West Coast Weekend


The west coast of Vancouver Island is known for a laid-back lifestyle, ancient rainforests and the salty air of the Pacific Ocean waves crashing on secluded beaches. This tour embraces the easygoing feeling of the west coast by taking time to appreciate the awe-inspiring surroundings.

West Coast Weekend


3 Days, 2 Nights

The tour begins in Nanaimo before we make our way to the west coast of the Island. After checking in to our accommodations, feel free to walk along the beach or just sit and watch the waves crash along the shoreline.

On the first full day, we travel north by boat to the spectacular setting of Hot Springs Cove. A brief hike takes us to natural thermal hot springs that pour out of the rocks and spill into the Pacific Ocean. After we enjoy relaxing in the hot springs and eating a picnic lunch, we make our way back to the boat where we can view sea lions, harbour seals, bald eagles, and much more. Once back on land, we head to the coastline where we walk beneath the forest canopy and along the spectacular coastline abundant with birds and whales. We end our busy day with a traditional First Nations feast, which includes delicious offerings such as salmon and bannock.

After enjoying some free time to explore the beaches and tidal pools, you have the choice to paddle around the waters of Ucluelet or surf the world-famous beaches of the Pacific West Coast. On our way back to Nanaimo, we stop at Cathedral Grove where we will spend time walking amongst the ancient cedars and Douglas firs of this dense rainforest.

  • Local, professional and fun guides
  • All meals, accommodation, and transfers described in the itinerary
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages between meals
  • Some beer, wine or spirits when appropriate
  • Transportation in a Mercedes Sprinter Van
  • Your choice of basic or comfort accommodations
  • All gratuities for accommodations and restaurants
  • Equipment for all activities listed
  • Pickup from Nanaimo Airport, Nanaimo Ferry Terminals or Nanaimo Float Plane Terminals

  • Good, strong and worn-in footwear
  • Clothing for layering – Even in nice weather it may be a bit cold
  • Breathable windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Walking/hiking shorts or pants
  • Underwear and socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Hat, sunglasses, swimsuit and sunscreen
  • Wallet with credit cards, bank cards, passport, etc.
  • Cash for incidentals and gratuities
  • Personal medications and prescriptions
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Daypack

May, June, July, August

Start Time: Welcome Appetizers & Drinks are at 17:30 at Painted Turtle Guesthouse (121 Bastion Street) in Nanaimo

Prices are per person (plus 5% tax) based on double occupancy.

For individual travellers, we will endeavour to find a roommate (same gender) for those guests who wish to share a room. If no roommate is available, a private room charge will apply depending on the specific tour and accommodation option. If a roommate is found then no additional fees are charged.

Basic accommodations:

  • Nanaimo – Private room in a guest house located in the heart of downtown, simple yet comfortable rooms (includes all linens),  queen sized bed, shared bathroom, complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • West Coast – Unique platform tent with an ocean view, shared washroom facilities.  Includes all linens, mini kitchen and dishes, BBQ and wooden deck with lounge chairs.

Comfort accommodations:

  • Nanaimo – Full-service hotel located in the heart of the downtown core, modern rooms boast king-sized beds and ocean views.  Includes all amenities: full bathroom, complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room television to name a few.  Guest can also enjoy use of the fitness facility, spa, 24 hour room service and restaurant on the facility.
  • West Coast – Two bedroom lodges  in self-contained timber frame home complete with fireplaces, modern kitchens, luxury linens, spectacular ocean views, and walk-on beach access.  Lodge rooms will accommodate two groups of two.  All lodges have an eco-friendly design and meet Platinum LEED standards.

Day 1

Group Appetizers & Welcome
Group Dinner

Accommodations in Ucluelet:
Basic – Wya Point Resort Yurts
Comfort – Wya Point Resort Lodges

Day 2

Group Breakfast
Hot Springs Cove
Group Lunch
Trail Hike
Group First Nations Feast

Accommodations in Ucluelet:
Basic – Wya Point Resort Yurts
Comfort – Wya Point Resort Lodges

Day 3

Group Breakfast
Surf or Kayak
Group Lunch
Cathedral Grove Tour




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