Vancouver Island & British Columbia Coastal Drive

Resort: Vancouver Island & British Columbia Coastal Drive
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Canada
Price From: £2145.00

Overview

Take in the scenic highlights of Alberta
and British Columbia on this self-drive
private journey. Start in the vibrant
cities of Victoria and Vancouver before
heading up the Pacific coast for an
unforgettable ferry cruise through the
Inside Passage. Stop off at the lessfrequented
locations of Smithers and
Prince George, before ending in the
alpine towns of Banff and Jasper in the
Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver Victoria

Collect your hire car and drive to Tsawwassen
ferry terminal for the 90-minute crossing to
Vancouver Island. Enjoy the scenic drive with a
stop at Butchart gardens before checking in to
Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria for 1 night. (N)

Day 2: Duncan Quadra Island

Drive north to Campbell River via Duncan,
a small city known for its totem poles. Then
board a short ferry ride to Quadra Island and
stay 2 nights at April Point Resort. (N)

Day 3: Quadra Island

Join a shared cruise on a Zodiac through
Desolation Sound, with the chance to see sea
lions, dolphins, timber wolves and black bears
in their natural habitat. (N)

Day 4: Port Hardy

Head back to Vancouver Island before
travelling north up to the town of Port Hardy
for a 1-night stay at Quarterdeck Inn. (N)

Day 5: Inside Passage Prince Rupert

Travel through the sheltered waters of
Canadas spectacular Inside Passage on
board a car ferry to Prince Rupert. You will
have a private cabin for the duration of this
15-hour journey, which passes snow-capped
mountains, dense forests and dramatic fjords.
On arrival in Prince Rupert, make your way to
Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel for 1 night. (B)

Day 6: Smithers

Follow the Yellowhead Highway to Smithers,
hugging the Skeena river. En route we recommend stopping at the Ksan Historic
Indian Village for an insight into the culture and
history of the First Nations people of Gitxsan.
Stay 1 night at Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge. (B)

Day 7: Prince George

Drive to Prince George, passing through
spectacular scenery with possible wildlife
sightings. Overnight at Sandman Signature
Prince George Hotel. (N)

Days 8-9: Jasper

Drive east today, through mountain scenery
and over the Continental Divide to Jasper.
Stay 2 nights at the Sawridge Inn. Day 9 is at
leisure to explore picturesque Maligne lake
or take a tram ride up Whistler Mountain. (N)

Day 10: Icefields Parkway Banff

Drive to Banff, travelling along one of North
Americas most scenic highways, the Icefields
Parkway. En route, join a shared Ice Explorer
excursion on the Athabasca glacier. Stay 2
nights at Banff Caribou Lodge. (N)

Day 11: Banff

At leisure in Banff. A ride on Banff gondola to
the summit of Sulphur Mountain and a dip
in the hot pools at the Upper Hot Springs are
included. (N)

Day 12: Banff Calgary Onward travel

Drive to Calgary and return your hire car.
Fly home or continue your holiday in
Canada. (N)

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