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Hiking and camping tour to explore beaches and glaciers on Vancouver Island


Explore the glaciers and beaches of Vancouver Island on this hiking and camping tour. Vancouver Island offers incredible choices of day hikes. Among the rewards awaiting hikers are ancient rainforests, wildflower meadows, blue alpine lakes, glaciers and cascading waterfalls. During this guided camping tour trails range from easy walks on the beach to demanding full-day alpine treks. You have the benefit of hiking with an expert who knows the terrain in all kinds of weather and trail conditions and has information on the local history, flora and fauna.

Day hikes include visits to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Pacific Rim National Park, Strathcona Park and Cathedral Grove.

Another highlight is a kayak excursion to Vargas Island with a night of wilderness camping on the beach. You have the benefit of hiking with an expert who knows the terrain in all kinds of weather and trail conditions and has information on the local history, flora and fauna. Camping under giant cedars, the sound of the waves, a crackling camp fire are just a few of the highlights on this coastal adventure.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Hiking
SEASON

June to September

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides are all residents of western Canada and their experience and leadership will provide you with a worry-free vacation.  

RESTRICTIONS

This is an adventure vacation with camping, moderate hikes and walks with light day pack. Beginners are welcome but participants should be in good physical condition.

Minimum age for participants is 12 years old. Family tours can be arrange for families with younger kids.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, daypack.

Some tour departures offer German and/or French speaking guides.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips begin and end in either Vancouver or Victoria, BC.

WEATHER

Average summer temperatures range between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Vancouver Island & Southern BC Coast
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Minibus transportation, camping gear, park fees, ferry fees, tent, sleeping pad, welcome gift.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Clothing to suit a variety of weather conditions, rain gear, hiking boots, sneakers, warm jacket, sweater, shorts, hat, bathing suit, towel.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in tent campsites along the route.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 7 included and all meals prepared by your guide.

7 day tour, available June - September
$1655.00 / per person - CAD
2019 dates: June 16-22, June 23-29, July 14-20, July 21-27, August 11-17, August 18-24, September 8-14, 2019. Based on double occupancy. Single tent is $155.
PAYMENT INFORMATION


A 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 45 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
In case of cancellation of the travel agreement we are entitled to a cancellation fee. The cancellation should be in writing, forwarded to us or the travel agent. From the date of receipt the cancellation fee is calculated as follows: 31 or more days before start of tour:full refund less credit card- PayPal- or bank charges 21st -30th day before start of tour: full refund less 20% 14th -20th day before start of tour: full refund less 40% 8th -13th day before start of tour: full refund less 60% 1st -7th day before start of tour: no refund unless you find replacement.

7 day tour, available June - September

Day 1

VANCOUVER ISLAND / SOOKE, BC
This morning you meet your guide at a hotel near the Vancouver airport, or early afternoon in downtown Victoria. You board the mini bus for the drive to the ferry terminal and the 90 minute crossing to Vancouver Island. In Victoria a stroll by the lively and picturesque Inner Harbour, lunch on own. Now it is off to your first campground (showers) next to a river under giant trees. Here you have a choice of easy to demanding hikes or pick nicks by the beach. Suggested is a loop following the trail high above the weather blasted rocky cliffs, small bays and deep fjords and every few minutes another startlingly desolate ocean vantage point. You have good chances to see whales. Sea lions and eagles. Then the trail winds up into the forested hills and back to the starting point. Dinner by the campfire and hopefully another spectacular sunset. Hiking time 2 – 3 hours.

Day 2

SOOKE
The guide suggest a side trip to another nature preserve. For thousands of years the crashing waters of the Sooke River have carved deep pools and caves out of the rock. Nothing, not even the river runs anything close to straight. So many amazing vantage points and so many unbelievable swimming spots. Here is also the trail head for a somewhat demanding hike (13 km with 420 m gain, 8 mi, 1378 ft) to two remote mountain lakes. 
Hiking time 3 – 4 hours.

Day 3

PARKSVILLE
A stop and descend to Botanical Beach, the most unique and richest tidal area for plant and animal life along Canada’s west coast. The shore is guarded by fantastic geological formations of shale and quartz. Lunch break during the drive to the eastern side of Vancouver Island is by a beautiful lake. The campground (showers) features majestic old growth forest of Douglas firs and a wide sandy beach near the city of Parksville. Hiking time 2 to 4 hours.

Day 4

PARKSVILLE / STRATHCONA PARK
Some of the best wilderness hiking on Vancouver Island is among the glaciated peaks of the Central Island. Strathcona Park was created in 1911 for those who seek adventure in remote alpine surroundings. You can reach the “Forbidden Plateau” via several routes. A 15 km (9.3 mi) loop trail near Mt. Washington starts already at the 1100 m (3665 ft) level and offers panoramic views over southern BC. Hiking time 5 hours.

Day 5

TOFINO / Vargas Island
For your next adventure you explore the quiet inlet waters and ancient coastal rainforest of Clayoquot Sound in 2-person ocean kayaks. No previous kayaking experience is necessary. Route planning is chosen with both the novice and advanced paddlers in mind and with 1 kayak guide for every 6 participants. Starting in Tofino early afternoon you make your way to the shores of Meares Island for a break to go on a short hike under the giant cedars while the guide introduces you to the natural and cultural history of the island. Then you paddle across an inlet and past a Native village and by late afternoon arrive at your overnight camp on Vargas Island. A zodiak delivers your equipment and camping gear and takes the kayak guide back to Tofino. Your tour guide stays with your group to set up the overnight camp on one of the beautiful wild beaches. (Instead of paddling you can take the zodiak to get to the island).

 

Day 6

TOFINO / UCLUELET
The kayak guide returns this morning to paddle with you a different route past Stubbs Island back to Tofino. Planned for the afternoon is a side trip to Pacific Rim National Park where you hike mysterious trails with boardwalks and stairs in a fairy tale forest of ferns, lichens, mosses and thousand year old trees. There is more: boutiques and small stores in the charming villages of Ucluelet and Tofino offer crafts and souvenirs made by local artists. You also can join optional whale and bear watching excursions and even surfing lessons. Campground in Ucluelet (showers). Hiking time 1.5 to 4 hours.

Day 7

On the return trip you pass through Cathedral Grove with some over 800 year old cedars and Douglas fir trees, one of them is 9 meters (29.5') in diameter. You walk on a network of short rainforest wilderness trails which weave amongst moss and fern blanketed fallen trees. Now via the coastal highway to VICTORIA and VANCOUVER. Arrival at the Vancouver airport hotel late afternoon.