Coastal Circle Tour 5 nights

See some of the best sights and scenery that Coastal BC has to offer, from the Sunshine Coast’s seaside villages to Vancouver Island’s sandy beaches, on this easy-to-navigate circle tour. BC Ferries takes you through some of the most beautiful sights and scenery of BC’s vast territory. 

A 40-minute BC Ferries trip from Horseshoe Bay gets you to the Sunshine Coast. With the densely forested Coast Mountains to the west, coastal Highway 101 will guide you along the waters of the Salish Sea (formerly known as the Straight of Georgia) to the east. This leg of the journey includes a stop at Pender Harbour, where you’ll enjoy two nights of waterfront splendor at the Painted Boat Resort. You’ll also have plenty of time for stops along the way at Gibsons and Sechelt and at many natural wonders, like the boiling, bubbling rapids of Skookumchuck Narrows on your way to the ferry from Powell River to Comox.

Over on Vancouver Island, the Old Island Highway, which stretches from Courtenay to Parksville, links the many must-see destinations on this leg of the excursion. You’ll overnight at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Comox before making your way down the highway the next day to Parksville for your stay at The Beach Club Resort. At The Beach Club Resort's  deluxe waterfront accommodations you’ll find prime stretches of sandy beach right outside the door. You can also pick up fresh oysters in Fanny Bay, stroll through streets lined with flower boxes at Qualicum Beach, or delve into nearby Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. You’ll find prime stretches of sandy beach, quaint towns, markets, wineries, beautiful farmland and panoramic coastal views – all enjoyable year-round. There’s no shortage of things to see and do on this getaway to the best of coastal BC.



Here's what our customers had to say about Coastal Circle Tour...

  Our BC ferries trip to Painted Boat was wonderful. Absolutely no complaints with service and we look forward to booking another vacation with you in the future  

Catrina R.

  We really enjoyed our mini vacation with BC Ferries. The accommodations were very comfortable and, since we had never been to the Sunshine Coast before, we really enjoyed exploring new places such as Half Moon Bay, Smuggler Trail and Skookumchuk Narrows.   

Carol M.

  The accomodations at the Painted Boat Resort were quite good and very comfortable. The location was convenient, we only had to walk to get to the park and IGA. The staff was quite helpful and friendly.  

Vincent U.

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We had a wonderful time on our trip to Painted Boat, in fact we submitted a review on Expedia regarding the fantastic service we encountered at PB. The team @ BC Ferries was efficient and very polite. The service at the ferry was top notch. Well done!

Dale S.

We had a great time, the Painted Boat Resort and the Beach Club were very, very nice. Each place we went the service was very good. We had no complaints at all.

Russel C.

Top 5 things to do

  • Kayak magnificent bays and inlets
  • Hike through Skookumchuck Provincial Park and view the famous rapids of the Skookumchuck Narrows
  • Enjoy spa and rejuvenation treatments at The Spa at Painted Boat
  • Visit Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
  • Enjoy beachcombing on prime stretches of sandy beach

Additional Activities can be added to your package during the booking process

Day 1

Day 1 - Vancouver to Sunshine Coast

Ferry: West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Gibsons (Langdale)

Staying at: Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina (Standard One Bedroom Villa)
12849 Lagoon Road, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0

Board a BC Ferries vessel in Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver for a 40-minute cruise through spectacular marine and mountain scenery to the Langdale ferry teriminal on the Sunshine Coast. Be sure to stop in the nearby village of Gibsons to browse the shops and galleries. Head north past stunning ocean vistas and through lush forests to Sechelt, the cultural centre of the Sunshine Coast. Learn about the Sechelt Nation at the House of Héwhíwus, and enjoy the local attractions and activities before continuing on to Pender Harbour, which is located at the northern end of the Sechelt Peninsula. Nestled among 5 acres of Douglas fir, red cedar and arbutus trees, the Painted Boat Resort has a distinctly West Coast look and feel, and its protected deep-water marina offers a beautiful place to get out on the water.

Day 2

Day 2 - Madeira Park

Staying at: Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina (Standard One Bedroom Villa)
12849 Lagoon Road, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0

Enjoy a two-hour self-guided kayaking adventure today. You can also explore Pender Harbour or enjoy the Painted Boat Resort’s amenities.

Day 3

Day 3 - Madeira Park to Comox

Ferry: Madeira Park (Madeira Park) to Saltery Bay (Powell River)
Ferry: Powell River (Westview) to Comox (Little River)

Staying at: Bayview Hotel Group Ltd (Deluxe Room)
220 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC, Canada, V9N 2L4

Today, you’ll venture north on Highway 101 through picturesque resort communities, and past glittering lakes and tall stands of ancient cedar. At Earls Cove, just outside of Egmont, board a ferry for a 50-minute crossing to Saltery Bay and the Upper Sunshine Coast. Continue on to the Westview ferry terminal to catch an 80-minute BC Ferries sailing bound for Courtenay/Comox on Vancouver Island. Once on the island, you will finish your journey at the Holiday Inn Express. If you have time to spare you can visit some of the entertaining attractions in the area or visit Mount Washington for some outdoor adventure.

Day 4

Day 4 - Comox to Parksville

Staying at: Beach Club Resort (Studio Ocean View )

Check into your room, then enjoy the resort’s amenities, or head out to explore the area.

Day 5

Day 5 - Parksville

Staying at: Beach Club Resort (Studio Ocean View )

Spend the full day enjoying the resort’s amenities, golden hard-packed sand beaches bordered by gentle Pacific rollers, and the four-season recreational activities in the surrounding area. You can also dine in the Pacific Prime Steak & Chop Restaurant, and enjoy complimentary lunch entrees.

Day 6

Day 6 - Parksville to Vancouver via Nanaimo

Ferry: Nanaimo (Departure Bay) to West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)

Enjoy a morning in Parkville before continuing on to Vancouver Island’s second-largest city, Nanaimo, which is also known as the Harbour City. Board a BC Ferries sailing from the Departure Bay terminal for a voyage of 100 minutes to Horseshoe Bay, where your Coastal Circle Tour comes to an end.

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These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.

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†††Guests can enjoy two single kayaks for two hours each, or a $40 per person spa credit to a maximum of two people. Reservations for spa treatments are highly recommended as availability is limited. The $40 credit covers the admission cost to the SPA Garden. Guests can use their credit towards luxurious water treatments. Vouchers may not used with Nail Services, & RMT Massages. The SPA at Painted Boat hours and days of operation vary depending on seasonality.


†Guests staying a minimum of two nights receive one complimentary appetizer per person per stay, up to a maximum of two per room to enjoy at the Pacific Prime Restaurant and Lounge.




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+ $48.50 GST. Per person based on double occupancy. Includes ferry & accommodation. Surcharges may apply.

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Package includes

  • Accommodation Two nights' accommodation at Painted Boat***, one night at Bayview Hotel Group Ltd, and two nights' at the Beach Club Resort
  • Extra Value An activity at the Painted Boat Resort†
  • Includes An F&B Option Complimentary appetizer to enjoy at Pacific Prime Restaurant and Lounge at Beach Club Resort††
  • Ferry One way on BC Ferries from Metro Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast, Earls Cove to Saltery Bay, Powell River to Vancouver Island, and from Vancouver Island to Metro Vancouver for two adults and one car

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