Beaches and Glaciers on Vancouver IslandJuan de Fuca Trail with marine life, overnight kayak trip, camping by the beach, hiking in the Forbidden Plateau - adventure vacation of contrasts on this beautiful island.
Tour V7, 7 days
Vancouver Island, off Canada's western coast, offers incredible choices of day hikes and adventures. Among the rewards awaiting hikers are ancient rainforests, wildflower meadows, blue alpine lakes, glaciers and cascading waterfalls. During this guided outdoor adventure trails range from easy walks on the beach to demanding full-day alpine treks. Another highlight is a kayak excursion to Vargas Island with a night of wilderness camping on the beach. You have the benefit of hiking with an expert who knows the terrain in all kinds of weather and trail conditions and has information on the local history, flora and fauna. Camping under giant cedars, the sound of the waves, a crackling camp fire – Life is good.
Vancouver or Victoria
up to 12 persons
in 7 Days
in 7 Days
Vancouver Island, off Canada's western coast, offers incredible choices of day hikes and adventuresBook or Enquire $1525
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|Price: CDN$ 1525.00/pers.
including 2.5% taxes
with 2 persons in the tent.
Demands: adventure vacation with camping, moderate hikes and walks with light day pack.
Meeting time: 8:00 am at our downtown Vancouver hotel or 8:30 at the Vancouver airport hotel, or at 2:00 pm in downtown Victoria.
This morning you meet your guide at a hotel in downtown Vancouver or later in downtown Victoria. You board the mini bus for the drive to the ferry terminal and the 90 minute crossing to Vancouver Island. In Victoria a stroll by the lively and picturesque Inner Harbour, lunch on own. Now it is off to your first campground under giant cedar trees by the beach. The 47 km (29 mi) shoreline park along the south western edge of Vancouver Island is designed as a wilderness hiking trail. It is an extension of the famous Westcoast Trail but not quite as remote and rugged. The isolated beaches can be accessed by several trailheads and make it possible to chose from easy, moderate or strenuous day hikes. After consulting the tides table the guide decides which part of the beach to hike: suggested for this afternoon is an excursion to hidden pools and waterfalls. Dinner by the campfire and hopefully a spectacular ocean sunset. Hiking time 3 to 4 hours.
Day 2: JUAN DE FUCA TRAIL
Botanical Beach has one of the most unique and richest tidal areas along Canada’s west coast. There are tide pools with purple and orange starfish, urchins, sea anemones and cucumbers, shoreline trails with fantastic geological formations of shale and quartz. So many impressions, so many photo opportunities during today’s outing of up to 20 km (12.5 mi). You have a good chance to see marine wildlife like whales, sea lions, seals and eagles.
Hiking time 4 to 7 hours.
Day 3: PARKSVILLE
Depending on the tide chart there are further parts of the beach and reef shelves to explore, always the views of the Olympia Mountains across Juan de Fuca Strait. Seals, whales, dolphins and sea otters can sometimes be observed hunting and playing close to shore. Late afternoon you cross to the eastern side of Vancouver Island. The new campground (showers) features majestic old growth forest of Douglas firs and a wide sandy beach near the city of Parksville. Hiking time 2 to 4 hours.
Day 4: PARKSVILLE / STRATHCONA PARK
Some of the best wilderness hiking on Vancouver Island is among the glaciated peaks of the Central Island. Strathcona Park was created in 1911 for those who seek adventure in remote alpine surroundings. You can reach the “Forbidden Plateau” via several routes. A 15 km (9.3 mi) loop trail near Mt. Washington starts already at the 1100 m (3665 ft) level and offers panoramic views over southern BC. Hiking time 5 hours.
Day 5: TOFINO / VARGAS ISLAND
For your next adventure you explore the quiet inlet waters and ancient coastal rainforest of Clayoquot Sound in 2-person ocean kayaks. No previous kayaking experience is necessary. Route planning is chosen with both the novice and advanced paddlers in mind and with 1 kayak guide for every 6 participants. Starting in Tofino early afternoon you make your way to the shores of Meares Island for a break to go on a short hike under the giant cedars while the guide introduces you to the natural and cultural history of the island. Then you paddle across an inlet and past a Native village and by late afternoon arrive at your overnight camp on Vargas Island. A zodiak delivers your equipment and camping gear and takes the kayak guide back to Tofino. Your tour guide stays with your group to set up the overnight camp on one of the beautiful wild beaches. (Instead of paddling you can take the zodiak to get to the island).
Day 6: TOFINO / UCLUELET
The kayak guide returns this morning to paddle with you a different route past Stubbs Island back to Tofino. Planned for the afternoon is a side trip to Pacific Rim National Park where you hike mysterious trails with boardwalks and stairs in a fairy tale forest of ferns, lichens, mosses and thousand year old trees. There is more: boutiques and small stores in the charming villages of Ucluelet and Tofino offer crafts and souvenirs made by local artists. You also can join optional whale and bear watching excursions and even surfing lessons. Campground in Ucluelet (showers). Hiking time 1.5 to 4 hours.
On the return trip you pass through Cathedral Grove with some over 800 year old cedars and Douglas fir trees, one of them is 9 meters (29.5') in diameter. You walk on a network of short rainforest wilderness trails which weave amongst moss and fern blanketed fallen trees. Now via the coastal highway to VICTORIA and VANCOUVER. Arrival at the Vancouver airport hotel late afternoon.