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A majestic humpback whale jumping out of the water playfully on a frosty looking day, Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island & the Sunshine Coast Holidays

Reached by a short flight or ferry from the mainland, holidays in Vancouver Island offer rugged coastlines, beautiful beaches and fantastic whale and bear viewing. Discover its charming capital Victoria before exploring the wild Pacific coast. On the Sunshine Coast, travel by local ferries to discover hidden coves, stunning waterfalls and verdant rainforests.

Vancouver Island Holiday Highlights

Originally settled by the British in 1843, Victoria’s ancestry is still visible in its historic architecture, colourful gardens and tea rooms. Today, the city successfully combines its old world charm with bohemian shopping, innovative dining and an array of outdoor attractions. Enjoy a locally brewed beer on the harbour and be
sure to take a whale watching cruise.

Known for its picture-perfect crescents of golden sand, Parksville’s family-friendly beaches offer calm waters and scenic vistas back to the mainland. The area also boasts ancient forests, deep lakes and a multitude
of scenic hiking opportunities. Explore the town’s craft shops and galleries, tour a local winery or play a round of golf on one of six local courses.

Tofino is known for its healthy population of black bears, so join a cruise at low tide as these playful animals emerge from the forest and forage for food along the water’s edge. The next day, unwind and explore more of this spectacular area. Perhaps visit the Eagle Aerie Gallery, home to captivating First Nations art.

Campbell River
Campbell River offers the perfect base to explore the diverse marine life in the surrounding waters. Step aboard a state-of-the-art vessel and head out onto the rich waters in search of marine wildlife including humpback whales, seals and orcas who are resident from mid-Jul to mid-Sep. Campbell river is also the jumping off point for some incredible wilderness resorts


Vancouver Island Coastal Discovery
8 days / 7 nights
from £645
  • Victoria
  • Parksville
  • Tofino

  • Vancouver Island's Bears & Whales - Motorhome Holiday
    10 days / 9 nights
    from £1,029
  • Campbell River
  • Telegraph Cove
  • Tofino
  • Nanaimo

  • Beautiful British Columbia
    17 days / 16 nights
    from £2,429
  • The Sunshine Coast
  • West Coast Wilderness Lodge
  • Whistler
  • Echo Valley Ranch
  • Okanagan Valley

  • Great Bear Adventure
    13 days / 12 nights
    from £2,919
  • Ucluelet
  • Campbell River
  • Great Bear Lodge

  • Knight Inlet Lodge
    4 days / 3 nights
    from £1,663
  • Bear viewing
  • Scenic cruise
  • Native wildlife

  • Sonora Resort
    4 days / 3 nights
    from £1,301
  • Luxury accommodation
  • First class facilities
  • Gourmet food and wine


    Fairmont Empress
    Vancouver Island & The Sunshine Coast
    from £88
  • 2 restaurants & a bar
  • Tea lounge
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Parking from $32 per day

  • Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina
    Vancouver Island & The Sunshine Coast
    from £114
  • Restaurant & bar (seasonal)
  • Outdoor pool (seasonal)
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking (payable locally)
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • West Coast Wilderness Lodge 4 Day Package
    Vancouver Island & The Sunshine Coast
    from £669
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Spa
  • Hiking trails
  • Guided boat tour
  • Kayaking (payable locally)
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Tigh Na Mara Resort Hotel
    Vancouver Island & The Sunshine Coast
    from £59
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Children’s playground
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Long Beach Lodge Resort
    Vancouver Island & The Sunshine Coast
    from £92
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Hot tub
  • Fitness centre
  • Surf school
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
    Vancouver Island & The Sunshine Coast
    from £100
  • Restaurant
  • Oceanfront bar
  • Hot tub
  • Exercise room
  • Spa
  • Hiking
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi


    Tofino Bear Cruise
    Approx 2 hours
    from £71
  • Black bear viewing opportunities
  • Rugged Vancouver Island scenery

  • Victoria Whale Watch Cruise by Covered Boat
    Approx 3 hours
    from £73
  • Fantastic whale watching opportunities
  • Travel by Covered Cruiser
  • Commentary from marine biologist

  • Tofino Hot Springs Adventure
    Approx 6 hours
    from £93
  • Beautiful Clayoquot Sound
  • Rainforest walk
  • Natural hot springs

  • Grizzly Bears of the Wild from Port McNeill
    Approx 10 hours
    from £340
  • Highlights: Bear & Wildlife viewing
  • First Nation’s Culture
  • Great Bear Rainforest

  • Tofino Sea Kayak & Island Walk
    Approx 4 hours
    from £60
  • Gentle Kayak on Tofino Harbour
  • Look out for sea birds, eagles, seals and river otters
  • Interpretive walk at Meares Island

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