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Pacific Rim National Park Tours, Tofino Sightseeing Packages from Vancouver, Rental Car Self Drive Packages from Vancouver, Kootenay National Park Sightseeing, BC Ferries Inside Passage Transportation, West Canada Self Drive Tours, Rocky Mountains Self Drive Tours
SDR#32 West Canada’s National Parks & Inside Passage
This itinerary encompasses British Columbia's southern and less travelled areas along the US Border including the artist community of Nelson, the Bavarian styled Kimberley and the remote Kootenay Region. Additional highlights are the Rocky Mountain National Parks of Banff, Jasper and Yoho as well as scenic lakes and beautiful provincial parks such as Mt. Robson with excellent outdoor recreational facilities off the beaten track. Cruise through the magnificent Inside Passage and discover Vancouver Islands West Coast with its endless beaches and rugged coastline around Tofino and Ucluelet on the Wild Pacific Trail. Excellent sightseeing, and wildlife viewing are guaranteed. The routing leaves plenty of time for outdoor activities, fishing and side trips along the way.
Arrive in Vancouver, pick up your rental car and check in at your downtown hotel location. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver is home to spectacular natural scenery and many sightseeing attractions.
Spend the day to visit the sights & attractions of Vancouver including Stanley Park, the vibrant shopping district along Robson Street, the historic Gastown, Chinatown and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Grouse Mountain offers at an elevation of 1200 m incredible views of the city.
Vancouver – Penticton
Stopover at Manning Park on your way to the southern part of the Okanagan Valley. With more than 2,000 hours of sunshine every year, the Okanagan Valley offers the longest, sunniest and driest summer season in Canada. Spend some time to visit fruit orchards, vineyards or play a round of golf. To freshen up head out for a sailing trip or a swim in Okangan Lake.
Penticton - Nelson
Continue to Nelson - the small arts community with over 350 heritage buildings is located right in the middle of the Kootenay region and on the shores of the Kootenay Lake. From July – September you can get a sense of Nelson’s festive spirit when local shops turning into art galleries displaying the work of over 70 different artists. Explore Kootenay Lake, play a round of golf, hike around Kokanee Creek Provincial Park with its sandy beaches some boating or try some mountain biking. Excellent restaurants are providing great dinner choices in the evening.
Nelson - Radium Hot Springs
Stopover at Kimberley. This town is a unique “Bavarian Style City within the Rockies” and located in the southeastern corner of BC. The heart of Kimberley is called “The Platzl” with unique shops, restaurants and the largest Cuckoo Clock in Canada. The area provides some outstanding golf courts. Continue to Radium Hot Springs.
Radium - Banff National Park
From glacier-clad peaks along the Continental Divide to the dry grassy slopes of the Columbia Valley, where even cactus grows, Kootenay National Park is an area rich in variety. Spend the day hiking in the park or visit the hot springs pools near Radium Hot Springs. Travel on the Banff-Windermere Highway 95 km to Banff National Park. Stopover at Johnstone Canyon who provides one of the most popular hiking trails within the Canadian Rockies.
Banff National Park
As part of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain Park, Banff National Park offers spectacular mountain scenery and many natural attractions. Visit today the Upper Hot Springs, Cave & Basin Centre, Bow Falls and the Hoodoos or play a round of golf in front of the majestic Banff Springs Hotel. Well worth is the gondola ride to the Top of Sulphur Mountain for an amazing mountain view.
Banff - Jasper
Travel on one the worlds most scenic mountain highways – the Icefields Parkway toward Jasper. Jasper National Park is located amidst the most beautiful wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. Visit Maligne Canyon and glacier-fed Maligne Lake. From here take a cruise to Spirit Island. The top of Whistlers Mountain promises the best views of the rockies.
Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is located amidst the most beautiful wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. Visit Maligne Canyon and glacier-fed Maligne Lake. From here take a cruise to Spirit Island. The top of Whistlers Mountain promises the best views of the rockies.
Jasper – Prince George
On your way to Prince George you will pass Mt. Robson, the tallest mountain of the Canadian Rockies and the origin of the mighty Fraser River. Watch for abundant wildlife along the road. Continue on the Yellowhead Highway to Prince George.
