If you are looking for a cross-section of what beautiful British Columbia has to offer, then this is the road trip for you!
This tour encompasses the breathtaking Sea to Sky corridor, the sunshine coast and gives a true taste of Vancouver Island.
Day 1: Vancouver
Arrive into Vancouver and take the afternoon / evening to relax and recuperate. If you are feeling energetic you can squeeze in some of the sites of Vancouver; take a stroll through Stanley Park, wander the streets of gas town or shop for something tasty at Granville Island Market.
Day 2: Vancouver to Squamish
In the morning, one of the FarOut Wilderness Team will meet you at your accommodation and will provide you with a full briefing of your itinerary / route and new home for the coming days!
Once you hit the road, leaving the hustle and bustle of Vancouver behind you will take the scenic sea to sky highway towards Squamish. There are many viewpoints along the way so we would recommend taking your time!
Once in Squamish, the adventure playground of BC, there are lots of activities to choose from, you can take the Sea to Sky Gondola and enjoy a breathtaking walk, finished off with cold beverage, or you can explore the four lakes trail at Alice Lakes Provincial Park, the options really are endless!
Day 3: Squamish to Whistler
After a heartly camp breakfast continue along the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler, we highly recommend stopping off at Garibaldi lake along the way, if it’s warm enough it’s a great location for a swim!
Once in Whistler, there is plenty to explore, spend the afternoon wandering Whistler Village and enjoying a drink at the Whistler Brewery. Tonight you have many camping options to choose from – we are more than happy to provide recommendations!
Day 4: Whistler
Today you have the whole day to explore Whistler, we are certain you won’t be able to fit everything in, but the absolute must is heading up the Gondola to enjoy the views from Whistler and Blackcomb. The Peak2Peak Gondola is spectacular and there are many hikes – for all abilities – on both mountains.
Day 5: Whistler to Sechelt
Today you will leave Whistler and head down to Horseshoe Bay where you will take the Ferry across to the sunshine coast and overnighting near Sechelt. *Option to add on Bowen Island
Day 6: Sechelt
Today you will drive north from Sechelt towards Saltery Bay and Powell River, a remote community located along the Sunshine coast, designated a national historic district you can take a walking tour to learn more about the first nations culture. Along the way we highly recommend a stop at Mermaid cove, at low tide, the rocky shoreline often has tidal pools with starfish, sea urchins, small fish and crabs.
Day 7 & Day 8: Powell River to Comox Valley and exploring Comox
Take the ferry across from the Sunshine coast to Vancouver Island from here you will have the opportunity to explore Courtenay, Cumberland and beyond.
This is the largest community in the Comox Valley and is situated within the traditional lands of the K’omoks First Nation. Courtenay is a culturally diverse community with breathtaking scenery at its doorstep. With beaches, rivers and lakes and world class golfing, there are ample recreation and sporting opportunities. If Courtenay is your choice we recommend that you take in the history of the Comox Valley by visiting the District Museum, enjoy the views from the water in a sea kayak or canoe and enjoy an afternoon’s picnic at either Stotan or Nymph Falls.
This vibrant community is nestled in the foothills of the Beaufort Mountains. This small village has seen a recent revival from its mining days, it is rich in trails, arts and culture. If mountain biking is your thing then there are a couple of rental shops and more than 80 kilometers of Vancouver Island’s most legendary single-track. There really is something for every mountain biker in the family. If Cumberland is your choice then we recommend sampling a donut from Cumberland bakery and a cold crisp beverage from the Cumberland Brewing Company.
Day 9: Comox Valley to Parksville
Head south along the Highway 19A – make sure you take the 19A and not the 19 so that you can enjoy the scenic coastal views and villages along the way. On the way we strongly recommend a detour to Coombs. Here you can pick up a delicious ice cream and lunch from the ‘Goats on the Roof Market’ – we will let you figure out why it has been named this!
Day 10: Chemainus, Cowichan Valley and Victoria
Today marks your last stop before heading to Victoria. After a morning’s stroll along the beach it will be time to pack up and start your drive south to Victoria. Today we highly recommend checking out the 37 murals that have been painted around the town of Chemainus. The Kinsol tressle is also a must, the trestle is just north of Shawnigan Lake and it provides a spectacular crossing of the Koksilah River. As you approach Victoria there are also multiple wineries and cideries to choose from, a great option for gifts and a relaxing hour to take in the highlights of your adventure with FarOut Wilderness!
Day 11: Victoria
Explore the sights of Victoria, grab some delicious fish and chips along Fisherman’s Wharf dotted with colorful houseboats or visit the spectacular Butcharts gardens, which has something to offer all year round.
From here it will be time to meet one of the FarOut Wilderness Team and catch the float plane with Harbour Air back to Vancouver allowing you to finish your road trip with a birds eye view of both Vancouver Island and Vancouver.Book Now!