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    Places visited:

  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Tofino
  • Courtenay
  • Campbell River
  • Port Hardy
  • 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.

Audley Travel specialist Mark

What our specialists say...

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.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Tofino
  • Courtenay
  • Campbell River
  • Courtenay
  • Port Hardy
  • Vancouver

Itinerary idea in detail

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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

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Vancouver. On arrival in Vancouver make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

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Day 2 Vancouver

Vancouver

After a leisurely start, join a street food tour of Vancouver and discover why this city has developed a reputation as a foodie hotspot in Canada. The afternoon is at leisure to continue your exploration of the city by yourselves.

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Day 3 Victoria

Vancouver , Victoria

Take a taxi to the waterfront this morning for your seaplane flight over to Victoria. On arrival, make your way to your hotel where you can leave your bags. Explore a little of Victoria this afternoon - we recommend the waterfront path down to Fisherman's Wharf, but you may also wish to explore the parliament buildings, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or visit nearby Butchart Gardens.

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Day 4 Victoria

Victoria

This morning you join a whale-watching excursion out in to the Gulf, travelling either by zodiac or covered boat, and may see orca and humpback whales as well as a range of marine bird life.

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Day 5 Tofino

Victoria , Tofino

Pick your car up this morning and drive to Tofino in the Pacific Rim National Park. Break the journey at Cathedral Grove en route. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the beaches and marina at Tofino.

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Day 6 Tofino

Tofino

Start the day with a black bear watching trip from Tofino returning late morning. Have a quick lunch before you spend the afternoon whale watching. The evening is at leisure in Tofino.

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Day 7 Courtenay

Tofino , Courtenay

This morning you might like to take a walk along one of the beautiful driftwood strewn beaches that Vancouver Island is famous for, before departing Tofino and driving across the island to Campbell River. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 8 Courtenay

Campbell River , Courtenay

Spend today on an amazing grizzly bear safari to Bute Inlet during which you should also see abundant marine and bird life.

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Day 9 Port Hardy

Courtenay , Port Hardy

Continue through Vancouver Island to Port Hardy at the northernmost tip. Take your time today to stop for some short walks along the way.

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Day 10 Port Hardy

Port Hardy

Make your own way to Port Hardy's airport 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.

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Day 11 Port Hardy

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.

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Day 12 Port Hardy

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.

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Day 13 Port Hardy

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.

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Day 14 Vancouver

Port Hardy , Vancouver

After a morning at leisure, make your way to the airport for your short flight to Vancouver. On arrival in Vancouver make your own way to your hotel for your final night in Canada.

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Day 15 International return flight

Vancouver , International return flight

You can enjoy most of day at leisure in Vancouver then make your way to the airport later on for your onward flight.

Day 16 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Emma
Audley Travel specialist Emma

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