Jewels of the West Coast
starting fromUS $4,180per person
- Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
- Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
What we love about this trip
Awe-inspiring west coast scenery
Thrilling, private floatplane journeys
Vibrant food and arts culture of Salt Spring Island
Luxurious wilderness lodge
Adventure, relaxation, and pampering
Immerse yourself in beauty, adventure, and fun on this luxury Gulf Island and Sunshine Coast vacation by float plane. Discover charming Salt Spring Island where local farms, wineries, and artist studios wait to be explored. Then, land right at the dock of your cliff-side wilderness lodge accommodation, for days of outdoor activity and relaxation.
Arrive Vancouver → 1 night Vancouver → 3 nights Salt Spring Island → 3 nights West Coast Wilderness Lodge → Depart Vancouver
Sample ItineraryThink of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.
Day 1 – Arrive Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. Spend the night at a conveniently located airport hotel.
Day 2 – Vancouver to Salt Spring Island
Have your camera ready for stunning ocean vistas as you travel to the Gulf Islands by floatplane. Traveling over the shimmering waters of the Strait of Georgia, catch your first glimpse of charming Salt Spring Island where you will be staying for the next three nights.
Upon arrival, a representative will be waiting at the floatplane dock with your car rental for your time on the island.
Feature Dinner on Salt Spring Island
Known for its farm fresh produce, Salt Spring Island is a foodie haven. Enjoy a gourmet meal using the best local ingredients set in a historic Manor House. This dining experience is unparalleled on the Gulf Islands.
Day 3 – Salt Spring Island Tour
You have 3 options to choose from today to enjoy Salt Spring Island:
• Option 1: Best of Salt Spring Tour
A great way to see all the highlights, on and off the beaten track. Start the day on a walking tour of Salt Spring’s town center, Ganges, and acquaint yourself with galleries, shops, and meet local artisans at their studios. Then, stroll through the Pacific rainforest, with towering cedar trees and lush ferns. You will then head to the south end of the island and stop off at a vineyard for wine tasting and visit to a local cheesemaker. Truly, the best of Salt Spring Island!
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 2: Wine Tour
A tour for the gourmand in you, this tour shows the full spectrum of Salt Spring’s unique culinary community and its offerings. Try local beer, cheese, bread, and wine – as well as touring the town of Ganges and the north and south of Salt Spring. Guides will also share local stories and historical facts along the way.
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 3: Chocolate Beach Kayaking Tour
Enjoy a 3-hour kayaking tour in protected and calm waters, past eagles’ nests, seals basking in the sun, and magnificent white sand beaches. We cannot think of a more ‘BC’ way to enjoy Salt Spring Island.
Activity rating: Moderate
Insider tip: Add a special touch to your kayaking tour by upgrading to a 6-hour marine park tour with a locally sourced picnic lunch. Ask your Vacation Advisor for upgrade options.
Day 4 – Salt Spring Island Exploration
Today you are free to explore Salt Spring Island on your own. Salt Spring is known for its laid-back atmosphere and mild climate which encourages activities like hiking, cycling, golfing, and beachcombing – to name a few. The island is easy to navigate with many secret coves and charming locations to discover.
Insider tip: If you are visiting Salt Spring over a weekend, make time for the famous Saturday Market in Ganges. Sample local produce and collect unique crafts from island artisans.
Day 5 – Salt Spring Island to the Sunshine Coast
As you arrive at the dock today, revel in the luxury of stepping into your own private floatplane. Enjoy the unique experience of a private charter as you travel to the West Coast Wilderness Lodge on the Sunshine Coast. Jade green waters sparkle as your floatplane touches down and pulls up to the dock right outside of the West Coast Wilderness Lodge, your home for the next 3 nights.
Feature Dinners at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Dinner has been included at the Inlets Restaurant for your entire stay at the lodge. Enjoy local and seasonal selections as the sun sets behind the mountains. The view from the large picture windows will leave you speechless.
