Vancouver & Vancouver Island

A VAST FRONTIER WHERE URBAN MEETS UNDISCOVERED

Code: VRWHW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • Hotel plus
  • Wildlife

Level

  • 2
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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 £3,780.00 - 12 nights

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Holiday overview

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The glistening skyline of Vancouver stands in marked contrast to the remoteness of Denman and Hornby Islands or the rugged Wild Pacific Trail. When you’re done exploring on foot, take to the waters for black bear and whale watching.

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

In pictures...

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 in Vancouver, Canada

Hotel Metropolitan, Vancouver - 3nts + 1 nt

Luxury hotel in downtown Vancouver with a pleasant mountain backdrop. 197 rooms and suites, all with modern comforts. Heated indoor swimming pool. We spend our final night back here.
 Old-House-Hotel-&-Spa in Vancouver Island, Canada

Old House Hotel & Spa, Courtenay - 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 in Vancouver Island, Canada

Best Western Tin-Wis Resort, Tofino - 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 in Vancouver Island, Canada

Royal Scot Suite Hotel, Victoria, 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.

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

Vancouver & Vancouver Island itinerary

Download 2017 trip notes

Walks 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.

Skycrapers in VancouverDays 1-3: Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver (3nts). There's time to explore downtown Vancouver and walk in Lighthouse Park where our path winds through massive Douglas fir trees and red cedars with views of the ocean and the city skyline.

The next day we drive for 30-45 minutes out of Vancouver to the Cypress Mountain area for walks in spectacular scenery overlooking Howe Sound.

 

Woodland walk on Vancouver IslandDays 4-5: Courtenay, Vancouver Island

Enjoy a short walk on the mainland before boarding the ferry for the 1½ hour crossing to Vancouver Island. Arrive in Courtenay (2nts).

The following day we take the ferry to Denman and Hornby Islands for an enjoyable coastal walk with views of the Straight of Georgia and the opportunity to spot sea lions. Later we'll walk in the Seal Bay Regional Nature Park.

 

Black BearDays 6-9: Tofino

Take a walk in Cathedral Grove before driving to Tofino (4nts).

Whilst here we explore the coastal paths on the Wild Pacific Trail and 'artists loop' where we can watch for seals and sea lions, and experience the power of the Pacific as the waves surge and swirl against the rocky cliffs and headlands.

The next morning we will take a bear watching boat trip along the coast taking in fjords and sheltered bays. In the afternoon we'll walk amongst the Red Cedar trees on Meares Island.

We also include a day at leisure in Torfino with time to relax or join a wildlife-watching excursion.

Harbourside in VictoriaDays 10-11: Around Victoria

We leave Tofino and drive to Victoria, Vancouver Island’s largest city for a 2-night stay. On the way we'll stop for walks at Rathtrevor Beach, and the small town of Chemainus.

The next day relax on a walking tour of downtown Victoria, with free time to enjoy this bohemian city. An optional whale-watching trip is also an option.

 

Colourful totem poleDays 12-14: Vancouver & return flight

Enjoy a final walk to the summit of Mount Douglas, with spectacular views of the Victoria area. We then return to Vancouver for a farewell dinner and final overnight.

There's time for some last-minute shopping and a visit to the scenic fisherman’s wharf at Stevenston village before returning to the airport for flight home.

General Information

Passport

A full passport is required.

Visas

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.

Leaders

Bill Reaugh

Bill was born and raised in the Metro Vancouver. He was fortunate to have lived and worked in several foreign countries but was always delighted to return to the beauty and vibrancy of Vancouver BC and surrounding communities. There is so much to see and do here without travelling huge distances. Bill has taken great pleasure in guiding more than 200 tours in recent years to guests from all over the world, and is looking forward to guiding all our HF tours in 2017.

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Dates & Prices

Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
3 Jun 2018 VRWHW - Vancouver & Vancouver Island
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 3 Jun 2018, 5:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Jun 2018, 6:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Vancouver International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 15 Jun 2018, 8:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Jun 2018, 2:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Vancouver International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £4,639.00 Book Now
3 Jun 2018 VRWHW - Vancouver & Vancouver Island - Without Flights 12 £3,780.00 Book Now
22 Jul 2018 VRWHW - Vancouver & Vancouver Island
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 22 Jul 2018, 5:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Jul 2018, 6:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Vancouver International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 3 Aug 2018, 8:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Aug 2018, 2:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Vancouver International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £4,639.00 Book Now
22 Jul 2018 VRWHW - Vancouver & Vancouver Island - Without Flights 12 £3,780.00 Book Now
9 Sep 2018 VRWHW - Vancouver & Vancouver Island
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Sep 2018, 5:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Sep 2018, 6:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Vancouver International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 Sep 2018, 8:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Sep 2018, 2:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Vancouver International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £4,639.00 Book Now
9 Sep 2018 VRWHW - Vancouver & Vancouver Island - Without Flights 12 £3,780.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

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

Other important information

  • Single room: £780 (2017) £935 (2018)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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