Vancouver Island Family Adventure: Vancouver, Sea Kayaking, Orcas & Tofino

What Triptoes Really Likes:

  • Spend time in Vancouver and explore the delights of Granville Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain.
  • Take a stroll or hire bikes and get lost in Stanley Park. See the totems, spot resident wildlife and pop into the excellent Vancouver Aquarium.
  • Take a BC Ferry over to Vancouver Island and head up to the less well known Vancouver Island North and Telegraph Cove.
  • Enjoy a fabulous guided sea kayak adventure with one of BC's most experienced operators. See whales and other marine life as well as develop a lifelong love of the sea.
  • Head West and explore Tofino, Ucluelet and the stunning Pacific Rim National Park. Walk along Long Beach and enjoy some Island time.

Number of Nights:
13

Itinerary Summary

This itinerary has been crafted to suit a family who would like some adventure on their holiday as well as a city stay and plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife both on and off the water. The holiday begins in Vancouver where you will have the opportunity to discover this fine and family-friendly Canadian city.

A highlight of the trip is a 3 day guided sea kayaking adventure in the Johnstone Strait. The trip departs from Port McNeill and is really an adventure not to be missed. All kayaking standards are catered for and children love the chance to unwind and play in Canada’s great outdoors.

No trip to Vancouver Island would be complete without a visit to the West Coast and Pacific Rim National Park and we suggest winding up your family holiday with a few days beside the ocean.

Prices from: £1600 per adult, £679 per child

Price includes: Accommodation, car hire and guided sea kayaking trip. 

Best time to visit: This itinerary is best suited for late June to late August departures. The kayaking trip departs every Saturday so you will need to be in Port McNeill by Friday evening.

Best ages: The kayaking portion of the holiday is only suitable for children aged between 6 to 14. Families with older children are encouraged to join an adult orientated tour.

Other suggestions:  If you have more time, then consider adding a stay in Whistler to the end of your itinerary. Whistler makes a fabulous contrast with all mountain based adventure activities. After Whistler, end your holiday back in Vancouver.

Itinerary Description

Vancouver, Port McNeill, Sea Kayaking Trip, Telegraph Cove, Tofino and Nanaimo

Suggested duration: 2 weeks

Stop 1 – Vancouver (3 nights)

Fly into Vancouver and spend time exploring this wonderful city. Frequently voted one of the best places in the world to live and visit, Vancouver is truly spectacular. Highlights for a family include a visit to Granville Island, cycling in Stanley Park, taking a tree top adventure at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park to ride the gondola to Grouse Mountain and say hello to the resident grizzlies. To get your sea kayaking legs going – stop by the excellent Vancouver Aquarium and start to learn about the marine life that you will soon be seeing.

Stop 2 -Sea Kayaking in the Johnstone Straight (4 nights)

From Vancouver (collect a car) make your way by BC Ferry over to Vancouver Island. Make the drive up to Vancouver Island North, a destination sparse with tourists and a real outdoor adventure paradise. Over night at Port McNeill as the next day you will depart on your 3-day Kayak with Whales – Family Orca Waters Base Camp. On this trip you will be at a base camp surrounded by old growth rainforest and learn to navigate the waters of Johnstone Strait – recognized as one of the most predictable places in the world to kayak with both orcas and humpback whales. Everything you need is prepared and looked after by your experienced guides.

Stop 3 – Telegraph Cove (2 nights)

After your kayak adventure, head back to Telegraph Cove and spend two nights at this historic community. Take a trip (needs to pre-booked and not included) out to Knight Inlet to view grizzly bears. This part of Canada has one of the most concentrated number of grizzlies.

Stop 4 – Tofino (3 nights)

It is time to cross the island and head to the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island. This will be a long day of driving but one of Vancouver Island’s highlights, – the Pacific Rim National Park makes it well worth it. We’d suggest staying in Tofino, which is a pretty town and a good base for boat trips to the coastal wilderness, and for whale-watching, and for the park’s centerpiece, the majestic and wild Long Beach, which stretches almost 20 miles to the south.

Stop 5 – Nanaimo (1 night)

Make your final stop in Nanaimo for a chance to catch your breath, try an infamous Nanaimo Bar and prepare for the ferry journey home.

Best time to visit: This itinerary is best suited for late June to late August departures. The kayaking trip departs every Saturday so you will need to be in Port McNeill by Friday evening.

Best ages: The kayaking portion of the holiday is only suitable for children aged between 6 to 14. Families with older children are encouraged to join an adult orientated tour.

Other suggestions: If you have more time, then consider adding a stay in Whistler to the end of your itinerary. Whistler makes a fabulous contrast with all mountain based adventure activities. After Whistler, end your holiday back in Vancouver.

How to Book

If you would like to speak to us about this property or hand-crafting a holiday for your family, please call us on +44 (0)1225 471893, email info@triptoes.com or fill in the form below and we'll get back to you.
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