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Vancouver Island Adventure

9 day Motorhome Holiday - from £349

With flights from £845

This short trip could be a wonderful break away or the perfect add-on to a longer Canada holiday. Discover cities, beaches and fascinating wildlife.

Highlights:

  • Time to explore wonderful Vancouver
  • Visit British Columbia’s capital, Victoria
  • Go in search of Vancouver Island’s wildlife
  • Try amazing seafood around Qualicum Bay
  • Drive through some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - UK to Vancouver

Fly from the UK to Vancouver by scheduled airline, with meals, drinks and seatback entertainment all provided. On arrival make your way to your chosen hotel in Vancouver for the start of your adventure. After your arrival in Canada, you need to spend a night in a hotel prior to picking up your motorhome tomorrow. This is a great opportunity to visit the city of Vancouver; one of the most interesting and beautiful in the world.

Hotel: Blue Horizon Hotel or similar

Day 2 - Victoria (60 miles)

After collecting your motorhome this morning you will be catching the Tsawwessen to Swartz Bay Ferry, which will take you on a trip across the Alaska Marine Highway. The drive shouldn’t take more than two hours but please do leave plenty of time to get there in case you meet any traffic along the way. When you’re off your ferry, head towards Victoria to check into your RV park for the evening. The rest of the day is then yours to enjoy the waterfront, architecture, seafood and everything else that makes British Columbia’s capital such a magnet for visitors.

Day 3 - Campbell River (180 miles)

Once you leave the urban areas on today’s drive, the highway climbs over the rugged Malahat highlands, made up of volcanic rock covered by 400 year old Douglas fir trees that in colonial days were common all around Victoria. The Malahat Summit provides a number of stunning vantage points for viewing the Saanich Inlet, which is a backwards fjord, facing into the direction of the glacial flow. Still heading north and overlooking the Straights of Georgia, at Rosewell Creek you may want to turn off Hwy 19 on to 19a, through some of the coastal areas, until you reach Campbell River.

Day 4 - Port Hardy (195 miles)

Located on the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, Port Hardy is ‘where the highway ends, and adventure begins’. You might see killer whale pods and schools of dolphins and porpoises jumping over the cresting waves. Cape Scott Provincial Park, which sits on the northern point of the Island, provides a great opportunity to explore the fourteen mile long beach where seals and sea lions frolic offshore. Ten miles off the highway towards the coast, you’ll find Beaver Cove and Telegraph Cove beyond it. It’s here that we recommend you spend the evening.

Day 5 - Qualicum Bay (185 miles)

You’ll still be returning back the way you came today, so if you missed anything on the way north, this is the opportunity to stop now. Provincial Parks along the way include Morton Lake, Elk Falls and Miracle Beach. For much of the way between Courtenay and Campbell River the Island Highway runs beside Qualicum Bay, an area rich in seafood. Stops beside the road give easy access to the bay’s sand and pebble beaches and at several places you can buy fresh seafood, brought to the docks daily from the local waters.

Day 6 - Nanaimo (55 miles)

It’s only a short drive today to enjoy Vancouver Island’s second city. Nanaimo offers natural beauty at every turn, thanks to its location between Mount Benson and the Strait of Georgia. The thriving local arts and music scene has something happening every day. History buffs will enjoy walking through Nanaimo’s winding downtown and checking out historic buildings, many of which have been transformed into charming shops, restaurants and museums. There are also abundant opportunities for shopping but, for the more energetic, there’s also bungy jumping, rock climbing and much more.

Day 7 - Vancouver (50 miles)

It’s time to head back to the mainland today for a final night spent around Vancouver. The Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay Ferry is just a short distance away but will need to book it in advance to ensure you can get across. The journey will take around two hours so sit back and relax as you make you way across, with any luck you might get some wildlife sightings along the way.

Day 8 - Depart Vancouver

Today, it’s time for you to pack your bags and return your vehicle to the depot before making your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Day 9 - Arrive in the UK

Arrive back into the UK this morning where your holiday sadly comes to an end. If you would like, we can organise a transfer from the airport to get you back to your front door.

9 day Motorhome Holiday - from £349

With flights from £845

OPTIONS

  • Add extra nights in Vancouver before or after your motorhome adventure
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

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Prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a motorhome. Rates and Terms & Conditions may vary for 2021/22 travel. Motorhome rates operate on a best available price basis, please contact your consultant for an accurate quote. Motorhome upgrades are available on request and subject to availability. Call us now to talk to a Canada Expert about your motorhome holiday. A refundable credit card bond of up to $1500 is required on all hires. The booking of campsites is the responsibility of the customer, during holiday seasons and nearer the date of arrival availability and prices will vary.

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HOLIDAY IDEAS

Discover Canada in your own holiday home on wheels. Our easy-to-drive motorhomes are fully equipped and self-contained for the ultimate Canadian adventure.

Your holiday includes:

  • A fully equipped motorhome
  • Maps and driving information
  • Prepaid mileage based on your route
  • Freedom and flexibility
  • Roadside assistance
  • The security of ABTA & ATOL protection
  • One-way fees where applicable

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For advice or to start planning your holiday

talk to an Canada Expert on 0333 234 0943

Coronavirus – Notice for Customers

We are currently contacting all customers whose holiday may be affected by the current travel restrictions in place due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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