From sophisticated Vancouver – fringed by the majesty of the Coast Mountains and the Strait of Georgia – you’ll visit fascinating Granville Island and Howe Sound. You’ll fly by seaplane to in safari style at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. Then experience the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler with its glaciers, snow-capped peaks and extinct volcanoes. And every step of the way you’ll be surrounded by luxury.
Vancouver has it all. From a spectacular setting that includes the Coast Mountains standing in majestic silence across the Burrard Inlet, and the photogenic Strait of Georgia – to its cosmopolitan restaurants, great shopping, nightlife and sight-seeing opportunities. Food lovers and choc-aholics must visit Granville Island – a haven of bookshops specialising in cookery books, wine merchants and one of British Columbia’s most outstanding – and oldest – chocolatiers. Plus, of course, the extensive Public Market with its fresh local produce. As a definite high point of your Pacific Adventure, you can fly by seaplane to a dinner date beside a picturesque lake. Or have a picnic lunch overlooking panoramic Howe Sound. Unless, of course you’d prefer to try salmon fishing, indulging in a spa or playing golf.
Stay: Three nights in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Adventure meets luxury. Your seaplane soars high over Vancouver Island to land on the Bedwell River, where an enclave of 20 modern, ultra-exclusive, safari-style tents await. You’ll have the sensation of being at one with the great outdoors, as well as watching whales and bears, hiking, mountain biking, riding horses, clay pigeon shooting and, naturally, indulging in fine wines and dining. You could even take a helicopter to the mountain top for a night in a private tent, complete with your own chef, guide and massage therapist. At the end of day 7 your seaplane will whisk you back to Vancouver.
Stay: Three nights in the Clayoquote Wilderness Resort.
Drive along the aptly and evocatively-named Sea to Sky Highway, pausing to photograph the astounding views over Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. The cascading Shannon Falls and the massive granite enigma that is Stawamus Chief Rock will also challenge your skills as a photographer. Once in Whistler you can take the Gondola and an open chair lift to a viewpoint over 7000 feet above the region’s glaciers, extinct volcanoes and snowy peaks. The Whistler Explorer, meanwhile, will take you for a helicopter flight over the awe-inspiring lakes, rivers, glacial flows and towering peaks of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains.
Stay: Two nights in the Four Seasons Whistler.
Today you drive back to the wonderful city of Vancouver for your return flight.