Western Canada

Vancouver & Vancouver Island

Code: VRWHW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • Hotel plus
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Easy
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £3,209.00 - 12 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Trip notes will be available to download early in 2017 

Welcome to British Columbia, home to cosmopolitan Vancouver, and the more remote wilderness areas of Tofino and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island where the dramatic ocean waves crash down on the rugged coastline. We'll spend time in Vancouver, exploring the city, as well as walking in the nearby mountains, giving wonderful views. Taking the ferry to Vancouver Island, we travel to Courtenay, then on to Tofino where we'll have the chance to view black bear and experience the Wild Pacific Trail.

Highlights

  • Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver and bohemian Victoria
  • Hike in the mountains with views overlooking Vancouver
  • Enjoy dramatic coastal paths on the Wild Pacific trail at Ucluelet
  • Look out for black bear at Tofino

Prices include:

  • 12 nights’ en-suite accommodation
  • Full Board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 13 (except 6 lunches)
  • A full programme of guided walks and excursions led by a local leader
  • National park entry fees, activities and transport
  • Tips

Accommodation

Stay in comfortable 3 to 4-star hotels and welcoming inns. Specially selected for their location or stunning views, the variety of hotels on this holiday will offer a relaxing end to each day’s activity. 

Hotel Metropolitan, Vancouver (3nts)

Luxury hotel in downtown Vancouver with a pleasant mountain backdrop. 197 rooms and suites, all with modern comforts. Heated indoor swimming pool.

Old House Hotel & Spa, Courtenay, Vancouver Island (2nts) 

The West Coast inspired Old House & Spa offers spacious rooms, heated outdoor pool and hot-tub, and use of the Spa centre (any treatments payable locally)

Best Western Tin-Wis Resort, (or similar) Tofino, Vancouver Island (4nts)

3-star hotel located on the peaceful Mackenzie Beach off Clayoquot Sound. All rooms have ocean view, and the hotel offers seaview hot-tub, ideal for soaking aching muscles after your day's activity. Beachfront Bistro also available for delicious local flavour meals.

Royal Scot Suite Hotel, (or similar)  Victoria, Vancouver Island (2nts)

Enjoy spacious, comfortable and clean en suite rooms at this centrally located hotel in downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island. Indoor swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool available for your use.

Georgian Court, (or similar) Vancouver (1nt)

Our final night is back in Vancouver at this 4-star boutique hotel, member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Whirlpool, steam room available at the hotel.


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

Trip notes will be available to download early in 2017 

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyWalks are part and full day between 1 and 7 miles (1.5-11km), with up to 1,500ft (450m) of ascent. City and easy forest walks, exciting coastal walks and mountain walks are all part of this amazing new holiday.

 

Days 1-3: arrive in Vancouver (3nts). Explore downtown Vancouver, walk in Lighthouse Park, enjoy a full day mountain walk.

Days 4-5: enjoy a short walk before boarding the ferry to Vancouver Island. Arrive in Courtenay (2nts). Walks on Denman and Hornby islands, and Seal Bay Nature Park.

Days 6-9: short walk in Cathedral Grove before driving to Tofino (4nts). Explore the coastal paths on the Wild Pacific Trail from Ucluelet, take a morning looking for black bears on a boat trip and walk on the amazing Big Trail, home to the largest Western Red Cedar tree. One day at leisure, or optional excursions/walking available locally.

Days 10-11: travel to Victoria (2nts) with stops en route. Walking tour of downtown Victoria, with free time to enjoy this bohemian city or a whalewatching trip.

Day 12: walk to the summit of Mount Douglas, with spectacular views of the Victoria area. Return to Vancouver for farewell dinner and final overnight.

Day 13: last minute shopping, visit Steveston Village with scenic fisherman’s wharf before returning to the airport for flight home.

Day 14: arrive UK.

General Information

Passport

A full passport is required.

Visas

From 30 Sept 2016 British citizens, and those of Australia and New Zealand will need to present an ETA (electronic travel authorisation) to board your flight. The cost is approx £3.50 and covers you for 5 years. You will need to apply in advance. Please see http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp for more information. If you are a dual Canada-UK national, you are recommended to travel with your Canadian passport.

Other nationals should check with their nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for details of entry requirements.

Health advice

Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.co.uk  www.traveldoctor.co.uk

Canadian medical services are excellent, but can be expensive and in some areas surcharges are imposed for visitors. Medical insurance is therefore essential.

Climate

We travel to Western Canada between June and September. These are the sunny months, with temperatures ranging from approx 15 -20° in Vancouver. Expect some rain on this western coast, particularly on Vancouver Island. 

Money 

The local currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

Time

British Columbia is GMT - 8 hrs.

Tipping

Tips are included on this holiday.

 

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
28 Jun 2017 VRWHW - Vancouver & Vancouver Island 12 £3,209.00 Book Now
26 Jul 2017 VRWHW - Vancouver & Vancouver Island
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 26 Jul 2017, 5:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 26 Jul 2017, 6:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Vancouver International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 7 Aug 2017, 8:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Aug 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: Vancouver International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £4,089.00 Book Now
26 Jul 2017 VRWHW - Vancouver & Vancouver Island 12 £3,209.00 Book Now
6 Sep 2017 VRWHW - Vancouver & Vancouver Island
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 6 Sep 2017, 5:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Sep 2017, 6:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Vancouver International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 18 Sep 2017, 8:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Sep 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: Vancouver International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £4,039.00 Book Now
6 Sep 2017 VRWHW - Vancouver & Vancouver Island 12 £3,209.00 Book Now

Information

  • Single room: £780
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person