British Colombia Bonanza Family Adventure

Multi-active family adventure fun on the West Coast of Canada







From $2,740 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Bear watching boat trip included in the holiday price
  • Pan for gold, kayaking, canoe, take a miners train into a tunnel
  • Surf or fish at the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island
  • A totally awesome family holiday in Canada

Concentrating on a small corner of Canada we have created a family adventure holiday, which gives you the true Canadian experience without having to drive for thousands of miles with the kids! Starting in Vancouver we have BBQ's on the beach, look for otters and seals, kayaking, canoeing, a visit to the Capilano suspension bridge and climb aboard the mine train and travel through the tunnels - and this is just in the first few days! We transfer to Squamish and enjoy a couple of days here with some short walks and day in Whistler to zoom up the gondola or paddle on the lake. We also walk ‘The Chief' in Squamish before taking the ferry to beautiful Vancouver Island. Here we see 800yr old Douglas Firs, check out some caves and enjoy scenic walks. Our highlight is the bear watching tour from the safety of a boat whilst darting in and out of the inlets. Truly amazing. Further optional activities such as whale watching, surfing, fishing and biking are also available in the Pacific Rim National Park. In Victoria we can visit the first Nations museum and see their colourful art before we take the ferry back to Vancouver. This holiday gives you a great sense of adventure, the wildlife, wilderness and of what Canada is about. There is no need for endless driving, just a great itinerary and the beauty of the country will charm you and your family. It's totally awesome!

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 6 yrs old

This is a jam packed holiday full of activities and adventure, but easily accessible for families who are active on a weekly basis at home and there is a focus on having fun. The maximum walk is approx 4hrs at an easy, gentle pace. Many of the shorter walks are ‘interpretive', so follow a planned route with informative boards of information. You have to have a sense of adventure to enjoy the holiday and be willing to help the guide out with camp chores such as setting up tents and helping prepare the meals, fetch water, assist with the dishes etc. Many activities and tours are including in the holiday price, but there are options on a few days to choose additional. If you wish to take part in any of the water based activities you must be able to swim. All activities are suitable for beginners and children.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Vancouver. A single transfer from Vancouver Airport is provided.
  • Totem Poles, Vancouver Aquarium, walk or kayak at Deep Cove. BBQ on beach.
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge, Porteau Cove walk, mining museum, transfer to Squamish.
  • Morning walk at Cheakamus Lake. Afternoon in Whistler.
  • Walk up the Stawamus Chief (700m). Ferry to Vancouver Island.
  • Caves at Horne Lake. Drive to Tofino via the giant Douglas Firs.
  • Bear, whale and seal watching wildlife tour from a boat in the Pacific Rim National Park.
  • Day at Pacific Rim National Park. Options for surfing, boogie boards or coastal walks.
  • Drive to Victoria, stopping at Coombs Country Market.
  • Free day in Victoria, or optional activities like whale watching, bike ride or just explore Victoria.
  • Ferry back to Vancouver. Afternoon at Granville Island. Dinner in historic Vancouver.
  • Departure day.
Sat 09 Jul - Fri 22 Jul Code FBC /01/16/ Adult$2,740 Child$2,740 Status Available Book now
Sat 23 Jul - Wed 03 Aug Code FBC /02/16/ Adult$2,740 Child$2,740 Status Available Book now
Fri 19 Aug - Tue 30 Aug Code FBC /03/16/ Adult$2,740 Child$2,740 Status Available Book now
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Vancouver. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Vancouver is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Vancouver. A single transfer from Vancouver Airport is provided.

    Meet 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.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Totem Poles, Vancouver Aquarium, walk or kayak at Deep Cove. BBQ on beach.

