Island Hopping Along Canada's Pacific Coast

West Coast Highlights and Hidden Gems

Spend two weeks driving through British Columbia’s stunning west coast and islands. Not many other areas in Canada offer such a rich array of scenery, wildlife, and culture. Discover hidden gems such as Princess Louisa Inlet with its soaring cliffs and magnificent waterfalls. Travel to the windswept beaches of Pacific Rim National Park, before visiting charming Salt Spring Island with its flourishing arts community and local food producers.

  • Starting From

    $4,340 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    14 days

    13 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Vancouver, Madeira Park, Courtenay, Ucluelet, Victoria

Adventures To Inspire

This trip has so many unique experiences to offer, you may find it hard to choose! Wildlife viewing, adventure activities, and rich cultural experiences are all what make Canada’s West Coast so exciting. You’ll be sure to finish your vacation feeling inspired and awakened.

Scenery for the Soul

With relatively short driving distances, you’ll find yourself hopping from mountains to misty coves, to rugged beaches and old growth rainforest. At each turn in the road, you’ll want to stop and savour the breathtaking scenery before you.

Big Cities and Colourful Towns

Along the way, explore sophisticated Vancouver, charming Victoria, and quirky Ganges on Salt Spring Island, just to name a few. This blend of big city attractions and artisanal hamlets will be as thrilling as the natural setting around you.


Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 01

Arrive in Vancouver

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. Walk out of the airport and right into your own personal private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown, Vancouver!

Private Transfer from Vancouver Airport

(1 of 2 activities)

Bypass the crowds and start making the most of your vacation. A friendly driver orients you to the city as you drive in.

Dinner in Vancouver

(2 of 2 activities)

We've included dinner tonight at one of our favourite restaurants in Vancouver.

Overnight in Vancouver

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as The Listel Hotel. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 02

Explore Vancouver

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean.

The Grand Vancouver Bicycle Tour

(1 of 3 options)

The bike is a Vancouverite's preferred mode of transport. With an extensive cycle lane network, this tour highlights the best of Vancouver food, history, and culture. Visit the Stanley Park seawall, savour a snack at Granville Island Public Market and see historic Gastown and Chinatown.

Vancouver Food Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Join a carefully-selected culinary experience to some of the many mouth-watering places to eat on a local Vancouver walking food tour. Depending on the day of the week, your tour can bring you through neighbourhoods such as historic Gastown, Granville Island Market, or downtown Vancouver.

Talking Trees Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Today you will explore Stanley Park, a cultural mecca and ecological wonder. It is the perfect place to take part in a First Nations interpretive walking tour! Your guide will share the many stories of this region, as well as the intimate cultural and scientific knowledge of the Northwest coast trees and plants.

Day 03

Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast

Accessible only by ferry or air, this strip of beaches, cedar forests, hiking trails, summer cottages, and artist colonies is just 2 hours away from Vancouver! The ferry ride takes 45 minutes and boasts the most stunning scenery.

Intermediate Sized Car Rental

(1 of 3 activities)

Enjoy the freedom of exploring by vehicle. Your rental includes a GPS, loss damage waiver, unlimited mileage, and one additional driver.

Vancouver to Madeira Park

(2 of 3 activities)

Ferry from West Vancouver to Sunshine Coast

(3 of 3 activities)

Today, you make the scenic crosswater journey from West Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast. En route, keep an eye out for wildlife along the shoreline, killer whales and porpoises in the channel, and great bald eagles circling overhead.

Overnight in Madeira Park, Sunshine Coast

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as the Painted Boat Resort. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 04

Sunshine Coast Exploration

Choose from the following option to enjoy the Sunshine Coast today:

Princess Louisa Inlet Boat Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Marvel at stunning landscapes, waterfalls, native pictographs, glaciers and early settlement areas as you discover Princess Louisa Inlet on a guided boat tour.

Talking Trees Hiking Tour

(2 of 3 options)

On a guided hike, explore the rich ecosystem of Smuggler's Cove Provincial Park with an indigenous guide. Learn about local plants that Indigenous people have harvested for food, medicine and technology for thousands of years.

