canadian signature experience
OUR WEST COAST OVERLANDING ESCAPE IS ONE OF DESTINATION CANADA’S SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES, A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF OFFICIALLY CURATED ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TRAVEL EXPERIENCES.
This eight day overland adventure will take you to the most western and remote points of Canada along with laid-back, tropical-feeling Gulf Islands. Hop in one of our jeeps and get ready for some ancient old-growth rainforests, salmon fishing, rugged coastline, and island hospitality!
Begin your journey by crossing the Salish Sea before camping along parts of the south-west coast accessible only with a four-wheel drive. Visit Big Lonely Doug, Canada’s second largest tree whose size is emphasized by its isolation just east of the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park. From Port Renfrew, drive north to Lake Cowichan. Float down the Cowichan River, where the locals are sure to lend a ride back to town once you’ve completed the voyage.
Next stop: The Salmon Capital of Canada. Navigate the forested back roads from the north end of Lake Cowichan to Port Alberni with the help of GPS navigation and provided maps. Camp on top of your vehicle and wake up to views of over 300 kilometres of Sproat Lake shoreline, home to the last remaining Mars Water Bombers which are relics of World War II.
Next, stock your vehicle’s fridge by fishing for salmon on the Alberni Inlet. Once the fridge is full, find some world-renowned surf spots, more coastal camping, and rich indigenous history in Tofino. The Tla-o-qui-aht Village of Opitsaht (located on Meares Island just a quick water taxi away from Tofino and also home to some great hikes) has been inhabited for over 5,000 years.
Before returning to Vancouver, visit the semi-tropical paradise of Hornby Island. This northern Gulf Island has white sandy beaches, great mountain biking trails, and thatched-roof restaurants. The laid-back vibe here is a perfect way to end a week of adventure.