    Today we explore Vancouver. We start with a walk in Stanley Park, through the old growth forest and seeing the colourfully painted totem poles of Canada’s First Nation people. This park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the urban landscape of Vancouver. We then visit Vancouver Aquarium, giving us a good insight to the wildlife we may see in the wild over the next week. It is the largest aquarium in Canada with an amazing 50,000 animals! It prides itself on the highest possible standards and all profits go to conservation of aquatic life. In the afternoon we travel to Deep Cove where we eat some of Canada’s best doughnuts (yum) before either hiking along the shores or having an optional beginners sea kayaking or First Nation Canoe tour. On the optional guided kayak tour we explore Deep Cove on the calm waters in the fjord we may see harbour seals, eagles and colourful starfish. The kayaking is suitable for beginners and children, and full basics are taught before entering the water. The first Nation Canoe tour is run by the Tsleil-Waututh people, and takes us in a 25 ft traditional style ocean-going canoe whilst our guides share legends, songs and stories. We finish the day with a BBQ on the beach. Return to Vancouver hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge, Porteau Cove walk, mining museum, transfer to Squamish.

    This morning takes us to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This 70m high bridge has thrilled visitors since 1889m, and whilst this wobbly bridge is fun to cross, there is a lot more here to see. We can enjoy a treetop adventure with high platforms and bridges, which have interpretive signs providing us with history, culture and environmental gems as we walk. There is also an exciting new cliff walkway. We then transfer to Porteau Cove for a short walk and where we may see seals bobbing their heads up in the waters. Next is our visit to the Britannia Beach Museum were we board a little miners train which takes us into an authentic tunnel. Of course no visit is complete without some gold panning – and we all have the chance to take home some real gold! We then transfer to Squamish (approx 30 mins) where we find our campsite and set up camp for the first night.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Morning walk at Cheakamus Lake. Afternoon in Whistler.

    After breakfast at camp we set off for a morning walk (2hrs) at Cheakamus Lake to discover the ancient volcano and crater. This flat walk is perfect as it delivers some great scenery with the fantastic colours of the glacially fed turquoise waters surrounded by high mountains and forest. The afternoon we have at leisure in Whistler. There are many activities to choose from including swimming, paddle board or canoeing in the lake, a mountain bike ride, taking the gondola ride to the tops for a walk or simply walking around Whistler Village.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Walk up the Stawamus Chief (700m). Ferry to Vancouver Island.

    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. There are many routes to the top, and we take the easiest. We pass Shannon Falls where the water tumbles from more than 330m above. On the route there are some section where we have to scramble over large boulders with the help of some chains and ropes, but there is no exposure or difficulty, just a fun walk. From the peak we have scenic views of Howe Sound and the town of Squamish below. We then transfer to Horseshoe Bay from where we take the late afternoon, 1hr 40min ferry crossing to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. From here we drive to our campsite at Qualicum beach (total transfer time, including ferry 3.5hrs).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Caves at Horne Lake. Drive to Tofino via the giant Douglas Firs.

    It’s off to visit the caves at Horne Lake this morning. In the caverns we see beautiful crystal formations and ancient fossils. The chambers that we explore involve squeezing, crawling and climbing up narrow passages, great fun! We appear from the caves and enjoy a picnic lunch by the lake. We then take the scenic drive to Tofino, stopping of at Cathedral Grove with its giant 800 yr old Douglas fir trees. These are one of the most accessible stand of the giant Douglas fir trees and we can stroll along the network of trails under the shadow of these towering ancient trees. Tofino is located on the southern shores of Vancouver Island surrounded by picturesque bays and inlets.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Bear, whale and seal watching wildlife tour from a boat in the Pacific Rim National Park.

    We have the next 2 days exploring the fabulous Pacific Rim National Park. Our highlight will be our included bear watching tour. This 2-2.5hrs tour is from a boat, so we can explore the inlets giving us great opportunities to find the bears in their natural habitat. To observe bears feeding and interacting in their natural habitat without us disturbing them is an incredible experience. The skippers are passionate professionals and can often recognise individual bears by their behaviour. The tours are dependent on low tides, so timings vary daily. We prefer to leave just before low tide so we have the best possible opportunities to spend as much time wildlife viewing. During the low tide the rocky shorelines are exposed, providing a smorgasbord of shellfish, seaweed and crustaceans for the bears to feast on! We may also see other wildlife foraging, if we are super lucky the Grey wolf or mink. But more likely are the harbour seals relaxing on the rocks, seabirds and eagles, and possibly a whale. We are provided with dry suits to keep us warm and toasty whilst on the boat. It’s going to be great! Return to campsite at Tofino.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Day at Pacific Rim National Park. Options for surfing, boogie boards or coastal walks.

