Combine the pleasure of staying in exclusive hotels with the luxury of driving, and sight-seeing, at a pace that suits you. Vancouver, Whistler, the Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, Horseshoe Bay, Sonora Resort, Desolation Sound, Campbell River, Tofino and the West Coast, Long Beach and Vancouver Island are all part of your fabulous experience.
Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada, so it offers you plenty of scope to enjoy a cosmopolitan ambience enhanced by classy restaurants, great shopping, galleries and museums, a busy nightlife and plenty of sight-seeing opportunities. The city is also surrounded by the great outdoors; the Coast Mountains, the Burrard Inlet and the Strait of Georgia all beckon you.
Stay: Two nights in a luxury Fairmont room in the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.
Collect your hire car and head for Whistler. Drive along the Sea to Sky Highway and you’ll be met with a constant parade of fabulous views over Howe Sound, the Coast Mountains, Shannon Falls and mighty Stawamus Chief Rock. In Whistler itself you can play on no less than four championship designer golf courses, or enjoy water sports of five lakes and any number of waterways. You can ride the Whistler Gondola into the mountains, followed by open chair lift to see glaciers, extinct volcanoes and snowy peaks from a 7000 feet viewpoint.
Stay: Two nights in a deluxe room in the Four Seasons Resort.
Let the Sea to Sky Highway take you back to Horseshoe Bay, for a ferry to Vancouver Island. Sail from Campbell River to Sonora Resort, where you’ll experience five star luxury, and an indulgent spa, combined with outdoor thrills provided by British Columbia’s untouched wilderness. Go grizzly watching and salmon fishing. Try a nature tour or take to the water in a kayak. Complimented by evenings of comfort and fine dining.
Stay: Two nights in a Gold room in Sonora Resort.
After leaving Sonora Island you drive in a south western direction along the dramatic West Coast to Tofino. But give yourself plenty of time; you’ll want to stop at beauty points like Cathedral Grover to see 800 year old Douglas firs and cedars, not to mention the Mars Water-Bombers at Sproat Lake (the world’s largest fire-fighting planes). Sutton Pass is another must-photograph and the Sawtooth Range in the Cascade Mountains will take your breath away.
Stay in Tolifino and you can wander along the renowned Long Beach or explore local rain forests. The Clayoquot Sound offers great whale watching – expect to see grey whales, porpoises, sea lions and killer whales – as well as sensational scenery and birds that range from tufted puffins to bald eagles.
Stay: Two nights in a Beach Floor Deluxe room in the Wickininnish Inn.
Take a slow drive back to the East Coast of Vancouver Island where you can turn south to Victoria. But don’t forget to stop and absorb the creative atmosphere of Chemainus with its flourishing artistic community. Here you’ll find walls covered with huge murals painted by local artists. In Duncan you’ll realise why it is known in the region as the City of Totems.
Drive back to Vancouver for your return flight home.