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Guided Walking : North America

British Columbia: Vancouver Island

Easy Terrain: 2-4 miles daily

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In the coastal wilderness of Vancouver Island, “a walk in the woods” is something truly inspirational. Along dramatic Western shores, vast swaths of sylvan forests rise from wide beaches and alongside rocky headlands lashed by ocean surf. Soaring cedars, among the tallest trees on earth, tower over Douglas firs, oaks, and dogwoods from a primitive forest floor carpeted with ferns and velvety moss. It’s a remarkably fertile landscape fed by misty Pacific breezes and a stunning network of waterfalls, streams, and fjords. Begin your journey in Vancouver and conclude in the culture-rich British Columbia capital of Victoria. Between, witness the legacies of First Nations people and trace pastoral footpaths through the old-growth forests of Pacific Rim National Park, with a delightful excursion by ferry to the quaint island of Newcastle. Explore remote coastal inlets by Zodiac boat in search of black bears. Savor delectable farm-to-table picnics in spectacular settings and dine on the bounty of the sea, ending each unforgettable day at oceanfront five-star resort accommodations.


Tour Highlights:
  • Set out in search of black bears during a private Zodiac expedition, exploring hidden coves and inlets inaccessible by land.
  • Follow breathtaking walking trails in Pacific Rim National Park, along dramatic coastline and in lush rainforests that host some of the largest and oldest cedars on earth.
  • Savor a cider tasting and lunch at a family-run cidery and indulge in an elegant dinner in the award-winning restaurant at Butchart Gardens.
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6 days, 5 nights

FROM $3,948 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join your Country Walkers British Columbia: Vancouver Island tour

From Vancouver City, ferry to Vancouver Island, arriving in the “Harbor City” of Nanaimo. Enjoy a scenic picnic lunch at Englishman River Falls and a hike in the pastoral Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park.

Accommodation: Black Rock Resort, Ucluelet

Inspired by the surrounding land and sea, the 5-star Black Rock Resort on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast combines elegance and contemporary comfort. Its innovative architecture – of rock, water, glass, steel, and wood – features expansive spaces, natural light and breathtaking seaward vistas from its decks and dining room. From your luxurious Studio Trail Suite, you have access to Big Beach and the Wild Pacific Trail as it winds through the resort. Your room offers a sofa, a spa-inspired bathroom with heated floors, a soaker tub and rain shower.

Day 2

Pacific Rim National Park

In Pacific Rim National Park, follow trails through old-growth forests and past dramatic rocky shores. This primitive landscape is home to giant red cedars, some of the tallest trees in the world. This afternoon, choose from two short picturesque walks.

Accommodation: Black Rock Resort, Ucluelet

Inspired by the surrounding land and sea, the 5-star Black Rock Resort on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast combines elegance and contemporary comfort. Its innovative architecture – of rock, water, glass, steel, and wood – features expansive spaces, natural light and breathtaking seaward vistas from its decks and dining room. From your luxurious Studio Trail Suite, you have access to Big Beach and the Wild Pacific Trail as it winds through the resort. Your room offers a sofa, a spa-inspired bathroom with heated floors, a soaker tub and rain shower.

Day 3

Private Zodiac-style bear watch excursion

Embark a zodiac craft and pilot into a calm fjord inlet in search of black bears foraging for food on shore. Later, stroll among the blooms of Tofino Botanical Gardens and ferry to Meares Island to walk among ancient cedars, stopping to marvel at a 2,000-year-old tree.

Accommodation: Black Rock Resort, Ucluelet

Inspired by the surrounding land and sea, the 5-star Black Rock Resort on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast combines elegance and contemporary comfort. Its innovative architecture – of rock, water, glass, steel, and wood – features expansive spaces, natural light and breathtaking seaward vistas from its decks and dining room. From your luxurious Studio Trail Suite, you have access to Big Beach and the Wild Pacific Trail as it winds through the resort. Your room offers a sofa, a spa-inspired bathroom with heated floors, a soaker tub and rain shower.

Day 4

Newcastle Island

En route to Victoria, stop to ferry over to Newcastle Island, part of the Snuneymuxw First Nations Traditional Territory. Meet a Snuneymuxw guide here and learn about traditional medicines and edible plants before a breathtaking walk through the Marine Provincial Park.

Accommodation: Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, Victoria

Located in the heart of Victoria’s wine country, the 5-star Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa enjoys an oceanfront setting, 20 minutes from downtown and just across the bay from Butchart Gardens. The glass walls of the dining room provide breathtaking views of the bay and local artwork brings the character of Victoria to your every moment. You may indulge in a spa treatment or a swim in the pool before retiring to your ocean suite, outfitted with luxury furnishings and bedding, a fireplace, and a balcony or terrace with ocean views.

Day 5

John Dean Provincial Park

Follow the footpaths of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park at the base of the Gowlland Range, tracing the shores of cozy coves and scenic inlets through old-growth forest. Explore a unique fjord that is flooded by tides once a year and blanketed with vibrant wildflowers the rest. This afternoon, savor the delightful setting of Butchart Gardens, where an elegant dinner helps you toast your adventure.

Accommodation: Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, Victoria

Located in the heart of Victoria’s wine country, the 5-star Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa enjoys an oceanfront setting, 20 minutes from downtown and just across the bay from Butchart Gardens. The glass walls of the dining room provide breathtaking views of the bay and local artwork brings the character of Victoria to your every moment. You may indulge in a spa treatment or a swim in the pool before retiring to your ocean suite, outfitted with luxury furnishings and bedding, a fireplace, and a balcony or terrace with ocean views.

Day 6

Your British Columbia: Vancouver Island tour concludes

After a morning guided tour of charming Victoria, often described as “more British than Britain,” your tour concludes.

Dates & Prices

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2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Sep 16 - Sep 21 $3,948 $648
Sep 23 - Sep 28 $3,948 $648

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