Experience Vancouver & North Shores with your private guide. Discover the beauty of Whistler area before you escape to British Columbia's scenic Vancouver Island for an unforgettable Wilderness Retreat getaway, where adventure awaits you at every turn. Not only are daily wilderness activities included in your stay, but they're also highly personalized and customized based on each guest’s experience level, willingness and desires. This means no "signing up" for particular activities in advance and the ability to choose what you want to do each day. Every evening, an activity director will sit with you personally and design your adventures for the next day depending on weather, tidal charts, animal sightings and your willingness to go wild! As the Wilderness Resort specializes in remote experiences, guests may choose to be taken to a pristine and secluded beach to learn how to surf, have a First Nations guide escort them on a day long hike to the "Wild Side" interpretive trail and Flores Island, take on a mountain fed rushing river in a kayak, or experience a gentler ocean kayak cruise to private inlets and hidden coves. Horsemanship and riding are signatures of the resort, with a range of talented horses for the beginner to the expert rider. Wildlife viewing is also part of daily life, whether guests go in search of black bears and whales or see the wildlife on the outskirts of camp, kept there by a team of well trained and well loved dogs.
Enjoy a private transfer in a luxury vehicle with a professional guide who will meet you in the International Reception Lobby (IRL) located outside of customs.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (4*) is nestled between the majestic coastal mountains of British Columbia and the tides of the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver, one of Canada’s most cosmopolitan metropolises. Sumptuously styled and fully equipped rooms are what await you at this spectacular hotel, designed to provide all the elegance and charm of an English castle. Among their commodities you will find first-class accommodations but also, amazing facilities and amenities. Griffins Restaurant is the most popular bistro in the city of Vancouver, with an extensive and plentiful buffet and dramatic décor, highlighted by arched windows which overlook the Vancouver Art Gallery. 900 West Lounge is Vancouver’s hottest address of the moment, with award-winning cocktails and sultry sounds of live jazz music. For your leisure moments, the hotel also provides a lovely indoor pool and the luxurious Absolute Spa, the perfect place to pamper yourself with some well deserved rest and relaxation.
Enjoy a half day (6hr) private city tour of Vancouver as well as the North Shore in the company of a knowledgeable, Driver-Guide. Throughout the tour you will have the chance to visit B.C. Place, G.M. Place, Science World (Olympic Sites), Gastown - Historical area of Vancouver, Canada Place, Alaska Cruise ship terminal and home of the new convention centre as well as visiting Grouse Mountain Skyride in an enclosed gondola (admission included) and Cross Lion's Gate Bridge. At the end of the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel. (Hotel pick up is also included).
This is the best way to explore the "Sea-to-Sky Highway"; literally the road to the 2010 Olympics and to Whistler. Travel from Vancouver to Whistler via the spectacular "Sea-to-Sky Highway" to the #1 ski resort in North America aboard a 24 passenger bus. Pass 7,000 foot mountains, the 3rd highest waterfall in BC and the 2nd largest granite monolith in the world. Experience this and more as your guide brings the trip to life with history, current events and personal anecdotes. Stops include view points, Whistler Village, enjoy free time to browse through quaint village shops, walk along forest trails or just relax and enjoy the mountain scenery. Continue to Shannon Falls and the new Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Museum. At the end of the tour, board your bus for the 45 minute scenic, fjord-side, return trip to the city and your hotel.
Enjoy a private transfer in a luxury vehicle with professional driver.
This afternoon you'll depart on a short flight by charter seaplane from Vancouver International Airport, heading to Tofino with others also going to the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. You'll arrive to the resort an hour after takeoff.
Some 30 minutes by boat from Tofino, or 20 miles as the eagle flies is the luxurious eco-safari Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (4*). Inspired by late 19th century Great Camps, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort promises the perfect pairing of soft adventure and soft beds - a delicious blend of childhood wishes and grown-up dreams. Situated at the mouth of the Bedwell River, where it spills into a nine-mile-long fjord, an enclave of 20 great white canvas guest tents, massage and treatment tents, dining tents, lounge tents and a massive timber cookhouse peek out shyly from the dense bush just awaiting your arrival. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers a discreet paradox of individual pampering, and remote, untamed wilderness. The deluxe guest tents are roomy, great white canvas prospector-style quarters built on discreetly-situated raised wooden platforms and are connected by cedar boardwalks, which are hidden under a canopy of the rainforest along the water's edge amongst the hillside trees.
Included in your package: -one half day saltwater fishing excursion.Setting out with a fishing guide, you'll board a boat (minimum 2 guests per boat) for an enjoyable half-day of saltwater fishing. From May through September, find coho (silver salmon) and sea bass. At the height of summer, giant tyee (king salmon) reign supreme. Halibut are prolific from March through September, and ocean fly fishing is best from July through September; fish for coho (silvers) and rock fish in a 25-foot open-air centre-console vessel.
The resort’s stable of about 30 endurance horses and double teams of draft horses promise unbridled fun and adventure. Ride through the many stunning trails in and around the resort, through old-growth forest, and to the edge of Strathcona Provincial Park, watching for bears along the way. Visit the abandoned gold mines of “Bear City”, a turn-of-the-century mining town that boomed and busted many times between the great Yukon Rush and WWII. Explore the Bedwell’s own “Jurassic Park”, a remote area of deep old-growth forest where ancient cedars measure 40-ft in circumference and ferns reach gigantic proportions. Horseback riding adventures are available for all ages and inclinations. Gallop like the wind through super-oxygenated forest trails, or trot leisurely along a stream bed or abandoned logging road. Experienced guides offer expert instruction..
Paths of cedar boardwalk, trails through ancient forest cathedrals and lush fern gardens, and abandoned roads deep in the rainforest, showcase old-growth, new growth, and re-forested landscapes and abundant wildlife. A popular day-trek traverses Outpost property, crosses a rope suspension bridge and leads guests into beautiful Strathcona Provincial Park – a mecca for backcountry and alpine hikers. You'll set out with a guide and some other resort guests looking to explore the natural splendor of the region.
Included in your package: -one massage treatment (duration: 1 hr)Very near to the place where the cookhouse casts its shadow on the shore of the Bedwell River sits the beautiful Healing Grounds Spa, an eco-safari style massage and therapeutic treatment centre with the soul of an outpost spa and a personality all its own. Three massage tents and two treatment rooms, two wood-fired cedar hot tubs, a wood-fired cedar sauna, an outdoor shower and wrap-around sun decks artfully compose a rest and relaxation destination of intimate proportions. Here, the muffled footfall of passers-by on the boardwalk, the screech of an eagle, the faraway thunder of galloping horses and the laughter of children gently pepper the meditative hum of the wilderness as the afternoon passes by.
Set out with a kayak guide for some incredible kayaking amongst serene naturescapes, with rock cliff faces and caniferous forest lining the river. Keep your eye out for wildlife as you paddle. The area is known for black bears, bald eagles, and many other animals. Kayaking can easily be substituted with mountain biking if that is of more interest. Bikes are provided at the resort, and a guide will take you out along some interesting paths.
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