COUGAR ACCOMMODATED

About your Trip

Escape to the rugged west coast of British Columbia on this 6 day tour to Vancouver Island and Whistler. Experience soaring mountains, old-growth forests, raging waterfalls, and picturesque lake and ocean views. Enjoy free time in the quaint fishing village of Tofino, Victoria (the provincial capital), and Whistler, one of the 2010 Olympic host resorts. With adventure activities like whale watching, surfing, and ziplining on offer, and beaches, shops, and sites to explore, you’ll have plenty to do!

What's Included

Dates & Prices

2021 DEPARTURE DAYS

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May 04 to 31

LOW SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $769

June 01 to 30

MID SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $809

July 01 to August 31

PEAK SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $849

September 01 to 14

MID SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $809

TRIP OVERVIEW

FROM CAD $769

6 days/5 nights

Season: May – September

Start: 07:45 Vancouver

End: ~20:00 Vancouver

Max Group Size: 24

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
  • Day 5 Vancouver to Whistler
    Shannon Falls
  • Day 6 Whistler to Vancouver
    Free time/hiking/activities

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Take a scenic ferry journey across the Salish Sea

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

Walk through a rainforest to the base of Shannon Falls

Go for a hike (or ride the gondola!) for views of the Whistler valley

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Vancouver to Tofino

Seen an Orca lately? Let’s begin our adventure with a little marine life spotting as we take a scenic ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  From there we will explore the lush rainforests, gushing waterfalls and 800 year-old giant Douglas fir trees of Vancouver Island.  Then we’re off to Pacific Rim National Park to take some of the most magnificent coastlines and island scenery before settling down in the quaint little fishing village of Tofino for the next 2 nights.  And relax…

 

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino – Whalers on the Point

DAY 2

Tofino Free Day

Whether you choose to kick back with a soak in Tofino’s natural hot springs, or jump right into the kayaking or surfing, today is yours to do as you please!  Explore on foot, by bike or go hiking – Tofino has lots on offer for your free day!

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino – Whalers on the Point

DAY 3

Tofino to Victoria

Today we’ll stop off in the village of Coombs for a chance to spot the famous goats on the roof of the Old Country Market.  Then, it’s the East Coast for us as we head down to Chemainus with its 39 giant outdoor murals for a little Al Fresco art appreciation.  Nice! And who would miss the world’s largest (ice) hockey stick?  Not us! This evening we’ll be staying in the BC provincial capital, Victoria, where you can enjoy the buzzing Inner Harbour night scene.  No early-to-bed tonight!

 

Moose Accommodation (Tue departures from Vancouver) Ocean Island Inn

Moose Accommodation (Fri Departures from Vancouver) HI Victoria

DAY 4

Victoria to Vancouver

You will have some free time to go exploring today, and there’s plenty to see in Victoria! Check out the Royal BC Museum, Parliament Buildings and the impressive Empress Hotel, or take in the sights of Canada’s oldest Chinatown, remembering to put Fan Tan Alley on your list.  We recommend a little wander along the waterfront boardwalk to Fisherman’s Wharf before joining us again for another scenic ferry back to the mainland and Vancouver.

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Vancouver – Jericho Beach

DAY 5

Vancouver to Whistler

Have your camera ready for an amazing journey today! We start at the Cypress Mountain Lookout with its stunning views of Vancouver as you’d never seen it before, and then onward past mountain peaks, glaciers and stunning lakes before taking in a bite to eat at Alice Lake Provincial Park. We just have to stop at Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls before heading toward Whistler where you can let your hair down and enjoy its trendy night scene!

 

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Moose Accommodation: HI Whistler

DAY 6

Whistler to Vancouver

We don’t leave until the afternoon today, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your thrill on by ziplining, bungee jumping, downhill mountain biking, or hiking on either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains. If you’re looking to relax, find a spot in one of the beautiful parks. The day is yours to enjoy as you please! After departing Whistler, we’ll make another picturesque stop en route before finishing the day back in Vancouver.

Moose Accommodation: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight.

ACTIVITIES

The Cougar tour through Western Canada offers adrenaline seekers every adventure activity you chould imagine: bungee jumping, ziplining, mountain biking, and more. Moose offers dozens of options to soak in the scenery in a more relaxed way, like whale watching, hot springs or riding the Peak to Peak gondola for incredible mountain vistas.

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 Cougar is a combination of our Island Explorer and Sea to Sky tours. There will be travellers joining and leaving your tour in Vancouver between Days 4 and 5.

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!

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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