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.
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.
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.