Vancouver Island’s wild side

21 day wilderness adventure | June-July 2022

We are designing this trip for a family who wants to spend as little time as possible on the road. The parents also want their children to experience true wilderness without getting into ‘survival’ mode. And that they will – Nature Trek Canada has 30 years of wilderness experience and their guides frequently accompany aspiring youngsters.

Go Wild on Vancouver Island

We developed a route in which we gradually expose this adventurous family to Canada’s west coast environment while also teaching them  a little wilderness savvy. Vancouver Island is the perfect setting for shorter guided expeditions, while the remainder of their trip leaves plenty of room for discovery and wildlife watching on your own.

Summary

Dates 21 days in June & July 2022
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.

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. 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

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 2022 costs.
Cost per person (€1 = $Can 1.45) $ Can € 
Rental Car (minivan Hertz, all in) 603 416
Camping (17) 85 59
Lodges (2) 110 76
Equipment rental (tents, sleeping bags, mattresses) 210 145
BC Ferry 93 64
Miscellaneous (park permits, fuel etc.) 215 148
Juan de Fuca excursion (4 days, private guide) 603 416
Kayaking trip (3 days, private guide) 626 432
Whale watching trip Johnstone Straits (4 hours) 130 90
Meals 495 341
Total (international airfare not included) 3170 2187
Custom Travel Plan & Trip organization *
* Postage and printing travel guide extra ($Can 35/€ 25)
350  250

Cost will be less when 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 $500/€345 per person.

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