Jewels of the West Coast

8

days

starting from US $3,990per person

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Vancouver And West Coast Wilderness Tour

Immerse yourself in beauty, adventure, and fun on this Gulf Island and Sunshine Coast vacation by float plane. Discover charming Salt Spring Island where local farms, wineries, and artist studios wait to be explored. Then, land right at the dock of your cliff-side wilderness lodge accommodation, for days of outdoor activity and relaxation.

Trip at a glance

8 Days / 7 Nights

Arrive Vancouver 1 night Vancouver 3 nights Salt Spring Island 3 nights West Coast Wilderness Lodge Depart Vancouver

Jewels of the West Coast  – Map

Availability

MayJunJulAugSepOct

Places Visited

VancouverSalt Spring IslandSunshine Coast

Accommodation Style

HotelLodge

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

Awe-inspiring west coast scenery

Thrilling, floatplane journeys

Vibrant food and arts culture of Salt Spring Island

Luxurious wilderness lodge

Adventure, relaxation, and pampering

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

You'll be staying at various local three to five star hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

What is included in the price?

Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

Can I customize this trip?

Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your personalized trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your personalized trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

This trip in pictures

West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Winter culinary tour
Salt Spring Island
Gourmet meal on Salt Spring Island
Guided tour of Salt Spring Island
Explore Salt Spring Island
Private floatplane ride over the Gulf Islands
Kayaking on the Sunshine Coast
Zodiac tour of the Sunshine Coast
Kayakers practice on the Skookumchuk rapids
Gulf Island floatplane

Accommodations

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodations. Please call us for the full list and to personalize your experience.

Fairmont Vancouver Airport - Hotel Exterior
Fairmont Vancouver Airport - Restaurant Dining Area
Fairmont Vancouver Airport - Pool area
Fairmont Vancouver Airport - Deluxe King Room
Fairmont Vancouver Airport - Deluxe two bed Queen Room

Fairmont Vancouver Airport

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a luxury hotel and spa providing the perfect overnight stay before or after a flight. Completely soundproofed and located above the US departures terminal the hotel is only a two minute walk to the luggage carousels.

Hastings House Country House Hotel - Hotel Exterior
Hastings House Country House Hotel - Private Dining Area
Hastings House Country House Hotel - Boutique Spa
Hastings House Country House Hotel - Deluxe Suite
Hastings House Country House Hotel - Post Cottage Exterior with Deluxe Rooms

Hastings House Country House Hotel

An example of our Superior Inn accommodations

Sitting on 22 acres of waterfront property on Salt Spring Island, the Hastings House Country House Hotel is a small luxury resort offering a casual yet elegant atmosphere. Located minutes from the bustling Ganges Harbour, the Hastings House is a perfect point from which to explore the island. A boutique spa and fine dining restaurant are conveniently located on site.

West Coast Wilderness Lodge - View from the lodge deck
West Coast Wilderness Lodge - Take a dip in serene surroundings
West Coast Wilderness Lodge - Bedroom suite
West Coast Wilderness Lodge - Dine in style

West Coast Wilderness Lodge

An example of our Wilderness Lodge accommodations

Situated on the stunning Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, just 145km from Vancouver, the West Coast Wilderness Lodge offers first-class adventure, great dining and luxury accommodations. Explore the sheltered waters on a kayak excursion, view the mighty Skookumchuck Rapids, tour marine wildlife by zodiac, or hike through the Pacific Northwest rain forest - all at your fingertips from this unique oceanfront lodge.

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771

Sample Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

Day 1 – Arrive Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean.

Overnight at a Vancouver airport hotel.

Day 2 – Vancouver to Salt Spring Island
Have your camera ready for stunning ocean vistas as you travel to the Gulf Islands by floatplane. Traveling over the shimmering waters of the Strait of Georgia, catch your first glimpse of charming Salt Spring Island where you will be staying for the next three nights.

