Included

International flights & visas
Travel Insurance
Optional activities
Tips for your tour guide - an entirely personal gesture!
Airport transfers
Any meals or drinks not specified in the inclusions
Items of a personal nature

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Vancouver!

Vancouver - Victoria. We depart from downtown Vancouver at 9:15 am (please arrive no later than 9:00 am). Start the day with a picturesque ferry ride through the Gulf Islands. Upon arrival in Vancouver Island, we pay a visit to the renowned Butchart Gardens. Afterwards, we head to Sea Cider for a tour and indulge in some cider tasting. Once we reach Victoria, it's time to check into our conveniently located hotel in downtown Victoria. Spend the evening at leisure to further explore the city, Vancouver Island's capital.
Overnight: Victoria

Day 2

Exploring Victoria

Victoria. Embark on a tour of Victoria, visiting highlights including Beacon Hill Park, Chinatown, Fan Tan Alley, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Government Street. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you please. Consider taking a leisurely walk along Government Street or visiting the renowned Royal BC Museum. Additionally, there is the option to tuck into Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Overnight: Victoria  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Malahat SkyWalk and Tofino

Victoria - Tofino. Wake up early and journey along the Malahat Highway, enjoying memorable panoramic views of the Southern Gulf Islands enroute. We make make a stop at the Malahat SkyWalk to stretch our legs, and partake in a 600-metre long elevated walkway over the lush Arbutus and Douglas Fir forest. The walkway leads to a 10-story spiral lookout tower - a unique architectural marvel in British Columbia. The tower stands 250 metres above sea level, and offers stunning 360-degree views of the area including islands, inlets, fjords, forest and mountains, which span across two countries.

After an exhilarating excursion, we take some time in Duncan for a tour of the City of Totems, and free time to relax for lunch. We then carry our journey on to Tofino, and check into our hotel for the night. The guide will provide some recommendations and information for the hotel amenities and places to dine in Tofino.
Overnight: Tofino  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Adventures in Tofino

Tofino. Today starts our two day exploration of Tofino and the surrounding area. We begin by venturing out see serene Long Beach. There's an optional hike with the tour guide, if it sounds appealing. We'll then cruise on a Water Taxi to Meares Island, location of the Big Tree Trail - home to some of the most magnificent and largest old-growth trees in the region.

Meares Island is considered a scared place, with vast spiritual and cultural significance in the area. It is home to the Tla-o-qui-aht, who have called this island home for thousands of years. The island is referred to as the "Waa'kas," translating to "mountain in the sea." After we've had plenty of time to explore, we return to Tofino for a free evening.
Overnight: Tofino  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Activities in Tofino

Tofino. Our second day in Tofino is completely free for you to do as much or as little as you like. Unwind in the hotel, head out on one of the area's many hiking trails or participate in a wide array of activities such as kayaking, surfing, or a boat cruise to Hot Springs Cove. Your guide will be able to help you get the most from the day. Take the rest of the evening to further explore the quaint town of Tofino.
Overnight: Tofino  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Journey to Campbell River

Tofino - Campbell River. We say goodbye to Tofino and depart east to the other side of Vancouver Island. Our first stop is at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, where we take a stroll through the magnificent old-growth Douglas Fir rainforest. Then it's onwards to Coombs Market for lunch. Browse the finest fresh produce, delicious sandwiches and best ice cream the island has to offer.

We'll continue along the Coastal Highway 19A, traversing through coastal communities and stunning landscapes, eventually stopping for dinner in Comox. Our final destination is Campbell River, where we check into our hotel for the night.
Overnight: Campbell River  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Exploring Campbell River

Campbell River. This morning is free to relax or embark on an array of optional activities, including fishing, kayaking and whale watching (additional cost). There's an optional Grizzly Bear expedition, venturing into the Bute or Toba Valley (August 18th - October 15th). We then make our way to Elk Falls Provincial Park, which hosts a selection of walking and hiking trails, including the magnificent Elk Falls Suspension Bridge - not to be missed. Elk Falls is also home to an elevated cantilevered viewing platform, showcasing panoramic views of Elk Falls. Unwind back at the hotel, and browse the local area for dinner.
Overnight: Campbell River  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Nanaimo and Back to Vancouver

Campbell River - Nanaimo - Vancouver. On our final day of the tour, we head for Morningstar Farm - Parksville. The farm serves as a local food hub offering self-guided tours, a farmgate store, a seasonal café, petting farm and trails. We then make our way to Nanaimo for a leisurely stroll on the harbourfront. While there, be sure to try one of the famous Nanaimo bars - a must try for anyone with a sweet tooth. We catch the 3:55 pm ferry to Horseshoe Bay, completing our round trip. Schedule permitting, we aim to arrive back in downtown Vancouver for 6:30 pm.

Please note: The tour itinerary may be adjusted at the time of travel due to unforeseen circumstances, such as weather, road closures, and traffic.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 8 persons. 'Twin / Double' prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. 'Single' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by anyone wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
R73,485
R103,075
R73,485
R103,075
R73,485
R103,075
R73,485
R103,075
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
R66,805
R89,525
R74,435
R100,975
R74,435
R100,975
R74,435
R100,975
R74,435
R100,975
R74,435
R100,975
R74,435
R100,975
R74,435
R100,975
R66,805
R89,525

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Grand Pacific , Victoria

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia, epitomizes luxury and elegance with its stunning waterfront location adjacent to the Inner Harbour. This premier hotel combines classic sophistication with modern amenities, offering spacious and tastefully appointed rooms, many with breath-taking views of the harbour and surrounding mountains. Indulge in the award-winning dining options, rejuvenate at the state-of-the-art spa and wellness centre, or enjoy a refreshing swim in the indoor pool.

Tofino Resort & Marina, Tofino

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Tofino Resort & Marina, located along the stunning coastline of British Columbia, offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation in the heart of Tofino. With stunning views of the harbour and Clayoquot Sound. This contemporary resort provides a unique and immersive experience. Enjoy chic, comfortable rooms, a full-service marina, and access to a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, whale watching, and kayaking. The resort also features the renowned Shelter restaurant, serving fresh, locally-sourced cuisine. With its prime location and exceptional amenities, Tofino Resort & Marina serves as an ideal base for exploring the natural beauty and vibrant community of Tofino.

Painter's Lodge, Campbell River

Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

Painter's Lodge in Campbell River, British Columbia, is a premier waterfront retreat that captures the essence of rustic elegance and outdoor adventure. Overlooking the serene waters of Discovery Passage, this iconic lodge offers serene waterfront and garden views. The lodge's renowned dining experience features fresh, local seafood and panoramic ocean views, creating a perfect setting for both relaxation and adventure. Whether you're exploring the rugged beauty of Vancouver Island or seeking a tranquil escape, Painter's Lodge provides a charming and memorable stay in the heart of nature.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Vancouver
Ends
Vancouver
Departs
Sundays
Group Size
Min 8 / Max 22
Hotel Rating
3-4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7
Countries
Minimum Age
6 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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