Bus and Van

Wilderness Camping on Vancouver Island | CA-FA801

Explore Vancouver Island on this Bus and Van Tour

Overview

Spend 5, 6 or 8 days camping in the wilderness of Vancouver Island and exploring the West Coast of Canada in a comfortable van.

Tour Highlights

  • Vancouver Island
  • West Coast of Canada
  • Cowichan Valley
  • Barkley Sound Cruise
  • Speed Boating through fjords of Clayoquot Sound
  • Tofino

On our multi-day tour along the West Coast of Vancouver Island, you’ll explore the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, with a guide, uncovering its history and some little-known facts about the city, cruise amongst Broken Group Islands, and visit Tofino, a paradise for all nature lovers. You can choose to spend 5, 6, or 8 days on this spectacular island with only a few changes in the itinerary. The 8-day itinerary is suited for those who want to also explore the East Coast of the island.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group
  • Expert guides
  • No required single supplement
  • Guaranteed departures
Available Jun - Sept
Duration 5-8 days
Departs From Victoria, BC
Difficulty Level Easy / Moderate
Group maximum 10
Minimum age 10
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

1 825 CAD

Per Adult

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  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676

Availability (2019):
June 8-15, June 19-26, June 29-July 6,
July 27-August 3, August 7-14, August 31-Sep 7, Sep 14-21.


Offering a 20% discount, while seats are still available, on June 19th and September 14th departures.

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What's Included

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Included

  • Transportation in a comfortable van
  • Camping equipment
  • All meals from pick up to drop off
  • Guided hikes and excursions during the entire tour
  • Victoria city tour

What to bring

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented)
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Personal items and clothes

Not Included

  • 5% local tax.
  • Trip cancellation/ travel medical insurance.
  • Optional single tent upgrade
  • Optional activities: (Barkley Sound Cruise $45, Tofino hot springs excursion $130, Surf Lesson $30- $100)

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Itinerary

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Information

Choose from a 5, 6 or 8-day itinerary and jumpstart your camping adventure on Vancouver Island. The tour begins in the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, where a guided city tour awaits you. You’ll get a true insider’s perspective, learn about the history of the city, and seek out all the hidden spots!

After the tour, we’ll head to the west coast of Vancouver Island, where we’ll spend most of our days. You’ll cruise around the Barkley Sound and its islands, visit some of the oldest trees in the world, speed boat through the fjords of Clayoquot Sound, and explore Tofino, a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers! If you choose our 6-day tour itinerary, you’ll also drive down the “highway of waterfalls” and on the 8-day tour itinerary, you’ll not only explore a rich diversity of waterfalls but also see the Gulf Islands and Strathcona Provincial Park.

Day 1 - Victoria

Our adventure begins when we pick you up from your hotel in central Victoria. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is one of the oldest cities in Pacific Northwest, established in 1843. You’ll be treated to a guided city tour where the centuries-old history, architecture, and infrastructure speaks of its British colonial past and the opium trade from Hong Kong. It’s a lively and multicolored city, cited as one of the best places to live in Canada thanks to its quality of life. Later on, we’ll continue west and out of the city, towards the Pacific Ocean. Our camp for the night will be set up right on the shores of the Juan de Fuca Strait, with stunning views of the Olympic Peninsula.

 

Day 2 - Port Renfrew

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll continue our exploration of the West Coast of Vancouver Island and Port Renfrew will be our next stop. On the way there, you’ll feast your eyes on the luscious flourishing landscape of Pacific rainforests and rugged coastlines.

Port Renfrew is a small hamlet with a highly significant history. Home to the Pacheedaht First Nation, “People of the Sea Foam”, it hosts the famous West Coast Trail, which was used for trade and travel by the locals. Later, the trail became a rescue site for shipwrecked sailors and was named as the Graveyard of the Pacific because more than 137 major shipping accidents occurred along its shores. The town is also known for sheltering some of the world’s biggest trees in its forests, which we’ll have a chance to visit on our way North.

Our camp for the night will be set on the shores of Sproat Lake, surrounded by three major provincial parks of the area. We’ll enjoy a scrumptious dinner and sleep under the starry skies.

 

Day 3 - Barkley Sound

Located where one might think the end of the world is, Barkley Sound will make you feel like you’re far from the chaos of the modern city, despite actually being very close to it. Once everyone is ready to go, we’ll jump aboard Frances Barkley and start our third day with a scenic cruise around Barkley sound. Barkley Sound is home to the Broken Islands Group and has plentiful of wildlife to showcase. Watch out for humpback whales and bald eagles as we make a few stops along the way and wave hello to sea lions and seals, as they laze on the shores of Ucluelet.

Next, we head North towards Tofino, one of the most western destinations in the country. Tofino is famous amongst surfers and is also widely appreciated by all nature and wildlife lovers. Our camp for the night will be set at Bella Pacifica campsite, where we can fall asleep with breathtaking views of a flaming west coast sunset.

