The Canadian west coast, where lush rain forests of giant cedars and Douglas fir meet the saline expanse of the Pacific and massive mountains of granite and metamorphic rocks formed by prehistoric volcanic eruptions spring from the sea. An exceptional natural setting for an exceptional trip. Starting off in the charming town of Victoria, on Vancouver Island this tour explores the wild and rich ecosystem of the coastal rain forest along signature hikes that offer authentic and unique west coast thrills. Heading to mainland BC we spend 3 nights in a remote cabin at 2000m for a 4-day backcountry alpine hiking feast. Coming down from cloud 9 we end our journey in the vibrant city of Vancouver. A one of a kind Canadian experience that will create unforgettable memories!
- The variety of landscapes: from the rocky inlets of the north pacific to some of the most stunning alpine hiking BC has to offer
- Hiking the wilder and less traveled trails of western Canada
- Hiking through some of the last old growth forest of Vancouver Island
- ACMG Certified hiking guide and knowledgeable guide, seeing to the group’s every need
- 4 days in the heart of Mountains around Whistler and Garibladi Provincial Park
- Charming Victoria and the modern city of Vancouver
Arrive in Victoria. Free time to take in the English charm of the city as well as it’s many attractions such as Beacon Hill Park, the Craigdarroch Castle or Butchart Gardens to name only a few. Rendezvous at the hotel to meet your guide, the rest of the group and hear all about the adventure you are about to start. Independent dinner. Night at the hotel.
Luxury seaside condos (shared)
50km - 1h
B, L, D
To the west of Victoria, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island lies the tiny community of Sooke. This will be the starting point of our first hike, the East Sooke Trail. Perched along the cliffs of Sooke point the trail offers impressive views of the Olympic Mountains just across the Juan de Fuca straight. Overnight in Sooke for the next 2 nights.
Luxury seaside condos (shared)
143 km - 2 h 40
B, L, D
Our objective over the next two days will be to hike the most dramatic sections of the Juan de Fuca trail from China beach to Botanical Beach. Today, we’ll start our hike from the China beach trailhead and work our way north to Sombrio beach. The 21 km trail snakes along the beaches and disappears into the forest for challenging climbs along mountains faces offering incredible views of the area. Plenty of opportunities to explore tides pools and all the other wildlife the area has to offer. It’s is a rugged and demanding trail; weather can severely impact the conditions of the trail and so we’ll have the option of shortening our hike if need to be. Return to Sooke for the night.
415 km - 6 h
Getting up early we transfer to Sombrio Beach to continue our trek to reach Botanical beach. The trail meanders in lush rain forest over old log bridges and moss-covered walkways. The Juan de Fuca trail is a truly unique and challenging trail that shows you the wilder and less traveled side of the Island. We transfer to Strathcona Provincial Park in the afternoon. At the Lodge we will have the chance to taste healthy and delicious meal using locally sourced, organic and in-season ingredients.
32 km, 25 min
B, L, D
Today we explore the Crest mountain trail in Strathcona Provincial Park. This 11 km out and back trail is quite the challenge but the summit rewards you with 360-degree views of the mountain peaks and valleys that are some of the best you’ll see in Strathcona Park. Big Den, Crown Mountain, Elkhorn Mountain, Elk River valley, Heber River valley, Kings Peak, Mt Colonel Foster, Puzzle Mountain and Queens Peak can be clearly seen in all their glory. Return to our lodge for the evening.
37 km, 45 min
B, L, D
We enjoy a second day to explore Strathcona Provincial Park along the Flower ridge Trail. A 17.5 km with a gentle gradient rising 1100 m over 8 km. The trail meanders up through old growth forest along a series of small ridges and benches. Once on Flower Ridge, you are rewarded with sweeping views of surrounding mountains and Buttle Lake. Return to the lodge for the evening.
Lodge Hostel (multiple occupation)
390 km - 6 h (include 1.5 h ferry crossing)
Today we transfer to mainland BC stopping on the way to admire one of the last strands of old growth forest. Hiking amidst century old Douglas firs and giant cedars is a humbling experience bound to turn anyone into a tree huger. Boarding the ferry in Nanaimo we enjoy a 1.5 h crossing before making our way up the sea-to-sky highway to reach Whistler. Night in Lodge hostel in Whistler.
26 km - 23 min
Our exploration of the mountains around Whistler starts with a signature hike that takes us deep in Garibaldi Provincial park to ascend Black Tusk. The jagged black peak is a stark contrast against the bright glaciated landscape and green forested mountains that surround it. This ancient volcano was once capped with glacial ice but after erupting, the piping hot magma melted much of the ice and exposed the magnificent basalt chamber that we’ll see today. A challenging but incredibly rewarding hike that let us discover one of the most impressive mountain range in western Canada
Remote wilderness hut ( multiple occupation)
B, L, D
Today we set off for our 3-day trek. The gondola takes us up to the summit of Whistler Mountain from where we’ll have a 9 km hike to reach our wilderness hut for the next 3 nights. Getting to our hut we’ll need to work together to get set up and prepare our dinner. We’ll have plenty of time to discuss the options for the upcoming days. Night at the hut.
Remote wilderness hut (multiple occupation)
B, L, D
We have the next 2 days to explore everything that Whistler’s back country has to offer. From our base camp at 2000 m we’ll have all the latitude we want to attempt climbing Mount Overloard and we’ll reserve one of the days for an easier exploratory hike to discover alpines lakes and high prairie meadows.
Remote wilderness hut (multiple occupation)
120 km - 1 h 40
Today we hike back out to Whistler before heading back to Vancouver. Spend the evening discovering Granville Island, strolling on Robson Street or exploring Stanley Park. Vancouver is a vibrant city offering extremely diverse attractions in an extremely enviable natural setting.