    A further day in Pacific Rim National Park and we have the option of several different activities. We can go on a fishing trip or enjoy a guided rain forest walk, a whale watching trip or the keen can opt for a surfing lesson (age 13yrs+) or rent boogie boards (wet suits essential)! There are also self-guided walks along the coastal trails including the tidal pools at Chesterman’s Beach. There is something for everyone. At the end of the day we will roast wieners (sausages) and marshmallows on our fire at the beach and fly our kites. Return to campsite at Tofino.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Victoria, stopping at Coombs Country Market.

    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.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Free day in Victoria, or optional activities like whale watching, bike ride or just explore Victoria.

    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’, a 3-4hr easy biking route. Of course we can just relax and explore Victoria, which has an interesting First Nations museum as well. There is also an IMAX cinema which runs a 45 mins film throughout the day and a butterfly museum. The options are endless! Return to campground.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Ferry back to Vancouver. Afternoon at Granville Island. Dinner in historic Vancouver.

    We take the 1hr 35min 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! We enjoy a celebratory evening meal in the historic Gas Town of Vancouver.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

  • Departure day.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Airport transfers are not included.

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Holiday Information

  • English-speaking local guide
  • Single timed airport transfers on arrival only
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • National park entrance fees
  • All excursions mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Departure airport transfers
  • Some meals as detailed in the meal plan
  • Extra activities and excursions
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single group transfer from Vancouver Airport to the group's downtown hotel is provided at around lunch time of Day 1 of the itinerary. This transfer is timed to meet passengers arriving on the flight from London Gatwick with Air Transat.

At the end of the holiday an airport transfer is not included from the hotel to the airport. Taxi's are readily available for approx CAD$50, and or we can arrange at an additional cost a private transfer.

Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

During the holiday the group will spend a total of 3 nights in comfortable hotels in Vancouver. We have 8 nights camping in tents on designated fully serviced campgrounds. Tents are based on a twin share. All group members should be willing to help the guide out with camp chores such as setting up tents and helping prepare the meals, fetch water, assist with the dishes etc. In the hotel children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3 or a double with an extendable couch for a family of 4. Children over 12 yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation. Additional hotel nights are available. Details of your first night's hotel together with an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfast is sometimes included with the hotel lodging, other times it must be acquired in a restaurant or taken in camp. Hotel "continental breakfasts" are usually very basic: coffee, tea, toast, jam, cereal, though they sometimes include waffles, fruit, muesli and yogurt. Whilst camping, the tour leader will prepare breakfast and dinner, although everyone is expected to lend a hand! This is usually a fun and sociable event. Lunch provisions are also provided by your tour leader. Everyone will prepare their own lunch in advance each morning, so that it can be eaten on the day's outing. Bread, sausage, cheese, fruit and snacks are provided for this purpose. Beverages are not included. Dinner will sometimes be taken in the hotel or in nearby restaurants. Your tour leader will make restaurant recommendations for the meals not included.

All meals are included except for 3 dinners. These are the dinners whilst staying in Vancouver. There is a large selection of restaurants available in Vancouver to suit all tastes and budgets. The town is very friendly and safe to walk around in day and night. You should budget CAD$25-30 (with taxes and tips) per person per dinner.

