An enchanting coastal wilderness of misty rainforests, towering cedars, and rocky shoreline, Vancouver Island’s landscape is truly inspirational. Hike clifftop trails to lookoffs, gazing out at the crashing waves, searching for whales and sea lions. Embark on an exciting bear-watching excursion aboard a Zodiac boat through the narrow fjords and calm inlets of Claquot Sound. Learn about First Nations traditions on Newcastle Island, and stroll through colonial elegance in charming Victoria. Trailside lunches and fine dining feature delectable west coast cuisine, such as smoked salmon with fresh, local vegetables. Relax in comfort as you admire the view from your room at oceanfront five-star accommodations. Steeped in striking natural beauty and urban charm, this guided hiking tour of Vancouver Island is a truly memorable experience.
Black Rock Ocean Front Resort
This 5-star oceanfront resort on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast combines elegance with contemporary comfort in the middle of Canada’s western frontier. VIP departures use Ocean-Front suites with floor to ceiling glass windows, private balconies overlooking the wild coast, and spa inspired bathrooms. Just minutes from the Pacific Rim National Park and charming town of Ucluelet.
Brentwood Bay Resort
This lovely 5-star boutique hotel overlooking the bay and just 20 minutes from Victoria has been voted one of the top hotels in Canada by Condé Nast Travelers and a top luxury hotel by Trip Advisor.
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa
Just steps from Victoria’s Inner Harbor, the 5-star Magnolia Hotel & Spa offers refined décor with a mix of modern and traditional furnishings. Large rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the city while you enjoy complimentary bottled water and fresh fruit. Soaker tubs, complimentary WiFi, an on-site restaurant, and coffee, tea, and cool drinks always available in the lobby ensure a lovely stay in a convenient location close to the waterfront and Chinatown.
St. Regis Vancouver
This 4-star boutique
hotels offers convenience and comfort in a centrally located downtown area.
Cozy outside and inside dining areas, a lively bar, and original works of art
throughout provide a relaxing atmosphere. Just 30 minutes from the Vancouver
International Airport, 5 minutes from the float plane terminals, and within
walking distance of many of the city’s sites.
2020 Post-Tour Extension - Victoria
1 Night From $348
per person, double occupancy
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before venturing out for a full day of exploration. Local gardens, galleries, and museums are all within walking distance of your hotel. The hotel also offers complimentary bikes should you wish to take one out for a spin along the harbor. An Inner Harbour stroll will take approximately one to two hours and will take you through wide pedestrian streets. You may see whales playing in the open water and your walk is framed by the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Parliament Buildings. Free guided tours are offered of the Parliament Buildings, or you can take a self-guided tour.
For a different taste of Victoria, head to Craigdarroch Castle to sample the Victorian high life. This impressive structure is about a mile east of the Inner Harbour and offers magnificent views of the downtown city. You have to pay for admission which includes an audio guide of this historic castle is included.
While there are many wonderful restaurants in the city one that Country Walkers staff have enjoyed is Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub which provides an excellent farm to table meal with a strong pint.
(Lunch, dinner and all activities are on your own today and not provided by Country Walkers.)
Accommodation: Magnolia Hotel
This morning a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to the Victoria Airport based on your departure time. (Your departure transfer time will be communicated to you by your guides on tour.)
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 lunch and 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour, (two guides for groups of 8 or more)|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|One extra night in Vancouver and one extra night in Victoria|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Originally from central Canada, Malcolm Taliano has been guiding and travelling throughout Western Canada since he moved out west after completing degrees in Education and Outdoor Adventure Leadership. He is a lifelong learner and, wherever he goes, he likes to embrace the local community and culture, while sharing unique experiences with guests. To fuel his outdoor pursuits Malcolm is passionate about local cuisine-so be sure to ask for his recommendations! Vancouver Island is his favorite place to guide, and he looks forward to sharing his love of its beautiful landscapes.
Simon Fortier is always in pursuit of the next adventure and his desire to discover Canada’s natural wonders has taken him all over the country. Particularly memorable are the times he’s guided wildlife observation and multi-sport expeditions across the Canadian arctic, where he has sometimes spent more than 30 consecutive days out on the land! He has trekked, skied, rafted, kayaked, and canoed through some of the most beautiful areas his native Canada has to offer. Simon is known for having kept his childish heart with his endless energy and curiosity and it’s his desire to live great experiences that makes every trip with Simon inspiring and so much fun.
Born and raised in Eastern Canada, Geneviève Gobeil speaks French, English, and Spanish, holds a degree in Communications, and has years of experience in adventure travel. Her love for the outdoors and contagious energy coupled with her friendly disposition makes her an ideal guide throughout her native Canada. Whether touring by bike – her favorite mode of transportation – or climbing to the top of a snow-covered peak, Geneviève has covered the globe, often traveling with her children. During the winter months she also runs her own life coaching company and teaches seminars, but, mostly, you’ll just find her skiing!
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