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Program #21054RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Supportive/comfortable footwear, good walking shoes are recommended, breathable, yet comfortable clothing suitable for daily walking, raincoat and/or windproof jacket (lined for cooler temperatures), umbrella.

Itinerary for Jul 21 — Jul 26, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and bar on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for availability & rates.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 21 - Arrivals and Orientation
Afternoon: ARRIVALS: Independent arrivals to the Vancouver hotel. Check-in is after 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel. This evening's dinner will commence at approximately 6:00 pm.

Evening: INTRODUCTIONS & ORIENTATION: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and bar on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for availability & rates.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 22 - Museum of Anthropology/Urban Scavenger Hunt - Gas...
Museum of Anthropology/Urban Scavenger Hunt - Gastown, Chinatown and Granville Island

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Optional morning walk along the seawall.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore the Museum of Anthropology and gain a remarkable glimpse into the lives of the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of British Columbia. Discover one of the world's outstanding collections of Pacific Northwest Aboriginal artifacts. Massive totem poles, carved boxes, bowls and feast dishes are displayed in the Great Hall, while smaller (but equally magnificent) pieces in gold, silver, argillite, wood, ceramic and other materials are exhibited in the galleries. Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea, and its collections, exhibitions and programs are renowned for providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world.

Lunch: Lunch at the Museum of Anthropology.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Scavenger Hunt - Vancouver's Neighborhoods. Explore some of the most colourful parts of Vancouver’s history on this fun and interactive walking exploration where participants will discover the west coast art, culture, food, First Nations, history and much, much more. The adventure will begin in English Bay and take participants on a well-designed course through Gastown, Chinatown, and down to Granville Island. Participants will receive a list of questions and tasks each worth a different point value. The game will navigate participants along Blood Alley, through some of the back ways of Chinatown and into a variety of shops including the local herbal pharmacist, fish monger and traditional baker to find out what is stored in the gray buckets outside the fish market or the cost of a lotus bun. We’ll stop for a sampling of traditional dim sum followed by hot apple pastry to refuel before moving on to Granville Island to visit the Kids Market and Totem Carving Gallery.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: FREE TIME: Enjoy some free time to relax or explore more of Vancouver. Walk along the seawall to Stanley Park, take the grandkids swimming, ascend Grouse Mountain on the gondola or see Vancouver from atop the lookout.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the village of Ucluelet, near Tofino and Long Beach on Vancouver Island, The Canadian Princess Resort offers warm hospitality, comfortable accommodation and great food. The sunrises and sunsets over the harbor are simply unbeatable. The Canadian Princess, formerly a hydrographic survey ship, operates as a floating hotel and restaurant and is permanently moored in the Ucluelet Harbor. Stay in well-appointed on-shore accommodations.

Contact info:
1943 Peninsula Rd
Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0 Canada
phone: 250-726-7771
web: www.canadianprincess.com

Room amenities: Traditional hotel-style rooms with two double beds, cable, color television and private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Relax with a drink in the Chart Room Lounge or chat with friends or other travelers in the Quarterdeck Lounge. If you are looking for a more adventuresome dining experience, you can take the shuttle bus from the hotel to the Wickaninnish Restaurant. The restaurant sits atop the rocky shore near Long Beach so that visitors can admire the stunning view of the Juan de Fuca Strait while indulging in savory and award-winning gourmet meals. Within easy walking distance visitors will find the charming village of Ucluelet, various hiking and oceanside trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Tuesday, July 23 - Cycling in Stanley Park/Ferry to Vancouver Island...
Cycling in Stanley Park/Ferry to Vancouver Island/Pacific Rim National Park

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Optional morning walk at English Bay.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Cycling in Stanley Park. Traverse the park and seawall by bike during an exploration of Stanley Park, a breathtaking park which remains unspoiled and a testimony to the giant trees which occupied the site of Vancouver in its former days. Learn about old growth forests, and the natural west coast atmosphere amidst a back drop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees which transports visitors to an environment rich in tranquility. World famous landmarks in the park will also be discussed including Lost Lagoon, totem poles, various monuments and sculptures, and the 5.5 mi seawall which encircles the entire park.

Lunch: Box lunch on the ferry.