Free time in Vancouver to explore the city. Transfer to airport according to flight time.
Dates & prices
26 August - 7 September 2021 3895 $CA Guided in french availableContact us
All our prices are on double occupancy basis. Please contact us regarding the single, triple or quadruple rates.Privatize this trip write to us
- Accommodation: 2 nights standard hotel 2-3*, 2 nights shared luxury seaside condos, 3 nights remote wilderness hut, 2 nights lodge hostel, 3 nights Wilderness Lodge
- Meals : 12 breakfasts, 8 picnic lunches and 9 dinners
- National and provincial park entrance fees
- Transportation in a minivan with cargo trailer from 8 travelers
- Ferry from Vancouver Island back to mainlan
- Certified ACMG hiking guide
- First aid kit and emergency communication device
- Group from 7 to 11 travelers
- FICAV contribution (compensation fund for customers of travel agents – 0 $ / 1000 $)
- Personal insurance (medical and repatriation)
- Air transportation
- Airports meet & greet and transfers
- Pre & post night
- Sleeping bag, pillow and towel
- Meals not mentioned in the included section
- Optional activities
- Goods and Services Tax (5%)
Information about your trip
Intermediate level hiking tour with 4 to 7 hours of walking each day. Hikes are mainly mountainous with a few near lakes and the ocean. The climate can change rapidly in the mountains. Even though it is warm and sunny during the day, there is the possibility of snow and rain in the evening. The climate is milder near the Pacific.
We suggest you have a healthy lifestyle and are in good physical shape to join this trip. You should be able to walk for 4 to 6 hours with an average 300 to 500 m elevation gain. The hikes are at varying altitudes, from about 0 to 2200m.
For the Vancouver Island, you will mostly experience mountain coastal weather. In the summer days are pleasant, sometimes hot and humid, can be rainy or foggy. In early summer and fall, nightfall can bring rain and snow, and even freezing temperatures. In the summer, the days are long and the sun does not set until about 21h00/9:00pm.
2 nights standard hotel 2-3*
2 nights shared luxury seaside condos ( private rooms and facilities) shared living space
2 nights lodge hostel – shared accommodation
3 nights remote wilderness hut – shared accommodation
Airport transfers and pre nights
From the Calgary airport you may hop on a hotel shuttle, stopping at various hotels including the Ramada Downtown. The cost is 15$CAD/person. To be paid locally. You may also take a taxi (approximate cost: 40$ CAD)
Vancouver –There are no airport shuttles in Vancouver. We suggest a taxi (35$-40$ CAD) or take public transport into downtown (Sky Train)
Suggested packing list
- Wool hat (spring/fall only)
- Sunhat or cap (compulsory)
- Synthetic or wool base layer – t-shirt or underwear (tops and bottoms)
- Synthetic or wool hiking socks
- Waterproof breathable jacket (e.g. Gore-Tex)
- Wool sweater or synthetic pile jacket (spring & fall)
- Gloves or mittens (spring & fall)
- T-shirts (long & short sleeves)
- Synthetic or wool long pants – zip off pants which convert to shorts can be useful in spring/fall
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes with good support for the ankles
- Light colored shirt (for sun protection).
- Swimming suit
- A comfortable outfit for the evenings in town (pants, shirt, sweater, light shoes)
Bags & luggage:
– Rucksack/backpack (30-45 litres) for your belongings for the day and sometimes camping equipment: sweater, spare t-shirt, packed lunch, sunglasses, water bottle, etc. Your guide will let you know every day what is needed for the hikes and activities.
– Duffle bag (max 80 liters) with side zipper as your main luggage for an easier access to its content. No hard suitcases. The luggage is transported in an enclosed trailer. Only one bag per person; The relaxed atmosphere of this trip allows you to bring minimal clothing and personal effects.
– Be prepared: On your flight, bring a small «emergency kit» with you in your carry-on bag in case your main luggage is delayed by the airline (e.g. toothbrush, t-shirt, spare underwear). Also, wear your hiking shoes on the plane.
- Fleece blanket (for warm nights)
- Sunscreen (high density)
- Insect repellent
- Large water bottle/hydration kit (2 litres capacity minimum)
- Walking sticks (optional)
Your guide will have a First Aid Kid. However, you should be carrying your prescription drugs and personal medication:
- Bandages: Assorted sizes for small cuts, blisters, etc.
- Antiseptic wipes: For cleaning small wounds.
- Topical antibiotic ointment
- 4-inch closure strips or butterfly closures
- Gauze & sterile dressing pads
- Small roll of 1-inch adhesive tape
- Rubber bandage
- Safety pins: Can help remove splinters or fasten arm sling
- Cotton-tip swabs
- Oral rehydration salts
- Pain relievers, including aspirin and Ibuprofen: Provides relief for minor aches and pains, reduces fever, helps reduce inflammation of sprains and other injuries.
- Stomach Relief or antacid tablets
- Water purification tablets
- Antidiarrheal tablets
- Aloe Vera gel: for relief of minor burns or sunburns
- Lip balm with high UV protection
- Forceps or tweezers: For removing splinters, ticks, and removing debris from wounds
- After Bite or hydrocortisone cream USP 1 percent: Relieves skin irritation from bites, poison oak, stings, or allergic reactions.
- Moleskin: Prevents blisters.
- Second Skin to cover blisters, burns or lacerations
The Wild Side of the Rockies
- The majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains
- Hiking some of the National Park’s signature trails
- An exclusive itinerary through the less traveled parts of the Rockies
Interior BC: far from the crowd
- The majestic beauty of the Purcell Mountains, Colombia wetlands and Glacier National Park
- Locally owned and incredibly unique accommodations
- An exclusive slower paced itinerary that explores the best and most challenging hikes of the area
- Canoe, Hiking, Camping