Vancouver Island Escape

Trails, Tide Pools, Wildlife

Trip Details

Pacific Tide Pool

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

  • Beaches: Hike to sandy coves in Sooke Harbour and stroll along the black-sand Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park – a beach walker’s dream.
  • Saltwater Treasures: Tofino’s tide pools hold some of the richest diversity of scuttling, waving, gurgling lifeforms on North America’s Pacific coast.
  • Killer Views! Orca whales are frequent visitors to the waters near Sooke Harbour – hop on a wildlife watching cruise to see all kinds of whales, seals, porpoise, sea lions, and bald eagles.
  • Coastal Cool: Cruise in a small boat along protected beaches of the Clayoquot inlets, where black bears amble from the woods to the coast at low tide to feed on crabs and other shellfish.

Vancouver Island Escape

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: North America

Region: Pacific Northwest

Trip Price: $4,000

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Vancouver / Vancouver

National Parklands:

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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

Vancouver Island Escape

Vancouver Island Escape - 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!

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Vancouver to Sooke

The ferry from Vancouver crosses the Strait of Georgia and meanders through the southern Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island. Visit beautiful (suchan understatement!) Butchart Gardens, then drive 30 miles to Sooke and your distinctive oceanfront inn, regionally known for its acclaimed cuisine. Choose from a number of beautiful hikes and explore the small town.  

Days 3-6: Tofino and Pacific Rim

Enjoy the road trip to Tofino past majestic old growth forests, over scenic Sutton Pass, and through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Stop at a cidery, winery, and country market along the way – don’t worry, you’ll get there – eventually! These days are yours for the taking – hike along beaches and forest trails, take a small boat wildlife cruise, go sea kayaking, visit picturesque lighthouses, and explore the wonders of Pacific Rim.  

Day 7: Victoria

Drive back to Victoria and explore this wonderfully walkable city – walk along the Inner Harbour, catch a water taxi to Fisherman’s Wharf, visit the Royal BC Museum, take pictures of the picturesque parliament buildings, and walk to the lighthouse along The Breakwater.  

Day 8: Vancouver

Ferry back to Vancouver for flights home. 

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