Ultimate Pacific Coast

11 day Self Drive - from £1699

From the breathtaking mountain scenery of Whistler, to the coastal landscapes and abundant wildlife of Vancouver Island, experience Canada’s wild Pacific Coast. This epic 10 day self drive will have you driving through some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada creating memories that will last a life time.

Highlights:

  • Whale watching in Tofino
  • Visit Butchart Gardens
  • Drive the Sea to Sky Highway
  • Ride the peak to peak gondola in Whistler
  • Go in search of Black Bears
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Whistler (76 miles)

This morning depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Arrive into Whistler by early afternoon.

Standard: Listel Whistler Hotel

Superior: Hilton Whistler Resort

Day 2 - Whistler

This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy an extensive range of summer activities from golf on one of the 4 championship designer golf courses, water activities on any of the 5 lakes or numerous rivers, to mountain top dining. Or just relax and enjoy some of the many fine cafés and restaurants in this mountain village. Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain.

Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to 2181m via Whistler’s premier open chairlift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snow-capped peaks and more. Gondola dates of operation: May – Sep, Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack; if gondola is not operating a refund will be issued.

Standard: Listel Whistler Hotel

Superior:Hilton Whistler Resort

Day 3 - Sunshine Coast (151 miles)

Return down the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Horseshoe Bay and sail for 45 minutes on BC Ferries (ferry toll included) to the Sunshine Coast. This scenic cruise takes you through fjord-like waters with mountains blanketed with virgin forests and glaciated peaks. At Langdale disembark the ferry and drive the leisurely and stunningly scenic route through virgin forests and coastal fishing villages to your overnight accommodation.

Standard & Superior Hotel: West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Day 4 - Sunshine Coast

The beautiful natural landscape of Canada’s Pacific Coast will allow you to take part in a host of outdoor adventures.

Standard & Superior Hotel: West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Day 5 - Quadra Island (47 miles)

Today, travel north to Earls Cove for a 50 minute BC Ferries ride (ferry toll included) to Saltery Bay; then continue following the coast to Powell River to board another BC Ferries service (ferry toll included) across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Continue north to Campbell River and your destination on Quadra Island (ferry toll included).

Standard & Superior Hotel: April Point Resort

Day 6 - Quadra Island

By Zodiac, cruise through breathtaking Desolation Sound and enjoy the majesty of Toba Inlet to seek out Black Bears in their natural habitat (included).

Standard & Superior Hotel: April Point Resort

Day 7 - Tofino (140 miles)

Depart Quadra Island on a short BC Ferries ride (ferry toll included) to Vancouver Island and head south-west to Tofino on the rugged West Coast. En-route, picture stops should be made at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the splendour of 800 year old Douglas Fir and Cedar trees plus the Mars Water-Bombers at Sproat Lake, the world’s two largest water-bombers used for the sole purpose of putting out forest fires. After the Mars Water Bombers drive through the majestic Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains to arrive in Tofino around mid-afternoon.

Standard Hotel: Water’s Edge Shoreside Suites

Superior Hotel: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Day 8 - Tofino

You may wish to walk along the famed Long Beach, with its miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf, or explore the rain forests on a selection of well groomed trails. Also today, enjoy either a Whale Watch cruise in search of gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles, or a Bear Viewing Cruise in search of black bears who head for the closest food source – the ocean!

Standard Hotel: Water’s Edge Shoreside Suites

Superior Hotel: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Day 9 - Victoria (195 miles)

Travel back to the East Coast of Vancouver Island and head south to Victoria. En-route stops should be made at the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town and Duncan the “City of Totems”. If time permits, visit the Quw’utsun’ Heritage Village which provides you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (seasonal hours – admission not included).

Standard Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Victoria

Superior Hotel: Inn at Laurel Point

Day 10 - Victoria

Today is free to explore Victoria, with its turn-of-the-century architecture, and British traditions such as high tea and shops full of woolens and china. Admission is included to the Butchart Gardens with it’s 50 acre display of magnificent colour.

Standard Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Victoria

Superior Hotel: Inn at Laurel Point

Day 11 - Depart Vancouver (43 miles & Ferry)

Leaving Victoria drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90-minute ferry ride (ferry toll included) to Tsawwassen. On-board BC Ferries enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Tsawwassen continue on to downtown Vancouver where your tour ends.

11 day Self Drive - from £1699

With flights from £2107

Optional Upgrade

Our Superior Ultimate Pacific Coast self drive includes all the benefits of our standard option and offers superior or deluxe hotel accommodation.

11 day Ultimate Pacific Coast Self Drive Superior – from £1995

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Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2021 onwards.

Ultimate Pacific Coast

SELF DRIVE TOURING

Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.

Your self drive includes:

  • Well planned, easy to follow route
  • Travel guide and maps
  • 10 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
  • A choice of standard or superior hotels
  • Activities and day tours included
  • Modern air-conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

Standard

Your self drive includes comfortable touring hotels as standard.

Superior

Upgrade your self drive from Standard to Superior. These hotels  offer a higher standard of accommodation.

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