Ocean and Mountains Tour

Delta to Victoria
From Delta to Tsawwassen Bay Ferry Terminal, 36 km. Take the ferry to Swartz Bay 52 km. Enjoy the day visiting Butchard Gardens. In Victoria, visit the Royal British Columbia Museum, Craigdarroch Castle.

Victoria to Duncan
Travel from Victoria to Duncan, 61 km: Visit the City of Totems (60 totems to see). See the scenic wonders of Vancouver Island as you travel to Lake Cowichan, 28 km, where you’ll be able to buy some Indian sweaters (world famous) and tour some wineries.

Gordon Bay
Visit Gordon Bay, 20 minutes from Lake Cowichan, go fishing catch some salmon, or feel the breeze as you go sailing, or watch for whales and eagles. Tour through Somenos, 25 km.

See a charming town full of murals on buildings, visit a popular mill, in Chemainus 16 km

Chemainus to Ladysmith
From Chemainus, travel to Ladysmith 10 km, to the warmest saltwater swimming north of San Francisco.

Ladysmith to NanaimoIt’s
only 23 km to get to Naniamo for a visit to the Harmac Arboretum, or do some salmon fishing or bungee jumping.

Nanaimo to Long Beach
You’ll be delighted to visit a unique market with goats on the roof in Coombs. Driving to Port Alberni, you may want to stop at Cathedral Grove with hundreds of giant Douglas Fir trees from the 12 century, 19 km. From a forest of amazing heights and widths to Long Beach, Pacific Rim, stroll on the sandy beach, in the springtime watch for migrating whales, 160 km.

Tofino to French Creek
You may want to spend a few days exploring Tofino or Ucluelet, you can go canoeing, hiking, whale watching, have a nice brunch at Spotted Bear Bistro. Then drive from Tofino back to Port Alberni, 126 km. Port Alberni is a deep water port, “Two Spot” original logging railroad steam locomotive takes you on a 25 minute journey along the waterfront. Drive to French Creek 48 km.

French Creek to Horseshoe Bay
Drive from French Creek to Parksville, spend a leisurely afternoon walking the 1.6 km of beach on the Straight of Georgia. You can go spelunking, explore caves at Horne lake. Drive to Nanaimo, 39 km. It’s an Outpost for Hudson Bay, You can go on a tour to watch for wildlife, such as Bald Eagles or Sea Lions. When you are ready head to the Ferry and head back to Horseshoe Bay. The trip takes one hour and 40 minutes.

Horseshoe Bay to Whistler
Drive to Squamish on the sea to sky highway 45 km. You can climb the Chief, a 700 meter massive granite cliff, which has walks for all levels of hikers. Squamish (i.e. Mother of the Wind) is a place where you can go wind surfing if you want. Then drive to Whistler, 58 km, where you can go hiking and white-water rafting, spend some time in the Village, shopping or grab something to eat. In the winter, Whistler has splendid downhill skiing.

Whistler to Pemberton
Off to Pemberton 32 km. A city rich in First Nations History. A place where you can go mountain biking, go on an eco tour, or jet boating, or fishing, golfing or horseback riding. Visit Naim Falls Provincial Park for a picnic or some swimming or visit the stunning turquoise blue lakes of Joffre lakes Provincial Park. Do you feel like a tasting tour, visit Pemberton Distillery.

Pemberton to Lilooet
Pemberton to Lillooet, 99 km: A place for gold panning, rock hounding or view a stock car race. You can take the Kaoham shuttle, and go on a most gorgeous ride along the shores of Seton Lake that will have the sharpest curve and the longest tunnel. You may be able to see California big horn sheep, bears or raptor birds (call 250-259-8300 for ride info). You can take a guided tour of a replica Sheeshikan (Pit House), with Xwisten Experience Tours or visit an archeological site. If you are in town on July 20-22 catch the Lilloet Apricot Tsaqwen Festival, food, live music, a show and shine car show and good times. Blackcomb Aviation for sight seeing or heli fishing. Take the Jade walk, 30 different displays of Jade in various cuts.

Lillooet to Clinton
Lillooet to Clinton, 106 km: Clinton offers super hiking possibilities. Explore geological wonders called Chasms, deep clefts in the earth surface. You’ll see an awesome display of pink and orange rock at Painted Chasm in Chasm Provincial Park or check out Cougar Point Hoodoos (spires of sedimentary rocks). You can try your hand working at a guest ranch. Big Bar Guest Ranch has hiking, gold panning, canoeing, hay rides and fishing to enjoy. Or visit some local heritage sites. A wonderful place to check out is Vallance Pottery. If you are into history, check out Clinton Museum or The Palace Hotel.

Clinton to Clearwater
From Clinton to Clearwater, 173 km: Wells Gray Park is a must see. If you like waterfalls, there are 4 that aren’t too far of a walk from the car park. There’s Dawson Falls, then a little further Spahal Creek Falls, then Moul Falls 3 km from car park. Finally there’s Helmecken Falls, each one has fantastic views and sites to see. In Wells Gray Park there are extinct volcanoes and lava beds.