Afternoon: FERRY TO VANCOUVER ISLAND: Leaving the city behind, we’ll explore a whole other world on Vancouver Island. The largest Island on the West Coast of North America, Vancouver Island is separated from the mainland of Canada by the Georgia Strait, Johnstone Strait, and the Queen Charlotte Strait. It is separated from the United States mainland by the Juan de Fuca Strait in the south. Travel by ferry to the port of Nanaimo then across the island to Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park. En route watch for whales, seals, seabirds and enjoy the beautiful scenery PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK: We arrive on the west coast of Vancouver Island, a magnificent area of old-growth forests, stunning fjords (or "sounds" in local parlance), rocky coasts, and sandy beaches. Although Pacific Rim National Park was established in 1971, it wasn't until 1993 that the area really exploded into the greater consciousness. That was when thousands of environmentalists from around the world gathered to protest the clear-cutting of old-growth forests in Clayoquot Sound. When footage of the protests ran on the evening news, people who saw the landscape for the first time were moved to come experience it firsthand. Through stimulating, hands-on field trips, participants will learn about the unique biodiversity of this area.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: FREE TIME: Take some time to relax at the hotel stroll the waterfront, do some beachcombing or visit the village of Ucluelet.

Lodging: The Canadian Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the village of Ucluelet, near Tofino and Long Beach on Vancouver Island, The Canadian Princess Resort offers warm hospitality, comfortable accommodation and great food. The sunrises and sunsets over the harbor are simply unbeatable. The Canadian Princess, formerly a hydrographic survey ship, operates as a floating hotel and restaurant and is permanently moored in the Ucluelet Harbor. Stay in well-appointed on-shore accommodations.

Contact info:
1943 Peninsula Rd
Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0 Canada
phone: 250-726-7771
web: www.canadianprincess.com

Room amenities: Traditional hotel-style rooms with two double beds, cable, color television and private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Relax with a drink in the Chart Room Lounge or chat with friends or other travelers in the Quarterdeck Lounge. If you are looking for a more adventuresome dining experience, you can take the shuttle bus from the hotel to the Wickaninnish Restaurant. The restaurant sits atop the rocky shore near Long Beach so that visitors can admire the stunning view of the Juan de Fuca Strait while indulging in savory and award-winning gourmet meals. Within easy walking distance visitors will find the charming village of Ucluelet, various hiking and oceanside trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Wednesday, July 24 - Pacific Rim National Park/Tofino Botanical Garden...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Optional morning walk on the waterfront.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Pacific Rim National Park. We begin our exploration of Pacific Rim National Park and Clayoquot Sound with experts from the Raincoast Education Centre and Tofino Botanical Gardens. They specialize in educational programming for youth and adults that explores the unique biodiversity of the Clayoquot Sound region (eg. temperate rainforest, ancient old-growth forests and intertidal ecosystems) as well as the concept of conservation and how we can be stewards to the environment. The program itinerary has been carefully designed to appeal to both adults and youth. Learn about this incredible and rugged natural environment including the rainforest and the intertidal zone, Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management. Coastal temperate rainforests are one of the world’s rarest ecosystems. The Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve contains some of the world’s best examples of intact coastal temperate rainforests, and the Tofino Botanical Gardens is fortunate to have sections of Clayoquot Sound’s old growth rainforest on their waterfront property.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Rainforest Walk. We’ll join an expert on an interpretive rainforest walk answering questions that highlight the mystery and intrigue that scientists have discovered about these ancient ecosystems. How many species remain to be discovered in the world? Looking straight up into the canopy from the Old Growth Boardwalk, our expert ecologist explains how the Tofino Botanical Gardens is working with a rainforest canopy research team that is discovering new arthropod species in Clayoquot Sound. How do you find a marbled murrelet nest? What is convergent evolution? A trip through the Gardens’ Chilean temperate rainforest exhibit gives a rare hands-on perspective of this fascinating evolutionary phenomenon.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: GAME NIGHT: Tonight we will have some fun with games and outdoor activities with the group leader.

Lodging: The Canadian Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the village of Ucluelet, near Tofino and Long Beach on Vancouver Island, The Canadian Princess Resort offers warm hospitality, comfortable accommodation and great food. The sunrises and sunsets over the harbor are simply unbeatable. The Canadian Princess, formerly a hydrographic survey ship, operates as a floating hotel and restaurant and is permanently moored in the Ucluelet Harbor. Stay in well-appointed on-shore accommodations.

