Vancouver Island’s wild side

21 day wilderness adventure | June-July 2020

We are designing this trip for a family who wants to spend as little time as possible on the road. They also really want to learn about true wilderness without getting into ‘survival’ mode. A promising start!

In consultation with them, we propose a route in which a gradual exposure to Canada’s west coast environment increases both their exposure to nature and wilderness savvy. Vancouver Island is the ultimate setting for these guided mini expeditions, while the remainder of the trip leaves plenty of room for self-discovery and wildlife observation.


Dates 21 days in June & July 2020
Region Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Party Family with 2 adults and 3 children (9, 10 and 13)
Transportation Minivan
Driving distance 1000 km
Accommodation Camping (17) 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 (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. Authentic Indigenous culture
Day 17 Telegraph Cove, Schoen Lake Provincial Park (a remote and unknown beauty-of-a-place)
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 2020.
Cost per person (€1 = $Can 1.47) $ Can € Euro
Rental Car (minivan Alamo, all in) 347 236
Camping (17) 85 57
Lodges (2) 90 61
Equipment rental 195 133
BC Ferry 91 62
Miscellaneous (park permits, fuel etc.) 188 128
Juan de Fuca excursion (4 days, private guide) 538 366
Kayaking trip (3 days, private guide) 448 305
Whale watching trip Johnstone Straits (4 hours) 132 90
Meals 555 377
Total (international airfare not included) 2596 1727
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 $415/€282  per person.

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