Spend two weeks exploring Canada's beautiful Pacific Northwest, including wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley, sightseeing in Vancouver, hiking in Whistler, and surfing in Tofino.
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Canada14 days / July 2020
Highs & Lows
Hiking in the mountains and the food - some of the best sushi I've ever had!
The weather can be cold and rainy, even in the summer. Make sure to pack a rain jacket just in case!
Visit British Columbia and experience Canada's stunning Pacific Northwest. British Columbia is a popular travel destination in both the summer and winter, with its vast mountain ranges, expansive coastline and quaint island towns.
This two-week itinerary will take you on a summer road trip through Kelowna, Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Whistler. We will start wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley, visit Vancouver's most popular landmarks, head over to Whistler, a famous resort town that offers a wide range of outdoor activities, and end our trip relaxing in Tofino on Vancouver Island. There are multiple excursions and day trips along the way including boating, ziplining, ATVing, hiking and surfing to name a few!
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I wish I stayed longer in Tofino! The weather wasn't great when I went, however, if the weather was better and the hot springs and whale watching tours were open, I definitely would have needed an extra day or two.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
Hot Springs Cove and whale watching tours were canceled in Tofino due to COVID-19. These were two activities I really wanted to do so I will need to go back once they are open again.
How was the food?
The Modest Butcher - Kelowna Block One - Kelowna Miku - Vancouver Ask for Luigi - Vancouver Cactus Club - Vancouver Bar Oso - Whistler Sushi Village - Whistler Longhorns - Whistler The Wolf in the Fog - Tofino The Pointe Restaurant - Tofino 1909 Kitchen - Tofino
What tips would you give a friend?
Make sure to book your hotel or Airbnb in Tofino several months in advance. Tofino is so popular that some hotels/weekends are booked up a year in advance! Look up road closures in Tofino before you go, as they are often upgrading the stretch of highway leading up to Tofino. Stick to the touristy side of Gastown in Vancouver and stay west of Columbia Street, as the area gets significantly rougher east of it.
Be prepared for rain! It can rain anytime in the Pacific Northwest, even in the summer. If you plan on doing any hikes or adventure activities, make sure to bring good walking shoes and athletic clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and a windbreaker, as it can get quite windy in the alpine.
Make sure to arrive at least 30 min before your ferry reservation to check-in. The ferries can be unpredictable and sailings are often delayed, bumped or canceled. When driving from Vancouver to Whistler, stay within the speed limit to avoid getting a ticket. The Sea to Sky highway is heavily patrolled for speeding due to the high number of accidents that occur during the summer months.
Sparkling Hill did not allow cell phones, cameras or drinks at their outdoor infinity pool.