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Whales, Black and Grizzly Bears

Vancouver * Victoria * Whale watching * Tofino *  Knight Inlet * Parksville

Explore the British Columbia cities of Vancouver and Victoria, experience both a whale watching cruise and a bear watching excursion before flying to famous Knight Inlet to see the grizzly bears.

2018 - 14 days from £3,200 per person twin share + flights

Itinerary

Day 1 - U.K. - Vancouver
Your Canada holiday starts with a departure from London Heathrow o­n your Air Canada flight to Vancouver - Regional flights 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): Metropolitan Hotel - 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, has a bustling metropolitan core and boasts o­ne of the mildest climates in Canada. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of the major sites of the city. There are numerous attractions, all within easy reach of downtown; visit Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown and Granville Island with its craft workshops and superb restaurants. For a stunning vista of Vancouver and its harbour, take the gondola up Grouse Mountain.  

Day 4 - Vancouver – Victoria
Take a ferry-cruise through the scenic Gulf Islands to the capital of British Columbia, stately Victoria.
Overnights (3): Inn at Laurel Point - Victoria 

Days 5-6 - Victoria - whale watching
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 and heritage buildings. Enjoy an includedwhale-watching cruise in search of Orcas, minke whales and grey whales. Visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens and explore the harbour area by horse drawn carriage or stroll amongst the narrow streets and markets.

Days 7-8 - Victoria - Tofino (215 miles)
Pickup your hire car today and head 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): Jamie's Rainforest Inn - Tofino 

Day 9 - Tofino - Black Bears - Campbell River (159 miles)
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.

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. Afterwards head for the east coast and the town of Campbell River.Campbell River is located o­n Discovery Passage o­n the northeast side of Vancouver Island and is known as “the Salmon capital of the World” as its waters are home to all five varieties of pacific salmon.
Overnight (1): Comfort Inn & Suites - Campbell River

Day 10 - Knight Inlet
Park your car at the seaplane terminal for your flight to Knight Inlet. Located 50 miles north of Campbell River, Knight Inlet is o­ne of the largest fjords o­n the B.C. coast. Situated 37 miles from the mouth of the inlet is Knight Inlet Lodge. The floating lodge is tucked into Glendale Cove, which offers o­ne of the few protected anchorages in the inlet. Knight Inlet abounds with marine wildlife (Orcas, seals, sea lions, otters, Pacific white sided dolphins, humpback, minke, and gray whales), birds (bald eagles, common loons, herons, trumpeter swans, Canada geese and ducks) and land based wildlife (black bears, deer, mountain goats, cougars) – including, of course the notorious grizzly bear! Glendale Cove is home to o­ne of the largest concentrations of grizzly (brown) bears in British Columbia. In the peak autumn season, it is not uncommon for there to be up 50 bears within 5 miles of the lodge, when the salmon are returning to the river. Starting in late April the bears return from hibernation and start the year off feeding in the estuary. This is the time to see the tiny cubs emerge with their ever-cautious mothers in close proximity. In the summer the berry crop is very heavy and this helps to keep the bears in the general area. Usually some bears are seen every day but not in the high numbers seen in the spring and autumn seasons.
Overnight (1): Knight Inlet - Knights Inlet Lodge

Day 11 - Knight Inlet – Campbell River - Parksville (77 miles)
The floatplane will return you to Campbell River where you will pick up your car and drive south to the seaside resort of Parksville. Centrally located in Parksville on Vancouver Island, Tigh-Na-Mara captures the very best of the West Coast.  Gaelic for "House by the Sea" Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre is an all-season destination featuring 192 unique log constructed accommodation units, three restaurants and an award-winning spa.  Set in 22 acres of arbutus and fir forest nestled beside the ocean; the ocean-front location offers direct access to three kilometers of sandy Rathtrevor Beach and the warmest ocean swimming in Canada.
Overnights (2): Tigh-Na-Mara Resort & Spa - Parksville

Day 12 - Parksville
At leisure in Parksville to enjoy the facilities of your beautiful resort.

Day 13 - Parksville - Victoria (101 miles)
A leisurely morning before you drive south to Victoria Airport to return your hire car before your overnight flight to the UK via Vancouver.

Day 14 - Arrive UK


PLEASE NOTE that an additional DEPOSIT is required to confirm a reservation.

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 from £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 from £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

2018


Twin Share

May 24 -26 £3,200
May 27 - 31 £3,299
June 01 - 19 £3,299
June 20 - 21 £3,336
June 22 - 24 £3,717
June 25 - 30 £3,763
July 01 - 31 £3,763
August 01 - 15 £3,763
August 16 £3,872
August 17 - 20 £3,551
August 21 - 25 £3,514
August 26 - 31 £3,468
September 01 - 24 £3,408
September 25 - 27 £3,386
September 28 - 30 £3,284
October 01 - 05  £3,284
 
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3 Star4 Star5 Star
VancouverResidence Inn Vancouver Downtown by Marriott
VictoriaInn at Laurel Point
TofinoJamies Rainforest Inn
Campbell RiverKnight Inlet Lodge
ParksvilleTigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled Air Canada flights from Heathrow to Vancouver with return from Victoria.
  • Airport taxes, security charges and Air Passenger Duty
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation room only unless stated
  • Private car transfer to your Vancouver hotel
  • Sightseeing Tour of Vancouver
  • Coach and Ferry Transfer from Vancouver to Victoria
  • 7 days hire of a “Fully Inclusive” Compact hire car with Unlimited Mileage, LDW, Taxes, 1 Extra Driver
  • Victoria Whale Watching Cruise
  • Tofino Bear Watching Excursion
  • Return Float Plane Trip from Campbell River to Knight Inlet
  • All meals and snacks while at Knight Inlet, including wine
  • Welcome orientation for wildlife viewing
  • All transportation to the bear viewing stands and boats
  • Bear viewing tour
  • Scenic Boat Ride of Glendale Cove
  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary with door-to-door driving instructions and maps provided prior to departure from UK
  • 24-hour customer service support from our local agent within Canada

Not Included:

  • Gratuities at Knight Inlet - suggested $20 per day per guest
  • 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) £30 per person each way


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Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown by Marriott


Location: Located in downtown Vancouver, within close proximity to the Convention Centre, Yaletown, a vibrant dining scene and world-class shopping.

Number of Rooms: 200

Accommodation: Air conditioning, TV, telephone, internet access, WIFI internet access available throughout the property (free), clock radio, coffee maker, kitchen, iron with board, in-room safe, hair dryer, adjoining rooms available on request, rollaway bed not available, Green Key. 22 floors with elevator, Non smoking property, restaurant, indoor pool, fitness centre, hot tub, guest laundry, business centre, parking $19. Wheelchair accessible room(s).

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Inn at Laurel Point


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Jamies Rainforest Inn


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Knight Inlet Lodge


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Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort


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