Contact info:
1943 Peninsula Rd
Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0 Canada
phone: 250-726-7771
web: www.canadianprincess.com

Room amenities: Traditional hotel-style rooms with two double beds, cable, color television and private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Relax with a drink in the Chart Room Lounge or chat with friends or other travelers in the Quarterdeck Lounge. If you are looking for a more adventuresome dining experience, you can take the shuttle bus from the hotel to the Wickaninnish Restaurant. The restaurant sits atop the rocky shore near Long Beach so that visitors can admire the stunning view of the Juan de Fuca Strait while indulging in savory and award-winning gourmet meals. Within easy walking distance visitors will find the charming village of Ucluelet, various hiking and oceanside trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Thursday, July 25 - Pacific Rim National Park - Intertidal Zone/Art W...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Optional morning walk.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: The Intertidal Zone - Sponges, Seastars and Snails. Between high tide and low tide there is a magical world filled with an incredible diversity of life that one can see only for a few hours every day. From anemones and arthropods to sponges and seastars, the intertidal zone is literally buzzing with life. This exciting, hand-on intertidal adventure follows the Chesterman Beach tombolo (a large sandbar) out to Frank Island, where we’ll will learn about the stresses of being an intertidal organism, and the tactics that intertidal life has developed to withstand those stresses. How do snails and crabs survive hot sun and drenching rain? Are sea stars just the colourful docile creatures they seem, or are they a voracious predator terrorizing mussels and barnacles? Which seaweed contains a natural shock absorber? Which intertidal creature lives its entire life on its head? Who grows teeth on its tongue to eat? All these questions and more will be answered! A special art workshop will follow highlighting the incredible sea life we’ve discovered on our field trips.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Beach Safari and the World of Otters. This field trip will take participants out along the sandy beaches with an excellent rocky intertidal outcrop to learn the importance of biodiversity. Join a well-known local marine biologist for a beach hike and learn about the return of the sea otter to BC waters and its story The last sea otter in BC was killed in 1929 following two centuries of commercial hunting, yet today there are about 3,500 sea otters in British Columbia. Why were sea otters so valuable? How did sea otter hunting become a key turning point in the history of coastal BC? Now that this "keystone species" is making a comeback, what kind of impact is its recovery having? Join us to find out!

Dinner: FAREWELL DINNER & EVENING: Farewell dinner and special wrap-up activities.

Lodging: The Canadian Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 26 - Ferry Transfer to Mainland/Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Optional early morning walk.

Morning: TRANSFER BY FERRY & COACH: This morning we leave the island's west coast and head for Nanaimo to catch the ferry. We stop along the way at the store with the Goats on the Roof - Coombs Country Market. Ferry arrives at terminal in Tsawwassen (outside Vancouver) approximately 2:45 p.m. Buses are available to take passengers from the ferry terminal to Vancouver airport or downtown.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Vancouver, BC
Grouse MountainTake the Gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain. If you want a real challenge - or at least a serious workout - try the Grouse Grind. A 2.9-kilometre (3700 ft) trail straight up to the top of Grouse Mountain. When you do the Grind, it's recommended you wear hiking boots and carry water. For those in good shape the hike takes about an hour. An average time would be between one and a half to two hours. The world record for doing the Grind is under 27 minutes! It's free to hike up, but it's not wise (or advised) for you to hike back down so you'll need to pay for the gondola ride to the bottom ($10 - 15 CDN for gondola ride). The Grind is open from late Spring to early Fall, dependant on weather and trail conditions.
For additional information, visit: www.grousemountain.com
Museum of VancouverMuseum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibits tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late ‘70s and are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits. MOV is located in scenic Vanier Park, set against a spectacular vista of ocean, city skyline, and mountains.
For additional information, visit: www.museumofvancouver.ca
Vancouver Maritime MuseumVisitors enjoy the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s many permanent and changing exhibits, the famous RCMP schooner St Roch and Children's Maritime Discovery Centre. The Maritime Museum tells the stories of Canada's ties to the Pacific and the Arctic. As a centre for life-long learning, the Museum interprets our ongoing interaction with the sea through exhibitions and programs for people of all ages. Visitors will discover rich maritime history and traditions and there’s so much to see and do for landlubbers and old salts. Explore the many exhibits on pirates, shipwrecks, lighthouses, early fur trade, fireboats, Vancouver warships, deep-ocean exploration, coastal and transpacific steamship lines, and so much more.
For additional information, visit: www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com
Vancouver Zodiac AdventuresImmerse yourself in the pristine scenery and coastal wildlife of British Columbia. On this 3-hour tour, your guide will take you deep into Howe Sound to explore the many islands and inlets. Once there, you will encounter seals and sea lions, visit seabird nesting sites and discover bald eagles. Also be on the lookout for porpoises! Returning to Coal Harbour you will be treated to breathtaking views of downtown Vancouver, English Bay, Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. The tours are guided by a certified naturalist/skipper and depart from the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver dock.
For additional information, visit: www.princeofwhales.com/vancouver-departures/vancouver-zodiac-adventure-tours/

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