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Whales, Bears, Vancouver & Mountain Peaks Fly Drive

Vancouver * Victoria * Tofino * Whistler * Sun Peaks * Lake Louise * Banff * Calgary

One of our most POPULAR holidays! Explore Vancouver and Victoria, experience both a whale watching cruise and a bear watching excursion on Vancouver Island, before taking a leisurely drive through the mountainous scenery of Western Canada visiting several of the iconic resorts of the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

16 days from £2,402 pp twin share including scheduled flights
***Option available to Travel from Gatwick with Air Transat***

Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Vancouver
Your Canada holiday starts with a departure from London Heathrow o­n your Air Canada flight to Vancouver, regional departures are available on request. O­n arrival there is an included private car transfer to your centrally located hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure. 
Overnights (3): Vancouver

Days 2-3 - Vancouver
Renowned as o­ne of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is home to spectacular natural scenery with breathtaking views in each and every direction, it has a bustling metropolitan core and boasts o­ne of the mildest climates in Canada. Enjoy all the city has offer with your included flexible city tour. Highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days, and the convertible clear top buses offer stunning views, rain or shine. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 20 plus stops, and Hop-On again to continue the tour. Take an up close and personal look at Vancouver’s urban oasis, Stanley Park, have lunch at Granville Island, visit the historical Gastown or the trendy Yaletown, and don’t forget Robson Street to do a little shopping! Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the Entertainment District. The tour loop duration is 120 minutes, without hopping off to visit attractions. Optionally looking for a unique experience, you could spend the day on a floatplane in the company of the flying "postie" delivering mail to the outlying islands.

Day 4 - Vancouver – Victoria (42 miles)
Pick up your hire car from downtown Vancouver and drive south to Tsawwassen for the ferry through the myriad Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island and Victoria.  (Ferry Crossing Included )
Overnights (2): Victoria 

Day 5 - Victoria
The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is situated o­n the southern tip of Vancouver Island and is world-renowned for its charming ambience. Sometimes referred to as the “garden city” Victoria has a bustling harbour, heritage buildings and offers numerous whale watching cruises. Visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens and explore the harbour area by horse drawn carriage or stroll amongst the narrow streets and markets. We have included a Whalwatching tour from Victoria's inner harbour.

This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of Orca's, Minke Whales, Grey Whales, Porpoises, Harbour Seals and other marine wildlife. You will ride aboard a 14 metre ocean cruiser. Commentary will be provided by a certified marine biologist and naturalist.

Day 6  - Victoria - Tofino/Ucluelet (215 miles)
Today drive  northwards to Chemainus and o­nce in the town, follow the footprints to view the internationally acclaimed wall murals. Each mural features a part of Chemainus' heritage as well as individuals and cultures from the history of the town. Big, detailed, and colourful, the murals cover the sides of buildings so that you have to stand well back to appreciate them. Continue west to the Pacific coast and Tofino.
Overnights (2): Tofino or Ucluelet

Day 7 - Tofino - Black Bears
The coastal district of Tofino is an intriguing contrast of forests and sandy beaches. Close by is the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve which preserves outstanding examples of coastal rainforest, surf-swept beaches, coastal marine life and the cultural history of the area. We have included an excursion to view the Black Bears of the region.

Encounter o­ne of the most fearsome and fascinating animals that roam the West Coast of Vancouver Island; the black bear. At low tide, board the Explorathor, a 40-passenger vessel, and speed along the lush coastline to the bear’s feeding grounds. When the tide goes out, the bears emerge from the forests and forage along the shores in search of rock crabs. These times offer excellent opportunities to view the inquisitive black bear in their natural habitat.

Day 8 - Tofino/Ucluelet – Whistler (188 miles)
You can take an optional excursion to view grey whales and discover the beauty of Clayoquot Sound o­n the west coast of Vancouver Island. Head back to Nanaimo and the ferry to Horseshoe Bay. O­nce o­n the mainland, drive north through Squamish o­n the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway, which skirts Howe Sound, to the mountain resort of Whistler. For those interested in railroad history, Squamish is home to the West Coast Railroad Heritage Park with numerous locomotives, items of rolling stock and rescued railroad buildings from British Columbia.
Overnights (2): Whistler

Day 9 - Whistler
Established in the late 19th Century, with just half a dozen wooden huts as a remote honeymoon hamlet beside a lake, Whistler today is a top mountain resort. Nestling between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The natural setting of Whistler offers numerous activities from winter sports to golf, hiking, fishing, canoeing and mountain biking in the summer. The pedestrian o­nly Whistler Village has a range of restaurants offering superb dining, intriguing shops, boutiques and sunny sidewalk cafes as well as, for the young at heart, a vibrant nightlife.

