Olympic & Vancouver Island In-Depth
DAY 1 – SEATTLE
We welcome you to the city of Seattle in Washington State. You’re in a city of trailblazing coffee shops and endless markets with the biggest map marker we know – the iconic Space Needle. From here, you can look across the beautiful Puget Sound or even see the snow-capped peak of Mount Rainier on a clear-skied day. Spend your afternoon sampling local specialties and watching traders ‘tossing the fish’ at Pike Place Market before having a meeting at 6 pm. A welcome dinner is included for you to become better acquainted with your tour leader and fellow travelers.
FEATURED HOTEL: THE ROOSEVELT SEATTLE (OR SIMILAR)
The Roosevelt Hotel Seattle is perfectly positioned in the heart of downtown Seattle, across the street from Washington State Convention Center. Only six blocks from the world-famous Pike Place Market, you’ll find Seattle’s top restaurants, luxurious stores and a one of a kind nightlife. Complimentary wine tasting and Wi-Fi are included. Cowtown’ – evident in the Calgary Stampede.
Meals: Welcome dinner
DAY 2 – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
Olympic National Park is one of the world's most unique Heritage Site. At almost 1 million acres, the park protects old-growth rainforests, wildlife, and several distinctly opposing ecosystems and is mostly an untouched wilderness area. With 70 miles of the wild and rugged Pacific coastline with sculpted sea stacks, this National Park is sure to be cemented in your minds and provide photos you will look back on for years to come.
Our first visit is the Hoh Rain Forest, an old-growth forest located in the stretch of the Pacific Northwest rain forest which once spanned the Pacific coast from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, then this will amaze you! It is similar to walking onto a Lord of the Rings film set. Moss drips from the trees, dense trees provide camouflage for deer seeking refuge from predators. It is the perfect example of a forest which constantly renews itself from fallen trees. Your day is wrapped up with an amazing sunset at the beautiful Lake Crescent.
FEATURED HOTEL: LAKE CRESCENT LODGE (OR SIMILAR)
Historic Lake Crescent Lodge on the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington was built in 1915. This sets the stage for experiencing a turn-of-the-century resort in a contemporary setting. The comfortable and comfortably spacious guest rooms are nestled among the giant fir and hemlock trees on the shores of Lake Crescent. Here, you will comfortably settle into your cabin on the lodge grounds.
DAY 3 – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
After your night at Lake Crescent, you will head off to Rialto Beach on Olympic’s wild Pacific coast. Imagine rocky beaches, giant drift logs, pounding waves and views of small islands called ‘sea stacks’ and Rialto is the image that you will conjure. Your hike will start at the car park for a two-mile trail along the beach to Hole-in-the-Wall. Along this trail, a huge array of trees and gigantic pieces of driftwood rest near the top of the beach. They bundle together naturally as if rising from the sand. Continuing your walk along the beach, you will notice an array of sea life ranging from whales, sea lions, and otters offshore to birds singing overhead and starfish lining the shore. Get out your camera and set it to panorama – you can scramble through the rocky arch for panoramic views of the other side.
In the afternoon, we will head out on kayaks, only seconds away from your accommodation. This peaceful place will reflect the mountains and calm your nerves as the afternoon draws to an end.
DAY 4 – PORT ANGELES – VICTORIA
First thing this morning, you will board the ferry for Victoria in Canada’s British Columbia. Victoria is an ideal place to spot Orca Whales. Because of this, we proudly include an Orca viewing Zodiac tour designed to search for these wonderful mammals. Zodiacs are rigid-hulled inflatable boats and respected worldwide for their superior design and safety on the water around Orcas. With two engines and seating for twelve, they’re perfect for a group to experience an exhilarating thrill in the open air.
FEATURED HOTEL: HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC (OR SIMILAR)
Located right on Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, the Hotel Grand Pacific offers guests welcoming comfort, world-class facilities, an unbeatable location, and access to Victoria’s most exciting experiences.
DAY 5 – MACMILLAN PROVINCIAL PARK – PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK – TOFINO
Before heading inland and up to Cathedral Cove in MacMillan Provincial Park, you make your way around the coastal road. Here, you will find the endangered remnants of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem – a rarity in the modern-day. The oldest trees we know of, date back approximately 800 years and can grow as tall as 75 meters with a diameter of around 9 meters. This whole area is evidence of mother nature's ability to survive natural disasters such a fire that ravaged the area nearly 360 years ago.
From there, we ride inland toward the Pacific Rim National Park where we will walk the Schooner Cove Trail. This short trail is a popular two-kilometer hike within the national park for most fitness levels. The trail takes you through a lush rain forest passes over streams and arrives at the beachfront, serving up a magnificent vista. From here, you will check into your lodge at Tofino on scenic Lake Mackenzie for the next two nights.
Included: Yurt included
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
DAY 6 – TOFINO
Today is all about bears! Don’t be surprised if you also see whales and Bald Eagles, which are commonly spotted from the Zodiacs. A scenic boat ride on waters of the Clayoquot Sound inlets makes for a fast way to exploring the protected wilderness beaches and inlets which the bears call home.
From late spring to October, it is common for bears to come down after hibernation to feed on shellfish and crustaceans. The benefit of traveling by Zodiac is it will allow us to get close enough without disturbing their natural feeding patterns – a crucial aspect of their lives. It is here you have the chance to witness mother bears teaching their cubs to climb trees and play on the beach. To wrap up this day of bears and wildlife, we honor the bear with a meal of our own – a salmon BBQ on the beach to round off an incredible day.
Included: Yurt Included
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 7 – VANCOUVER
It’s time to say goodbye to Vancouver Island as you set off from Nanaimo on a scenic ferry to the mainland across the Salish Sea, admiring small islands and the breath-taking panorama of the city of Vancouver as it comes into view. This cosmopolitan and diverse metropolis is a real contrast to the rest of British Columbia but always proves to be a highlight. Enjoy a scenic drive through Stanley Park, a 400-hectare green wonderland with authentic totem poles erected in the 1920s; and stop by Prospect Point, a scenic lookout where you can gaze out at spectacular views of Lions Gate Bridge, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver.
This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
Included: None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs
Optional Activities: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park CA $43 (post-tour without the tour leader)
Meals: Breakfast included
• Services of a professional tour leader and local specialist guides
• All transportation by private vehicle, boat, kayak and ferry
• Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle (the USA only). Maximum of five users at one time
• 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 3 dinners included
• 2 lodge nights and 4 hotel nights
• Optional Activities
• Meals other than listed above
• Tour Guide Gratuities