Unforgettable experiences await in Canada’s Golden Triangle, Vancouver,
Victoria and Whistler. It is here where mountain gondolas, a First Nations cultural experience, a regional
Foodie Tour and an incredible wildlife cruise await. Travel Canada’s extensive ferry system to Vancouver
Island and enjoy the impressive Butchart Gardens.
1 Arrive in British Columbia
Welcome to Canada’s rugged Northwest in Vancouver and transfer to your hotel. Meet your Tour Manager in the hotel lobby at 5:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner. Meal: D
2 Vancouver Sightseeing and Capilano Suspension Bridge
Vancouver, the home of Canada’s Golden Triangle with its dramatic location between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean is sure to inspire you. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour to see Vancouver’s downtown core, the spectacular North Shore and beautiful Stanley Park. In the afternoon, head to North Vancouver and visit the impressive Capilano Suspension Bridge. Originally built in 1889 the bridge stretches 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River. Cross the bridge for spectacular views of the rainforest and learn the history of the region in the Story Center. Meal: B
3 Whistler’s PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Experience
Travel the fabulous “Sea to Sky Highway” today to beautiful Whistler. At the base of Blackcomb Mountain climb aboard the first of three gondolas for a ride to Rendezvous Lodge high atop Blackcomb. The views are spectacular on the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, a 1.88 mile-long ride across the mountain valley to Whistler Mountain. At Roundhouse Lodge, have a bite to eat and explore the mountain. Your final gondola takes you down to Whistler Village where quaint shops and stores await. Time for shopping before going back to Vancouver. Meals: B, D
4 BC Ferry to Victoria and Butchart Gardens
This morning, board the BC Ferry Service for the journey across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Here, discover why Butchart Gardens are world-famous for ornate landscaping and superb Italian, Japanese, and rose gardens. On a sightseeing tour, picturesque Victoria maintains a delightful English flavor, spiced with red double-decker buses, Tudor-style buildings and gardens. A guided tour features such sights as the Parliament Buildings, the British Columbia Provincial Museum, Beacon Hill Park and Christ Church Cathedral. Meals: B, D
5 Craigdarroch Castle and Victoria Food Tour
Begin the day at the Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion, Craigdarroch Castle. Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir this National Historic Site has been meticulously restored and gives a glimpse of the privileged life in the 1890s. Then, meet a Victoria Food Tour guide for a delicious culinary experience. This leisurely walking tour takes you to some of Victoria’s finest restaurants, local favorites and hidden culinary delights where chefs and cooks await with delectable morsels and culinary secrets. Meals: B, L
6 First Nations Cultural Experience
Make your way up the east coast of Vancouver Island to Courtenay for a visit to the I-Hos Gallery and a First Nations cultural experience. In a traditional long house your First Nations host teaches the history and cultural with a talk and live performance. Next, have lunch of a Bannock taco featuring traditional Bannock bread. Later, continue to Vancouver Island’s gateway to nature and adventure, Campbell River. Your hotel, the illustrious Painter’s Lodge is located on the banks of Discovery Passage. Meals: B, L
7 Whale Watching or Grizzly Bear Watching Tours
July departures are perfect for whale watching along the Northwest coast. The waters are alive with the resident Orca killer whales and a host of local wildlife on this full day excursion. Experience the feeling of wonder as they pass by the boat and listen to their calls through underwater microphones.
August and September departures include the exciting grizzly bear tour. Your comfortable, high-speed, covered vessel takes you to the Orford River Valley where specially-designed viewing platforms offer some of the best grizzly bear viewing on the west coast. Both trips include a delicious lunch.
Meals: B, L
8 Ride the BC Ferry to Vancouver
Travel south to the coastal town of Nanaimo. Here, board the BC Ferry Service again for the return journey across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver. Tonight, your Tour Manager hosts a farewell dinner where you gather to share memories of your Canadian adventure. Meals: B, D
9 Return Home
Following breakfast, depart Canada from Vancouver Airport with flights out after 12:00pm. Meal: B