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The Wilds of Vancouver Island and its Inlets

Best time to travel
May – Oct
Ideal length
11 nights
Perfect for

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Victoria and home from Vancouver.
  • All water taxi and ferry transfers as well as five-day intermittent car hire.
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in Victoria, Tofino, Sonora and Vancouver.
  • Wildlife excursions including whale watching by Zodiac and bear watching by boat.
  • Guided Eco-nature walk through the beautiful inlets and valleys of Sonora Island.
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Canada’s wilderness is home to truly spectacular landscapes and iconic wildlife. From the mighty bears to the majestic orca, this suggested itinerary is a delight for adventurists, wildlife enthusiasts and budding photographers alike. In between land and sea adventures, we’ve arranged cultural explorations of the historic city of Victoria, the beaches of Tofino and the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.
Pick up your pre-arranged rental car and transfer to your historic hotel in the heart of the city, where you will spend three nights.
Set out on cultural explorations of Victoria.
Throughout your stay, enjoy exploring Victoria’s landmarks, museums and galleries. When you’re not exploring, let us arrange decadent afternoon teas, scenic picnic lunches and elegant dining experiences.
Victoria BC
Take to the water for a whale watching excursion by Zodiac boat.
Board the boat with your guide and set out along the coastline and on towards the marine wilderness. Witness marvellous scenes of orca and humpback whale as they spyhop, lobtail and breach the water.
Whale watching Canada
Transfer via car and ferry to the wilds of Tofino for your luxury beach stay.
Spend two nights on the sandy banks of Cox Bay, surrounded by ocean and cedar forest views. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities like biking, paddle boarding and surfing.
Tofino Beach Canada
Explore Tofino’s scenic inlets in search of black bears.
On a guided boat tour, watch bears emerge on the shoreline to search for rock crabs and fish. You may even witness them teaching their cubs how to forage for food. Keep an eye out for wolves, river otters and bald eagles too.
Black Bear Canada
Transfer by car and water taxi to Sonora Island.
Spend three nights in a sustainable resort in the beautiful wilderness. Catch up on some rest by bathing in the scenic outdoor heated pools or enjoy water sports activities like ocean kayaking and canoeing in Lake Florence.
Sonora Island
Enjoy a guided nature walk through the inlets and valleys of Sonara Island.
A photographer’s delight, set out through the scenic landscape of the island, home to river otters, minks, kingfishers and bald eagles. If you wish, we can enhance your experience with a Zodiac boat expedition.
Otter, Canada
Set out by car and ferry transfer to the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver.
Spend three nights in a luxurious hotel in central Vancouver and enjoy exploring the city, dining in celebrated restaurants and catching up on some well-deserved relaxation.
Vancouver Aerial Bay View
Drive to the international airport for your flight home.
Upon returning you rental car at the airport, board your international flight. Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Where to rest your head

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Fairmont Empress

Fairmont Empress

Established in 1898, the Fairmont Empress has been a celebrated structure in Victoria for many years. Located on Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the property is close to many of the city’s main attractions. In fact, many tourists flock to the Empress hotel just to see the historic building in all its glory. From the large atrium reception to the classy tea lounge, the hotel oozes elegance and opulence throughout. The Willow Stream Spa is a serene area of the hotel where guests can choose from over 85 different treatments.

Sonora Island Resort

Sonora Resort

Set amidst the wilds of British Columbia lies the Sonora Resort, a Relais and Châteaux property. Surrounded by an abundance of wildlife and unspoiled beauty, guests can choose to set out on outdoor adventures or unwind in the remote landscape. Just some of the excursions to enjoy include grizzly bear tours, snorkelling with wild salmon, fly fishing, ocean kayaking and helicopter whale watching tours. Those looking for relaxation can head to the Island Currents Spa, which offers heated outdoor pools, yoga sessions and natural spa treatments.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

The Rosewood Hotel Georgia excels at creating a luxurious and elegant space in the heart of Vancouver. Reminiscent of the roaring twenties, interiors are opulently defined by grand marble staircases, marvellous art collections and timeless antiques. Luxury facilities include Sense, A Rosewood Spa, an indoor pool and fully-equipped gymnasium. Dining at the Rosewood is a glamorous affair, home to one of Canada’s most celebrated restaurants, Hawskworth.

Pacific Sands Beach Resort

Pacific Sands Beach Resort

Located directly on the sandy banks of Cox Bay, Pacific Sands is a modern property in Tofino.  Surrounded by red cedar trees, the property feels distinctly Canadian and has a wonderful beachy atmosphere. There are bike, paddle and surfboard rental shops within the resort as well as a surf school which is very popular with guests. The rooms and beach houses are self-catering and come well equipped with everything you could possibly need. The Surfside Grill is the casual onsite restaurant. From fish tacos to fish and chips, everything is as fresh as can be and beautifully prepared.

What people are saying

“I’ve been a customer of OROKO for the last 12 months and have booked family holidays, ski trips and short breaks. The whole experience is brilliant; you explain the type of holiday that you are hoping to have, without specifying necessarily where and the team will present you a series of ideas and options, all costed out. It takes away all the stress of planning a trip. On top of this, you receive a full itinerary, and all activities can be sourced in advance. I’m a big fan.”

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