Jewels of the West Coast

8

days

starting from US $3,990per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

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.

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Trip at a glance

Arrive Vancouver
1 night Vancouver
3 nights Salt Spring Island
3 nights West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Depart Vancouver

Itinerary

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.

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

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Private floatplane transfers to the Sunshine Coast - Private floatplane transfers to the Sunshine Coast
Private floatplane transfers to the Sunshine Coast
Feature Dinners on Salt Spring Island and at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge - Feature Dinners on Salt Spring Island and at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Feature Dinners on Salt Spring Island and at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Car rental on Salt Spring Island - Car rental on Salt Spring Island
Car rental on Salt Spring Island
Beautiful country style accommodation on Salt Spring Island - Beautiful country style accommodation on Salt Spring Island
Beautiful country style accommodation on Salt Spring Island
Accommodations:
• 7 nights of hotel accommodation

Tour Inclusions:

Salt Spring Island Experiences:
• Choose 1 of 3:
1. Best of Salt Spring Tour
2. Wine Tour*
3. Chocolate Beach Kayaking Tour

West Coast Wilderness Lodge Experiences:
• 3 Hour Kayaking Tour
• Princess Louisa Inlet Tour by Zodiac

Meal Inclusions:
• Feature dinner on Salt Spring Island
• 3 breakfasts and dinners at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Transportation Inclusions:
• Scheduled Floatplane between Vancouver Airport and Salt Spring Island
• 3 Day Car Rental
(includes Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million))
• Private Floatplane between Salt Spring Island and the West Coast Wilderness Lodge
• Private Floatplane between the West Coast Wilderness Lodge and Vancouver Airport

Other Inclusions:
• Documentation package
• Gratuities for meals (unless otherwise indicated)
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

*Seasonal Restrictions:
• Salt Spring Wine Tour is available between the May 30 and Sep 28 departure dates.

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare to and from Canada (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Fuel and refueling fees
• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
• GPS
• LDW deductible of up to $500
• Taxi between Vancouver floatplane terminal and international airport terminal
• Gratuities for hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended
ask us for a quote)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Visit the Olympic city of Whistler
Visit the Olympic city of Whistler
Staying at a remote fly-in lodge
Staying at a remote fly-in lodge
Luxurious stay at Sonora Resort
Luxurious stay at Sonora Resort
Spend some extra time exploring Vancouver
Spend some extra time exploring Vancouver
• Include a stay at a fly-in floating lodge near Campbell River, to fully immerse yourself in the bear watching experience.
• Add on a few days in the Olympic mountain town of Whistler
• Add on a luxurious stay at Sonora Resort in the Discovery Islands – relax in a pristine wilderness environment
• Add additional tour options on your journey
• Include a post night in Vancouver before flying home

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

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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.

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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.

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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 & Dates

2018 - Vancouver Start Dates*
Departs Daily from May 1 to October 8

* Additional departures may be available with customizations.


Premium West Coast Lodges, Inns, and Hotels
from US $3,990to US $4,839per person

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