A couple is exploring the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver

Exploring West Coast, Travel by Land & Sea – BC Exclusive


Vancouver, Victoria, and Whistler are the liveliest places in B.C.

Known as resourceful and delightful tourism destinations, their diverse cultures with abundant agricultural fishery create an excellent food paradise. Vancouver is British Columbia’s largest city, thriving art, theater and music scenes; also are popular filming locations. Victoria immerse to British style has an old soul with a youthful heartbeat; you can wander the historic neighborhoods; explore patios, galleries, and gardens. The 2010 winter Olympic venue city of Whistler is widely known as one of the top four-season destinations in North America, an outdoor adventure paradise.
Step into those regions is safe and fun to visit as a driving tour. It is the best way to get an eyeful essence of the coastal B.C.

  • Product ID BC12YVR01
  • Vacation Style Seasonal, Self-Drive, Summer, Wildlife & Nature
    • Activity Level Medium
    • Duration 12 Days 11 Nights
    All about the Exploring West Coast, Travel by Land & Sea – BC Exclusive.

    – Place of Interest –

    • Q.E. Park | Gastown | Canada Place | Stanley Park
    • Capilano Suspension Park | Grouse Mountain | Pacific Spirit Park
    • BC Ferry | Empress Hotel | Butchart Garden | Totem Town
    • Snorkel with Salmon | Elk Fall | Telegraph Cove | Whale Watching
    • BC Ferry Inside Passage Advantrue | Bear Watching | Ksan Historical Village
    • Fort St. James | Quesnel Museum | Barkerville Historic Town
    • Little Fort | Ginseng Farm | Kettle Valley Railway

    – Trip Dates –

    * This itinerary is a self-drive package, it can be created to suit your travel interests, time frame, and budget. Please contact our travel specialists for your customized package.

    Note: If you require a car rental, please let us know and we will be glad to assist you!

    – Trip Map –

    Explore Coastal British Columbia: Vancouver | Victoria | Campbell River | Port Hardy | Inside Passage Ferry Ride | Prince Rupert | Smither | Quesnel | Barkerville | Williams Lake | Sun Peaks | Okanagan Region – Kelowna



    Benefits of a Self-Drive Tour?

    Private & Customizable

    You can see what you want, when you want, how you want. A trip that’s perfectly timed and well organized.

    Unique Experience

    Experiences that help you take in the region in a different way. Advice to help you get the most out of your trip.

    Freedom to Explore

    Time to enjoy and take in each place. Add days in places you want to explore. Do only the activities you want to do.


    Can't find what you're looking for?

    Our specialists can take away the stress and create a custom trip tailored to your exact interests and budget.

    or Call  1-604-207-9188

    1. Day 1 Arrive Vancouver

      Pick up your rental car from Vancouver International Airport or within the city location upon arrival, and head to your designated hotel. Start your journey by visiting some iconic places, such as Queen Elizabeth Park, Granville Island, Gas Town, Canada Place and Stanley Park, etc. If your time more flexing, please coming to Richmond, visit Golden Village, soak Asia culture fully, or biking at Steveston Village, then follow the Dumpling trail feast gourmet. If you like wandering in the forest, don’t miss Capilano Suspension Park, Grouse Mountain or Pacific Spirit Park!

        Accommodation suggestion
      Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport (4 ) or more selective

    2. Day 2 Vancouver - Victoria

      Today, you will be driving to take the BC ferry, sailing through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Victoria, the Provincial Capital on Vancouver Island, where there are many attractions and unique shops to wander around and feel the charm of this historic city. Browsing the exquisite shops along Government Street, tasting Hong Kong-style tea in Chinatown, or enjoying English refreshments at The Empress Hotel at your own expense. You may also rent a bicycle to roam around the beautiful harbor and Fisherman’s Wharf. If you are interested in marine life, it is recommended that you take a whale watching tour.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Hotel Grand Pacific (4 ) or more selective

    3. Day 3 Victoria – Duncan – Nanaimo - Campbell River

      Start your morning by visiting the famous Butchart Gardens permeate the beautiful landscape with fully in-season flowers and plants. Later, start your Aboriginal and cultural tour. First, visit bald eagle and salmon Reserve Golden Creek Provincial Park to observe the Pacific salmon migratory Reserve and bald eagle habitat ecology. Then head to the Totem Town ”Duncan” and admire the different ethnic cultures, history, commemorative Indian totem column and go to the “Mural town” –Cheminus and admire the huge murals, experience the art of history through painting; later reach the coastal garden city of Nanaimo stopover for delicious ”Nanaimo bar” dessert bite, continue heading north to the “salmon capital of the world”- Campbell River.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Coast Campbell River (3 ) or more selective

    4. Day 4 Campbell River

      Today, you can take part in the most famous fishing trip in the area. Indulge yourself in the fun of catching salmon or halibut, and they will package your fish or make canned let you can bring home with full memory, or Try a unique tour of “Snorkel with Salmon” (from July to September); the crystal-clear water allows for easy viewing of the salmon in the river environment. Wearing a wet suit snorkelling on the Campbell river to view amounts of migrating salmon swimming toward you is a wonderful experience, afternoon hiking to Elk Falls Suspension Bridge sees the beautiful and natural.

