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  • WindigoWest Coast of BC
  • Windigo13 days / 12 nights
  • Windigointermediate

West Coast Trekking

Trekking between ocean and mountains

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West Coast Trekking

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West Coast Trekking

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West Coast Trekking

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West Coast Trekking

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  • 17 June 2021
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From 4075$CA / pers.
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Description

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.  one of a kind Canadian experience that will create unforgettable memories!  

Highlights

  • 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
  • Certified 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

Itinerary

Day 01
Arrive in Victoria

Hotel

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.

Day 02
Transfer to Sooke

Luxury seaside condos (shared)

50km - 1h

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 2 nights. Meals: B, L, D

Hike

East Sooke Trail 11 or 22km if round-trip, 350 or 700m elevation, 4-7hrs
Day 03
Hiking the Juan de Fuca trail

Luxury seaside condos (shared)

143km - 2h40

Our objectives 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 21km 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 be. Return to Sooke for the night. Meals: B, L, D

Hike

Juan de Fuca Trail – China beach to Sombrio beach 13 or 21km (according to option), 750-850m elevation, 5-8hrs
Day 04
Hiking the Juan de Fuca trail and transfer to Strathcona

Remote Lodge

415km - 6hrs

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. Healthy and delicious meal using locally sourced, organic and in-season ingredients at the Lodge. Meals: B, D

Hike

Juan de Fuca Trail – Sombrio beach to Botanical beach 15km, 350m elevation, 3-4hrs
Day 05
Forbidden Plateau, Strathcona Provincial Park

Remote Lodge

32km, 25min

Today we explore the forbidden Plateau area of Strathcona Provincial Park, We can choose from many of the different hikes giving access to these pristine alpine lakes and high prairie meadows. Most of the elevation being gained on the car ride to get there, we conserve our energy to explore this incredible plateau. Return to our lodge for the evening where your guide will organize a Beach BBQ. Meals: B, L , D

Hike

Forbiden Plateau 16km, 650m elevation, 5-6hrs
Day 06
Flower ridge and Mount Myra, Strathcona Provincial Park

Remote Lodge

37km, 45min

We enjoy a second day to explore Strathcona Provincial Park along the Flower ridge Trail. A17,5km 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. Meals: B, L, D

Hike

Flower Ridge 17.5km, +1050m elevation, 7hrs
Day 07
Cathedral Grove and Transfer to Whistler

Lodge Hostel

390km - 6hrs (include 1.5 hrs 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 1h30 crossing before making our way up the sea-to-sky highway to reach Whistler. Night in Lodge hostel in Whistler. Meals: B, D

Hike

Cathedral Grove 1 to 2 hrs
Day 08
Black Tusk, Garibladi Provincial Park

Lodge Hostel

26km - 22min

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’s us discover one of the most impressive mountain range in western Canada

Hike

Black Tusk 25km, +1550m elevation, 8-10hrs
Day 09
High Note trek

Remote wilderness hut

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 9km 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. Meals: B, L, D

Hike

High note trek 11km, +500m elevation, 3-4hrs
Day 10-11
Alpine Trekking

Remote wilderness hut

We have the next 2 days to explore everything that Whistler’s back country has to offer. From our base camp at 2000m 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. Meals: B, L, D

Hike

Alpine trekking: varies according to options one shorter day +300m, 2-3hrs / one longer day +650m, 6-7hrs
Day 12
Return to Whistler and transfer to Vancouver

Hotel

120km - 1h40

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. Meals: B

Hike

Hike down the hut 10km / 350m elevation, 3hrs
Day 13
Vancouver and flight home

Free time in Vancouver to explore the city. Transfer to airport according to flight time. Meal: B

Note: B = breakfast L = lunch D = diner
Itinerary note: The guide reserves the right to modify the itinerary for the group’s safety depending on the weather and general operating conditions.

Dates & prices

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Inclusive

  • Accommodation: 12 nights standard hotel 2-3*, 2 nights shared luxury seaside condos, 3 nights remote wilderness hut, 2 nights lodge hostel, 3 nights Wilderness Lodge
  • Ground transportation by 12-passenger minibus with enclosed trailer for 10 passengers or more
  • The services of a certified and knowledgeable driver-guide
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches and 3 dinners
  • Entry fees to national and provincial parks
  • Ferry from Vancouver Island back to mainlan
  • Taxes where applicable

Non inclusive

  • Airports meet & greet and transfers
  • Optional activities
  • All dinners except D9-10-11
  • Flights and travel insurance
  • Tips for you guide and gratuities
  • Taxes: GST (5%)

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