Untamed nature and human nurture come together on this Vancouver Island tour along Canada’s wild Pacific Rim.
An explosion of flowers brightens the manicured green expanses of Victoria’s Butchart Gardens, and you marvel at the contrast—not just between the colors, but between rugged nature and welcoming civilization that defines Vancouver Island. Where else can you watch breaching whales and foraging black bears one moment, and indulge in high tea the next? Here on Canada’s Pacific Rim you’ve felt the primeval wonder of walking beneath red cedars that predate Columbus, and gleaned First Nations wisdom about medicinal plants from your Snuneymuxw guide. With available spa treatments and gourmet dinners, you haven’t exactly been roughing it on your Vancouver Island hiking tour. But British Columbia’s wilderness is always present, creeping in around the edges and coloring every experience on this untamed and beautiful island.
- Set out in search of black bears during a private Zodiac expedition, exploring hidden coves and inlets inaccessible by land.
- Follow moss-covered trails in Pacific Rim National Park, along dramatic coastlines and through lush rainforests, past some of the largest and oldest cedars on earth.
- Explore Butchart Gardens, a botanical display and one of the world’s premier floral show gardens.