First Nations Interpretative Kayak Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Paddle with a First Nations cultural ambassador through stunning inlet waters of Sechelt Inlet. You will witness first hand the diverse and abundant wildlife of this region with countless birds, including eagles, cormorants, osprey, scooter, and mallard ducks. Other highlights include storytelling and ecological, cultural, and historical interpretation of this rich and diverse area.

Day 05

Sunshine Coast to Vancouver Island

Venture to the northern tip of the Sunshine Coast, take a short ferry ride to Saltery Bay and then enjoy another ferry journey across the Strait of Georgia, past Texada Island and finally, on to Courtenay on Vancouver Island.

Ferry from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay

(1 of 2 activities)

The crosswater journey from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay is a short but scenic 50 minutes to your destination.

Ferry from Powell River to Comox

(2 of 2 activities)

Today, you make the scenic crosswater journey from Powell River to Comox.

Overnight in Courtenay

Overnight in a Comfort level hotel, such as the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa. Our well-situated Comfort level hotels are typically rated at 3 stars. You'll enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, plus great service.

Day 06

Courtenay to Ucluelet

Today you drive across Vancouver Island to Ucluelet, located on the western side of the island in Pacific Rim National Park

Driving Route: Courtenay to Ucluelet

(1 of 1 activities)

Overnight in Ucluelet

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 07

Explore Pacific Rim National Park

Old-growth rainforest and the Pacifc Rim beckon to be explored and we have lots of ideas to help you enjoy it today!

Broken Islands Kayak Whale Watching Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Enjoy an exciting boat ride while you watch for whales in Barkley Sound, and kayak though Broken Islands – all in one day! Kayak through quiet coves and tiny islands, and discover the intertidal splendor and abundant wildlife in Pacific Rim National Park. Relax on a white sandy beach for a gourmet picnic lunch.

Hot Springs Explorer Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Ride along Vancouver Island's stunning coastline in a covered boat, making wildlife viewing stops as you go. After a rainforest walk, take some time to relax and soak in some natural hot springs.

Whale Watching Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Enjoy the opportunity to view Gray whales as they migrate close by the shore on the way to cold Alaskan waters, where the food is. Some feed all summer along their coastline. Humpback whales, most of which migrate from Hawaii to Alaska, have become more common in Barkley Sound. The Orca (Killer whales) are seen occasionally but are less predictable. You may also get to see other marine mammals, or even a bear.

Day 08

Ucluelet at Leisure

Long, uninterrupted stretches of sandy beaches are the main attraction. Ucluelet and Tofino are part of the UNESCO designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, a protected area providing habitats for a vast array of species, a significant number of which are endangered or rare.

Tofino in Summer

(1 of 1 activities)

The small fishing village of Tofino is situated on the west coast of Vancouver Island and is a popular tourist destination for visitors from around the world. In the winter, everything slows down, however there are still a number of travelers who come to see the storm season. A long-time haven for artists and artisans, Tofino is having a renaissance of sorts, with newfound international praise for its craft breweries, farm-to-table restaurants and the sheer beauty of the natural world that surrounds it.


Day 09

Ucluelet to Victoria

Today, you drive across Vancouver Island to Victoria, located on the southeastern side of the island. A road trip is one of the best ways to explore Vancouver Island.

Overnight in Victoria

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as the Magnolia Hotel. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 10

Explore Victoria

Adorned with flowers and colonial architecture, Victoria is a wanderer's paradise. Admire the beauty of the ocean and reflect on the area's history as you explore this vibrant city.

Victoria Hiking Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Find yourself standing above a fjord taking in the stunning views of the Gowlland Range, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains on this hiking tour. At the end of the hike, you'll be at a viewpoint worth bragging about!

Victoria Harbour Urban Kayak Tour

(2 of 3 options)

During this relaxing guided tour of Victoria's Inner Harbour, you’ll get a chance to see the bustling activity of seaplanes, ferries, boats coming and going, all with the stunning BC Legislative Building and the historic Fairmont Empress as your backdrop. You may also encounter eagles, herons, river otters, seals and seagulls.

Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria

(3 of 3 options)

Enjoy exploring the Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site, with your admission included. The tour leaves at various times throughout the day from the Fairmont Empress kiosk with multiple return departures from the Gardens. The choice is yours.

