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WESTERN WILDLIFE – WHALES & BEARS

A memorable journey along the coastline of British Columbia, with many opportunities to view Canada’s most iconic wildlife species along the way.
WESTERN WILDLIFE – WHALES & BEARS

ABOUT THE ITINERARY

You’ll get your first opportunity in Vancouver, a city known for its marine rich waters that shelter species like whales, porpoises and sea lions. Next is a four-night stay at Knight Inlet Lodge, where you will be perfectly placed to observe the legendary grizzly bear in its natural environment – the Great Bear Rainforest. From this floating lodge you’ll embark on excursions both on foot and by boat, maximising your wildlife viewing chances.

But it doesn’t end there. In Tofino, half-day tours along the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound will bring you within reach of not only black bears but gray whales, humpbacks and the occasional minke whale. You’ll also be in a great position to spot a wide diversity of birds. And where better to end than Victoria, one of the world’s top marine life viewing destinations where you will enjoy a fantastic cruise in search of the majestic orca whale.

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Bear in mind, these are just a starting point as all holidays are customised to the specific requirements of our guests. Whether you prefer a different style of accommodation, a greater focus on a particular interest or to go to a different destination all together, every itinerary is created individually around your preferences.

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DAY 1 – 3

VANCOUVER

You will be met upon arrival in Vancouver and driven to your hotel in the heart of the city. Nestled along the coastline of British Columbia, Vancouver is truly picturesque and offers its visitors a wealth of activities. You can enjoy a city tour or cycle around Stanley Park, and in the evening hop on a seaplane over to Horseshoe Bay for a delicious gourmet dinner. Vancouver is also known for its fantastic marine life. Embark on a whale watching trip in a high-speed boat for a chance to get up close to orca whales, seals, sea lions, porpoises and, if you’re lucky, minke whales.

Stay: Three nights in a boutique room at L’Hermitage Hotel

Knight Inlet Lodge | Canada | Ultimate Travel Company
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DAY 4 – 7

GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST

Today you will collect your hire car and cross over to Nanaimo by ferry. Drive to Campbell River where you will spend one night before your early morning floatplane journey to the Knight Inlet Lodge, a traditional floating lodge and your base for the next three days day’s adventure. Surrounded by the pristine and native habitat of the grizzly bear, the Great Bear Rainforest, you will be perfectly placed to observe these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.

You’ll have the opportunity to spot both black and grizzly bears foraging in the open along the banks of Glendale Cove, both on foot and from a boat. In autumn you’ll be able to watch – from a viewing platform – the incredible spectacle as thousands of salmon make their way up the Glendale River, attracting dozens of bears looking to stock up for their winter hibernation. You will also enjoy a scenic boat tour of Glendale Cove, hiking in the Kwalate River Valley, bird watching excursions and kayaking.

Stay: One night in Campbell River and three nights at Knight Inlet Lodge – full board

Tofino and Vancouver Island | Stanley Park | Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 8 – 10

TOFINO

Drive from Campbell River to Tofino. Located on Clayoquot Sound in Vancouver Island, Tofino is famed for its superb wildlife viewing experiences. You can board tours which will take you through the fjord inlets of Clayoquot Sound, where you can unobtrusively observe black bears by the water’s edge. The marine life is equally impressive, with good chances of seeing gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions and a variety of sea birds on a half-day whale watching tour. Storm-watching is another popular attraction for visitors here, whilst the mighty waves on Long Beach lure keen surfers from around the world.

Stay: Three nights in a suite at Water’s Edge Shoreside Suites

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DAY 11 – 12

VICTORIA

Drive from Tofino to Victoria, the final stop on your holiday, British Columbia’s stunning coastal capital which sits at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The city enjoys warm weather year-round, with flowers always in bloom at the world-class Butchart Gardens where you can stroll through 50 acres of enchanting gardens. The Royal British Columbia Museum is also worth visiting.

Whale watching is one of Victoria’s most popular activities, with an abundance of orcas, minke whales, gray whales, porpoises, harbour seals and others visible close to the coast. Your stay includes a superb Orca Spirit Whale Watching cruise, which will take you out on the water in search of resident orcas and other marine life. The comfy seats and expansive windows allow you to watch for wildlife whilst keeping warm and dry.

Stay: Two nights in an Erickson wing studio suite at the Inn at Laurel Point

DAY 13 – 14

FLY HOME

Today you will take the ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen before dropping your hire car at Vancouver airport before embarking on your international flight back home.

THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
14 days from £7,417 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Private airport transfers
  • Car hire and ferry crossing
  • Full board at Knight Inlets Lodge, room only for all other accommodation
  • Whale watching trip from Victoria
  • Based on two people sharing

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
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