Discover British Columbia’s scenery
and wildlife on this 9-day self-drive
itinerary. This tour travels to areas that
are home to both grizzly and black bears,
whales and other marine wildlife, with
included excursions to see them in their
natural habitats. Stay in the pristine
wilderness of Knight Inlet fjord and
spend time along Vancouver Island’s
rugged west coast.
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Arrive into Vancouver and make your own way
to the Wedgewood Hotel for 2 nights. (N)
Today is at leisure to explore Vancouver. A halfday
tour of Vancouver’s highlights or a full-day
tour to Whistler can be pre-booked. (N)
Collect your hire car this morning and travel
by ferry across to Nanaimo on Vancouver
Island. Drive north-east along the coast to the
small town of Campbell River. On arrival, stay
overnight at Painter's Lodge. (N)
This morning, fly 30 minutes by floatplane to
Knight Inlet, a remote fjord and natural habitat
of the grizzly bear. This afternoon, join a shared
guided tour in search of grizzly bears. Overnight
at the floating Knight Inlet Lodge. (L, D)
Early morning visit to the bear-viewing
platforms, before returning to Campbell River
by floatplane. On arrival, collect your hire car
and drive south-west to Ucluelet on Vancouver
Island’s rugged west coast. En route, pass the
dramatic Sawtooth Range of the Cascade
mountains. Stay at the Black Rock Oceanfront
Resort for 2 nights. (B)
Make your way to nearby Tofino this morning and
join a half-day cruise exploring Clayoquot Sound
in search of black bears or gray whales. (N)
Drive to British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria,
and stay 2 nights at the Inn at Laurel Point. (N)
Morning shared whale-watching cruise in search
of orcas, minke whales, gray whales and other
marine wildlife. Afternoon at leisure. (N)
This morning, board a ferry back to the
mainland and drop your hire car at Vancouver
airport. Fly home or continue your holiday in
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Based in 4- and 5-star
accommodation. Please note that all rooms at
Knight Inlet Lodge are considered basic.
International flights are not included
with this itinerary. Transfers are also not included
as taxis are easy, reliable and affordable in
Canada. If you would prefer to have transfers
included, or for flight options and prices, please
call your Cox & Kings tour consultant.
Based on an Intermediate Automatic
(Chrysler Sebring or similar) for 7 days. Fuel and
hotel parking is at your own expense.
For a price quote
including flights, transfers or alternative
accommodation standards, or to tailor this
itinerary, please call 020 7808 6789 or email email@example.com
Located between the rugged shores of the Pacific Ocean and a forest, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort offers dramatic ocean views from the restaurant, bar and many of the rooms. Accommodation comprises 70 lodge suites and 62 cottages, each with modern amenities and views of either the ocean or forest. Facilities include a restaurant, lounge, bar, spa and fitness...
Located on the waterfront at Inner Harbour, the Inn at Laurel Point is a modern 4-star property. The 200 rooms and suites each feature air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities and complimentary wireless internet access. Facilities include a restaurant, indoor swimming pool and fitness...
Knight Inlet is a 100km long fjord carved by glaciers in the coastal mountains. This pristine wilderness is the native habitat of the grizzly bear. Every spring when the bears come out of hibernation, they can be seen from a boat on the banks of Glendale Cove eating sedge grasses, mussels and barnacles around the cove. In the autumn, the bears feed heavily on the returning salmon to the Glendale river and can be seen from a specially constructed platform. Situated 60km from the mouth of the inlet and tucked into Glendale Cove, Knight Inlet Lodge is a floating lodge reached only by seaplane. During a stay, guests can join guided tours for bear watching, whale watching, sea kayaking and take walks in the old-growth...
The 4-star Painter's Lodge is located on the shoreline of the Strait of Georgia with views towards Quadra Island. The 94 rooms have modern amenities and views of either the gardens or water. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis courts, restaurant and a bar. Guests are able to use the spa at the sister property April Point Resort & Spa, located on nearby Quadra...
A member of the Relais & Chateaux group of hotels, Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is a 5-star boutique property, centrally located in Vancouver's downtown. Each of the 83 rooms and suites has elegant and luxurious decor and modern amenities. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, fitness room and...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria was established in 1843 by James Douglas...