Day 10 - Whistler – Kamloops – Sun Peaks (199 miles)
Your drive today meanders through “Gold Rush Country”, passing Cache Creek and Lillooet. Both towns are rich in historic lore, dating back to the days when wagon trains and prospectors followed the trail to the Cariboo Gold Fields in the 1800's. However, Cache Creek owes its origins, and name, to the earlier fur traders who cached, or stored, their furs in the area before taking them east to trade. Once at Kamloops visit peaceful Riverside Park where the North and South Thompson rivers meet. The word “Cumloops” in the Shuswap language means “meeting of the waters”. Continue on to the mountain resort of Sun Peaks.
Overnight (1): Sun Peaks

Day 11 - Sun Peaks – Lake Louise (291 miles)
Drive along the southern shores of Shuswap Lake and Little Shuswap Lake to reach Salmon Arm. With its famous sockeye salmon runs o­n Adam River, bear, deer, beaver, river otter and mink all inhabit this area. Continue east, visiting Crazy Creek Falls just to the west of the alpine community of Revelstoke where over 60 circa 1800s buildings have been conserved. Drive through the stunning scenery of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, Rogers Pass, Yoho National Park and Kicking Horse Pass to reach the turquoise blue waters of Lake Louise.
Overnights (2): Lake Louise

Day 12 - Lake Louise
Enjoy a day to savour the surrounding area. Lake Louise, with its blue-green waters set against the stark backdrop of Victoria Glacier, is probably the most photographed scene in the Canadian Rockies. The village of Lake Louise holds an array of fine dining and shopping. Scenic drives will take you to the awe-inspiring Moraine Lake, the beautiful Icefields Parkway and the Athabasca Glacier or you can enjoy a boat trip o­n nearby Lake Minnewanka to Devil’s Gap.

Day 13 - Lake Louise – Banff (33 miles)
Today enjoy a short leisurely drive through glorious scenery to the town of Banff.
Overnights (2): Banff 

Day 14 - Banff
Situated o­n the doorstep of spectacular scenery, Banff nestles amidst the glory of the Canadian Rockies. With a wealth of attractions, ranging from the Hot Springs to the gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, Banff boasts an attractive main street with numerous cafes and craft shops and is the summer “gateway” to National Parks. 

Day 15 - Banff – Calgary Airport (74 miles)
A leisurely drive to Calgary for, perhaps, some last minute souvenir hunting or a visit to o­ne of the Historic Parks before dropping your hire car at the airport in time to catch your overnight flight back to the UK.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

 

BRITISH AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS DOMESTIC ADD-ONS
Available in conjunction with your trans-atlantic Air Canada flights between London and to/from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. Details on request.

Air Canada Upgrade to Executive First
Designed to provide you with your own personal space that's ideal for a good night's sleep, each Executive First Suite* reclines into a fully flat bed at the touch of a button. Armed with a comfy pillow and duvet and fully equipped with all the latest in-flight amenities, you'll arrive at your destination completely refreshed and ready to start your day.

SPECIAL OFFERS

1) Enjoy a Toronto and Niagara Falls add-on for £265 per person
Price includes internal scheduled flights, airport taxes, return airport coach transfers from Toronto Airport to your centrally located hotel, 2 nights accommodation at a 4-Star hotel and a full day sightseeing tour to Niagara Falls including a boat ride o­n the Hornblower Cruises to view the Horseshoe Falls (seasonal) and lunch.

2) Enjoy a Montreal and Quebec City add-on for £299 per person.
Price includes internal scheduled flights, airport taxes, return airport coach transfers from MontrealAirport to your centrally located hotel, 2 nights accommodation at a 4-Star hotel and a full day sightseeing tour to Quebec City.

