Canadian Island Retreat

Vancouver and Pender Islands

Trip Details

Totem pole detail Stanley Park Vancouver

What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Vacation pace: No fuss, no rush. This is a real vacation—with some really unique twists (think Airstream).
  • Stay active: Hike, bike, kayak, fish, paddleboard yoga, whale watch, beach comb, and savor local flavors.
  • Vancouver and Victoria: Bike the trails and seawall of Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park and explore Victoria’s Butchart Gardens.
  • Food and wine: Savor farm-to-table meals and tastings at local wineries, cideries, and meaderies.

Canadian Island Retreat

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel


Region: Pacific Northwest

Trip Price: $3,500

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Vancouver, British Columbia / Vancouver, British Columbia

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Canadian Island Retreat

Canadian Island Retreat - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!


Day 1: Vancouver

Pick up your rental car and settle into your boutique hotel in one of this cosmopolitan city’s unique arts districts.  

Day 2: Stanley Park and Sooke, Vancouver Island

Enjoy a guided biking tour of Stanley Park, one of the greatest city parks in the world. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of coastal First Nations people and see the legendary totem poles. Then trade your bike for the ferry, and relax on the pretty 1.5-hour ride to Vancouver Island. An hour’s drive will get you to the quaint seaside town of Sooke. 

Days 3-4: Vancouver Island

For your first full day, head out with a guide to explore some of the area’s best coastal trails, and forest trails through towering old-growth trees. Your guide drives—and brings lunch! The next day take to the water for a whale-watching tour to look for resident orcas, or humpback, gray, fin, and minke whales. One afternoon be sure to visit the Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery.  

Day 5: Victoria and Pender Island

Spend a few hours in Victoria and Butchart Gardens, then hop a quick ferry to Pender Island. Your destination on this lovely little Gulf Island is a unique and tranquil luxury camp, with accommodations in a sweetly outfitted Airstream, with farm-to-table restaurant on site.  

Days 6-7: Pender Island

Your days here are gloriously unhurried and filled with novel experiences and active adventures. Set out on your first day here with a private guide to kayak, hike, and explore—and maybe even learn some wilderness skills or hit an art gallery. The following day has you out on the water for a half-day salmon fishing charter and wildlife watching excursion. Take a late afternoon to visit picturesque Sea Star Vineyard.   

Day 8: Vancouver for Departures Home

Catch the morning ferry back to Vancouver and head to the airport to catch your flight home.  

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