Trip reference number: 2292

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Vancouver Island Self-Drive

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Travel at your own pace on a self-drive tailor made itinerary to ensure that you see the most of Vancouver Island's wilderness and its prolific wildlife, which includes grey whales, orcas, white-sided dolphin and black bears.

Vancouver Island is a microcosm of British Columbia with mountains, dense forests and desolate beaches. Its size and shape, good highways, lack of language barrier, and the friendly Canadian welcome all conspire to make it an ideal place to explore by hire car. Equipped with a comprehensive Welcome Pack, you will also have advice on the wildlife excursions you can join to watch grey whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins and orcas, and where to see black bears and much more besides…

Read Amanda Madro's fascinating blog on her studies of orca pods on Vancouver Island.

Suggested itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Fly to Vancouver
  2. Days 2-3: Fly (or catch the ferry) to Victoria on Vancouver Island
  3. Days 4-6: Drive to Tofino on west coast
  4. Days 8-10: Drive to Campbell River; whale watching
  5. Days 11-12: Drive to Port Hardy on north coast
  6. Day 13: Fly to Vancouver
  7. Day 14: Depart Vancouver
  8. Day 15: Arrive UK

Please note: This itinerary can be customised to include a side trip to stay at one of the bear lodges, to see grizzly bears. Alternatively, rather than flying back to Vancouver, you can take the ferry from Comox to Powell River on the mainland, and drive back down the coast over two days.

  • Available*: May to Oct: Daily departures
  • Price including flights from/to UK: From £3,995 pp
  • Price excluding international flights: From £3,195 pp

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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