Cougar – Vancouver, Tofino, Victoria, Whistler 6D/5N

Escape to the rugged west coast of British Columbia on this 6 day tour to Vancouver Island and Whistler. Experience soaring mountains, old-growth forests, raging waterfalls, and picturesque lake and ocean views. Enjoy free time in the quaint fishing village of Tofino, Victoria (the provincial capital), and Whistler, one of the 2010 Olympic host resorts. With an included Indigenous cultural tour, adventure activities like whale watching, surfing, and ziplining on offer, and beaches, shops, and sites to explore, you’ll have plenty to do!

Tour Highlights

  • Take a scenic ferry journey across the Salish Sea
  • Enjoy picture-perfect views around the quaint fishing village of Tofino
  • Watch the sunset over the Pacific from a beach near Tofino
  • Dive into the scene at Victoria’s Inner Harbour
  • Walk through a rainforest to the base of Shannon Falls
  • Discover Indigenous cultures at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Price from


Check availability

Tour Information


  • - 5 nights mixed gender, hostel dormitory style accommodation
  • - Moose Bus transportation
  • - 2 scenic ferry rides to and from Vancouver Island
  • - Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • - Guided tour of Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
  • - 2 group dinners
  • - National Park fees
  • - Moose travellers also receive discounts on optional activities!


  • - Low Season: May 01 to May 31 (Sundays, Thurdays)
  • - Peak Season: Jun 01 to Sep 30 (Sundays, Thurdays)


Day 1



Get your binoculars at the ready! We’ll begin our adventure with a little marine life spotting as we take a scenic ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. From there we will explore the lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and giant trees of Vancouver Island. Then we’re off to Sproat Lake to observe one of the finest panels of prehistoric Indigenous petroglyphs. Our day ends by settling into the quaint little fishing village of Tofino, and feasting on fish & chips (don’t worry, they have non-seafood options too!)


Meal Inclusions: Dinner


Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino – Whalers on the Point

Day 2



Today is yours to do as you please! Cruise through the Pacific Ocean and go whale watching, soak in one of Tofino’s hot springs, or jump right into kayaking or surfing. Explore on foot, by bike, or go hiking – Tofino has lots on offer for your free day! As the evening draws in and the stars start to appear, we’ll be setting up a beach campfire (weather permitting) where we’ll toast some marshmallows and share each other’s stories of the day.


Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino – Whalers on the Point

Day 3



We’ll start our day at Wickanninish Beach in Pacific Rim National Park, which was named after Chief Wickanninish who ruled Clayoquot Sound in the 1700s! Then we’ll be heading to the village of Coombs for a chance to spot the famous goats on the roof of the Old Country Market.  Then, it’s the East Coast for us as we head down to Chemainus with its 39 giant outdoor murals for a little Al Fresco art appreciation.  You’ll also get a chance to snap the world’s largest (ice) hockey stick! (only in Canada, eh?) This evening we’ll be staying in the BC provincial capital, Victoria, where you can enjoy the buzzing Inner Harbour night scene.


Moose Accommodation: Ocean Island Inn

Day 4



Today’s a day for history! We will begin our day with a walking tour starting in Victoria’s Chinatown, then make our way along the Inner Harbour to see the Empress Hotel, Parliament Buildings and learn about the Black Pioneers that arrived from San Francisco in 1858. Then we’ll head to Beacon Hill Park – known as the crowning jewel in Victoria’s park system, to gaze at the Terry Fox Memorial, and the world’s tallest free-standing totem pole. After that, the day is yours to explore Victoria as you wish, although we highly recommend checking out the vibrant Fisherman’s Wharf. We’ll then congregate to take another scenic ferry through the Gulf Islands, across the Salish Sea and back to Vancouver.


Moose Accommodation: HI Vancouver – Jericho Beach

Day 5



Have your camera ready for an amazing journey today! We’ll travel the breath-taking Sea to Sky Highway, past mountain peaks, glaciers, and stunning lakes, stopping off at two waterfalls, Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls. Upon our arrival in Whistler, we’ll take a guided tour of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre including a forest walk with a Cultural Ambassador, to learn about the Indigenous cultures of the Whistler Valley. We bet you’ll be hungry after this jam-packed day, so we’ll be dining together this evening. After that, check out Whistler’s nightlife scene or give axe throwing a go! (And yes, Canada hosts a World Axe Throwing League.)


Activity Inclusions: Guided tour of Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre


Meal Inclusions: Dinner


Moose Accommodation: HI Whistler

Day 6



Ziplining, bungee jumping, mountain biking and hiking; these are just some of the things you could be doing today!  We don’t leave until the afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore Whistler village or the mountains.  Alternatively, find a quiet spot in one of the beautiful parks and take in some raw unadulterated nature, before we head back to Vancouver, stopping en route for another photo opportunity!


Moose Accommodation: There is no accommodation included tonight. You will need to make your own arrangements. We recommend that you do not book onward travel on this day in case of traffic or weather delays.