We estimate that a total of around £150 to £200 per family member - or equivalent in dollars - should be allowed for personal spending and the non-included meals. This amount should also be sufficient to cover any miscellaneous expenses and tips to local staff. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of soft drinks or beer, you should make an allowance for this. Note that many of the activities on this tour are optional, and depending on which you choose to participate in, you will need to budget accordingly in addition to the sum we recommend above. Please see the separate section on Optional Activities for further information. We recommend you carry your travel money in the form of cash (CAD dollars $), as travellers cheques are not readily exchanged, or take a certain amount of cash with a view to withdraw money from an ATM when in Canada. There are many ATMs accessible throughout the tour and credit cards are widely accepted as payment. Small fees are sometimes charged for using them. Diners Club and American Express are not accepted as universally as Visa or MasterCard. Optional Activity Costs: Please note that these prices are correct at time of writing, but are subject to change without warning. All prices are in Canadian Dollars CAD$ Day 2 (Deep Cove): Sea kayaking: Adults $80, Child $50 First National Canoe tour: Approx $40, min numbers will apply. Day 4 (Whistler): Mountain bike hire: Adults $35 per day, Child $25 per day. Hourly rentals or ½ day also available. Canoes, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle boards: $30 per hour. Whistler/Blackcomb gondola: Adult $49, Child $42 Day 7 (Pacific Rim National Park): Fishing trip (pre-booking essential): 1-3 Adults from $115 per hour. Whale watching: Adults $74, child $49 Surf lesson: 3 hrs $79 (available for ages 13yrs+) Day 10 (Victoria): Bike trip on Galloping Goose Trail: $59-69 Whale Watching: Adult $95, Child $69 Ghost City Tours: Adult $14, Child $12 Royal BC Museum & IMAX: Adult $15, Child $9.50 Butterfly Museum: Adult $15, Child $5-10

The group will be accompanied throughout by a professional English-speaking local tour leader.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We advise you to tip as a group.

There is no weight limit on this trip other than that imposed by your international carrier (normally 20kg). However, we do ask you to restrict your luggage to one trek bag and one small daypack per person due to restricted space on the tour vans. Note that during the tour there are laundromats with washing machines and dryers where you can do your laundry for a small charge.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

Canada eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization)

Current to 14 March 2016

A passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity) is required.

Citizens of the US, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and nationals of countries within the EU do not need a visa for visits to Canada up to 90 days.

From 15 March 2016

As of March 2016 all citizens (except for USA citizens) travelling to or transiting in Canada require at eTA – Electronic Travel Authorization. From 1 August 2015 travellers will be able to apply online for the eTA if travelling after 15 Mar 16. The eTA is valid for 5 years.

Applying for an eTa is an easy online process that will take just a few minutes. It costs $7 Canadian Dollars, and you require your passport that you will travel on, a credit card and an email address.

Passengers intending to travel via the USA, please note the following:

Your passport must have a machine readable bar code if you are transiting through the US. You must complete an online application form to travel to, or transit through the USA.

Under the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), all travellers, including children, from the 27 countries under the US visa waiver programme will have to fill out an electronic travel authorization form online ( prior to boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship. You can also use this site to check whether your country is part of the visa waiver scheme.

You will be required to answer questions about criminal records, communicable diseases, past history of visa revocation or deportation, and basic biographical data such as name, birth date and passport information. Changes in address and itinerary can be made online after the ESTA form has been first submitted.

You will not be allowed to board any US bound aircraft without completing the online ESTA form.

If you have a criminal record (including criminal driving offences), you will be required to obtain a visa in advance of entering or transiting the USA.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant embassy or commission in the case of recent alterations.

NOTE: If you are travelling to both Canada and the USA you will require both an eTA for Canada and an ESTA for the USA.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Strong shoes or walking boots
  • Socks
  • Teva-type sandals or Crocs (for water adventures)
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight trousers / pants
  • Shirts (at least one long-sleeved with collar) and T-shirts
  • Warm jacket/fleece (for chilly evenings)
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm/Wooly hat
  • Gloves
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag (rated to +5°C)
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Swimwear
  • Small towel (you may wish to take 2 towels, 1 for camping and 1 for water adventures)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Daypack 20 - 25 litres
  • Dry bags (to keep the contents of your daypack dry)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc)
  • Basic personal first aid kit: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids), and blister treatment, Insect repellent, antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea

The following items are optional:

  • Shorts
  • Wet wipes
  • Pocket-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Toys/games
  • Kite for flying on the beach
  • Note: Sleeping mats are provided

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The weather in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is ever-changing and always unpredictable. Summer days are long, but the summer season is short. July is the warmest month with a mean daily maximum temperature of 22°C. We can expect to encounter temperatures during the day ranging from 18°C. to 27°C. Naturally, at the higher elevations on our trip, the daytime temperatures will be lower than this. At night, the temperatures will typically drop to around 10°C. Although the weather is relatively stable at this time of year, we can expect some rainfall and mountains produce their own weather.

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