Clearwater to Valemount
From Clearwater travel to Valemount, 196 km: You can get in a game of golf at Valemount Pines Golf Course, or go for a swim at Little Lost Lake, a nice place to hike too. At Kinbasket Lake you can go on a canoeing trip. If there’s snow on the ground you can go heli skiing, on a guided snow mobile tour, cross country skiing or skating. If you are an avid bird watcher Robert W. Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary is a great spot to visit. There’s 7 km of walking trails with a few viewing platforms.

Valemount to Jasper
From Valemount to Jasper, Alberta, 124 km: Visit the Jasper Yellowhead Museum, a historical gallery that features many unique artifacts, that you’ll find interesting. There’s the Jasper Tramway that gives you a breathtaking 360 view of the wonderful landscape around or explore Mount Edith Cavell where in a short walk you can view Angel Glacier. Visit Maligne Canyon for walking trails that will take you through Limestone canyons. See some spectacularly beautiful waterfalls at Athabasca Falls. The falls are not very high but the power behind them can be astounding.  A popular spot for hiking is found at Pyramid and Patricia Lakes. Rental facilities have horseback riding, canoeing, sailing, fishing and wind surfing.

Jasper to Banff
From Jasper to Banff, 288 km: Banff National Park use permit is required for all activities involving an overnight stay. The park is a wildlife refuge for elk, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, bear, wolves, coyote, lynx and other animals. You’ll love the great scenic views. Depending on the season, it’s a great place to ski, sleigh ride, hike, fish, go for a spa treatment or visit some of the shops and restaurants. You may see big horn sheep, You can visit Lake Minnewanka(“lake of the water spirits”) or Mistaya Canyon

Banff to Golden
From Banff to Castle Junction, 32 km: Visit Sunshine Meadows or go to Johnson Canyon, a paved trail with exciting cat-walks that make you cling to the canyon walls. You can visit Lake Louise which is only 27 minutes away it’s the most beautiful color of blue, sometimes looks green. You can head to Golden if you wish, it’s a city surrounded by 3 different mountain ranges, 5 National parks and you have a confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse Rivers.

Golden to Revelstoke
From Golden to Rogers Pass, 81 km: Sight seeing a plenty with 400 glaciers in Glacier Park, careful about the grizzlies, steep mountain paths and enormous snowfalls. Rogers Pass to Revelstoke, 68 km: Don’t miss the hot springs to soothe your well traveled muscles. If you have children or are a child at heart, take a trip through Enchanted Forest (7060 Trans Canada Hwy). In Revelstoke  you can get in a game of golf, or go whitewater rafting, do some fishing, hiking or paragliding.

Revelstoke to Kelowna
On to “Sicamous, Houseboat capital of Canada”, 72 km: Go for a cruise on Lake Mara or Lake Shushwap. Try your hand at zip lining, or take a kayak out for a paddle. Adams River is a spawning ground for almost 10 million salmon. Off to Grindrod, a peaceful oasis. Then to Kelowna, 99 km: Take in a wine sampling or visit local restaurants for fine dining. Kelowna, is a city full of orchards and vineyards, a center of fruit, and vegetables.

Kelowna to Lytton
Kelowna to Merrit, 127 km: “The country music capital of Canada.” It’s said to have the best fly fishing in the world. Here is a place to go horseback riding, or try your hand at being a cowboy on a ranch for a couple days. Time to go to Spences Bridge, 65 km, where steelhead fishing is excellent, as well as a chance to spot bighorn sheep.

Spences Bridge to Lytton
Spences Bridge to Lytton, 35 km: “One of the finest canyon landscapes in the world” abundant hiking possibilities, go biking, or check out Siska Art Gallery and Museum. Ken Glasgow’s outdoor metal sculptures are something to check out. If you are into a moderate hike, check out Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park, you’ll be able to do cable crossing and a suspension bridge.

Lytton to Hope
Lytton to Boston Bar, 43 km: Visit the Hell’s Gate Airtram, “The tram ride crosses over the narrowest, deepest point, where over 200 million gallons of water squeeze through which is twice the volume of Niagara Falls.” Relax at one of the local spa and wellness centers. Visit Tuckkwiowhum Village, you’ll experience story telling, see a pit house, a smoke house and a sweat lodge.

Hope to Agassiz
From Hope to Agassiz, 32 km: If you like to stop for a cheese diversion, The Farm House Natural Cheeses in Agassiz is a specialty shop that cheese lovers will appreciate. Visit Minter Gardens (between April and October) it’s really a beautiful garden to spend the afternoon in or visit Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park, another beautiful stop.

Agassiz to Delta
From Agassiz to Mission, 64 km: You can visit the Roman Catholic Mission built in 1861 to serve the Indian tribes. It’s set high on a hill, overlooking the valley. It has 64 stained glass windows and a tower with 12 bells. Guests welcome for services or retreats. Nice to even just walk around the grounds. One viewing area is spectacular, overlooking the valley. Mission to Abbotsford 24 km. Visit Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery and Trethewey House on Mill Lake heritage site. Now to Langley, 26 km. You may like to visit Fort Langley, known as the birthplace of British Columbia. Then off to Fraserway, 747 Cliveden Place Delta, 38 km.