Inside Passage Wilderness Circle Tour Okanagan 10 nights

 

Canadian Signature ExperienceThe Inside Passage Wilderness Circle Tour is part of Destination Canada’s Canadian Signature Experiences (CSE) Collection. The CSE collection includes once-in-a-lifetime authentic travel experiences found only in Canada.

The reverse itinerary is recommended for travel after July 23, 2017 to allow better connection with the Prince Rupert Adventure Whale Watching Tour.  Please speak to a Travel Consultant for more details.

This journey begins with a trip through great northern forests before arriving at remote Port Hardy for your Inside Passage cruise aboard BC Ferries.

Cruise through the Inside Passage aboard a well-appointed vessel, complete with a movie theatre, lounges and two restaurants. Relax in the comfortable Aurora Lounge, and take in the stunning vistas of the Coast Mountains’ glacier-carved fjords. Vista Restaurant’s gourmet cuisine will tempt your palate while you experience panoramic views, abundant marine wildlife and remote First Nations villages. Your destination, Prince Rupert, is a nature-lover’s paradise where, depending on the season, you’ll enjoy a grizzly bear or whale-watching tour.

 After two days in Prince Rupert, you’ll travel to the mountain towns that dot the Skeena and Bulkley river systems and the expansive high plains of the Cariboo region. Heading south, you’ll drive through remote, rugged mountain wilderness to the central plains on the way to Prince George. Continuing southbound and inland, travel through Williams Lake, Kelowna and the desert landscape of Osoyoos before turning west and heading back to Vancouver’s temperate coastal rainforests.

Top 5 things to do

  • Visit the First Nations communities of Alert Bay and Sointula Island
  • Follow the Gold Rush Trail to the historic town of Barkerville
  • Extend your trip, add a BC Ferries sailing to Haida Gwaii from Prince Rupert
  • Visit the Museum of Northern BC for First Nations artifacts and history
  • Tour the internationally acclaimed wineries of Kamloops and Osoyoos

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

Day 1

Day 1 - Vancouver to Campbell River

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

Staying at: Comfort Inn and Suites Campbell River
1321 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC, Canada, V9W 2C9

Depart from Horseshoe Bay on the mainland for a scenic 100-minute BC Ferries cruise across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and the city of Nanaimo. As you drive north on the coastal route, you’ll pass through the seaside resort communities of Qualicum Beach and Parksville, and by the historic Old Country Market in Coombs, which is famous for the goats that graze on the roof. Your afternoon drive will take you to Campbell River, where, after checking into your hotel, you can enjoy the docks, galleries and restaurants.

Day 2

Day 2 - Campbell River to Port Hardy

Staying at: Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort
6555 Hardy Bay Road, Port Hardy, BC, V0N 2P0

Northern Vancouver Island is famous for its forests. For over a century, the economy of this area has been driven by lumber, pulp and paper industries. This pristine region, which includes the remote communities of Sayward, Telegraph Cove and Port McNeill, offers rich wildlife viewing of deer, elk, bear, orca whales and bald eagles. Your final destination for the day will be the fishing community of Port Hardy.

Day 3

Day 3 - Inside Passage Sailing: Port Hardy to Prince Rupert

Ferry: Port Hardy (Port Hardy ) to Prince Rupert (Prince Rupert)

Staying at: Crest Hotel
222 West 1st Ave, Prince Rupert, BC, Canada, V8J 1A8

On your early-morning BC Ferries sailing, you’ll cruise through the world-famous Inside Passage. Enjoy all the amenities of this ship, and relax as it winds its way through some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in the world. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the shoreline, killer whales and porpoises in the channel, and great bald eagles circling overhead. And watch for remote First Nations villages that are tucked into several of the bays along the route. Your spectacular day will come to a close when you dock in Prince Rupert.

Day 4

Day 4 - Prince Rupert - Whales, Grizzlies and Nature

Staying at: Crest Hotel
222 West 1st Ave, Prince Rupert, BC, Canada, V8J 1A8

Prince Rupert is a nature-lover’s paradise. Located only 60 kilometres southeast of the Alaska panhandle, the city is blessed with an abundance of surrounding wilderness that is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Travel to the famed Khutzeymateen Provincial Park and view the resident grizzly and black bear populations in their natural environment or, depending on the season, take a whale-watching cruise and view orca whales, humpback whales, porpoises and seals.

