Explore the best of Vancouver and its highlights. Indulge in the culinary and art scene of Bowen Island and take a trip down the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. Join a local wildlife expert to search for bears and visit the renowned Audain Museum. Charter a private floatplane to Victoria and set out on a wildlife-watching adventure on the Salish Sea.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Search for bears with a local wildlife expert
  • Dig into the culinary and art scene of Bowen Island
  • Travel the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler
  • Discover the highlights of Vancouver
  • Private floatplane charter to Victoria

What’s included

  • Private tours for most included activities
  • Meet & greet airport service
  • Luxury or boutique accommodation at your chosen level
  • Expert guides in each destination


This is an example itinerary. It is fully flexible; you can add or detract days and include hotels at your chosen budget. It departs daily.



Price Guide

$TBC pp

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Day 1

Fly to Vancouver

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Day 2


This is an introduction to Vancouver for those who want to “see it all”. Set off with your guide for a day of short walking tours and scenic drives throughout Vancouver. Enjoy views of English Bay and visit locations such as trendy Yaletown and False Creek, cultural Chinatown, historic Gastown and Granville Island, Stanley Park, and the Capilano River Canyon Rainforest. Learn about sustainability at a salmon hatchery and experience thrills on the 50-meter-high Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch prepared by your guide.

British Columbia Sea to Sky
British Columbia Sea to Sky
Day 3

Bowen Island

Explore beyond the city limits on a unique excursion by air, sea, and land. Travel to nearby Horseshoe Bay with your guide and board a ferry to Bowen Island. Sitting at the head of Howe Sound, Bowen Island charms visitors with a combination of natural, cultural, and culinary highlights. Explore an uninhabited lake and take an interpretive eco-walk up a salmon creek. Roam Bowen Island’s quaint, artistic village of Snug Cove, including Artisan Lane. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a wonderful west coast lunch at one of the local restaurants. After lunch, return to Vancouver via a scenic flight aboard a private floatplane.

Day 4

Vancouver to Whistler

Set out with your guide for a private trip up the Sea to Sky Highway, lauded as one of the most gorgeous drives in North America. Your destination is Whistler Resort, the site of the 2010 Winter Olympic Village. Enjoy panoramic ocean views, sky-high mountains, and glaciers as you travel along the Coast Range. Photo opportunities abound, with optional stops at Shannon Falls and Squamish.

Upon arrival in Whistler, stroll the pedestrian village before boarding the extraordinary Peak-2-Peak Gondola. Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK provides an unparalleled perspective of the peaks, coastal rainforest, and ancient glaciers.

Nestled in the rugged Coast Mountains, Whistler offers luxury accommodations, fine dining, and unlimited recreation. At the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains lies the Village, the centre of dining, shopping, and activity. Over the years, Whistler has been home to the Lil’wat and Squamish Nations, European trappers, and the Winter Olympics.

British Columbia Sea to Sky
British Columbia Sea to Sky
Day 5


Head into the Whistler backcountry in a private luxury 4×4 to search for bears with an expert guide. Travel a maze of private roads and experience the wildlife, glaciers, and rainforests of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. These areas are home to various wildlife, including eagles, hawks, pika, marmots, hares, deer, and, of course, black bear sows and their cubs. This bear population has been studied for over twenty consecutive years, allowing your guide to share insights and stories of these animals. While wildlife viewing is never guaranteed, this excursion offers a high success rate.

In Whistler, enjoy a private catered lunch and presentation with a local bear expert. The presentation includes bear photography and research to help you better understand how bears adapt to environmental changes brought on by man and climate. Afterwards, visit the Audain Art Museum for a private tour by a museum guide.

Day 6


Board a floatplane on nearby Green Lake for a private one-hour scenic flight to Victoria. Fly down the Whistler Valley, over the Strait of Georgia, and over the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island. Land in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, where your guide will meet you for an orientation of the historic downtown. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (payable locally) before travelling with your guide to Butchart Gardens. Victoria’s premier attraction, these gardens date back over 100 years. Your guide escorts you through the Sunken Garden, English Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and more in this 50-acre campus of flowers and birds. Following your tour, you are transferred back to your accommodations in Victoria.

British Columbia Sea to Sky Day 7
Day 7


The Salish Sea, just off the coast of Victoria, teems with marine life and is one of the best places in the world for watching orcas. Board a sleek open-air whale-watching vessel for a morning of cruising for wildlife. Humpback, minke, and grey whales call this area home, as well as their striking cousin, the orca (killer whale.) While cruising for whales, keep watch for porpoises, seals, sea lions, sea otters, and a myriad of sea birds.

After your excursion, enjoy lunch at one of your guide’s favourite local restaurants (payable locally.)

This afternoon, explore some of Victoria’s highlights with your guide. Fondly referred to as “The Garden City”, Victoria is full of hidden gems from the Abkhazi Gardens to the Government House. As you travel between parks and gardens with your guide, learn about the city’s history and explore some of its neighbourhoods.

Day 8

Fly home

A note on price

The prices outlined above are a rough guide to give you an idea of costs and enable you to budget for your trip.

Guide prices are generally for private arrangements based on twin share, in well located, good quality accommodation (excluding international flights).

Please note costs are indicative and may vary due to a number of factors such as; travel date, hotel choice, room category, number of people travelling and prevailing exchange rates.

Price Guide $TBC per person

When to travel

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Trying to distil the climate of Canada into an easy-to-understand statement is impossible, given the vast area and diverse geography within the country. Overall, in most places, winters are harsh compared to much of the world, on par with northern Eurasia. The most populated region, southern Ontario, has a less severe climate. Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, is just south of the Arctic Circle and remains very cold except for the months of July and August when the July average maximum is only 12°C. On the other hand, the coastlines of British Columbia are very mild for their latitude, remaining above freezing for most of the winter, yet they are not far away from some of the largest mountain glaciers found on the continent.

Add on’s

There are a multitude of add-on holiday options to this Canadian itinerary, for example, you could head to Calgary to explore the rich heritage of this city.

Canada is also easily accessed from Australia either by direct flights to Vancouver or by the main flight hubs of Los Angeles or San Francisco, making it perfect for adding tours in these two fascinating Westcoast US cities.

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