Vancouver Island Camping Circle Tour, 8 Days. Itinerary.

Vancouver Island Camping Circle Tour, 8 Days

Pick up and drop off from your central Victoria hotel

Waterfalls, lakes, beaches, scenic drives, mountains and rainforest walks, this Vancouver Island adventure heads west from Victoria, passes through Barkley Sound on the way to Tofino, east to Combs and then north to Strathcona Park and Campbell River before returning to Victoria.

ITINERARY:

  1. Victoria, BC city tour
    We gather you up from your Victoria hotel or Victoria airport and get to know everyone before starting our grand tour of Victoria's quaint harbour and downtown. Victoria has a wealth of historical landmarks to wonder at, and picture how it has changed over the last hundred years. After our tour we head West out of the city and to the Pacific Coast where we camp with a commanding view of the Olympic Peninsula. Set up your tent below lofty old growth trees, and next to luscious Salal berry bushes. Feast beneath open skies and talk about the exciting days ahead of us.
    Accommodation: Camping
    Meals: Lunch and dinner
  2. Port Renfrew, B.C. and giant trees.
    Load up on a fresh, healthy breakfast before hopping in the van and continuing North along the West Coast of Vancouver Island. We stop to marvel at the gigantic trees and bountiful tidal pools around quiet and rugged Port Renfrew, then watch the landscape change as we pass through the Cowichan Valley. Stand beneath the tallest trees on the coast in Cathedral Grove before settling down to camp on the pleasant shores of Sproat Lake. Watch the sun set as we enjoy a hearty meal.
    Accommodation: Camping
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  3. Barkley Sound, BC.
    Wake up bright and early to a tasty breakfast, then load up on the Francis Barkley for your scenic cruise through Barkley Sound on this working packet freighter. Stop in at places seldom seen along its voyage through the distant corners of the sound, entertained by the efficiency of the working crew loading and unloading supplies at each remote port. Watch for humpback whales and bald eagles as you steam past the Broken Group Islands, and sea lions and seals as you pull into Ucuelet. We head North towards Tofino, legendary surf and adventure town and one of the furthest west destinations in Canada. Explore endless beaches and rain forests, smelling the salty air and spotting eagles overhead. Set up camp at Bella Pacifica campground right on the beach,while watching the brilliant west coast sun set.
    Accommodation: Camping
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  4. Tofino, BC.
    How could we enjoy being near the Pacific Ocean more than embarking on a high speed boating excursion through the deep fjords of Clayoquot Sound. We cruise through rugged landscapes, tamed by no man, on our way to Hot Springs Cove for a soothing soak in the natural hot springs. When we return to Tofino you have a few hours to explore the town on slightly wobbly legs, or if you desire you can opt for a quick surf session.
    Accommodation: Camping
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  5. Coombs and waterfalls, BC.
    Today we drive East along the infamous “Highway of Waterfalls”, heading for Strathcona Provincial Park. We make a stop in Coombs, a popular market filled with locally made art, delicacies and souvenirs. Check out several waterfalls, and feast your eyes on the alpine playground of Vancouver Island. We camp beneath the dark, starry sky on the shores of Buttle Lake.
    Accommodation: Camping
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  6. Strathcona Provincial Park, BC.
    Wake up to the smell of a hearty breakfast, and fill yourself before our hike. Today we hike through old growth trees, meandering up to a brilliant, open alpine world and Bedwell Lake. See how many kinds of mushrooms you can spot on the way up, or how many berries you can stuff in your mouth! Picnic beside the lake, and even go for a refreshing swim in the calm, inviting waters. Arrive back at our beautiful camp and kick your feet up; you earned it!
    Accommodation: Camping
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  7. Campbell River and Gulf Island vibes, BC.
    Start off the day exploring Campbell River and perusing the busy working port, before heading for the Gulf Islands. We pass pleasant, warm beaches, facing the brilliant panorama of the coast mountain ranges, where we stop and take pictures. Hop aboard the ferry to Salt Spring Island and try the laid back Gulf Island lifestyle. We hang out at secluded beaches and hike to a viewpoint with dominating views of the Strait of Georgia. Gather around a warm fire and reflect on all the amazing memories of the tour with your new friends.
    Accommodation: Camping
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  8. South to Victoria, BC.
    We enjoy a final breakfast together and board the ferry back to the main island, beginning our journey South to Victoria. Enjoy the scenic drive over the Malahat Pass and through Goldstream Park, before we drop you off at your hotel or the airport.
    Accommodation: N/A
    Meals: Breakfast and lunch