    5. Day 5 Campbell River - Port Hardy

      In the morning, you will continue north along the coast road to the forested Northern Vancouver Island, drive into Telegraph Cove, a fishing village. You can take a whale watching tour of the Johnstone Strait, which is internationally known for having the world’s largest number of killer whales; if you are an adventurer, taking a sea kayaking tour, experience the whales, wildlife and Island passages of Johnstone Strait, tonight stay town of Port Hardy.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Glen Lyon Inn (3 ) or more selective

    6. Day 6 Port Hardy - Prince Rupert

      Today, drive to the ferry terminal and take the BC Ferry north along the famous Inside passage waterway to the wonderful Prince Rupert. Enjoy yourself with the breathtaking scenery along the gorgeous coast. Prepare yourself for the grand dolphins, whales and bald eagles spontaneously greeting you along the way. Although it is a very long day but a fantastic way of seeing the scenery and have a chance to get a spectacular sunset, with the sun dropping below the horizon before docking in Prince Rupert.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Prestige Hotel Prince Rupert (3 ) or more selective

    7. Day 7 Prince Rupert - Smither

      Spend time exploring The Museum of Northern British Columbia, its large cedarwood longhouse houses collections and exhibits highlighting the Indigenous peoples’ culture and history in the Pacific Northwest. For wildlife lovers, don’t miss an opportunity to take a short boat ride and travel North through Chatham Sound into Khutzeymateen Province Park area; here is home to one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears in North America. After, drive along the Skeena River on scenic Highway 16 to the east. The drive is equally spectacular, with glimpses of tall waterfalls trickling down the mountains; if you have time, stop over at Hazelton’s visit Ksan Historical Village and Museum to learn about First Nations culture. Later on, we arrive at the Smithers.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Sandman Inn Smithers (2 ) or more selective

    8. Day 8 Smithers – Quesnel

      This morning you will pass through many unique small towns with roadside antique stores or indigenous culture villages. You can take a detour to sightsee north of Fort St. James which is a former fur trading post in north-central British Columbia, the National Historic Site is the largest collection of wooden buildings faithfully restored to the fur trade era. Later arrive Quesnel, a last stop on the Fraser River for the Gold Rush Trail in the late 1800s and service center for gold prospectors stocking up with supplies before heading east for the gold rush. Discover Quesnel Museum to understand early century resident life and visiting several historic sites: St. Andrew’s Church, original 1867 Hudson’s Bay Company Trading Post. Also, don’t forget to take a photo with the World’s largest Gold Pan before the end of the day.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Sandman Hotel Quesnel (3 ) or more selective

    9. Day 9 Quesnel – Barkerville Historic Town – Williams Lake

      Today driving through highway 26 for a history explore tour, first arrive Cottonwood House, this historic site original 1860s to help with the farm chores or sample fresh farm produce and baking, which a great introduction to the Gold Rush era of the Cariboo region. Continue to follow route arrive today’s highlight the Barkerville Historic Town & Park; the legendary gold digger Bill Barker’s triggered not only multi-billion dollar industrial revolution that literally builds a province; when you visit this historic town to image living testament to BC golden beginning; this is a unique, world-class heritage site and remains a thriving place, rich in history and full of life; more than 125 heritage building including satellite museum, Chinatown, clinic, post office, school, restaurant, shops so much to explore. After visit tonight stay at William Lakes.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Sandman Hotel & Suites Williams Lake (2 ) or more selective

    10. Day 10 Williams Lake – Little Fort - Sun Peak

      This morning driving through highway 97 to 100 Mile House, you can stop at 108 heritage sites. Museum then turns to highway 24, nearly the same route that the fur traders used centuries ago. The parts of Hudson’s Bay Fur Brigade Trail can still be seen near the east end of the highway and is preserved as a “heritage trail.” if you are an avid angler, you will be love here; this section route also named ”Fishing Highway” along this route can access over 100 lakes, an easy to enjoy Fly fishing! Afternoon arrives Sun Peaks, hiking up to Mountain, golfing, learning mountain bike, or have a cop coffee or a glass wine to experience mountain resort vacation style.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre (4 ) or more selective

    11. Day 11 Sun Peaks – Kamloops – Kelowna

      Say goodbye to Sun Peaks; heading to Kamloops here is an important transportation hub in inland BC; it was known as a fur trading place in the past time. Ginseng becomes an important output product over decades; you may stop over and tour the Ginseng farms. Later continue driving south highway 97 to Okanagan Valley. The first city arrives Vernon, visit Orchard farm going to u-pick up fruits’, bite a fresh cherry, peach, apple or many local products; then follow lakeshore driving arrive the sunny city of Kelowna. In here, you can enjoy boating, water skiing on the lake; for adventures will enjoy a visit to Myra Canyon by cycle on the reclaimed Kettle Valley Railway through tunnels and over trestles alongside a steep canyon rock face. Another best way to tour Kelowna, which follows the vineyards trail, is to visit the winery, taste wine, distilleries and cideries, or explore some organic farm, restaurant to feast local gourmet, all easy for you to make another unforgettable memory.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Best Western Plus Wine Country Hotel & Suites (3 ) or more selective

    12. Day 12 Kelowna – Vancouver

      Morning wanders at Lake Okanagan searching for a lake monster legend” Ogopogo” or spends time at the resort enjoy spa before you depart back to Vancouver; if your wish, follow highway 97 south continue to Summerland, Penticton for more winery explore. Afternoon through Fraser Valley back to Vancouver, your journey concludes today.

    From a romantic vacation getaway for just the two of you to a family vacation trying to get around town with kids, or you simply just want to travel in style; Everyone has different needs when it comes to selecting a rental car.

    If you need help, please watch our guide on “How do I select my Car Rental” by clicking on this LINK, and let us help you by making it less stressful on you.

    Overall Rating