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Overview

Discover Western Canada in depth on this 12-day Canadian West Coast Getaway. Your holiday starts in vibrant Vancouver, where you’ll have three days to explore all that this city has to offer. You can stroll around Stanley Park, chill out on the sands of English Bay, or admire the views from nearby Grouse Mountain. Next up is Whistler, where plenty of activities have earned the town its nickname of ‘Canada’s adventure playground’.

Travelling back down Highway 99, the next part of your trip sees you catch the ferry to Vancouver Island. You’ll spend six days on the island, which is famous for its wildlife, surfing and stunning scenery. You’ll split your time between Tofino and Victoria, before heading back to the mainland for your last night in Canada. Want to extend your trip to see more of British Columbia? Speak to our experts, who can tailor your holiday to suit you.

Day 1:

Arrive in Vancouver

Upon arrival in Vancouver, make your way to your hotel and settle in. Once you’ve freshened up, why not spend the afternoon exploring Granville Island? Home to 70 eateries and plethora of boutiques, this foodie hub is just across False Creek and easily accessible from Downtown Vancouver. 

 

Overnight – Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

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Day 2-3:

Vancouver

You’ll have two full days to discover all that Vancouver has to offer. Spend a morning wandering through Stanley Park or hire bikes cover more ground. If you’re visiting in summer, head to one of the city’s pretty beaches, or join a boat tour of Vancouver Harbour to admire the city from afar.

Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Take a walk on the wild side on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which hovers 70 metres above the Capilano River, just north of Vancouver. From here you can also ride North America’s largest aerial tramway, or hop on Grouse Mountain Skyride for spectacular views of Vancouver and the surrounding mountains.

 

Overnight – Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

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Day 4:

Vancouver to Whistler

Today you’ll pick up your hire car and drive north along the picturesque Highway 99, known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway. The journey won’t take longer than two hours, but you might want to stop off on the way to admire the stunning scenery. Not far from Vancouver, you’ll come across Cypress Mountain Lookout, where you’ll have amazing views over West Vancouver, Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park. Squamish is also a great place to stop for a bite to eat, or you could stop off at the dramatic Branywine Falls. On arrival in Whistler, check in to your hotel and get to know the town.

 

Overnight – Crystal Lodge Whistler Hotel

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Day 5:

Whistler

With a full day to explore Whistler, why not start off by travelling up Blackcomb Mountain on the Peak-2-Peak Gondola? From the top, you’ll have incredible 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains. Whistler has tons of activities, too. Get your adrenaline pumping when you go white-water rafting or mountain biking. Or take it easy with a visit to the farmers market, a pamper session in a spa, or go for a gentle kayak across one of the glacial lakes. In winter, meanwhile, Whistler is all about skiing. With so many things to do in Whistler, you may wish to extend your stay – speak to our experts to find out more.

 

Overnight – Crystal Lodge Whistler Hotel

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Day 6:

Whistler to Tofino

Today it’s time to head to Vancouver Island, so we’d recommend hitting the road early. Drive back down Highway 99 to Horseshoe Bay, where you’ll catch the 90-minute ferry to Nanaimo. On the island, you could enjoy a spot of lunch in Nanaimo, or wander around the town’s quaint shops and heritage buildings. Then it’s time to continue towards to Tofino, on the island’s west coast. The three-hour drive is a glorious one, and there are plenty of places to pull over and admire the views.

 

Overnight – Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

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Day 7:

Tofino

Tofino is surrounded by the vast, breathtaking Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, which is protected by UNESCO. So, as you might expect, the landscape and wildlife here is fantastic. You can hike through the rainforest, go whale-watching, search for wild bears or take surfing lessons. To get a truly exceptional view of Tofino, why not take a scenic flight and see the beaches, islands and forest from above? Or you could head out on a guided kayak tour around Tofino harbour. However you choose to explore, this unique place is sure to leave a lasting impression.

 

Overnight – Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

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Day 8:

Tofino to Victoria

Today you’ll say goodbye to Tofino and drive to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. On the southern end of Vancouver Island, the city is about a four-hour drive from Tofino without stopping – but we’d recommend stopping off on the way to discover the ancient forests, picturesque towns and glass-like lakes. Once you reach Victoria, you’ll find yourself in the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, which boasts a scenic inner harbour, historical sites, and a thriving arts scene.

 

Overnight – Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel

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Day 9-10:

Victoria

You’ll have two full days to explore Victoria, which is often described as a year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts. On the water you can enjoy a world-class whale-watching tour, or hire kayaks to explore on your own. Back on dry land, you can tour the famous Butchart Gardens, discover the beautiful Craigdarroch Castle, and tuck into tasty dishes in Victoria’s Chinatown – the oldest in Canada. Looking to relax? There are plenty of bays, coves and beaches where you can simply chill out.

 

Overnight – Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel

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Day 11:

Victoria to Vancouver

Spend the morning in Victoria, ticking off the sights you didn’t get the chance to see yesterday, then make tracks to Swartz Bay for your ferry to Vancouver. Back in the city, you’ll return your hire car before heading to your hotel. Make the most of your last night in Canada by spending some time in Gastown – you can sip fruity cocktails and enjoy a great dinner in one of the trendy restaurants.

 

Overnight – Executive Vintage Park Hotel, Vancouver

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Day 12:

Depart Vancouver

As your Canadian West Coast Getaway comes to an end, make your way to Vancouver Airport for your onwards flight.

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  • What's Included

Included
  • 11 nights’ accommodation on room only unless otherwise specified
  • Car hire day from days four to 11, with pick-up and return in Vancouver
  • Return international flights from London to Vancouver
  • Ferry crossings – Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, and Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen
Not included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Visas

What's Included

Included
  • 11 nights’ accommodation on room only unless otherwise specified
  • Car hire day from days four to 11, with pick-up and return in Vancouver
  • Return international flights from London to Vancouver
  • Ferry crossings – Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, and Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen
Not included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Visas

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