Family Adventure Canada, British Columbia Bonanza
Canada, Family, 12 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,375 (land only) - from $2,740 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Vancouver. A single timed transfer is included from the airport to the hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the hotel. Overnight hotel Vancouver.
Day 2: Vancouver. We start with a walk in Stanley Park, through the forest and seeing the colourfully painted totem poles. We then visit Vancouver Aquarium before travelling to Deep Cove where we eat some of Canada's best doughnuts before either hiking along the shores or having an optional sea kayaking or canoeing tour. We finish the day with a BBQ on the beach. Overnight hotel Vancouver.
Day 3: This morning takes us to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Here we explore the forest with a treetop adventure of platforms & bridges and a cliff walkway. Transferring to Porteau Cove we may see seals before our visit to the Britannia Beach Museum were we board a little miners train into an authentic tunnel. We have do some gold panning before transferring to Squamish. Overnight camping Squamish.
Day 4: After breakfast at camp we set off for a morning walk at Cheakamus Lake (2hrs) to discover the ancient volcano and crater. The afternoon we have at leisure in Whistler. There are many activities to choose from including swimming, paddle board or canoeing in the lake, taking the gondola ride to the tops for a walk or simply walking around Whistler Village. Overnight camping Squamish.
Day 5: Our walk today is 3-4 hours and takes us to the Stawamus Chief - or simply known as 'The Chief'. This 700m granite dome towers is said to be the second largest granite monolith in the world. The First Nation people of this area consider the Chief to be a place of spiritual significance. We take the ferry over to Vancouver Island and drive to our campsite. Overnight camping Qualicum beach.
Day 6: It's off to visit the caves at Horne Lake this morning. In the cavern we see beautiful crystal formations and ancient fossils. After our picnic by the lake we take the scenic drive to Tofino stopping of at Cathedral Grove with its giant 800 yr old Douglas fir trees. Tofino is located on the southern shores of Vancouver Island surrounded by picturesque bays and inlets. Overnight camping Tofino.
Day 7: We have the next 2 days exploring the fabulous Pacific Rim National Park. Our highlight will be our included bear watching tour. This tour is from a boat, so we can explore the inlets giving us great opportunities to find the bears in their natural habitat. If we are lucky we may also see whales, harbour seals and sea eagles. It's going to be great! Overnight camping Tofino.
Day 8: A further day in Pacific Rim National Park and we have the option of several different activities. We can go fishing or enjoy a guided rain forest walk, a whale watching trip or the keen can opt for a surfing lesson! There are also self-guided walks along the coastal trails to enjoy. There is something for everyone. Overnight camping Tofino.
Day 9: En route to Victoria today we stop at a picturesque fishing village and possibly the Coombs Country Market where the goats graze happily on the roof of a village cafe. Tonight we camp on the outskirts of Victoria. Time allowing we can travel into Victoria and get a feel for this friendly town. Overnight camping Victoria.
Day 10: There are many opportunities and options for activities and adventure today! If we haven't taken a whale watching tour already we can do this today, or have a ghost city tour, or maybe bike the 'Galloping Goose Trail'. Of course we can just relax and explore Victoria which has an interesting First Nations museum as well. The options are endless! Overnight camping Victoria.
Day 11: We take the ferry back to Vancouver. The afternoon takes us to Granville Island. This is a haven for children with a kids market, not your usual plastic stuff but quality locally made goods. There is an array of cafes and an extensive play area with water sprays, water slides and general fun. Adults enjoy a picnic on the surrounding grass whilst supervising! Overnight hotel Vancouver.
Day 12: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.