This itinerary takes you along the coast of British Columbia, offering wonderful opportunities to view some iconic Canadian wildlife, in particular bears. From Vancouver you head over to Vancouver Island and enjoy your first taste of wildlife viewing in Victoria Harbour, Tofino and Campbell River, with black and grizzly bears to be found here. You then take a scenic flight to northern BC for a stay at Spirit Bear Lodge, in the Great Bear Rainforest. In the wilderness here you are well placed to see a range of wildlife, and perhaps even the elusive Spirit, or Kermode Bear - a paler version of the grizzly.
Explore Vancouver, one of Canada's most vibrant cities, and join a food tour here.
Go looking for humpback whales and Orca in Victoria Harbour.
Encounter black and grizzly bears in their natural environment around Vancouver Island.
Enjoy a scenic flight along the rugged coastline to Bella Bella.
Stay at Spirit Bear Lodge, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, and spend a few days in this stunning wilderness setting.
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- Campbell River
- Port Hardy
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 Vancouver
International outbound flight , Vancouver
Day 2 Vancouver
Day 3 Victoria
Day 4 Victoria
Day 5 Tofino
Make your own way to the airport this morning to collect your hire car. All insurances, a road map and a sat-nav are included in your car hire package. You'll then drive to Tofino in the Pacific Rim National Park - a particularly scenic drive as your travel through Vancouver Island's rugged interior. We recommend taking a picnic and breaking the journey at Cathedral Grove en route. On arrival, spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the beaches and marina at Tofino.
Day 6 Tofino
Day 7 Courtenay
Tofino , Courtenay
Day 8 Courtenay
Campbell River , Courtenay
Day 9 Port Hardy
Courtenay , Port Hardy
Day 10 Port Hardy
Make your own way to Port Hardy's airport and drop off your hire car in time for your scenic light aircraft flight over British Columbia's rugged coastline. Your hosts at Great Bear Lodge will be waiting to meet you on arrival, and your grizzly bear adventure gets underway this afternoon. You'll be taken to a viewing site close to the lodge, where bears have been most active. You may reach an estuary site by boat, or by bus along a wilderness track. Keep your eyes peeled and your camera close to hand! Returning to the lodge, dinner will be served and the rest of the evening is yours to relax.
Day 11 Port Hardy
Following breakfast, embark on a three hour morning trip to view more grizzlies. You'll have some time to relax back at the lodge after lunch, before heading out again in the afternoon to explore the surrounding area with a guide, who will explain the area's ecology and bear signs throughout the forest. Round off the day with another bear viewing trip, before returned to Great Bear Lodge for dinner.
Day 12 Port Hardy
Enjoy another full day at Great Bear Lodge. You'll have more chances to spot grizzlies this morning and late afternoon, when the bears are most active, and, if you wish, enjoy another afternoon activity at the lodge. You might like to take a guided boat cruise to explore a nearby glacially-carved inlet, or simply sit back and take in your surroundings from the lodge itself.
Day 13 Port Hardy
Embark on one final bear viewing trip this morning before returning to Port Hardy by light aircraft after lunch. Arriving back on Vancouver Island late this afternoon, make your own way to your hotel; the rest of the evening is yours to relax and reminisce about your last few incredible days in the rainforest.
Day 14 Vancouver
Day 15 International return flight
Vancouver , International return flight
Day 16 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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