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West Coast Canada for Teenagers

Vancouver, Tofino, Whistler & Cowboy Country

From $4600 per person in low season
From $5400 per person in high season

based on 13 nights & selected experiences

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Pricing based on a family of four.

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At a Glance

  • An unforgettable combination of city, beach, mountain and wilderness

  • Designed for families with a sense of adventure and a love of the great outdoors

  • Incredible wildlife watching on Vancouver Island to spot black bears and pods of orca whales

  • Best for travel in the summer months to make the most of the long days and the great outdoors

  • Learn to horse-ride western style at Echo Valley Ranch

  • Down-hill mountain biking and white water rafting will sure to impress adrenalin junkie teens

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BC’s varied climate is influenced by latitude, elevation and ocean proximity but it’s generally warmer in the south and cooler in the north. Long summer days offer the best opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, when it is mostly dry and sunny with warm temperatures in the early to mid-20ºC, except for in the interior where temperatures can push higher to 30ºC. August can be foggy in Tofino, but the fog normally clears by midday. It's a great time for wildlife watching, both black bears and orca whales as they follow the Salmon migrating on their journey.

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Insider's View

This is a true road trip, the distances in BC are vast, but there is always something fantastic to see or somewhere fun to stop. Watch out for wildlife on the ferry ride, stop for an ice-cream in quirky Combes or to photograph spectacular glaciers and water falls.

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

This two-week adventure is action packed with bear & whale watching, surfing, zip-lining, horse riding, rafting and mountain biking, making it full of excitement and new experiences for teenagers, and parents, looking for an epic summer family road trip.

  1. Days 1-3: Vancouver

    Start by flying into Vancouver, a city of distinctive neighborhoods and spectacular mountain vistas. With two nights here, explore the markets on Granville Island, shop on Robson Street and bike around Stanley Park with its beaches and seawall trail. The culinary capital of Canada, there is something to suit every taste; the city boasts incredible Asian dining, smorgasbords of seafood and farm-to-table restaurants.

    Accommodation: Fairmont Pacific Rim (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-7: Tofino

    Next collect your SUV and cross over from mainland Canada to Vancouver Island by ferry, then drive across Vancouver Island past towering ancient forests and quirky little towns until you reach the seaside town of Tofino.

    While in Tofino, hit the waves with a surf lesson. Lessons can be tailor made for families for children six years and up and by the end of your session you can hope to be standing up and riding a wave. If being in the Pacific Ocean is a little too chilly, then wrap up and head out on the ocean by kayak or boat for coastal wildlife watching to spot black bears on the sea shore and massive grey whales or pods of orca whales in Clayoquot Sound. 

    Accommodation: Long Beach Lodge (4 nights)

  3. Days 7-10: Whistler (Summer)

    It is time to take to the road again, across the island to Nanaimo for your ferry back to the mainland, then hit the Sea-to-Sky Highway-99 to Whistler to take in scenic ocean vistas and mountain views. The mountain village of Whistler, famous for its alpine skiing, is even better in the balmy summer months. 

    Whistler is a summer adventure playground and down-hill mountain biking mecca. Beginners shouldn’t miss the Bike Park 101, where riders of all ages get an introduction to riding the summer slopes. For more adrenaline, don’t miss the thrill of zip-lining with a 30-storey descent or taking to the river to raft some white-water rapids. After all the adventure, enjoy some peaceful mountain air riding the Peak to Peak Gondola and finish with lunch al fresco with panoramic views. The village itself is a buzzy summer hub, with a weekend farmers market, boutique shops and great restaurants that are perfect for a fun family evening out. 

    Accommodation: Nita Lake Lodge (3 nights)

  4. Days 10-13: Cowboy Country

    Time to head into the wilderness to cowboy country and take in the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains as you head towards Echo Valley Ranch, your home for the next few nights. Echo Valley offers an incredible horse-riding program for beginners through to the very advanced. The experienced wranglers will assist you in finding the perfect horse and then you can head out to ride through sun-dappled forest trails and flower-strewn meadows in search of bears and wildlife. 

    If horse riding isn't for you, there are endless other possibilities for exploring the wilderness. From hiking trails to mountain biking, golf-panning to white water rafting, fishing and swimming in the lake there is so much more for the family to enjoy. All the delicious farm fresh meals are included during your stay, accompanied by BC wines; healthy appetites are assured after a day out in the crystal clear air. 

    Accommodation: Echo Valley Ranch & Spa (3 nights)

  5. Days 13-14: Vancouver

    Finally it’s time to hit the road one last time for a 5-hour drive from the wilderness and back into the city. Driving over the Lion’s Gate Bridge and through Stanley Park brings you into the big city bustle, in stark contrast to the scenery of the last two weeks. This is your final night of your family adventure, so relax, enjoy and relive the amazing experiences of the last two weeks.

    Accommodation: Fairmont Pacific Rim (1 night)

Experiences

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

    The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a great family afternoon out. Only 10 minutes from Vancouver downtown, walk in a rainforest with a twist! The wobbly bridge over the Capilano gorge may get your head spinning but children love it.

  • Cycling in Whistler

    Summer is a big deal in Whistler and cycling of all kinds is the activity of choice, whether you are after road cycling, a gentle day out with children or World Cup quality downhill mountain biking in Whistler Mountain's Bike Park.

  • Granville Island Market Tour

    Our local foodie connoisseurs will bring to life Canada's best-known public market on a fun-filled tour. Led by a chef guide, the tour will be a true highlight for your taste buds. Enjoy donuts, sourdough breads, locally-cured meats and other treats!

  • Kayak Amongst Glaciers

    For one of life's most extraordinary experiences, head to the majestic glaciers of British Columbia. From Vancouver, you will be whisked away to the Canadian wilderness in a helicopter for an unforgettable kayak excursion on pristine glacial lakes.

  • The Grouse Grind

    The Grouse Grind is a self-guided hike directly up the ridge of Grouse Mountain to the base of the cable car and a favorite with fitness fanatic Vancouver locals.

  • Walking trails in the Pacific Rim National Park

    Close to Tofino and Ucluelet , the Pacific Rim National Park has some excellent designated walking trails in spectacular forest and beach settings.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

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