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  • Parksville

    Parksville is located in the heart of Oceanside, on the sheltered east coast of Vancouver Island.

    • Parksville Beach


    The City of Parksville possesses an abundance of natural beauty and warm hospitality and is world-renowned for its wide tidal sand flats and sun-warmed salt water. The popular beaches in downtown Parksville and at Rathtrevor Provincial Park are heaven for sun worshippers, kite flyers, and wildlife watchers.Head to the quiet lakes closeby for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

    Take a visit to Morningstar Farm, the home to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks & MooBerry Winery and enjoy a little wine and cheese tasting. Head to Qualicum Beach and discover the Horne Lake Caves or take the kids to Paradise Fun Park.

    Just 5 miles west of Parksville is Coombs a tiny rural community with one of the mose elclectic arrays of retail shops and its old country market. The area of Parksville has a diverse range of restaurants in the heart of the town, on backcountry roads and in oceanside resorts.

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  • British Columbia Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: Year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Vancouver Harbour in the Fall


    • Kayaking in Tofino


    • Victoria Evening Carriage Ride


    • Whistler Village


    • Floatplane North Vancouver Island



    Arrive Vancouver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel, where you spend the first two nights of your adventure.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver



    We’ve included a full free day for you to explore Vancouver, and there is plenty to keep you entertained. Visit Stanley Park covering over a thousand acres, historic Gastown, with its myriad of shopping and dining options, and perhaps take a trip out of the city to Grouse Mountain or the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This cosmopolitan city has great nightlife too for the young, or young at heart.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver




    This morning collect your rental car and commence your journey of discovery. Today’s short but beautiful drive takes you along the scenic Sea to Sky highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way included Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock, where climbers all over the world migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Your hotel for the next two nights is in the heart of the alpine valley.

    Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Whistler



    Sunshine Coast

    The Sunshine Coast is one of the most beautiful areas of British Columbia and today's adventure showcases it perfectly. Take the short drive to Horseshoe Bay, where you board the ferry to Langdale. From here you wind your way along the coastline, enjoying the amazing views as you go. Once in Half Moon Bay, there are so many choices to keep you busy. Take a kayak or boat tour onto the water, hike or bike the trails, explore the quaint villages and unique stores or take a floatplane ride for bird's-eye views.

    Hotel: Rockwater Secret Cove Resort




    Retrace your footsteps to Langdale this morning, where you board the ferry back to Horseshoe Bay. From here, you take the ferry across the channel to Departure Bay on Vancouver Island. Just a short drive north brings you to Parksville, your base for the next two nights, where your hotel is conviently located to explore the area's delights.

    Hotel: Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort




    It's a scenic journey from the east coast to the west, through the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains and majestic Sutton Pass. Stop off at Sproat Lake, home to the world's two largest water-bombers which are used for the sole purpose of extinguishing forest fires. Also take a stop at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the splendour of the 800 year old Douglas Fir and Cedar trees. Tofino is the gateway to the majestic Pacific Rim National Park. Take a stroll along famed Long Beach, boasting miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf. During your stay, explore the rainforests' well groomed trails or take a whale watching cruise through Clayquot Sound.

    Hotel: Wickaninnish Inn




    Today your drive takes you to the south of Vancouver Island and to its capital city Victoria. En route we suggest a stop at Chemanius, where you can admire the giant murals adorning exterior walls throughout the town, and Duncan, known as The City of Totems. Once in Victoria, explore the imposing facades of the Parliament Buildings, St. Ann's Academy and nearby Butchart Botanical Gardens. The historic old town is ideal for soaking up Victoria's atmosphere, visiting the myriad of boutiques, museums, galleries and cafes.

    Hotel: Fairmont Empress




    This morning you leave Victoria for a short and leisurely drive to Swartz Bay, where you make the return 95 minute crossing to Tsawwassen on the mainland. This afternoon you have the opportunity to experience any of Vancouver's attractions that you didn't manage to see at the start of your itinerary.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver


    Journey home

    Today you return your rental car to Vancouver International Airport and check-in for your flight back to the UK.


    From £2699 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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