Upon arrival, a representative will be waiting at the floatplane dock with your car rental for your time on the island.

Feature Dinner on Salt Spring Island
Known for its farm fresh produce, Salt Spring Island is a foodie haven. Enjoy a gourmet meal using the best local ingredients set in a historic Manor House. This dining experience is unparalleled on the Gulf Islands.

Overnight on Salt Spring Island.

 
Day 3 – Salt Spring Island Tour
You have 2 options to choose from today to enjoy Salt Spring Island:

• Option 1: Best of Salt Spring Tour
A great way to see all the highlights, on and off the beaten track. Start the day on a walking tour of Salt Spring’s town center, Ganges, and acquaint yourself with galleries, shops, and meet local artisans at their studios. Then, stroll through the Pacific rainforest, with towering cedar trees and lush ferns. You will then head to the south end of the island and stop off at a vineyard for wine tasting and visit to a local cheesemaker. Truly, the best of Salt Spring Island!
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Wine Tour
A tour for the gourmand in you, this tour shows the full spectrum of Salt Spring’s unique culinary community and its offerings. Try local beer, cheese, bread, and wine – as well as touring the town of Ganges and the north and south of Salt Spring. Guides will also share local stories and historical facts along the way.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight on Salt Spring Island.

Day 4 – Salt Spring Island Exploration
Today you are free to explore Salt Spring Island on your own. Salt Spring is known for its laid-back atmosphere and mild climate which encourages activities like hiking, cycling, golfing, and beachcombing – to name a few. The island is easy to navigate with many secret coves and charming locations to discover.

Insider tip: If you are visiting Salt Spring over a weekend, make time for the famous Saturday Market in Ganges. Sample local produce and collect unique crafts from island artisans.

Overnight on Salt Spring Island.

Day 5 – Salt Spring Island to the Sunshine Coast
As you arrive at the dock today, revel in the luxury of stepping into your own private floatplane. Enjoy the unique experience of a private charter as you travel to the West Coast Wilderness Lodge on the Sunshine Coast. Jade green waters sparkle as your floatplane touches down and pulls up to the dock right outside of the West Coast Wilderness Lodge, your home for the next three nights.

Feature Dinners at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Dinner has been included at the Inlets Restaurant for your entire stay at the lodge. Enjoy local and seasonal selections as the sun sets behind the mountains. The view from the large picture windows will leave you speechless.

Overnight at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge.

Day 6 – Explore Princess Louisa Inlet
Continue to relax at the lodge. Today a boat tour up the Princess Louisa Inlet is included. This is one of the most popular activities in the area.

• Princess Louisa Inlet Tour by Zodiac
Venture up the long, glacier-cut fjord passing cascading waterfalls and granite bluffs towering over the shimmering waters. Princess Louisa Inlet Marine Park is known around the world for its beauty. Stop to admire the Chatterbox Falls, fed by rushing glacier waters. Make sure to have lots of room on your camera for this tour!
Activity rating: Easy (Not suitable for those with neck or back injuries)

Overnight at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge.

Day 7 – Kayaking at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Your day begins with a delicious breakfast included with your stay. Savour your food, relax, and settle into your wilderness surroundings. A kayaking tour has been included for the day. Additionally, you are free to explore on your own. The walk to Skookumchuck Rapids is highly recommended to get a bird’s eye view of the fastest salt water rapids in North America.

• 3 Hour Kayaking Tour
Discover the sheltered waters around the West Coast Wilderness Lodge in Sechelt Inlet. Your guide will lead you to Seal Rock for a memorable visit with a colony of seals, as they bask in the sun. The tour travels though protected waters in a narrow inland sea, past forested slopes and historic fishing villages. Suitable for beginners.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: Did you know that the West Coast Wilderness Lodge has a magical secret? Discover phosphorescence on a guided twilight kayak tour. As you paddle through the inlet, streams of glowing algae swirl like twinkling stars every time you dip your paddle. Ask the front desk for availability.

