There is nothing more exhilarating than the fury of the wind, rain and waves during a winter storm and there is no better place to experience the power and beauty of Mother Nature than Tofino on BC’s rugged west coast. Experience Vancouver Island, known for its rich variety of landscapes from high rugged mountains to lush rainforests to sheltered and jagged coastlines.
Head for the coast via the Coquihalla Highway and meet up with our friends from Paramount Travel. Board BC Ferries in Tsawwassen and cruise to Departure Bay on Vancouver Island. Your destination tonight is the beautiful oceanfront Beach Club Resort in Parksville, with incredible natural vistas of the mountains and Parksville Beach and luxurious amenities. Maybe there will be a storm that you can watch from the beachside pool and hot tub!
Enjoy a relaxing morning before a short drive to the eclectic Coombs Market, famous for its diverse local and international gifts, in-store baked goods and gourmet foods, and of course the goats on the roof! There is time to shop and have lunch. Next stop is Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park, one of the most accessible old growth stands of Douglas fir. Feel the energy of these towering ancient trees as you stroll the along the well maintained trails. Continue along one of the most scenic roads on the Island to Tofino, where you check into the Best Western Tin Wis Resort for the next two nights. Situated oceanfront on Mackenzie Beach, the resort offers all oceanview rooms. Join the group for a delicious buffet dinner in the Beachfront Bistro tonight. (D)
Today explore the legendary west coast waterfront. The first stop is Pacific Rim National Park, home to Long Beach and the Kwisitis Visitor Centre (formally known as the Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre). We then head to Ucluelet and free time for lunch. If the weather is good, take a stroll along the Wild Pacific Trail to Amphitrite Lighthouse, a short walk on a level trail that affords amazing views of crashing surf. Enjoy a free evening appreciating the forces of nature, where land, sea and sky meet. (B)
This morning is dedicated to Tofino, where many artists and artisans display and sell their wares. Creativity thrives here, as you can see in the locally owned boutiques, galleries and cafes. Check out the Eagle Aerie Gallery, home of the works of renowned First Nations artist Roy Henry Vickers. Leaving Tofino, cross the Island and head to Chemainus, famous for the over 40 outdoor murals that adorn this quaint town. Check into the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn for overnight. Tonight is a special treat – an evening at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Begin with an extensive show-themed buffet dinner in the Playbill Dining Room, followed by a fully professional theatre experience in the intimate Chemainus Theatre. The show will be “Cornwall Christmas”, a comedy with music. (D)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then ferry back across to the mainland. Bidding farewell to your travelling companions, continue over the Coquihalla arriving home this afternoon. (B)
B = Breakfast, CB = Continental Breakfast, L = Lunch, BL = Box Lunch
D = Dinner, HH = Happy Hour, R = Reception, MV = Meal Voucher
Itinerary and prices are subject to change. Due to fluctuations in the US Currency, prices may be adjusted up to 30 days prior to departure.
November 20, 2017