Vancouver Island Adventure

  • 6 Days
  • 12 People Max

    6 - 12 guests

  • Activity Level 2
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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  • Trip Start: Victoria, British Columbia
  • Trip End: Victoria, British Columbia
Vancouver Island Coast

Discover wild, rugged beauty and relaxed, welcoming charm on this 6-day Vancouver Island Multi-Sport Adventure

Breathe in the crisp, fresh air of the Pacific Northwest and set off to discover the wild beauty and relaxed charm of Vancouver Island. Stand in awe before centuries old Douglas firs and towering cedars. Understand the deep connection between the First People of Canada and the lands you explore each day. Get your blood pumping on daily adventures and relax in all the creature comforts Black Rock Resort has to offer. Vancouver Island is wrapped in an indescribable magic you’ll keep with you forever – there's nowhere quite like it!

Vancouver Island Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Victoria, British Columbia Trip End: Victoria, British Columbia
  • Day 1Victoria pick-up, bike ride through Cowichan Valley

  • Day 2Cathedral Grove and Wild Pacific Trail Hike

  • Day 3Sea kayaking in Ucluelet Harbour and Barkley Sound

  • Day 4Hot Springs Cove Boat Tour

  • Day 5Rainforest and Canyon Zip Line Tour, return to Victoria

  • Day 6Explore Butchart Gardens, say your goodbyes

  • Day 1

    Victoria pick-up, bike ride through Cowichan Valley


    Your Vancouver Island adventure begins in Victoria, the charming capital of British Columbia. After a brief welcome meeting, you’ll head north to start our bike journey in Cowichan Valley. Our route utilizes abandoned rail lines, and includes wonderful meadows, ponds, wildlife, magnificent views. We stop along the way for lunch at the spectacular curved Kinsol Trestle, one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route. At 615 feet in length and standing 144 feet above the salmon bearing Koksilah River this is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. After our ride we enjoy some time at Blue Grouse Estate Winery before heading north once again to the seaside town of Parksville.

    Tigh-Na-Mara or Bayside Oceanfront Resort (Lunch, Dinner)

    Biking: 12 miles (20 kilometers)

  • Day 2

    Cathedral Grove and Wild Pacific Trail Hike


    This morning, we venture out on a hike to Englishman River Falls to see views of the upper and lower falls from two bridges. Next it is off to wander among the giants of Cathedral Gove on a short, yet awe-inspiring hike among centuries-old Douglas firs. Enjoy lunch on the beach before hiking part of the Wild Pacific Trail to your home for the next three nights – Black Rock Resort. Relax and re-join your fellow travelers a bit later for dinner in the resort’s restaurant.

    Black Rock Resort (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 6 miles (10 kilometers)
    Hiking: 1 mile (1.6 kilometers)

  • Day 3

    Sea kayaking in Ucluelet Harbour and Barkley Sound


    After a hearty breakfast, you’ll embark on a kayaking adventure from Ucluelet Harbour to Barkley Sound. The area provides excellent opportunities to view both marine and terrestrial wildlife as you paddle along shorelines and through island channels & reefs that can only be accessed by sea kayak. Rest and enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach before taking a costal hike to some of the beautiful coastal bays. Tonight is free to do as you please!

    Black Rock Resort (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Kayaking: 3-4 hours
    Hiking: 3 miles (4.8 kilometres)

  • Day 4

    Hot Springs Cove Boat Tour


    The wild natural beauty that surrounds Tofino unfolds before you today. En route to Hot Springs Cove – a remote area on Vancouver Island’s west coast with natural geothermal hot springs – scan the seas and the skies for whales, black bears, seals, sea lions, puffins, sea otters, bald eagles and more on a 90-minute cruise. Step off the boat and onto a boardwalk trail that winds through a lush old-growth forest. You’ll have time to soak in the hot springs, explore the jagged rock formations and steaming waterfalls, and eat a picnic lunch before your 90-minute return cruise. Discuss the day's adventures over dinner at a bistro in Tofino before returning to your hotel.

    Black Rock Resort (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Cruise: 3 hours
    Hiking: 1 mile (1.6 kilometres)

  • Day 5

    Rainforest and Canyon Zip Line Tour, return to Victoria


    A thrilling adventure is in store for you this morning on a zip-line tour through Ha’uukmin Tribal Park. As you hike among the series of lines, a local guide will educate you about the history and lands that have sustained the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations people for generations. Feel the wind (and a smile!) on your face as you zip across the canyon. Refuel with a picnic lunch before departing for Victoria. We’ll break up the long drive with a short hike, allowing you to stretch your legs and take in more of the wild, rugged beauty of Vancouver Island.

    Westin Bear Mountain (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 1-2 miles (1.6-3.2 kilometers)

  • Day 6

    Explore Butchart Gardens, say your goodbyes


    Take a moment to stop and smell the roses this morning at Butchart Gardens. Explore the 5-acre Sunken Garden with tens of thousands of vibrant flowers and plants and experience the peaceful bubbling streams of the Japanese Garden. Your trip ends this afternoon, leaving you with memories (and hopefully new friendships) to last a lifetime!

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

Vancouver Island Adventure Departure Dates

  • Upcoming
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year
USD $4399/per adult
18 Jun 2023
18 Jun23 Jun
Departure Full Full
25 Jun 2023
25 Jun30 Jun
Departure Almost Full Almost Full


  • Experienced guides 
  • 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio 
  • Our ‘Red Carpet’ pre-trip customer care service available to answer questions 
  • Travel Wallet: a resource for everything you need to know about your trip in one secure space!
  • All accommodation for the duration of your trip 
  • Most meals (except where indicated, so you can experience local cuisine independently!) 
  • Picnic lunches, unlimited snack baskets & unique destination snacks 
  • Specially curated tour ‘Wow’ moments throughout your trip 
  • All activities described in the itinerary  
  • All necessary equipment (well-maintained and safe) for activities  
  • All transportation from start to end of trip 
  • All gratuities for hotels, restaurants and activities 
  • All park and other entry fees 

Not Included

  • Transportation (air and land) to and from start/end points 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Alcoholic beverages  
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides 

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Take 10% off the trip price when you book a trip and pay in full.

By paying in full we are able to pass on savings to our guests, but please note that by opting for this payment plan, your booking becomes non-refundable, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. 

We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. We recommend Redpoint Insurance – you can find details here.

T+Cs Apply.


Useful Information

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria at 8am or the Delta Hotels Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort at 8:30am. You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay at either of these hotels directly or any other hotel in Victoria, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Victoria International Airport at 12:30pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Victoria around 1pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Victoria at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Victoria after 2:30pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travelers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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