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21 Day Tour - Whistler, Rockies, Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast

So you've decided to take a 3 week tour of Canada. Congratulations! There is a LOT to see, and even more to experience. For a trip of this length, you can pretty much see it all.... the Rockies, the Coast, the Island, and everything in between. This tour proposal covers everything - and is a great jumping off point if you're in the mood to see why they call it Super, Natural, British Columbia!

21 Days, 2759 Km

Day 1: Gibsons - Whistler

Day 2: Whistler - 100 Mile House

Day 3: 100 Mile House - Clearwater (Wells Gray)

Day 4: Clearwater (Wells Gray)  - Blue River

Day 5: Blue River - Jasper

Day 6: Jasper

Day 7: Jasper - Lake Louise

Day 8: Lake Louise - Banff

Day 9: Banff - Golden 

Day 10: Golden - Revelstoke

Day 11: Revelstoke - Kelowna

Day 12: Kelowna - Manning Provincial Park

Day 13: Manning Provincial Park - Victoria

Day 14: Victoria

Day 15: Victoria - Nanaimo

Day 16: Nanaimo - Tofino

Day 17: Tofino

Day 18: Tofino - Campbell River

Day 19: Campbell River - Powell River

Day 20: Powell River - Sechelt

Day 21: Sechelt - Gibsons

Day 1: Arrive in Gibsons

 

A Taxi will pick you up at the Vancouver airport (if you arrive same-day), or from your hotel of choice (if you spend the night in Vancouver), and bring you to Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. You’ll board the ferry, feeling almost as if you’re taking a mini-steamer to our location in Gibsons, British Columbia.

 

Someone from our Happy Holidays Team will meet you as you exit the ferry terminal, and escort you to your clean, fully-stocked and ready-to-go vehicle!

 

After an orientation to the vehicle, as well as a bit of paperwork, we’ll present you with a packet of information that can help you on your way! (Tourist information, a handbook about your RV’s different systems and operations, as well as a few other goodies! You’ll also find a card showing all our different resources online – including an up and coming set of how-to videos, in case you just can’t seem to remember how to operate something!)

The Sea to Sky Highway connects Horseshoe Bay to Whistler. It’s a scenic short drive of roughly 103 km. Whistler is considered one of the top four-season resorts in North America and became even more world-renowned as the site of the alpine and Nordic venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.     

For this tour, we recommend hitting the road, so you can get to Whistler – and hopefully experience why this is one of Canada’s favorite playgrounds!                                                

If you’re the adventurous type, you can try ziplining or a RZR Tour. For a more low-key experience, take a stroll along the valley trail or take a photography walking tour. And for a truly blissful experience, visit the Scandinave Spa! Basically, whatever your vacation style, Whistler has you covered.

 

Restaurant Suggestions: Rim Rock Cafe

Camping: Riverside RV Resort & Campground

 

Day 2: Whistler - 100 Mile House

 

Waking up in this mountain paradise will have you feeling the vacation has truly started! Enjoy any of the activities mentioned above, as well as a myriad more (found on this site), and then it’s time to hit the road.

 

There are many beautiful places to visit near your next destination – 100 mile house. You can visit the historical site, the visitor centre, or either of the 2 provincial parks nearby (Moose Valley or Flat Lake Provincial Parks).

 

Restaurant Suggestions: Happy Landing Restaurant (try the Schnitzel!)

Camping: 100 Mile Municipal RV Park & Campground

 

Day 3: 100 Mile House  -  Clearwater

Wells Gray Provincial Park, one of the largest Provincial Parks in BC, is a true outdoor paradise. If you can dream it, you can do it at Wells Gray! For the adrenaline seekers, you can go whitewater rafting, paragliding, or whitewater kayaking. Hike Helmcken Falls, which, at 141 meters, is almost 3 times the height of Niagara Falls! There are fishing tours, golf courses, water –taxi tours, walks, hikes, horseback rides, bike rides…. The options are endless. (For a few ideas, click here!)

