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Canada: Self Drive Tour of the Canadian Fjords and the Sunshine Coast

Canada Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday with fjords, Black Bears and whales

 Canada Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday with fjords, Black Bears and whales

What Makes Me Mighty Fine

  • Exciting 13 day self drive holiday, with 11 days taking in the Canadian Fjords, Black Bears and whales
  • Sail the fjords on a Black Bear watching safari through Desolation Sound and a whale watching safari from Tofino
  • Explore Victoria, Vancouver and Tofino independently for a taste of true Canadian culture
  • See the stunning views of British Columbia and the Sunshine Coast by land and sea
  • Discover Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island and explore this 50 acre, premier show garden, now a National Historic Site of Canada

Discover the best of British Columbia in Canada on a Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday as you see this sensational location by land and water! Sail along the stunning Canadian fjords on unforgettable wildlife excursions in search of Black Bears and whales and explore the architectural and scenic highlights of Vancouver Island and Victoria! Take in the breathtaking vistas of Canada’s west coast as you travel by hire car through some of the country’s most beautiful locations.

Combine city discovery with natural wonders on this Canada Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday. Visit cultural highlights, including Victoria and Vancouver as well as exploring the unspoilt Canadian countryside. Set out by zodiac boat into Desolation Sound on a fjord cruise, seeing Black Bears in their natural habitat on the shores, enjoy free time to photograph the turn-of-the-century architecture in Victoria and soak up the stunning scenery from Quadra Island. Make the most of your chance to independently explore each location you visit, seeing the side of Canada you’re most interested in for as long or as little as you like! Whatever you’re looking for on your getaway, this self drive adventure along the west coast is sure to offer something to suit.

Want more opportunities to see bears and whales in their natural habitats? Our Bears, Whales and Wildlife of Western Canada itinerary is a nature lover's dream.

Still in need of guidance? Check out our Canadian holiday ideas to find you perfect adventure in this remarkable country. If you looking for help find your perfect wildlife-focussed getaway, take a peek at our whale watching holiday ideas or bear watching holiday ideas. Alternatively, give us a call on 0333 800 2033 or speak to us via online chat.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Vancouver

     Canada Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday with fjords, Black Bears and whales - Arrive in Vancouver

    Fly in to Vancouver today for the start of your Canada Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday. Spend some time exploring this iconic city, whether that’s its natural highlights or cultural gems. Enjoy the stunning view of the city’s skyline, or the hotel’s herb garden, from your room tonight, as you settle in for the first night of your west coast adventure.

  • Day 2 - Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast

    Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast

    Pick up your hire car and drive down to Horseshoe Bay this morning and look forward to your first journey on the Canadian fjords, sailing to the Sunshine Coast. Take in the breathtaking views of the water, mountains, forests and coastal villages on your cruise as you pass through this scenically stunning region.  Arrive at tonight’s accommodation: the Rockwater Secret Cove Resort and relax in this luxurious retreat, again treated to incredible views of the region.

    Driving distance: 64 miles

  • Day 3 - Sunshine Coast

    Sunshine Coast

    Enjoy a day to relax and explore at leisure in Canada on the Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday. Take advantage of the range of optional activities available at the Rockwater Secret Cove, from hiking and mountain biking to sea kayaking and water shuttles to Thormanby Island! Pick and choose your excursions for the day or just unwind as your take in the breathtaking scenery surrounding the resort.

  • Day 4 - Sunshine Coast to Quadra Island

    Sunshine Coast to Quadra Island

    Your journey continues today as you head to Earl’s Cove to board your ferry to Saltery Bay. Once again you can enjoy the stunning sights on the water and shores as you cross the fjord before arriving. Disembark the ferry and follow the coast down to the Powell River for today’s second ferry crossing, this time sailing across the Straight of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Travel north from here, towards to the Campbell River and, after a short ferry crossing, reach your destination for the night: Quadra Island.

