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The Enchanted Wilderness of Coastal British Columbia — Wildlife Viewing

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8 Days | 7 Nights
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. 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.
Famous for 200 resident orca, transient minke and humpback whales, bears and birds, majestic scenery and rich ecology, Vancouver Island and the Johnstone Straits offer visitors premier marine, freshwater and terrestrial wildlife viewing. Led by environmental professionals, experience the amazing terrestrial and marine flora and fauna of the area. See up close the rich biodiversity with biologists and environmentalists on field trips to several varied habitats at pristine wildlife reserves and parks, on land and sea.


• See black and grizzly bears fishing and feeding as you watch from the safety of viewing platforms.
• Ply the seas of the Juan de Fuca Strait for a glimpse of healthy populations of orcas and sea lions.
• Embark on a naturalist-led walk to Beacon Hill Park and learn about characteristics of coastal rainforests and common plants and animals.

Activity Notes

Walking up to two miles over varied terrain.

Itinerary Summary

Independent arrival Victoria, 2 nights; coach to Courtenay (North Vancouver Island), 3 nights; coach to Victoria, 1 night; independent departure.

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You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
7 nights of accommodations
19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips


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