Overnight at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge.

Day 8 – Sunshine Coast to Vancouver
Today your west coast luxury getaway comes to an end. Depart the West Coast Wilderness Lodge directly from the dock on a private floatplane charter. Your flight will bring you to the Vancouver International Airport to connect with your flight home.

Insider tip:
To provide the most flexibility for arranging a departing flight from Vancouver, ask your Vacation Advisor to book you an additional post night at a Vancouver airport hotel.

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771

What's Included In Our Prices

These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

Private floatplane transfers to the Sunshine Coast - Private floatplane transfers to the Sunshine Coast
Private floatplane transfers to the Sunshine Coast
Feature Dinners on Salt Spring Island and at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge - Feature Dinners on Salt Spring Island and at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Feature Dinners on Salt Spring Island and at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Car rental on Salt Spring Island - Car rental on Salt Spring Island
Car rental on Salt Spring Island
Beautiful country style accommodation on Salt Spring Island - Beautiful country style accommodation on Salt Spring Island
Beautiful country style accommodation on Salt Spring Island
Accommodations:
• 7 nights of hotel accommodation

Salt Spring Island Experiences:
• Choose 1 of 3:
1. Best of Salt Spring Tour
2. Wine Tour

West Coast Wilderness Lodge Experiences:
• Princess Louisa Inlet Tour by Zodiac
• 3 Hour Kayaking Tour

Meal Inclusions:
• Feature dinner on Salt Spring Island
• 3 breakfasts and dinners at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Transportation Inclusions:
• Scheduled Floatplane between Vancouver Airport and Salt Spring Island
• 3 Day Car Rental
(includes Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million))
• Private Floatplane between Salt Spring Island and the West Coast Wilderness Lodge
• Private Floatplane between the West Coast Wilderness Lodge and Vancouver Airport

Other Inclusions:
• Digital Travel Documents
• Gratuities for meals (unless otherwise indicated)
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.


Not Included
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare to and from Canada (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Fuel and refueling fees
• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
• GPS
• LDW deductible of up to $500
• Taxi between Vancouver floatplane terminal and international airport terminal
• Gratuities for hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended
ask us for a quote)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

Ideas to customize this trip

Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

Visit the Olympic city of Whistler
Visit the Olympic city of Whistler
Staying at a remote fly-in lodge
Staying at a remote fly-in lodge
Luxurious stay at Sonora Resort
Luxurious stay at Sonora Resort
Spend some extra time exploring Vancouver
Spend some extra time exploring Vancouver
• Include a stay at a fly-in floating lodge near Campbell River, to fully immerse yourself in the bear watching experience.
• Add on a few days in the Olympic mountain town of Whistler
• Add on a luxurious stay at Sonora Resort in the Discovery Islands – relax in a pristine wilderness environment
• Add additional tour options on your journey
• Include a post night in Vancouver before flying home

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771

Trip Start Dates

2019 Vancouver Start Dates*
Departs Daily from May 1 to October 8

*Additional departures may be available with customizations.

Pricing For This Trip

Our prices vary by departure date, hotel class, train service and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our Canadian Insiders to get your personalized quote, or hit the button below.

Premium West Coast Lodges, Inns, and Hotels
from US $3,990 to US $4,838 per person

From wilderness lodges perched on the edge of crashing surf, to British inspired manors on pastoral island-estates, we’ll ensure you have the very best hand-picked accommodations on your west coast adventure. We’ve paired these with our premium selection of local experiences, so that you’re guaranteed to have a truly special Canadian vacation.

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771

Why book your trip with us?

Fresh Tracks Canada Team
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  • We are experts in creating personalized itineraries.
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  • We're based in Vancouver with first-hand ‘insider’ knowledge of Canada.
  • Over the past 20 years, we have personalized more than 15,000 Canadian vacations.

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Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771
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