 

Day 4 - Tofino

After a freshly cooked breakfast on the shore of the beach, we’ll begin our day with a speed boat ride in the fjords of Clayoquot Sound. Clayoquot Sound is a vast body of water, dotted with islands and carved inlets, including Sydney Inlet, home of Hot Springs Cove. Humans have inhabited Clayoquot Sound for at least 9 thousand years. So sit back and soak in the bubbling hot springs, where our ancestors bathed many years ago.

Those of us who are not into bubbling waters from the depths of Earth, can wander around the town of Tofino or even join a surfing lesson in Canada’s surfing paradise.

 

Day 5 - Departure

After a hearty breakfast, our shuttle bus will take us home to Nanaimo or downtown Victoria. You can expect an extremely scenic drive along the east coast of Vancouver Island and arrive at Nanaimo by 2.45 p.m. or Victoria by 5 p.m.

 

 

Day 1 - Victoria

Our adventure begins when we pick you up from your hotel in central Victoria. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is one of the oldest cities in Pacific Northwest, established in 1843. You’ll be treated to a guided city tour where the centuries-old history, architecture, and infrastructure speaks of its British colonial past and the opium trade from Hong Kong. It’s a lively and multicolored city, cited as one of the best places to live in Canada thanks to its quality of life. Later on, we’ll continue west and out of the city, towards the Pacific Ocean. Our camp for the night will be set up right on the shores of the Juan de Fuca Strait, with stunning views of the Olympic Peninsula.

 

Day 2 - Port Renfrew

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll continue our exploration of the West Coast of Vancouver Island and Port Renfrew will be our next stop. On the way there, you’ll feast your eyes on the luscious flourishing landscape of Pacific rainforests and rugged coastlines.

Port Renfrew is a small hamlet with a highly significant history. Home to the Pacheedaht First Nation, “People of the Sea Foam”, it hosts the famous West Coast Trail, which was used for trade and travel by the locals. Later, the trail became a rescue site for shipwrecked sailors and was named as the Graveyard of the Pacific because more than 137 major shipping accidents occurred along its shores. The town is also known for sheltering some of the world’s biggest trees in its forests, which we’ll have a chance to visit on our way North.

Our camp for the night will be set on the shores of Sproat Lake, surrounded by three major provincial parks of the area. We’ll enjoy a scrumptious dinner and sleep under the starry skies.

 

Day 3 - Barkley Sound

Located where one might think the end of the world is, Barkley Sound will make you feel like you’re far from the chaos of the modern city, despite actually being very close to it. Once everyone is ready to go, we’ll jump aboard Frances Barkley and start our third day with a scenic cruise around Barkley sound. Barkley Sound is home to the Broken Islands Group and has plentiful of wildlife to showcase. Watch out for humpback whales and bald eagles as we make a few stops along the way and wave hello to sea lions and seals, as they laze on the shores of Ucluelet.

Next, we head North towards Tofino, one of the most western destinations in the country. Tofino is famous amongst surfers and is also widely appreciated by all nature and wildlife lovers. Our camp for the night will be set at Bella Pacifica campsite, where we can fall asleep with breathtaking views of a flaming west coast sunset.

 

Day 4 - Tofino

After a freshly cooked breakfast on the shore of the beach, we’ll begin our day with a speed boat ride in the fjords of Clayoquot Sound. Clayoquot Sound is a vast body of water, dotted with islands and carved inlets, including Sydney Inlet, home of Hot Springs Cove. Humans have inhabited Clayoquot Sound for at least 9 thousand years. So sit back and soak in the bubbling hot springs, where our ancestors bathed many years ago.

 

Day 5 - More Tofino!

Due to popular demand, we have added an extra day at Tofino to our camping in Vancouver Island tour. On your third day there, you can perfect those surfer moves, go kayaking or even embark upon wildlife watching activities. Tofino is enveloped by the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, both of which are popular tourist destinations with bubbling natural hot springs, wildlife, resting in their natural habitats, and scenic hiking trails.

 

Day 6 - Highway of Waterfalls

Waking up to the sounds of the roaring ocean never gets boring and it’s something you’ll miss once you leave Tofino behind. After a hearty breakfast, our final day will begin with a drive down the East Coast. The East Coast of Vancouver Island is equally stunning and has a rich diversity of waterfalls to showcase. Winding, serpentine-like routes will take you through some of the most beautiful mountain terrains in the world. We’ll reach Nanaimo by 2 p.m. and further travel plans can be made from there independently.

 

Those of us who are not into bubbling waters from the depths of Earth, can wander around the town of Tofino or even join a surfing lesson in Canada’s surfing paradise.