Day 11

Victoria to Salt Spring Island

Today, you venture to Victoria’s ferry terminal and enjoy a short but scenic ferry ride to the largest of the southern Gulf Islands – Salt Spring Island. Explore at your leisure this afternoon.

Ferry from Victoria to Salt Spring Island

(1 of 1 activities)

Pop over from 'the big island' to Salt Spring on this quick, scenic crossing.

Overnight in Ganges

Overnight in a Boutique level hotel, such as the Hastings House. You'll enjoy the unique character of these properties, which are often in historic buildings. They feature intimate service, excellent restaurants, and modern luxuries.

Day 12

Explore Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Gulf Island, is famous for its farmers, artisan producers, and organic vineyards. Wildlife, nature, coastal activities, and getting away from the hubbub are top reasons to visit.

Salt Spring Island Wine Tour

(1 of 2 options)

Embrace your inner gourmand as this tour shows the full spectrum of Salt Spring’s unique culinary community and its offerings. While touring the town of Ganges and the north and south of Salt Spring Island you will be treated to the locally made beer, wine, spirits, cheese and bread.

Best of Salt Spring Tour

(2 of 2 options)

A great way to see the best corners of Salt Spring Island, both on and off the beaten track. Start in Ganges and work your way around the island, visiting local artisans in their studios. Take a stroll through the gorgeous Pacific rainforest, stop at multiple viewpoints and don't miss the samples at the cheesemaker's!

Day 13

Salt Spring Island to Vancouver

Enjoy a leisurely drive and scenic ferry ride through the gulf islands, as you head back to Vancouver.

Ferry - Salt Spring Island to Tsawwassen

(1 of 1 activities)

Today, you make the scenic crosswater journey from Salt Spring Island to Vancouver. Sit back, relax and take in the beautiful views as you make your way back to the mainland.

Overnight at the Vancouver Airport

Overnight at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. This hotel is the only soundproofed, luxury hotel and spa conveniently located within Vancouver's International Airport. The hotel is situated directly above the US departures terminal - a two-minute stroll from the luggage carousels, no shuttle is required. Features include a self-service check-in kiosk in the hotel lobby, floor-to-ceiling views, diverse dining choices and an indoor pool, health club and spa.

Day 14

Depart Vancouver

With fond memories made, your vacation comes to an end.


Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
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To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


  • 13 nights hotel accommodation

Vancouver Activity Options

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Bicycle Tour
  2. Granville Island Food Tour
  3. Stanley Park Walking Tour

Sunshine Coast Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Princess Louisa Inlet Zodiac Tour (additional cost of $65 pp)
  2. Smuggler Cove Walking Tour
  3. Kayaking Tour

Ucluelet Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Hot Springs Tour by Boat
  2. Whale Watching Tour
  3. Guided Kayak Tour (additional cost of $180 pp)

Victoria Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Victoria Area Guided Hike
  2. Victoria Guided Kayak tour
  3. Butchart Gardens Tour

Salt Spring Island Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Wine Tour
  2. Best of Salt Spring Tour

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Personalized and private transfer from your arrival airport

Car Rental Inclusions

  • 12-day intermediate sized car rental
  • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental
  • Airport surcharges
  • Unlimited Kilometers
  • Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million)
  • Fee for 1 additional driver
  • Vehicle licensing fee

Meal Inclusions:

*Feature Dinner in Vancouver

Other Inclusions:

  • Car, passenger, and reservation fees (when available) for all ferries between Vancouver / Sunshine Coast / Vancouver Island / Salt Spring Island
  • Documentation package
  • Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service
  • Fuel and refueling fee

  • Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)

  • Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)

  • LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type

  • Fee for drivers under the age of 25

  • Parks Canada Permit in Pacific Rim National Park

  • Airfare to and from Canada

  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified

  • Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)

  • Canadian sales taxes

  • There are currently no seasonal restrictions


This trip is available for departures between May and October.

Starting From

$4,340 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, May 2019 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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1 review
Wayne & Lynda

Wayne & Lynda


09 Oct 2014

All in all a wonderful and trouble-free trip

We had a wonderful time in Canada! I am very pleased to say that everything went very smoothly and without a single problem or hassle. We were very impressed with the organisation of our holiday – every transfer/tour arrived promptly on time and at the designated place, all the drivers/guides were fantastic (polite, friendly, and informative), and all the hotels… Read More


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