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)|
|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|
CostWe 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|
|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|
|Total (international airfare not included)||2596||1727|
|Custom Travel Plan & Trip organization *
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.