 

Restaurant Suggestions: Helmcken Falls Lodge and Dining Room 

Camping e.g. Wells Gray Provincial Park

Day 4: Clearwater - Blue River

"Jewel of the Yellowhead" has been the crowning phrase describing Blue River, BC since the first pioneers began exploring and settling in the North Thompson Valley years ago. Unlimited lakes, rivers, streams and waterfalls beckon you to relax and enjoy the pristine wilderness. If you love the outdoors, Blue River won’t disappoint your spirit of adventure. Take part in the “River Safari” - you may be able to see bears, elks, eagles or wolves.

 

Restaurant Suggestions: River Safari Restaurant (which focuses on Salmon, game, berries, and greens – all the staples from a bear’s diet!)

Camping: Blue River Campground

Day 5: Blue River  -  Jasper

 

When you picture the turquoise – blue, crystal clear waters of the Canadian Rockies, you’re probably picturing one of two places; Jasper, or Banff. Both are absolutely life-changing, must-see locations. In Japser, Mountain sheep, bears, wolves, elk and mountain goats have a secure home here, and can often be seen when simply driving down the road. To improve the chance of spotting a Grizzly bear, adventure seekers can opt for a hiking tour or explore the surrounding wilderness on horseback. But even from inside the car, the mountain views are

spectacular.

 

Try taking a horseback ride through the scenery, going for a hike, or even just enjoying a drink along the shores of the lake.

 

Restaurant Suggestions: The Stand Easy (pub style food – and they have the largest selection of craft beer in the area!)

Camping: Jasper Campground

 

Day 6: Jasper

Spend a little longer in this mountain paradise!

 

 

Day 7: Jasper – Lake Louise

Lake Louise has many nicknames: the Hiking Capital of Canada, the Skiing Capital of Canada, the Romance Capital of Canada (tied with Niagara Falls), the Diamond in the Wilderness, the Jewel in the Heart of the Canadian Rockies. Finally, it’s also the Highest Community in Canada at 5,020 ft (1530 m).

We’d recommend going golfing, fishing, horseback riding, or canoeing here. Lake Louise is truly one of the jewels of Western Canada. If you’re looking to relax, visit the hot springs – the mineral rich waters are meant to be healing for body and soul.

 

Restaurant Suggestions: 1888 Chop House

Camping: Lake Louise Campground

 

Day 8: Lake Louise – Banff

At first sight it's apparent why the world is in love with Banff. From the ever-watchful Cascade Mountain to the picturesque Bow River, the community is blessed with a spectacular natural setting, woven with parks, woods and trails.

 

Banff and Lake Louise are very close, so most of the same activites apply – try kayaking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, or just enjoying the breathtaking scenery!

 

Restaurant Suggestions: Tooloulous – Cajun food!

Camping: Tunnel Mountain Village

 

Day 9: Banff - Golden

Golden is near six of the most stunning National Parks Canada has to offer (Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho). Golden is home to the longest covered pedestrian bridge in all of Canada. Take a tour of Edelweiss Village, built in the early 1900s by CP Rail for the Swiss Mountain Guides. For an unbelievable panoramic view of the valley and mountain vistas, take the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort gondola.

Or, for a full day excursion, take the “Up the Mountain, Down the River” tour – take the gondola up in the morning, and then white water raft the Kicking Horse river in the afternoon!

 

Restaurant Suggestions: Eleven22 (for upscale Canadian food surrounded by local art)

Camping: Whispering Spruce Campground

 

Day 10: Golden - Revelstoke

 

Revlestoke is home to some of the best adventure recreation opportunities in the world! Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, heli-hiking, canoeing, ATVing and much more. With 2 National Parks at their doorstep, they have everything from gentle hikes to challenging climbs, fields of alpine flowers, spectacular waterfalls and interesting interpretive centres.

 

One of our favorite activities for this area is a kayaking tour! You can choose from many different options; we’d recommend the waterfall tour.

