Vancouver Island’s wild side

Portland Island beach, Gulf Islands National Park, BC

21 day wilderness adventure | June-July 2017

We designed this trip for a family who were most content spending less time on the road. They furthermore really wanted to learn about true wilderness without getting into  ‘survival’ mode.

In consultation with them, we proposed a route in which a gradual exposure to the west coast environment increased their knowledge of nature and wilderness savvy. Vancouver Island is the ultimate setting for this, while leaving plenty of room for self-discovery and wildlife observation.


Dates 21 days in June & July 2017
Region Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Party Family with 2 adults and 3 children (9-13)
Transportation Minivan
Driving distance 1000 km
Accommodation Camping (19) and hotel/lodges (2)
Highlights Adventurous and educational fun for all. Not too strenuous or challenging. High wilderness content.


Day 1 Arrive in Vancouver. Pick up rental car.
Day 2 Vancouver sightseeing
Day 3-6 Kayaking in Gulf Islands National Park (private guide)
Day 7 Victoria and the Sooke Potholes (canyon swimming!)
Day 8-11 Juan de Fuca wilderness trip  (private guide)
Day 12-13 Port Renfrew, Cathedral Grove Provincial Park’s immense trees
Day 14-16 Cormorant Island and whale watching trip by sailboat. Native culture
Day 17 Telegraph Cove, Schoen Lake Provincial Park (a remote and unknown beauty)
Day 18-19 Sunshine Coast (Powell river, Lund and Sechelt
Day 20-21 Vancouver and departure


We do not offer ‘off the shelf’ travel packages. Every vacation is custom made. The trip budget below is based on the actual trip taking place in 2017.

Cost per person (€1 = $Can 1.40) $ Can € Euro
Rental Car (minivan Hertz, all in) 413 295
Camping (17) 119 85
Lodges (2) 90 64
Equipment rental 126 90
BC Ferry 88 63
Miscellaneous (park permits gratis in 2017, fuel etc.) 151 108
Juan de Fuca excursion (4 days) 441 315
Kayaking trip (3 days) 449 321
Whale watching sailing trip 109 78
Meals 396 283
Total (international airfare not included) 2381 1672
Custom Travel Plan & Trip organization *
* Postage and printing travel guide extra ($Can 15/€ 20)
350  250

Cost can be lowered by limiting the number of guided excursions/days and by bringing your own camping equipment. A similar program in a more remote location (float plane access only) would add $395/ € 275  per person.

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