 
Departing Between

2017 Prices
Twin Share
3 Star Hotels

2017 Prices
Twin Share
4 Star Hotels

     
01 - 18 May 2017 £2,402 £2,612     Quote
19 - 28 May £2,416 £2,722     Quote
29 May £2,508 £2,722     Quote
30 May - 02 Jun £2,508 £2,734     Quote
03 - 05 Jun £2,526 £2,734     Quote
06 - 08 Jun £2,526 £2,813     Quote
09 - 10 Jun £2,526 £2,813     Quote
12 - 13 Jun £2,526 £2,813     Quote
14 - 16 Jun £2,526 £2,823     Quote
17 - 19 Jun £2,526 £2,823     Quote
20 - 21 Jun £2,526 £2,823     Quote
22 - 24 Jun £2,847 £3,155     Quote
25 - 27 Jun £2,939 £3,144     Quote
28 Jun £3,030 £3,235     Quote
29 Jun - 12 Jun £3,047 £3,235     Quote
13 Jul - 16 Aug £3,047 £3,235     Quote
17 - 22 Aug £2,726 £2,913     Quote
23 - 28 Aug £2,726 £2,913     Quote
29 - 31 Aug £2,635 £2,823     Quote
01 - 11 Sep £2,604 £2,823     Quote
12 - 18 Sep £2484 £2,744     Quote
19 - 28 Sep £2,427 £2,744     Quote
29 - 30 Sep £2,403 £2,707     Quote

3 Star4 Star5 Star
VancouverBest Western Plus Sands by the SeaMetropolitan Hotel Vancouver
VictoriaInn at Laurel PointThe Parkside Hotel & Spa
TofinoJamies Rainforest InnWaters Edge Resort at Pacific Rim
WhistlerListel Hotel Whistler Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa
Sun PeaksNancy Greenes Cahilty LodgeSun Peaks Grand Hotel
Lake LouiseLake Louise InnDeer Lodge
BanffElk and Avenue HotelBuffalo Mountain Lodge

Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled Air Canada flights from Heathrow to Vancouver with return from Calgary.
  • Airport taxes, security charges and Air Passenger Duty
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation room only unless stated
  • Private car transfer to your Vancouver hotel
  • Sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • 12 days hire of a “Fully Inclusive” Midsize hire car with Unlimited Mileage, Taxes, 1 Extra Driver. from Vancouver with NO DROP CHARGE
  • Return Ferries between Vancouver and Vancouver Island
  • Whale watching cruise in Victoria
  • Bear watching excursion in Tofino
  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary with door-to-door driving instructions and maps provided prior to departure from UK
  • 24hr customer service support provided by our local agent within Canada

Not Included:

  • Meals unless stated
  • Fuel for hire car
  • Extra charge applies to renters under 25 years of age
  • National Parks entrance fees
  • Hotel parking if applicable
  • Weekend Flight Supplement(Friday-Sunday) £30pp each way


Our Price Guarantee

All offers are subject to availability. once a booking is confirmed your holiday price is 100% GUARANTEED against any increase in price such as currency exchange fluctuations or fuel surcharges. Other companies may surcharge you by up to 10% more!


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Best Western Plus Sands by the Sea


Location: Located in downtown Vancouver, this hotel is adjacent to English Bay and Stanley Park, close to shops and restaurants.

Number of Rooms: 121

Accommodation: Air conditioning, TV, WIFI internet access available throughout the property (free), coffee maker, iron with board, hair dryer, rollaway bed not available, Green Key. 6 floors with elevator, non smoking property, restaurant, bar, fitness centre, sauna, drycleaning, guest laundry, parking $18, pet friendly property. Wheelchair accessible room(s).

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Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver


Location: Elegant deluxe hotel in downtown Vancouver, across from Pacific Centre shopping mall.

Number of Rooms: 197

Accommodation: Air conditioning, TV, telephone, WIFI internet access available throughout the property (free), CD player, coffee maker, mini bar, iron with board, in-room safe, bathrobe, hair dryer, Green Key. 18 floors with elevator, Restaurant, bar, 24hr room service, indoor pool, fitness centre, steam room, squash courts, parking $40. Wheelchair accessible room(s).

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Inn at Laurel Point


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The Parkside Hotel & Spa


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Jamies Rainforest Inn


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Waters Edge Resort at Pacific Rim


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Listel Hotel Whistler


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Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa


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Nancy Greenes Cahilty Lodge


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Sun Peaks Grand Hotel


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Lake Louise Inn


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Deer Lodge


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Elk and Avenue Hotel


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Buffalo Mountain Lodge


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