 

Restaurant Suggestions: Quartermaster Eatery

Camping: Williamson Lake Campground

 

Day 11: Revelstoke – Kelowna

Kelowna is the center of the Okanagan Valley. Kelowna has miles of beautiful parkland, and several sandy beaches which provide wonderful opportunities for boating, swimming, water-skiing, windsurfing and fishing.

One of the more time-consuming, but spectacular options is to rent a bike and bike the former railway trestles at Myra Canyon. We’ve done this tour multiple times, and it is easy, gorgeous, and affordable – the trifecta of tourism!

 

Restaurant Suggestions: Tokyo (a cool Asian all you can eat restaurant where you order off an ipad), or EK’s Grill for more hearty fare

Camping: Bear Creek Provincial Park

 

Day 12: Kelowna – Manning Provincial Park

 

Manning Provincial Park is located East of Hope on Highway No. 3, only a short distance from Vancouver, and the American Border Crossing.  This 70,884-hectare park is comprised of rugged mountains, vast forests, subalpine meadows, sun-dappled lakes, and white water torrents.

 

For some ideas on things to do here, click here!

 

Restaurant Suggestions: The Pinewoods Dining Room and Bistro

Camping: Coldspring Campground /Lightening Lake Campground

 

Day 13: Manning Provincial Park – Victoria

 

Victoria is a diverse city, and no matter your vacation style, you'll find something to your taste here!  An urban oasis surrounded by ocean waters and mountainous wilderness, the city offers the best of both worlds: great restaurants, shops, museums and city parks as well as endless outdoor activities. Looking for a marine adventure? Take a fishing tour, or a whale watching boat. Want to go for a stroll along the beach? Try Dallas Beach. Want some fish and chips on the harbour? Try fisherman's wharf. Looking for a hike, or a walk with beautiful views? Try Thetis Lake, or any of the many Provincial and Regional parks in the area. 

One of the many world-class attractions Victoria offers is Buchart Gardens - a 55-acre horticulturist's paradise, you can visit Buchart Gardens all year round. Displays are changed seasonally, and the gardens themselves are a visual feast. Our favorite is the Japanese Garden - there is something peaceful about still water and terracing. And from the Japanese Garden, you can peer out to a protected Marina - it truly makes you feel you're in a secret world!

 

Restaurant Suggestions: Il Terrazzo (A delicious Italian restaurant, hidden away down a brick alleyway in downtown Victoria!)

Camping: Salish Seaside RV Haven

 

Day 14: Victoria!

 

Enjoy a bit more time in this picturesque city – perhaps a day spent at the Natural History Museum? (They have an IMAX screen!) Or maybe a whale watching tour?

 

Restaurant Suggestion: The Flying Otter Grill

Campground: Salish Seaside RV Haven

 

Day 15: Victoria - Nanaimo

The drive from Victoria-Nanaimo itself is beautiful - you'll get a chance to experience the dense forests, winding inlets, and sweeping vistas that make Vancouver Island such an attraction. Make sure to pull over at the top of the Malahat - the pass that crosses up and over the coastal mountains - to get a breathtaking view of the coastal Islands!

Once you arrive in Nanaimo, you'd get a chance to try out “Monkido” at Wild Play Adventure Park. Explore the temperate rainforest tree canopy with a series of obstacle courses, all while safely secured in a harness with dual connections (to ensure that, even when you're transferring from one obstacle to the next, you're safe and secure). We have done this course many times, and it is STILL fun!

Looking for a less thrill-seeking activity? Take a walk through Neck Point Park, or just spend the afternoon lounging in your camp chair, reading or enjoying the clean air and silence!

 

Restaurant Suggestion: Asteras - a fun and festive greek restaurant, where you can get huge portions of delicious Greek food! We recommend the ekmek for dessert - it's like Greek Tiramisu, and it will not disappoint!

Campground: Living Forset Oceanside campground and RV Park

 

Day 16 : Nanaimo-Tofino

 

Today you'll be heading to Tofino - Canada's california! Along the way, stop to take a look at the Coombs market - where goats graze on the roof!

Sandy beaches make Tofino a waterfront paradise - where you can do anything from surfing, to fishing, to hiking, to sunbathing! Visit this site for a few ideas of thing to do in tofino - including kayaking, mountain biking, golf, and stand up paddleboarding!

