There’s no surprise how revered the shores of Vancouver Island have become, with its quaint towns, appealing active attractions and a whole variety of natural diversity. And in year around it’s no different. Spend 2 days seeing the best of Vancouver Island’s east coast, ferrying to vivacious Victoria and exploring the harbourside hotspots of Comox and Nanaimo. Plus, to top it off, embark on a morning snowshoeing up the peaks of Mt Washington, admiring the mountain in all its glory. With the right balance of active inclusions and free time to pick what’s next, this short and sweet island adventure is yours to craft the way you want and experience at a pace that suits you. The hardest part is choosing your activities, so luckily you’ll have a local leader to guide the way.
The diversity of the seasons here makes for incredible scenery, but the weather in this region can be unpredictable. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. At night the temperature can really drop, so bring your warm clothes. As this trip spends very little time in Vancouver, we recommend you spend a few extra days before or after your trip if you want to experience all the city has to offer.
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Welcome to Canada! You’re Driver Guide pick you up from the Hotel Vancouver at 8:30 am, so don’t be late. Here, take part in an all-important welcome meeting to brief you on what’s to come. Afterwards, Vancouver to catch the 10 am ferry from Tsawwassen Terminal to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island (approximately 1.5 hours). On arrival, take the short drive to Victoria, grab yourself some lunch, then embark on an orientation walk around the city to get a feel of the place. You’ve got a fair chunk of the afternoon to explore at leisure, then later in the day, Go to the Butchart Garden and enjoy the beauty of the park, Today is all about introductions, so you might want to head out for dinner together if that takes your fancy. Be sure to ask your leader for their recommendations.
Accommodation: Hotel best western or similar
This morning is as clear as the brisk Vancouver Island air After an included breakfast, take it easy in the morning before getting on the road then head off to the way to the Heritage Acres – a historical society with 29 acres and over 30,000 artifacts to explore in indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Depending on the time of the year, you might even try out their miniature railway! Continue driving up the north for around 3 hours until you hit Comox – a small town lying on the Georgia Strait. Depending on how many kilometres you cover, there will either be a stop for lunch on the way or on arrival. This afternoon, your Driver cum Guide will show you the ropes in Comox and neighbouring Courtenay, plus give you some tips on how you might like to spend your free time. then head off to mighty Mt Washington. This picture-perfect example of North America’s snow-capped mountains is a popular ski resort on the island. Today, you’ll head off on a 2-hour snowshoeing adventure, discovering the best of the mountain and taking some epic panoramic shots along the way. Fingers crossed for a bluebird day! Afterwards, heading back to your hotel in Comox. With a free afternoon and evening, you might like to simply sit back and relax at your accommodation, or instead explore the area. There’s the chance to head out of town and book in on a Nymph Falls Nature Park tour if you wish. Appreciate the diversity of forestry around, and admire the spectacular rapids that fall over a series of ledges along the Puntledge River. Otherwise, you could check out Goose Spit Park on your own, then head across to Fishermans Wharf Boardwalk for a night at one of the bars, restaurants or breweries nearby.
After lunch, head south in a private vehicle to Nanaimo – a port city on Vancouver Island’s east coast (approximately 1.5 hours). With a free afternoon to discover the abundance of things on offer here, it’s best you choose your own adventure. How about a coastal walk to Neck Point Park? Or else, head to the Nanaimo Museum to learn more about First Nations history and significance in this region. If you’re feeling more active, embark on an optional cave tour or kayaking experience – speak to your guide about the ins and outs of the tours, plus how to book. Tonight, consider getting together. and raising a toast to your time on Vancouver Island – it definitely causes for celebration. late evening jump on a ferry in Nanaimo bound for Horseshoe Bay near Vancouver (approximately 1.5 hours). Before heading back into the city, you’ll have time to buy your own Dinner and go back to your Hotel