Experience Vancouver, a vibrant metropolitan city nestled between the mountains, the vast Pacific Ocean, rainforests and scenic parks. Vancouver is a walkable city, and locals take pride in welcoming visitors with clean, safe and vibrant streets.
Included today is a Hop-on-Hop-off Pass, which is a fun and flexible way to see the best of Vancouver! Take a bus, stop at a location, browse around for as long as you want and then hop back onto the next coming bus to move onto the next attraction! You will experience downtown Vancouver at leisure as the bus circles through a series of cultural districts, seaside points of interest, and Stanley Park. Clear top buses for stunning views, rain or shine, and full commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin. During your stop at Canada Place, we recommend the FlyOver Canada experience nearby. The show utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flight. You will hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen while the film takes you away on an exhilarating 8-minute journey across Canada, from east to west. Special effects, including wind, mist and scents, combine with the ride’s motion to create an unforgettable experience. Take a taxi or the convenient Skytrain to the airport for your included evening flight to Prince George.
Overnight: Prince George
Board the train this morning as you travel west enjoying the rugged beauty and pioneering character of a landscape once solely travelled by Indigenous peoples and fur traders. The train follows the turbulent
currents of the Skeena River and meanders through spectacular canyons and open valleys in the presence of ever-present mountain ridges.
Prince Rupert is located in the centre of the territory traditionally claimed by the Tsimshian First Nation, and is now a booming little port community of about 15,000 people, in the heart of the North Coast’s lush rainforest. Outstanding marine and forest-based recreation opportunities are cherished by visitors and residents alike. The City has long been a regional centre for commerce and transport and the meeting points of ferries from Alaska, Haida Gwaii and points south. It is also a cargo port as it is the shortest link between North America and Asia. The cruise ship terminal right beside quaint downtown Prince Rupert welcomes visitors from around the world
Overnight: Prince Rupert
This is a free day to explore this northern town. We strongly recommend that you either pick up a rental car (or hire an easily available local cab) for a self drive exploration of the Cassiar Cannery’s heritage waterfront cottages and the North Pacific Cannery Historic sites. Visit the magnificent Northwest Coast longhouse overlooking Prince Rupert Harbour that is home to the Museum of Northern BC. Internationally known for its exceptional collection and the quality of its exhibits, the Museum draws visitors from around the world to experience its unique celebration of cultures and histories. Then, have some free time to browse in the interesting Cow Bay area of Prince Rupert.
Overnight: Prince Rupert
Prepare for a full day of excitement with a tour to the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary . You will check in at Prince Rupert Tours office for a 7 hour round trip on board the 100-passenger catamaran that includes Grizzly bear viewing tours to the Khutzeymateen, part of the Great Bear Rainforest of Northern British Columbia. Grizzly bear watching trips are scheduled mid-May to early August, while whale watching tours are scheduled from August to mid-September.
Bear in mind that these tours operate only certain days of the week and the program for Day 4 and Day 5 may be switched.
Overnight: Prince Rupert
Board the BC Ferry for a full day ferry trip through the spectacular Inside Passage to Vancouver Island. You will sail through a maze of islands, view deep fjords, densely forested shorelines, massive ice-flows and jagged inlets. Watch bald eagles soaring overhead, sea lions slumbering on the rocks and whales traversing the offshore waters.
For added comfort, consider talking to your travel consultant to add access to a cabin with twin berths, a shower and a desk.
Overnight: Port Hardy
This morning you will have some time to explore Port Hardy on your own. From the natural history of the local landscape to the deep-rooted First Nations heritage to the founding industries from which the
community economy emerged, discover the elements that have shaped the coastal community of Port Hardy into what it is today.
The family-friendly environment of the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre welcomes you to learn about Pacific salmon with a world-class interpretive gallery, interactive exhibits and hands-on displays. This facility promotes discovery into the world of salmon and their natural environment. Discover how salmon are intimately connected to the coastal ecosystem of Northern Vancouver Island and the Pacific salmon to the Indigenous and the local community. From salmon biology to conservation, visitors to the Salmon Centre get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore and get a hands-on experience with salmon.
We take the mid afternoon flight back to Vancouver’s South Terminal airport by Pacific Coastal Airlines and come to the end of our exciting circle tour of the Highlights of British Columbia.
OPTION 1: Extend your stay in Vancouver city or take the free shuttle bus to the International Airport for your onward flight. Else, consider the option of a full day scenic bus journey to Victoria on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and time explore British Columbia’s capital city.
OPTION 2: Add a day to your stay in Northern BC by driving a short distance along scenic Highway 16 to the town of Terrace. Stay at the Yellow Cedar Lodge, a wonderful full-service Bed & Breakfast accommodation nestled in the woods overlooking the Skeena River located just minutes outside of Terrace though you will feel like you are surrounded by wilderness. With breathtaking views and all the amenities of home, you’ll be able to take in nature in comfort, work out, play, relax, explore, embark on an adventure, and dine on gourmet, local fare in their dining room.
The following day , join wilderness host Rob Bryce and his guide to board the jet boats and head out into remote river valleys for a day of Northwest Coast bear and wildlife viewing. Rob and his guide will share their knowledge about the region, ecosystem, bear habits and traits. Electric motors and poling are utilized in the estuaries to access the bears with minimal impact. A picnic lunch is included and your hosts will provide some rain protection. Be prepared for a day in the wilderness amidst inspiring and untouched natural beauty.