Day 6 – Kayaking at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Your day begins with a delicious breakfast included with your stay. Savour your food, relax, and settle into your wilderness surroundings. A kayaking tour has been included for the day. Additionally, you are free to explore on your own. The walk to Skookumchuck Rapids is highly recommended to get a bird’s eye view of the fastest salt water rapids in North America.
• 3 Hour Kayaking Tour
Discover the sheltered waters around the West Coast Wilderness Lodge in Sechelt Inlet. Your guide will lead you to Seal Rock for a memorable visit with a colony of seals, as they bask in the sun. The tour travels though protected waters in a narrow inland sea, past forested slopes and historic fishing villages. Suitable for beginners.
Activity rating: Moderate
Insider tip: Did you know that the West Coast Wilderness Lodge has a magical yet undiscovered secret? Discover phosphorescence on a guided twilight kayak tour. As you paddle through the inlet, streams of glowing algae swirl like twinkling stars every time you dip your paddle. This phenomenon is so special it can’t even really be captured on camera – this is something you must simply experience firsthand. This tour is weather dependent – ask the front desk for availability.
Day 7 – Explore Princess Louisa Inlet
Continue to relax at the lodge. Today a boat tour up the Princess Louisa Inlet is included. This is one of the most popular activities in the area.
• Princess Louisa Inlet Tour by Zodiac
Venture up the long, glacier-cut fjord passing cascading waterfalls and granite bluffs towering over the shimmering waters. Princess Louisa Inlet Marine Park is known around the world for its beauty. Stop to admire the Chatterbox Falls, fed by rushing glacier waters. Make sure to have lots of room on your camera for this tour!
Activity rating: Easy (Not suitable for those with neck or back injuries)
Day 8 – Sunshine Coast to Vancouver
Today your west coast luxury getaway comes to an end. Depart the West Coast Wilderness Lodge directly from the dock on a private floatplane charter. Your flight will bring you to the Vancouver International Airport to connect with your flight home.
Insider tip: To provide the most flexibility for arranging a departing flight from Vancouver, ask your Vacation Advisor to book you an additional post night at a Vancouver airport hotel.
Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.
Fairmont Vancouver Airport
An example of our Deluxe accommodations
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a luxury hotel and spa providing the perfect overnight stay before or after a flight. Completely soundproofed and located above the US departures terminal the hotel is only a two minute walk to the luggage carousels.
Hastings House Country House Hotel
An example of our Superior Inn accommodations
Sitting on 22 acres of waterfront property on Salt Spring Island, the Hastings House Country House Hotel is a small luxury resort offering a casual yet elegant atmosphere. Located minutes from the bustling Ganges Harbour, the Hastings House is a perfect point from which to explore the island. A boutique spa and fine dining restaurant are conveniently located on site.
West Coast Wilderness Lodge
An example of our Wilderness Lodge accommodations
Situated on the stunning Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, just 145km from Vancouver, the West Coast Wilderness Lodge offers first-class adventure, great dining and luxury accommodations. Explore the sheltered waters on a kayak excursion, view the mighty Skookumchuck Rapids, tour marine wildlife by zodiac, or hike through the Pacific Northwest rain forest - all at your fingertips from this unique oceanfront lodge.
Prices & Dates2018 / 2019 – Vancouver Start Dates*
Departs Daily from May 1 to October 8
* Additional departures may be available with customizations.
Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.Premium West Coast Lodges, Inns, and Hotelsfrom US $4,180to US $4,839per person
From wilderness lodges perched on the edge of crashing surf, to British inspired manors on pastoral island-estates, we’ll ensure you have the very best hand-picked accommodations on your west coast adventure. We’ve paired these with our premium selection of local experiences, so that you’re guaranteed to have a truly special Canadian vacation.
Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?
The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).
What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation
Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.
Is it safe to drive in the mountains?
New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.
When is the best time to see wildlife?
That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.
Are your tours escorted?
No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.
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- Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
- Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.