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.
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 five-star boutique hotel overlooking the bay, 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. Elegant décor and amenities including fitness facilities and a pool with a hot tub add a touch of luxury to your stay. Relax on your private balcony or patio, as you enjoy sweeping waterfront views. Well-appointed rooms include in-room WiFi, a minibar, coffee maker, air conditioning, spa bath, and shower.
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, air conditioned 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 lively 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. Comfortable, modern guest rooms include WiFi and air conditioning.
2021 Post-Tour Extension - Victoria
1 Night From $298
per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $248
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before venturing out for a full day of exploration. Local gardens, galleries, and museums are all within walking distance. The hotel also offers complimentary bikes should you wish to take one out for a spin along the harbor. An Inner Harbor stroll will take approximately one to two hours, taking you through wide pedestrian streets. You may see whales playing in the open water as you walk past the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Parliament Buildings. You may take a free guided tour 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 life. This impressive castle is about a mile east of the Inner Harbor and offers magnificent views of the downtown city; admission includes an audio guide.
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, Victoria
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 while on tour.)
Included Meals: Breakfast
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|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz|
|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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