Day 5

Day 5 - Prince Rupert to Smithers

Staying at: Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge
3251 Highway 16, Smithers, BC, Canada, V0J 2N0

Follow the banks of the mighty Skeena River on your journey east along Highway 16, where you’ll get the chance to see the last remaining structures of the great fish canneries that used to cover the shores. Your drive will take you north through Terrace and the First Nations communities of Gitwangak and Gitanmaax (formerly known as Kitwanga and Hazelton, respectively). Turning south into the Babine Range of mountains, your route follows the mighty Bulkley River to Smithers, your destination for the night. Enjoy this community and its majestic surroundings, including the spectacular Hudson Bay Mountain and Glacier.

Day 6

Day 6 - Smithers to Quesnel

Staying at: Quality Inn and Suites Quesnel
753 Front Street, Quesnel, British Columbia , V2J 2L2

The spectacular Hudson Bay Mountain area gives way to the central plains of the Cariboo region as you make your way through the lumber and agricultural community of Vanderhoof. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive in Prince George, the largest city in northern BC. In the evening continue south to arrive in Quesnel.

Day 7

Day 7 - Quesnel to Kamloops

Staying at: Accent Inns Kamloops
1325 Columbia Street West, Kamloops, BC, Canada, V2C 6P4

From Quesnel, you'll drive south along the highway to arrive in Kamloops.

Day 8

Day 8 - Kamloops to Kelowna

Staying at: Coast Capri Hotel
1171 Harvey Avenue , Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6E8

The Cariboo Highway southbound takes you through idyllic mountain settings from Williams Lake to Kelwona. This friendly city offers outdoor activities, quaint restaurants, and local galleries.

Day 9

Day 9 - Kelowna - Westside Bench Wine Tour

Staying at: Coast Capri Hotel
1171 Harvey Avenue , Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6E8

Kelowna has more than enough to keep any visitor busy, so get started early. Armchair sommeliers have an enviable selection of world-class wineries to choose from. Gourmet restaurants serve delicious meals prepared with local produce and fruit. An enchanting variety of galleries, theatres and museums will grab the imagination of arts and culture aficionados. Active visitors will be in awe of the recreation opportunities, which include mountain or road biking, hiking, boating, golf, horseback riding and much more.

Day 10

Day 10 - Kelowna to Osoyoos

Staying at: Watermark Beach Resort
15 Park Place, Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0

Whether you’re a food and wine aficionado or an outdoor activity devotee, or you just want to relax, the Watermark Resort is the perfect destination. Take this opportunity to admire the waterfront vistas, tour one of over 20 acclaimed wineries, learn about local culture and history at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, or explore the local landscapes by hiking or cycling at Haynes Point Provincial Park or Mount Kobau. Tours of historic mines, gold panning trips and guided ATV tours provide the opportunity to explore the eclectic history of this vibrant town.

Day 11

Day 11 - Osoyoos to Vancouver

Starting in the desert landscape of Osoyoos, the Crowsnest Highway takes you on a 4.5-hour trip across spectacular mountain passes, through fertile valleys and finally back down to the lush coastal greenery of Vancouver.

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Day 1 - Vancouver to Campbell River

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Directions Disclaimer

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.

The directions displayed are directly via Google Maps and are subject to Google Maps Terms and Conditions. 

Notes

Please note: Depending on the time of year and the day of the week you are sailing, this route may sail overnight. Vessel amenities vary/change depending on the vessel. Ask about reserving a cabin and Aurora Lounge seating. Sailing schedule may change on this route due to heavy weather conditions and other circumstances. Valid government-approved ID is required at check-in time for all passengers; those passengers 16 or older must have government-approved ID that includes a photo.

 

‡Must be 19 years or older to consume alcohol in BC.  The Westside Bench Tasting Experience Tour is approximately 3.5 hours, includes hotel pick-up.  Tour will make stops at Quails' Gate Estate Winery, Kalala Organic Estate Winery, Little Straw Vineyards and Volcanic Hills Estate Winery (subject to change).

 

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+ $71.16 GST. Per person based on double occupancy. Includes ferry & accommodation. Surcharges may apply.

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Package includes

  • Accommodation Ten nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Ferry One way on BC Ferries from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island, and from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert (sailing reservation included on Inside Passage route) for two adults and one car
  • Bear Viewing Tour Grizzly bear tour (included May 14 – July 23) in Prince Rupert
  • Whale Watching Tour Whale-watching tour (included July 25 - Sep 23) in Prince Rupert
  • Includes An F&B Option Distinctly Kelowna Westside Bench Tasting Experience Tour included‡

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