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 Rosewood Hotel Georgia 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 Comfort Inn. (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 grey 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, grey 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 Canada. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote including flights, transfers or alternative accommodation standards, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5094 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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...
Set in the heart of Vancouver city centre, the elegant Rosewood Hotel Georgia opened in 1927 and has played host to a long list distinguished guests, from Errol Flynn and Sir Laurence Olivier to HRH Edward, Prince of Wales. Restored and re-opened in 2011, the property has been returned to its former grandeur. All rooms and suites blend state-of-the-art technology with luxurious furnishings.
Features: 156 rooms, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, indoor pool, spa, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, Nespresso coffee...
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.
YBC2018: 8 Nights
Located on the south west of British Colombia, Vancouver is named after British Captain George Vancouver...
The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria was established in 1843 by James Douglas...