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Camping adventure on Vancouver Island


Explore Vancouver Island by van while camping at some of the best campsites in BC. With endless waterfalls, lakes and beaches, or scenic drives, mountains and rainforest walks, this adventure tour leaves little to be desired.

Start with a tour of Victoria, then pass through Cathedral Grove and hop on a scenic cruise through Barkley Sound. Get in touch with the ocean in Tofino, on a high speed boat cruise through Clayquot Sound, and soak in natural hot springs. Visit Strathcona Park, famous for wildlife and world class scenery, where we camp beneath starry skies and hike through old growth forests to tranquil alpine lakes.

No trip to Vancouver Island is complete without the Gulf Islands, so we head to Saltspring Island for a peaceful night on the Georgia Strait. We camp at 5 beautiful camping areas, ranging from ocean beaches, to old growth forests and alpine lakes. Each campsite offers lots to do, including swimming, amazing berry picking and beautiful sunset walks. Vancouver Island is a bounty waiting to be discovered. Come to this sunny paradise and see why we love it so much! 

 

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Bus & Van Tours
SEASON

June to September

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

An expert guide will accompany you for the duration of the tour. They are happy to share their knowledge of the area with you.

RESTRICTIONS

Participants should be a good physical condition and able to hike several hours per day over a variety of terrain with a light day pack.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Optional Activities:
Surfing in Tofino: (not included in tour price. Guides will help make reservations)

 

TRANSPORTATION

Tours begin and end in Victoria, BC. Transportation during the tour is in a comfortable van.

Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Victoria is included.

WEATHER

Summer weather on BC's west coast is usually pleasant and warm but rain and/or foggy conditions are possible on any day. Vancouver Island is known for exceptional weather during the summer months. You can count on spending your days basking in the warm sun; however, we do recommend you be prepared for anything just to be safe. Tofino can get a little cool and foggy at night so we recommend a warm layer, and rain gear to ensure you are always comfortable.

REGION
Vancouver Island & Southern BC Coast
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Camping/cooking gear, tents, park entry fees, Francis Barkley cruise, Tofino boat excursion, ferry fees to Salt Spring Island.  Single tent fee $200.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Rain jacket/pants, hiking boots, warm wool or fleece sweaters, comfortable hiking pants, hat, gloves, bathing suit, t-shirts, shorts, long-sleeved shirts for layering (avoid cotton), camp shoes, comfortable clothes to wear around camp.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Requirements: Sleeping bag (can be rented for $50), daypack, water bottle.

Suggested items: Camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in tent campsites along the route. Your guides provide quality tents for you to sleep in on the camping adventure tours. They use a 3 person tent for double occupancy and 2 person tent for single occupancy to ensure you are comfortable. They will teach you how to set your tent up, so it will be warm, dry and comfortable.

Each of the campsites have toilets for you to use.  These range from flush toilets to outhouses.  Most of the attractions you stop at each day have toilets as well.

Several of the campgrounds you stay at have hot showers, many of which are coin operated.  While your guides cannot guarantee that you will have a shower every night, they can promise that you will have the chance to shower a few times on each of the camping tours, and will be able to swim every day.  Most of our guests claim they have never felt so fresh in their lives!

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Gourmet meals will change your view on camp food, catering to most dietary restrictions. Your guides include lots of fresh local meats, seafoods and fine cheeses, as well as hordes of fresh fruit and healthy salads. 

Delicious food outside is our specialty! Your guide is an exceptional cook, and is looking forward to surprising you with our variety of fresh and gourmet meals. They can accommodate any kind of dietary restriction or preference you may have, such as gluten free, vegetarian or lactose intolerant. They focus the meals around an abundance of fresh local meats, seafood, cheese, fruit and of course, tasty sweets to keep a delighted smile on your face.

You are welcome to bring along your own alcohol.

