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WHALES & BEARS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

10 days departing VANCOUVER Sep from £2049

Canada | Hotels

British Columbia is truly blessed with an overwhelming array of wildlife. Over 10 days you'll be delighted and amazed by some of the greatest creatures Canada can offer. From the `big hitters' whales and bears, to the smaller seals and sea otters, this tour is designed to give you the very best chance of spotting British Columbia's best. Explore the stunning areas of Vancouver Island, both on and off the beaten paths, seeking wildlife where they are known to frequent. This tour delivers a rare and glorious chance to delve under the skin of BC.

 

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Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

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Day 1-2: Vancouver & Nanaimo, Vancouver Island

Start your 10 day journey in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver where you can explore this urban wonderland on a guided city tour. Kick start your adventure with a walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge which stretches 137 metres across the canyon and the Capilano River, then make time to explore the lush urban forests. In the afternoon you will journey across the Strait of Georgia to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Nanaimo has a wealth of history and fun activities to get involved in, whether you hike, bike or kayak, exploring Nanaimo's beautiful waterfront is a must. Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals paid locally

 

Day 3: Horn Lake Caves Provincial Park

Explore the ancient fossils and crystal formations on an optional visit to Horn Lake Caves Provincial Park, home to more than 1,000 caves. Discover the unique geology and history of the caves whilst exploring this magical underground world. If you prefer to stay above the surface take the Phil Whitfield Interpretive Trail, where you can still explore the interesting geology features of the area. Then you will make your way to Ucluelet, with a stop at Cathedral Grove Provincial Park to see the last remains of a temperate rainforest. Located between the dense forests of the Cascade Mountains and the desert-like Okanagan Valley, exploring this unique place is sure to impress. Walk the many trails of the park lined with beautiful giant Douglas-fir trees and fascinating rock formations. Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals paid locally

 

Day 4: Pacific Rim National Park

Nestled between the mountains of the Vancouver Island Range and the Pacific coastline, Pacific Rim National Park boasts magnificent islands and dramatic seascapes. Due to the national park being the perfect combination of land and water you will no doubt be amazed at the amount of wildlife that lives here, such as black tail deer, black bears, bald eagles and the endangered leatherback turtle. In the afternoon it's time to head out on a three hour whale observation cruise. Often seen in the area are Humpback and Grey whales, but don't be surprised if you see seals and sea lions as well. Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals paid locally

 

Day 5: Tofino

Tofino is Vancouver Island's most popular outdoor retreat, with people from the city heading over to what is said to be the `jewel of Canada's west coast', and the perfect place to escape city life and enjoy a spot of hiking or fishing. The big draw to Tofino is the surfing and with its easy going, laidback atmosphere you really won't want to leave. Head over to the beautiful Tofino Botanical Gardens for a spot of bird watching and keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles that can sometimes be seen soaring above. You've seen whales, now it's time to see some Black bears as you board the zodiac again. Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals paid locally

 

Day 6: Campbell River

Today we drive to Campbell River, also known as the `Salmon Capital of the World.' With a river full of five different species of salmon, it's no surprise that bears frequent this area. Even though fishing takes precedence here, there are also some great boutique shops, art galleries and some delicious Farmer's Markets for you to also enjoy. Take a short walk in Elk Falls Provincial Park, one of the most popular provincial parks on Vancouver Island. The park boasts some impressive waterfalls, stunning hiking trails, and more opportunities to fish. Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals paid locally

 

Day 7: Orford River

Orford Bay is the original village of the Homalco First Nations People and today is a popular stop for visitors wanting to see some of British Columbia's finest wildlife in its natural habitat. Today you will spend the whole day on the Orford River; one of the last pristine watersheds in the Bute Inlet where you will find the largest concentration of Grizzly Bears in BC. From August to October it is not uncommon to spot over 35 Grizzly Bears within a small area, due to the return of the spawning wild salmon. Even though it is the bears that are the main draw here, the surrounding scenery is spectacular so make sure you have your camera ready at all times. Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals paid locally

 

Day 8: Quadra Island

Now it is time to board the ferry to Quadra Island for a day spent hiking the island trails or hitting the water for an optional kayaking trip. Quadra Island is part of a group of small islands, named the Discovery Islands that are located along the Inside Passage between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. With endless adventurous activities, stunning beaches and incredible wildlife, whatever you decide to do on Quadra Island there will never be a dull moment as this unique landscape leaves you open-jawed with amazement. Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals paid locally

 

Day 9-10: Victoria to Vancouver

With some sadness it is now times to leave this beautiful place behind and head to Victoria to board the ferry back to Vancouver. As you cross the Strait of Georgia you will be rewarded with some superb views of the city skyline. Once you are back on dry land you may want to visit Stanley Park, Vancouver's first largest, and most beloved urban park. Here you will discover miles of walking trails and beautiful beaches just waiting for you to explore, a great place for you to end this incredible tour. Accommodation: Hotel included on day 9 | Meals paid locally

Included Highlights

Vancouver Island, the largest island on the North American Pacific Coast

Orca, Humpback and Grey whale observation with an experienced naturalist guide

Full day observation of the mythical Grizzly bear in its natural surroundings by boat

Walking tour of Pacific Rim National Park

3 nights at the Canadian Princess in Ucluelet - a traditional fishing resort

Walking in Elk Falls Provincial Park

See the temperate forest of Cathedral Grove Provincial Park

Explore Tofino Botanical Gardens

Visit the city of Victoria

National and Provincial Parks: Horn Lake Caves, Cathedral Grove and Pacific Rim

 

 

Tour Facts & Features

Accommodation:  9 hotel nights, including 3 nights at the Canadian Princess in Ucluelet and 3 nights at the Painters Lodge For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).

Transport:  All transportation by private vehicle, ferry, zodiac boat

Meals:  All meals paid locally

Guided:  Services of a professional tour leader & naturalist guides

Group size:  Maximum 12

Age range:  18+

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Horn Lake Caves Provincial Park CAD$27 + CAD$9 for helmet

Sea kayaking at Quadra Island CAD$77

A 10% deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Travel Insurance

 

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation.

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