Luxury Holidays to Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island lies just off of the west coast of British Columbia, just a short ferry journey of flight from bustling Vancouver city. The island is in fact the largest inhabited landmass between the west coast of North America and New Zealand, though humans are considerably outnumbered by other species, making this a nature lover's paradise.

The island is also home to one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, where beaches, rainforests, marshes, meadows and mountains jostle for space and create habitats for a plethora of wildlife. The island is one of the best locations for whale watching worldwide, the birdlife is prolific, and the salmon spawning season ensures Grizzly Bears put on quite the show each autumn. The salmon and trout fishing opportunities are a big draw for keen anglers, too.

Luxurious lodges sit amid protected parkland of fir and cedar forest, each offering truly spoiling accommodation, food and wine for guests weary after a day exploring the wilderness on foot, or by bike or kayak.

The island's capital is quaint Victoria, a picture perfect provincial town which also happens to have more cycle routes than any other city in Canada, so is the perfect spot to explore by pedal power. An increasingly young and hip crowd are also giving the city somewhat of a bohemian revival, with artsy cafes, shops and restaurants popping up weekly.

Heading northwest from Victoria, crossing the Beaufort Mountain Range which runs along the spine of the island, and landscapes become much wilder. The eco-conscious resort of Tofino is a popular weekend escape for Vancouverites, drawn by the rolling surf and long stretches of beach, while the Strathcona Provincial Park, Pacific Rim National Park and Clayoquot Sound are ripe for exploration by active travellers. Clayoquot Sound also happens to be home to one of the coolest and most luxurious glamping experiences in the world: Cloud Camp.

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Orca Whales, Victoria
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Whale Watching

Canada is well-known for its land-based wildlife, but don't forget about the marine inhabitants too. Off the coast of Vancouver Island is arguably one of the best places in the world to go whale watching and at certain times of the year you're almost guaranteed a sighting of these magnificent creatures. Aboard a boat with these gentle giants gliding underneath you'll have an experience you will never forget.

Butchant Gardens
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Explore The City Of Gardens

Victoria, the 'City of Gardens' is as beautiful as it sounds. The year-round mild coastal climate provides the perfect temperatures for blooms to blossom as early as February, while the rest of Canada remains nestled under a layer of snow. In the beautiful Butchart Gardens, enjoy an afternoon tea and a treat for the senses as you breathe in the floral scents and feast your eyes on the kaleidoscopic colours.

Strathcona Provincial Park
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Strathcona Provincial Park

The stunning Strathcona Provincial Park - well known for its mountains, lakes, waterfalls and glaciers - is the perfect place for a day spent hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. Cool off with a refreshing swim in Buttle Lake, or hire a canoe to venture further out over the crisp water. The park is the pinnacle of serenity, the perfect escape from the fast pace of daily life.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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