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Vancouver Island & British Columbia Coastal Drive

Private Travel | General interest | Self-drive 12 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £2145 Current prices from: £2145
Take in the scenic highlights of Alberta and British Columbia on this self-drive private journey. Start in the vibrant cities of Victoria and Vancouver before heading up the Pacific coast for an unforgettable ferry cruise through the Inside Passage. Stop off at the lessfrequented locations of Smithers and Prince George, before ending in the alpine towns of Banff and Jasper in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Cruise through the spectacular Inside Passage
  • Spot native wildlife on a cruise through Desolation Sound
  • Ice Explorer excursion onto the surface of Athabasca glacier
  • Experience First Nations history along the Yellowhead Highway
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Vancouver • Victoria

Collect your hire car and drive to Tsawwassen ferry terminal for the 90-minute crossing to Vancouver Island. Enjoy the scenic drive with a stop at Butchart gardens before checking in to Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria for 1 night. (N)

Day 2: Duncan • Quadra Island

Drive north to Campbell River via Duncan, a small city known for its totem poles. Then board a short ferry ride to Quadra Island and stay 2 nights at April Point Resort. (N)

Day 3: Quadra Island

Join a shared cruise on a Zodiac through Desolation Sound, with the chance to see sea lions, dolphins, timber wolves and black bears in their natural habitat. (N)

Day 4: Port Hardy

Head back to Vancouver Island before travelling north up to the town of Port Hardy for a 1-night stay at Quarterdeck Inn. (N)

Day 5: Inside Passage • Prince Rupert

Travel through the sheltered waters of Canada’s spectacular Inside Passage on board a car ferry to Prince Rupert. You will have a private cabin for the duration of this 15-hour journey, which passes snow-capped mountains, dense forests and dramatic fjords. On arrival in Prince Rupert, make your way to Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel for 1 night. (B)

Day 6: Smithers

Follow the Yellowhead Highway to Smithers, hugging the Skeena river. En route we recommend stopping at the Ksan Historic Indian Village for an insight into the culture and history of the First Nations people of Gitxsan. Stay 1 night at Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge. (B)

Day 7: Prince George

Drive to Prince George, passing through spectacular scenery with possible wildlife sightings. Overnight at Sandman Signature Prince George Hotel. (N)

Days 8-9: Jasper

Drive east today, through mountain scenery and over the Continental Divide to Jasper. Stay 2 nights at the Sawridge Inn. Day 9 is at leisure to explore picturesque Maligne lake or take a tram ride up Whistler Mountain. (N)

Day 10: Icefields Parkway • Banff

Drive to Banff, travelling along one of North America’s most scenic highways, the Icefields Parkway. En route, join a shared Ice Explorer excursion on the Athabasca glacier. Stay 2 nights at Banff Caribou Lodge. (N)

Day 11: Banff

At leisure in Banff. A ride on Banff gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain and a dip in the hot pools at the Upper Hot Springs are included. (N)

Day 12: Banff • Calgary • Onward travel

Drive to Calgary and return your hire car. Fly home or continue your holiday in Canada. (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Flights:

International flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please call your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • Sandman Hotel & Suites Prince George
    Sandman Hotel & Suites Prince George

    Sandman Hotel & Suites Prince George (Formerly known as the Sandman Inn) is conveniently located close to Highway 97 and the nearby business and shopping districts. The hotel does not have its own restaurant, but there is a 24-hour Denny's restaurant on site.

  • The Prestige Hotel
    The Prestige Hotel

    Centrally located in Prince Rupert, the Prestige t Hotel provides comfortable, modern accommodation within walking distance of many of the town's attractions.

  • Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge Smithers
    Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge Smithers

    Located just minutes from the centre of Smithers, the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge Smithers is an eco-hotel set against the picturesque backdrop of Hudson Bay Mountain. The restaurant serves a diverse range of local dishes while the sports bar offers casual dining with large tv screens.

  • Inn at Laurel Point
    Inn at Laurel Point

  • Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
    Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

    Located just a short walk from the centre of town, Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa is a comfortable 3.5-star property. The 184 rooms and suites have modern amenities. Facilities include a fitness centre, complimentary wireless internet access, a spa, restaurant and bar.

Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices

YVI2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £2145 per person

High season from £2395 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • 3- & 4-star accommodation
    • 12 days' car hire based on an Intermediate Automatic (Volkswagen Golf or similar, including GPS)
    • Private cabin aboard the Inside Passage car ferry
    • Guided excursions as specified
    • All ferry costs

Destinations on this tour

  • Victoria

    The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria was established in 1843 by James Douglas...

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  • Jasper

    Located beside Jasper National Park, the small town of Jasper is surrounded by...

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  • Banff

    High in the Canadian Rockies, the small town of Banff was established in the...

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