Prince George – Smithers
Follow the Yellowhead Highway through excellent fishing areas along countless lakes. Small communities passing by before you reach the Coast Mountains and Smithers.
Smithers – Prince Rupert
Follow the Yellowhead Highway and stop at the Gitksan Native Village of 'Ksan, adjacent to the town of Old Hazelton with a large totem pole collection. From here you can take a detour to Fort St. James, an authentic 1896 Hudson's Bay Company fur trading post. You will reach Prince Rupert in the late afternoon.
Prince Rupert - Port Hardy
Inside Passage Cruise
Take an unforgettable day cruise aboard the ferry through the majestic Inside Passage. Aside from a short stretch of open ocean the route leads through a narrow maze of channels, passes, and reaches. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, porpoises and bald eagles. Arrive in Port Hardy later in the evening.
Campbell River
Leave Port Hardy and travel to Campbell River – also known as the salmon fishing capital of BC. Short ferry trip to Quadra Island. You overnight at a native operated lodge overlooking the Inlet. Visit the Cape Mudge Lighthouse, one of the many art galleries and beautiful Rebecca Spit.
Campbell River - Tofino / Ucluelet
Drive south towards Parksville, then cross the Island to the West Coast. Arrive at Ucluelet/Tofino and check in at your hotel.
Tofino (Pacific Rim Nat'l Park)
Tofino and Ucluelet are two gems and gateway to one of British Columbia's most prized nature reserves, Pacific Rim National Park. Experience the pristine wilderness first hand by walking along Long Beach or on the Wild Pacific Trail.
Tofino (Pacific Rim Nat'l Park)
The Pacific Rim offers a variety of outdoor activities. Whale watching, hiking, surfing, hot springs excursions and beach combing just to name a few. Take a stroll along the beach watching the sunset and enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the famous restaurants.
Tofino / Ucluelet - Victoria
Leave Pacific Rim and drive to the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The "Garden City" Victoria sparkles in one of Canada's mildest climates and still shows it's unique British character. Stroll along Inner Harbour where the impressive Empress Hotel is presiding.
Victoria boasts a fascinating history and many famous landmarks like the Empress Hotel, Chinatown, Parliament Building, Helmcken House or the Antique Row. Surrounded by ocean waters, Victoria is also well known for excellent whale watching trips. You may consider taking also a side trip to the Saanich Peninsula.
Victoria - Vancouver
Stopover at famous Butchart Gardens on your way to the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay. The Gardens have several theme areas including: Japanese Garden, Rose Garden and a Sunken Garden. Take the ferry from Swartz Bay to Vancouver. Arrive during late afternoon.
Time for last minute shopping or sightseeing in beautiful Vancouver. Explore the city: Stanley Park, Granville island, Chinatown or Robson Street. Return your rental car at the airport. End of tour.
Departure Dates
May - October
Daily Departures
Rates in CAD$ per Person
Category Single Double Triple Child
May 01 – May 31
Superior $4290.00 $2590.00 $1790.00 $430.00
June 01 – September 20
Superior $4795.00 $2750.00 $1950.00 $430.00
September 21 – October 31
Superior $4290.00 $2590.00 $1790.00 $430.00
May 01 – May 31
First Class $4795.00 $2720.00 $1935.00 $470.00
June 01 – September 20
First Class $5695.00 $3190.00 $2245.00 $470.00
September 21 – October 31
First Class $4795.00 $2720.00 $1945.00 $470.00
Services included

- 20 Nights Hotel Accommodation (All rooms with private bathroom)
- Goods & Service Tax (GST)
- Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
- 21 Day Compact Rental Car (Dollar, National and/or Alamo Car Rental)
- Unlimited Free Km
- CDW Car Insurance
- LDW Car Insurance
- Airport Handling Fee, Licensing Fee, Road Tax
- Tour Documentation & Sightseeing Information
- Ferry Passenger Transportation Prince Rupert – Port Hardy
- Ferry Car Transportation Prince Rupert – Port Hardy

Optional Charges

Car Rental Upgrade (Rates per Car):
Mid Size $210.00, Full Size $480.00, SUV Jeep $570.00, Standard SUV $990, Mini Van $690.00, Van (7 seats) $1020.00

Single Room Rate:                  
1 Adult – Room with 1 Queen Size Bed or 1 King Size Bed
Double Room Rate:
2 Adults – Rooms with 2 Queen Size Beds or 1 King Size Bed
Triple Room Rate:         
3 Adults – Rooms with 2 Queen Size Beds
Child Rate up to 12 Years:                         
Sharing Single, Double or Triple Rooms with Adults. Max 2 Children per Room