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Island Explorer (4 Day Tour)

 

Vancouver Island, west coast, Canada, trip, tour, adventure travel, Vancouver, tours

Enjoy a trip to Vancouver Island and experience the authentic wilderness of west coast British Columbia. This 4 day tour of Vancouver Island includes 2 nights in the little fishing village of Tofino, and 1 night in Victoria, British Columbia’s provincial capital. We’ll stop along the way to see Vancouver Island’s best scenery of idyllic clear lakes, giant old-growth trees, and picturesque waterfalls. And with a free day in Tofino, there’s time for whale watching, surfing, relaxing on the beach, and more!

This trip is a jump on, jump off adventure bus transportation pass. En route between overnight destinations the bus stops for sightseeing, activities, and other adventures. Pass holders receive discounts on activities, attractions and accommodation. Accommodation in hostels is pre-booked for those that want it.

Itinerary

Start/End Vancouver (4 days/3 nights minimum)

Vancouver - Tofino - Victoria - Vancouver

What's Included

  • Moose Bus transportation
  • 2 scenic ferry trips to and from Vancouver Island
  • Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • 1 group dinner
  • National Park fees

Trip Options

  • whalewatching in Tofino
  • whalewatching and hot springs in Tofino
  • bear watching in Tofino
  • sea kayaking in Tofino
  • surfing the world class waves between Ucluelet and Tofino

ITINERARY

4 days | Departing Vancouver

Highlights

  • Cruise across Georgia Strait on two scenic ferry rides
  • See majestic 800 year-old giant Douglas-fir trees in Cathedral Grove
  • Marvel at prehistoric petroglyphs at Sproat Lake Provincial Park
  • Revel in the island-dotted coastline and windswept beaches of Pacific Rim National Park
  • Enjoy a free day exploring the quaint little fishing village of Tofino
  • Go whale watching, bear watching, sea kayaking, surfing or relax in the hot springs (optional extras)
  • Explore the historic inner harbour of Victoria, British Columbia's capital

Our adventure begins this morning with a scenic ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Walk around the ship decks and keep an eye out for seals and orcas! We’ll then head into the lush rainforests of Vancouver Island where you get great views of waterfalls, lakes, and 800-year old giant Douglas-fir trees. Continuing westward, we’ll make our way into Pacific Rim National Park for our first glimpse of the pristine beaches, battered coastlines, and hundreds of islands. Then it’s on to Tofino, a quaint little fishing village on the West Coast, and our home for the next two nights.

  • Meal Inclusions: Dinner
  • Moose Accommodation Reservations: HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point

Take this free day to do whatever you please! With so many optional activities on offer, such as whale watching, soaking in natural hot springs, sea kayaking, and surfing to choose from, your stay in Tofino will be nothing short of amazing. If you're not seeking adrenaline, simply unplug and find a beach, or go for a hike to relax.

  • Moose Accommodation Reservations: HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point

We’ll drive back across the island today, stopping in the village of Coombs for a chance to spot the famous goats on the roof of the Old Country Market. From there, we’ll head south along the east coast, passing through Chemainus, with its 39 giant outdoor murals, and Duncan, home of the world’s largest (ice) hockey stick! Our destination for the night is the BC provincial capital, Victoria, named after Queen Victoria of Britain. Check out the bright lights and vibrant scene in the Inner Harbour after sunset!

  • Moose Accommodation Reservations (Tue departures from Vancouver): Ocean Island Inn
  • Moose Accommodation Reservations (Fri departures from Vancouver): HI Victoria

Spend your free time during the day exploring the city sights around the Inner Harbour, including the Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel, and Royal BC Museum. We recommend walking the waterfront boardwalk to Fisherman’s Wharf, and exploring Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in Canada. In the afternoon, we’ll take another scenic ferry cruise back to the mainland and Vancouver, where our trip ends.

  • Moose Accommodation Reservations: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight.

Departures 2019 

May 03 to September 17:    Tuesdays, Fridays

Pick up

VANCOUVER > TOFINO
Hi Jericho 7:45am 1515 Discovery St, Vancouver
HI Downtown 8:05am 1114 Burnaby St, Vancouver
Cambie - Seymour 8:20am 515 Seymour St, Vancouver
HI Central 8:30am 1025 Granville St, Vancouver
SameSun Vancouver 8:30am 1018 Granville St, Vancouver

466 AUD

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