Vancouver Island’s wild side

Portland Island beach, Gulf Islands National Park, BC

21 day wilderness adventure | June-July 2018

We are designing 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.

Summary

Dates 21 days in June & July 2018
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.

Description

Day 1 Arrive in Vancouver. Pick up rental car.
Day 2 Vancouver sightseeing
Day 3-6 Kayaking in Gulf Islands National Park (3 days with private guide)
Day 7 Victoria and the Sooke Potholes (canyon swimming!)
Day 8-11 Juan de Fuca wilderness trip  (3 days with private guide)
Day 12-13 Port Renfrew, Avatar Grove’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

Cost

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 2018.

Cost per person (€1 = $Can 1.45) $ Can € Euro
Rental Car (minivan Alamo, all in) 506 349
Camping (17) 105 73
Lodges (2) 90 62
Equipment rental 130 90
BC Ferry 115 80
Miscellaneous (park permits, fuel etc.) 185 128
Juan de Fuca excursion (4 days, private guide) 444 306
Kayaking trip (3 days, private guide) 427 295
Whale watching sailing trip 105 73
Meals 480 331
Total (international airfare not included) 2587 1782
Custom Travel Plan & Trip organization *
* Postage and printing travel guide extra ($Can 35/€ 25)
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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