    Driving distance: 47 miles

  • Day 5 - Black Bear Watching Cruise to Desolation Sound

    Black Bear Watching Cruise to Desolation Sound

    You have a real treat in store today on your Canada Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday: a zodiac cruise on the fjord in search of the magnificent Black Bears! Head out onto the water, enjoying the breathtaking views of the Toba Inlet, looking out for the famous Black Bears of the region. See them resting or foraging in the estuaries and experience an unforgettable sight of these creatures in their natural environment!

  • Day 6 - Quadra Island to Tofino

    Quadra Island to Tofino

    Leave Quadra Island by ferry today, returning to Vancouver Island and begin the south west journey to Tofino. Be sure to stop and get out the camera at Cathedral Grove, home to the 800 year old Douglas Fir and Cedar, and the Mars Water-Bombers at Sproat Lake. Journey on through Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains, enjoying the magnificent views of these sensational locations, before arriving in Tofino. We recommend breaking up today’s drive with a stop at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association to see animals including eagles, owls and even Black Bears!

    Driving distance: 140 miles

  • Day 7 - Explore Tofino

    Explore Tofino

    Make the most of a day to explore one of the most incredible locations in Canada on the Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday today. Enjoy a walk along the world-renowned Long Beach or set out into the rain forests, taking advantage of the well-maintained trails. In the afternoon, you’re taken out by boat on an unforgettable whale watching safari through the Clayoquot Sound! Look out for Grey Whales, Orcas, Sea Lions and Porpoises in the water and a range of birdlife overhead, including Tufted Puffins and Bald Eagles!

  • Day 8 - Tofino to Victoria

    Tofino to Victoria

    Head back to the east coast today before travelling south to the capital of British Columbia: Victoria. We suggest a stop for lunch at the mall in Lantzville to break up the day’s driving, but that’s entirely up to you. En route, you can look out for the artist community of Chemainus, with its mural covered exterior walls, and the ‘City of Totems’: Duncan. Be sure to take a look at the Quw’utsun’ Heritage Village to enjoy a unique insight into life on the coast, or visit the Duncan Indian Reserve for a taste of native culture!

    Driving distance: 195 miles

  • Day 9 - Explore Victoria

    Explore Victoria

    Discover the capital of British Columbia today, famous for its turn-of-the-century architecture and stunning scenic surroundings. Explore the famous Butchart Gardens and relax as you walk around this beautiful, 50 acre show garden. If you’re in the mood to truly unwind, just find a nice café and enjoy some lunch as you look out over the breathtaking views of the city and beyond.

  • Day 10 - Victoria to Vancouver

    Victoria to Vancouver

    Begin the final leg of your Canada Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday today as you head back to Vancouver. Drive to Shwartz Bay Ferry Terminal and board the ship for the crossing to Tsawwassen. Look out over the Gulf Islands as you cross the Straight of Georgia and enjoy this stunning sight of the Canadian fjords. Once you arrive it’s time to travel back down to Vancouver and drop off your hire car. Find a restaurant in the city and enjoy a delicious meal to commemorate your final night in Canada.

    Driving distance: 43 miles

  • Days 11 to 12 - Explore Vancouver and Overnight Flight Home

    Make the most of your free morning in Canada on the Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday and have a final look around Vancouver, maybe picking up a few last minute souvenirs and mementos, before heading to the airport for your overnight flight home. Arrive in London the following morning.


  • Return international flights from London Heathrow (details of regional departures on request)
  • Escorted airport transfers
  • Nine days' car hire based on a category E vehicle, e.g an Impala
  • Two nights' accommodation in a superiour room at the Fairmont Waterfron Hotel in Vancouver
  • Eight nights' accommodation in standard hotels throughout the tour
  • The following activities and excursions, as per the itinerary:
    • Bear watching cruise into Desolation Sound
    • Whale watching tour from Tofino
    • Admission to Butchart Gardens
  • BC Ferry tolls
  • Travel documentation pack, including maps, itinerary and Canada Guide

Not Included...

  • Road tolls
  • Meals
  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)

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