Experience Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast with this itinerary, where you’ll bear watch in ancient rainforests and spot humpback and orca whales breaching by your boat or kayak. It’s all done with a beachside stay in the picturesque Wickaninnish Inn, where your room includes a private terrace and fireplace. Enjoy indulgent spa treatments and gourmet meals after days of adventure, with the likes of ultra-fresh seafood and a world-class wine list on the menu. Then, pair natural wonders with urban slick in buzzy Vancouver, exploring rainforest trails, verdant parks and eclectic culture while staying in an ultra-contemporary spa hotel, with included transfers and car hire throughout.
After taking your chauffeured drive to the airport, you’ll receive complimentary VIP airport lounge access before boarding your day flight to Vancouver. Check in to your hotel on arrival, the ultra-modern Loden, located overlooking Vancouver’s attractive Coal Harbour. Relax in your elegant room and take advantage of the hotel's luxury spa before exploring Vancouver. Perhaps rent a bike and cycle along the seawall, browse the boutique shops in Kitsilano, or relax in the world-famous Stanley Park. Be sure to sample one of the city’s myriad eateries, from excellent Japanese and Chinese offerings to ultra-fresh, just-caught seafood.
After breakfast, make your way to the airport for your included flight to Tofino. Pick up your included hire car on arrival to begin the drive to your home for the next four nights, the peninsula-perched Wickaninnish Inn in rugged Tofino, on Vancouver Island’s wild west coast. You’ll enjoy pine-walled luxury adorned with charming local artwork, looking either onto pristine Sitka forests or the beach from your private balcony – tend to your personal fireplace if things get chilly. After receiving your wet weather gear, or a backpack and beach blanket if you're visiting during summertime, head to the acclaimed onsite restaurant, The Pointe, boasting panoramic views of outside’s shimmering expanse. Expect the likes of cured salmon tartare, pacific halibut and Dungeness crab before enjoying cocktails at the intimate Rocks Bar & Lounge, offering a fantastic range of northwest wines and B.C single malt scotches.
The next three days will be spent exploring the inn and all it has to offer. There’s sea kayaking trips, often accompanied by a breaching whale or two, and guided bear tours through ancient rainforest and along rocky shorelines where you'll spot black and grizzly bears foraging for their salmon dinner. We’ve also included a hot springs and whale watching tour in the serene Clayoquot Sound, with highlights including stopping in a deep sea cave and viewing black bears, an eagle’s nest and a seabird nesting island. Refuel at the inn's beachside Driftwood Café that offers light meals, coffees and smoothies and is a perfect prelude to a treatment in the luxury Ancient Cedars Spa, looking over the pristine waterways studded with forest-dense atolls. Don’t miss the Lookout Library and Henry Nolla’s Carving Shed – if you see the ‘open’ sign, pop in and see what delights the local wood carvers are creating. Other highlights include a self-guided art tour, a complimentary nature hike through the rainforest to the driftwood-studded beach and free bicycle hire.
After breakfast, you’ll drop off your hire car and board your short included flight from Tofino to Vancouver. On arrival, check into The Loden again, and take advantage of the delights you missed before – perhaps head to the myriad rainforest trails that surround the city, or cycle along the serene seawall. Then there's the West End’s impressive public art and sculptures, as well as sugar-white beaches and lighthouse-dotted islets just outside the city centre.
After breakfast, take your included transfer to Vancouver for your flight back to the UK, arriving on day eight.
"I put together this itinerary to showcase the best of Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast, where you’ll bear watch in ancient rainforests and spot humpback and orca whales breaching by your boat or kayak. The Loden and The Wickaninnish Inn contrast superbly – the ultra-modern Loden is the perfect city-stay, while The Wickaninnish Inn is a true Atlantic Canada gem, all pine-clad with unparalleled views and whale watching, bear tours and superlative food."
Low Season from: £2,160 pp
High Season from: £2,740 pp
Validity : The Wickaninnish Inn is open all year round, however Whale and Bear watching excursions only operate between April and October
Room upgrades available at the Wickaninnish Inn - please enquire for details