ISLAND EXPLORER ACCOMMODATED

About your Trip

Who doesn’t know about Vancouver Island? World famous for its breathtaking scenery, Vancouver Island is a must on your list of places to explore in Western Canada! Find majestic mountains, picturesque lakes and raging waterfalls in the authentic wilderness of West Coast British Columbia. This 4 day tour of Vancouver Island includes 1 night in Victoria, British Columbia’s provincial capital, and 2 nights in the little fishing village of Tofino.  With your free day there, you can take time out for surfing, relaxing on the beach, and even whale spotting on the optional extra cruises available. This is an ideal tour to experience the main highlights that Vancouver Island is known for!

What's Included

Dates & Prices

2021 DEPARTURE DAYS

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May 04 to 31

LOW SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $589

June 01 to 30

MID SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $599

July 01 to August 31

PEAK SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $629

September 01 to 14

MID SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $599

TRIP OVERVIEW

FROM CAD $589

4 days/3 nights

Season: May – September

Start: 07:45 Vancouver

End: ~20:00 Vancouver

Max Group Size: 13

ITINERARY SUMMARY

  • Day 1 Vancouver to Tofino
    Sproat Lake petroglyphs
  • Day 2 Tofino Free Day
    Free time/activities
  • Day 3 Tofino to Victoria
    Victoria Inner Harbour at night
  • Day 4 Victoria to Vancouver
    Scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Soak in the views at Wally Creek, en route to Tofino

See the prehistoric K’ak’awin petroglyph, one of the finest in British Columbia

Enjoy picture-perfect views around the quaint fishing village of Tofino

Watch the sunset over the Pacific from a beach near Tofino

Dive into the scene at Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Sail through the Gulf Islands and across the Salish Sea

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Vancouver to Tofino

We start our adventure with a scenic ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, then we’ll head into the lush rainforests of Vancouver Island for stunning views of its waterfalls, lakes, and 800-year old giant Douglas-fir trees. We still marvel at them each time we visit them! Continuing west, we come into Pacific Rim National Park, known for its for its pristine beaches, battered coastlines and hundreds of islands. Lastly, we arrive in Tofino, where we’ll stay for the next two nights and enjoy all that this quaint little fishing village has to offer.

 

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino – Whalers on the Point

DAY 2

Tofino Free Day

This free day is yours to do with as you please! With so many optional activities on offer, from whale watching, soaking in natural hot springs, sea kayaking and surfing, you’ll be spoilt for choice!  And if you’re just looking for some down-time, takes yourself for a stroll along Tofino’s beaches, or a gentle hike into the wilderness. Enjoy!

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino – Whalers on the Point

DAY 3

Tofino to Victoria

We’ll head back across the island today, stopping in the village of Coombs for a chance to spot the famous goats on the roof of the Old Country Market. From there, we’ll head south along the East Coast, passing through Chemainus, with its 39 giant outdoor murals, and also Duncan – home of the world’s largest (ice) hockey stick! We’ll settle in BC’s provincial capital, Victoria, where you’ll get a taste for the vibrant night life in the Inner Harbour.

 

Moose Accommodation (Tue departures from Vancouver): Ocean Island Inn

Moose Accommodation (Fri departures from Vancouver): HI Victoria

DAY 4

Victoria to Vancouver

Today’s the perfect day for getting some culture in! Spend your free time exploring the city sights around the Inner Harbour, including the Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel, and Royal BC Museum …or head down to Chinatown – the oldest in Canada – to explore Fan Tan Alley and the many diverse locally owned shops there!  In the afternoon, we recommend a walk along the waterfront boardwalk at Fisherman’s Wharf before we take another scenic ferry cruise back to the mainland and Vancouver, were our journey ends.

 

Moose Accommodation: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight. We recommend that you do not book onward travel on this day, in case of travel or weather disruption.

ACTIVITIES

Jump on the Island Explorer and take the opportunity to try local adventure activities like surfing in Tofino. Moose offers loads of options to soak in the scenery in a relaxed way, like whale watching and hot springs.

Optional activities are booked and paid through your Moose tour guide while on the tour. No need to pre-book! The following optional activities are available on this tour:

ACCOMMODATION

On the accommodated tour option, accommodation is included for all nights of the tour, in mixed gender, hostel dormitory rooms. Please note that you can request female only dorm rooms, and this is usually possible to accommodate, but we cannot guarantee it.

Most travellers book the accommodated tour option because it provides the best value for your money since we receive discounts from our accommodation providers that aren’t available to the general public. We choose hostels for their budget value, as well as offering great facilities and a warm, friendly atmosphere. By staying in shared dorm rooms you get a chance to meet more people, hang out with other tour guests, and keep the price as low as possible.

Not Interested in Staying in Shared Hostel Dorm Accommodation?

If you’d prefer to book your own accommodation, to stay in private rooms or in alternative properties, check out the non-accommodated version of this tour by clicking here.

IMPORTANT NOTES

The Island Explorer is part of numerous combination tours we offer: the Pacific, Sasquatch and Cougar. After you finish in Vancouver, many travellers will continue on to Whistler the following day.

All tour finish times are approximate. We strongly recommend that you DO NOT book onward travel on the final day of the tour, since traffic or other unexpected circumstances may cause delays.

Please note that our itineraries can change and/or activities can be cancelled without notice as a result of circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, traffic and unforeseen events. If this does occur, there may be alternatives available, or you may get to enjoy more free time to explore on your own!

Some sites on this tour are only available seasonally. In 2021, Moraine Lake is accessible from May 25th until October 12th. If you want to visit this site, please choose a departure within the appropriate date range.

If you’re flexible about when you can travel, consider the pros and cons of our travel seasons. In Low Season, you’ll get the BEST VALUE on our tours, there’s less traffic, and far fewer people at the most popular sites. The trade off is that the weather is typically more variable, cooler and wetter. Plus, a few sites may be closed, and the glacial lakes may still be frozen in the spring, although that’s also beautiful! In Peak Season, everything is open, the weather is more consistent, warmer and generally drier, and the glacial lakes are in their full glory. However, our tours cost more, traffic is busier, and the most popular locations on our itineraries can be very busy. Mid Season is somewhere in between.

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