8 day tour, available June 2017 - September 2017
$1825.00 / per person - CAD
2017 dates: June 7-14, June 19-26, July 26-August 2, August 30-September 6.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A $500.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Full refunds will be given for cancellations more than 60 days prior to trip, minus a 5 percent transaction fee of what you have paid. Cancellations within 60 days of tour start date will not be refunded. If you need to cancel your tour within 60 days of tour departure we will credit you for another of our tours, minus any costs that have already been incurred by us. These credits are transferable from person to person, but expire in 1 year from issue date.

8 day tour, available June 2017 - September 2017

Day 1

We gather you up from your Victoria hotel and get to know everyone before starting our grand tour of Victoria's quaint harbour and downtown.  Victoria has a wealth of historical landmarks to wonder at, and picture how it has changed over the last hundred years.  After our tour we head West out of the city and to the Pacific Coast where we camp with a commanding view of the Olympic Peninsula.  Set up your tent below lofty old growth trees, and next to luscious Salal berry bushes.  Feast beneath open skies and talk about the exciting days ahead of us.

 

Day 2

Load up on a fresh, healthy breakfast before hopping in the van and continuing North along the West Coast of Vancouver Island.  We stop to marvel at the gigantic trees and bountiful tidal pools around quiet and rugged Port Renfrew, then watch the landscape change as we pass through the Cowichan Valley.  Stand beneath the tallest trees on the coast in Cathedral Grove before settling down to camp on the pleasant shores of Sproat Lake.  Watch the sun set as we enjoy a hearty meal.

Day 3

Wake up bright and early to a tasty breakfast, then load up on the Francis Barkley for your scenic cruise through Barkley Sound on this working packet freighter.  Stop in at places seldom seen along its voyage through the distant corners of the sound, entertained by the efficiency of the working crew loading and unloading supplies at each remote port.  Watch for humpback whales and bald eagles as you steam past the Broken Group Islands, and sea lions and seals as you pull into Ucuelet.  We head North towards Tofino, legendary surf and adventure town and one of the furthest west destinations in Canada.  Explore endless beaches and rain forests, smelling the salty air and spotting eagles overhead.  Set up camp at Bella Pacifica campground right on the beach,while watching the brilliant west coast sun set.  

Day 4

How could we enjoy being near the Pacific Ocean more than embarking on a high speed boating excursion through the deep fjords of Clayoquot Sound.  We cruise through rugged landscapes, tamed by no man, on our way to Hot Springs Cove for a soothing soak in the natural hot springs.  When we return to Tofino you have a few hours to explore the town on slightly wobbly legs, or if you desire you can opt for a quick surf session.

Day 5

Today we drive East along the infamous "Highway of Waterfalls", heading for Strathcona Provincial Park.  We make a stop in Coombs, a popular market filled with locally made art, delicacies and souvenirs.  Check out several waterfalls, and feast your eyes on the alpine playground of Vancouver Island.  We camp beneath the dark, starry sky on the shores of Buttle Lake. 

Day 6

Wake up to the smell of a hearty breakfast, and fill yourself before our hike.  Today we hike through old growth trees, meandering up to a brilliant, open alpine world and Bedwell Lake.  See how many kinds of mushrooms you can spot on the way up, or how many berries you can stuff in your mouth!  Picnic beside the lake, and even go for a refreshing swim in the calm, inviting waters.  Arrive back at our beautiful camp and kick your feet up; you earned it!

Day 7

Start off the day exploring Campbell River and perusing the busy working port, before heading for the Gulf Islands.  We pass pleasant, warm beaches, facing the brilliant panorama of the coast mountain ranges, where we stop and take pictures.  Hop aboard the ferry to Salt Spring Island and try the laid back Gulf Island lifestyle.  We hang out at secluded beaches and hike to a viewpoint with dominating views of the Strait of Georgia.  Gather around a warm fire and reflect on all the amazing memories of the tour with your new friends.  

Day 8

We enjoy a final breakfast together and board the ferry back to the main island, beginning our journey South to Victoria.  Enjoy the scenic drive over the Malahat Pass and through Goldstream Park, before we drop you off at your hotel.