Day 1 - Victoria

Our adventure begins when we pick you up from your hotel in central Victoria. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is one of the oldest cities in Pacific Northwest, established in 1843. You’ll be treated to a guided city tour where the centuries-old history, architecture, and infrastructure speaks of its British colonial past and the opium trade from Hong Kong. It’s a lively and multicolored city, cited as one of the best places to live in Canada thanks to its quality of life. Later on, we’ll continue west and out of the city, towards the Pacific Ocean. Our camp for the night will be set up right on the shores of the Juan de Fuca Strait, with stunning views of the Olympic Peninsula.

 

Day 2 - Port Renfrew

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll continue our exploration of the West Coast of Vancouver Island and Port Renfrew will be our next stop. On the way there, you’ll feast your eyes on the luscious flourishing landscape of Pacific rainforests and rugged coastlines.

Port Renfrew is a small hamlet with a highly significant history. Home to the Pacheedaht First Nation, “People of the Sea Foam”, it hosts the famous West Coast Trail, which was used for trade and travel by the locals. Later, the trail became a rescue site for shipwrecked sailors and was named as the Graveyard of the Pacific because more than 137 major shipping accidents occurred along its shores. The town is also known for sheltering some of the world’s biggest trees in its forests, which we’ll have a chance to visit on our way North.

Our camp for the night will be set on the shores of Sproat Lake, surrounded by three major provincial parks of the area. We’ll enjoy a scrumptious dinner and sleep under the starry skies.

 

Day 3 - Barkley Sound

Located where one might think the end of the world is, Barkley Sound will make you feel like you’re far from the chaos of the modern city, despite actually being very close to it. Once everyone is ready to go, we’ll jump aboard Frances Barkley and start our third day with a scenic cruise around Barkley sound. Barkley Sound is home to the Broken Islands Group and has plentiful of wildlife to showcase. Watch out for humpback whales and bald eagles as we make a few stops along the way and wave hello to sea lions and seals, as they laze on the shores of Ucluelet.

Next, we head North towards Tofino, one of the most western destinations in the country. Tofino is famous amongst surfers and is also widely appreciated by all nature and wildlife lovers. Our camp for the night will be set at Bella Pacifica campsite, where we can fall asleep with breathtaking views of a flaming west coast sunset.

 

Day 4 - Tofino

After a freshly cooked breakfast on the shore of the beach, we’ll begin our day with a speed boat ride in the fjords of Clayoquot Sound. Clayoquot Sound is a vast body of water, dotted with islands and carved inlets, including Sydney Inlet, home of Hot Springs Cove. Humans have inhabited Clayoquot Sound for at least 9 thousand years. So sit back and soak in the bubbling hot springs, where our ancestors bathed many years ago.

Those of us who are not into bubbling waters from the depths of Earth, can wander around the town of Tofino or even join a surfing lesson in Canada’s surfing paradise.

 

Day 5 - Highway of Waterfalls

The second half of our tour will lead us across the equally beautiful East Coast of Vancouver Island. Our day will begin with a scenic drive down the “Highway of Waterfalls”. We’ll step out of the van in Coombs, a tiny hamlet on the east coast. Coombs is famous for hosting an abundance of galleries, boutiques, and shops selling locally made sweets, art, and souvenirs. One of its most popular attractions is the market which has goats living right on its roof!

The market was opened in the 1950s by a Norwegian family, who felt inspired by homes and farms built directly into the hillside and decided to reward Vancouver Island with this unique Norwegian construction. Legend has it that the goats appeared on top of the roof one drunken night, after the son-in-law of the architect suggested that goats could mow the grass on the high roof.

After exploring a few hidden waterfalls on the way to the South of the island, we’ll set up our camp under the starry skies of  Buttle Lake.

 

Day 6 - Strathcona Provincial Park

After a filling, freshly cooked breakfast, we embark upon a hike in Strathcona Provincial Park. Strathcona Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia and also the biggest on Vancouver Island. Founded in 1911, the park contains the Elk River Mountains with some of the highest peaks of the Vancouver Island Ranges. We’ll hike amongst some oldest trees in the world, have lunch at Bedwell Lake, and do some berry and mushroom picking! After a refreshing swim in the lake, we’ll head back to our camp and enjoy a scrumptious dinner.

 

Day 7 - Campbell River and the Gulf Islands

We’ll start our day exploring the Campbell River. Known as “the Salmon Capital of the World”, the town is a busy working port, bursting with life. On our way to the Gulf Islands, we drive along the landscape of Vancouver Island Mountain Ranges and never-ending glistening beaches. The scenery is a perfect backdrop for some wonderful holiday photos!

Next, we’ll hop on a ferry to Salt Spring Island, the first and largest inhabited island in the sound, where dominating views of the Georgia Strait welcomes us. Here, we’ll spend our last night next to a cozy fireplace, sharing stories and memories of the time that we spent together on Vancouver Island.

 

Day 8 - Departure

Once everyone is ready, we’ll hop a ferry back to the mainland and begin our trip South. We’ll drive through the Malahat Pass and Goldstream Park before we drop you off at your hotel or Victoria city center.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposits are non-refundable. 90 day cancellation policy.