 

Restaurant: Sobo - locally sourced gourmet food with beautiful presentation

 

Campground: Bella Pacifica Campground

 

Day 17: Tofino!

 

Enjoy a full day in this west-coast paradise! Take some surfing lessons, go for a swim, or even just take a walk along the beautiful beaches. Tofino is one of the most sought-after spots to visit in all of Canada - so really soak it in!

 

Restaurant: Big Daddy's Fish Fry - a local staple!

 

Campground: Bella Pacifica Campground

 

Day 18: Tofino – Campbell River

 

Campbell River is a favorite spot for hiking, biking, and fishing. If you love any of those activities, you'll find yourself in paradise here! (Try a visit to Elk Falls Provincial Park to really take advantage of the area!)

If you're not into hiking, biking, or fishing, Campbell River has a nice museum to visit - I know I like to visit museums, to really appreciate the details of the area I'm in. Feel free to also visit the Campbell River Visitor Centre - they often have great ideas of what to see, based your interests!

 

Restaurant: Chiang Rai Noodle House - a wonderful Thai restaurant to really awaken your taste buds!

 

Campground: Salmon Point Rv Resort

 

Day 18: Campbell River – Powell River

Powell River is near the Northern tip of The Sunshine Coast. This community has 4 seasons of temperate weather, and lots of outdoor experiences to offer! Inland Lake Provincial Park features a 13 km, one of a kind trail that is accesible by walking, biking, and even wheelchairs! If you're looking to have  a low-impact, high-reward hike or ride, hit this trail! If you're looking for a less active pursuit, visit Townsite Brewing to enjoy a few sips!

 

Restaurant: Laughing Oyster Restaurant (for seafood), or Royal Zayka (for delicious Indian cuisine)

 

Campground: Haywire Bay Regional Park and Campground

 

Day 19: Powell River – Sechelt

 

On the way, there are many options! For hiking, we recommend the very easy hike to the Skookumchuk Rapids, where you can admire one of nature's strangest phenomena - a perpetual wave that occurs with the changing of the tide! For water-based activities, head to Tuwanek and rent a few kayaks. We've seen octopi, lots of fish, and thousands of jellyfish while kayaking the inlet! If you're in the mood to relax at a waterfront restaurant, we recommend the Lighthouse Pub. Enjoy your sips and bites with a beautiful view of the inlet, and watch the seaplanes take off and land!

 

Once you're ready to settle in for the evening, head to Porpoise Bay Provincial Park and park directly by the shore!

Restaurant: Lighthouse Pub (minimum age of 19), or The Old Boot Eatery (Italian)

 

Campground: Porpoise Bay Provincial Park 

 

Day 20: Sechelt – Gibsons

 

Today, you’ll be driving back to Gibsons. Head to the public market for breakfast or lunch (depending on if you’re an early riser or if you like to sleep in!). Afterwards, you can take a kayak for a local tour, or go for a sundowner on a sailboat! (We rent out a sailboat for harbor cruises - contact us for details!. For any other water-based adventures, we recommend Sunshine Kayaking. We've been on many tours with them ourselves, and they are great to work with, whether you're a novice or experienced.) Head up to Mike’s place for their (what seems like) hundreds of flavors of homemade gelato, and get ready for your final night in your temporary home!

  

                                                           

Campground: Langdale RV Park or Gibsons RV Resort.

 

Day 21: Returning your RV

 

Meet one of the Happy Holidays Motorhome staff at the pre-arranged location (usually the ferry terminal) to give back your RV. The staff member will do a quick once-over of the vehicle, record the kilometers, and send you on your way to the ferry!

 

 

Once you disembark the ferry, a taxi will be waiting for you, to take you either to the airport (if you’re catching a flight), or to a pre-arranged location (if you're planning to stay in the area for a bit longer!)

To book an RV for this tour (or for any other questions), please contact us today at:

[email protected]

or

+1 (604) 886-9025


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