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Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Featuring Black Bears and Whales
The natural beauty of Vancouver Island must be seen to be believed!  
It is ranked as one of the world’s best islands to visit by most travel publications, and has been designated Canada’s Number One Destination by Trip Advisor. From Victoria - BC’s historic capital, to the rugged wilderness around Tofino on the west coast, “The Island” as it’s known locally has one of the world's most diverse ecosystems: rainforests, marshes, meadows, beaches, mountains, oceans, rivers and lakes. This diversity provides habitats for a huge variety of wildlife species, and so visitors to the island are assured of a wide range of opportunities to experience spectacular natural beauty and wildlife viewing. The beauty and tranquility of the island has also long been a draw for artists and artisans - there are countless art galleries, studios and shops selling unique, locally produced arts and crafts throughout the island.

A highlight of this tour will be our Marine Wildlife and Whale Watching Safari in the waters around Campbell River and the Discovery Island Region. The potential of sighting humpback whales, orcas and other marine wildlife amidst spectacular scenery is an unforgettable experience. There will also be many more opportunities to enjoy a wide array of wildlife viewing.  A Naturalist will travel with us throughout the tour, and local guides will join us as well in order to provide more detailed insight.

Vancouver Island is also home to many resilient First Nations communities. We will learn about the natural and cultural traditions that have been passed down through the generations.

* This tour is suitable only for the fit and active traveller.

Itinerary / Excursions

We fly to Victoria, and upon arrival transfer to our hotel. This afternoon join in on the Orientation discussion. This evening is our Welcome Dinner.
This morning we enjoy an informative talk about the wildlife and ecosystems found along BC’s southern coast, before embarking on a nature walk to Beacon Hill Park with a naturalist guide. After our included lunch we board a vessel for an exciting marine wildlife viewing adventure along the southern coast of Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Keep your eyes peeled for possible sightings of seals, sea lions, eagles and other marine birds, porpoises and even orcas!
We begin the day with a scenic drive up the coast to the quaint fishing village of Cowichan Bay, where we learn about the lifecycle of salmon and marine habitat preservation. We then stop in the charming town of Chemainus, once home to the largest enclosed sawmill in North America. The town is now known for its beautiful murals, which we will see on our tour. We continue to Courtenay for a 3-night stay.
We visit Deep Bay Marine Field Station where we learn more about Marine biology and ecosystems. After lunch at a local restaurant we proceed to the town of Comox - home to a thriving First Nations community, and visit the traditional big house where feasts and potlatches are hosted. Our guide will discuss her culture and how her people have maintained a highly sophisticated society that has survived here for thousands of years without a written language. View the art displayed in totem poles, crest carvings, paintings and regalia. This is a unique and genuinely moving experience.
We proceed to Campbell River for our marine wildlife and whale watching safari aboard a comfortable marine vessel. The nutrient rich waters surrounding Campbell River and the Discovery Island region makes this one of the most popular marine wildlife viewing destinations in the world, offering a great opportunity to sight humpback whales, orcas, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, as well as bald eagles, with a backdrop of spectacular scenery. After our cruise we will enjoy a brief tour of the community before our Chinese Smorgasbord dinner.
We continue to Errington and visit the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. This non-profit, volunteer facility provides care and medical attention to injured wildlife from all over Vancouver Island. After our visit we proceed to Coombs – a farmers market where goats live on the roof of the moss covered store. Then it’s on to the fabled town of Tofino on the wild west coast of the island. With its ancient rainforest, vast stretches of white sand and massive waves pounding in from the Pacific Ocean, Tofino boasts one of Canada’s most breathtaking locations.
We travel to Ucluelet to join a local naturalist who will lead us on a walk along the Wild Pacific Trail, where we’ll learn about the region’s unique flora and fauna, and possibly see some whales. Later we’ll stop at the Kwistis Visitor Centre, which focuses on the natural and cultural heritage of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Abundant to the West Coast of Vancouver Island, the Black Bear makes its presence known when the tides are low. They roam the shores in search of their favourite delicacy, the Rock Crab. Cruising through these scenic passageways allows for many opportunities to view other wildlife like herons, eagles, harbour seals and porpoises in their natural habitat. All the while the crew will entertain you with interesting facts about wildlife and the surrounding area. After our cruise we’ll enjoy free time in Tofino before continuing to Cathedral Grove - an old growth forest of Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock, Broadleaf Maple and Balsam Fir, with some trees estimated to be 800 years old. We then travel to Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
We head south and stop in Duncan, famous for its Totems, before arriving back in Victoria. This evening is our Farewell Dinner.
We fly home from Victoria.
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