The Stories Of Canada
BC is a place of unexpected moments – and, during this eight-night itinerary, visitors will experience many of them. Whether standing in the rainforest of Desolation Sound, watching a bear snatch salmon from the shore; cleansing the soul in an Indigenous smudging ceremony; or biting into a juicy peach at an Okanagan Valley farm, guests will be surprised and delighted by their adventures on the West Coast.
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1 | VANCOUVER, BC
Welcome to BC! Once you’ve arrived at Vancouver International Airport, meet your driver for a 30-minute ride to the Vancouver waterfront. After checking into your hotel, you have the rest of the day to wander the extremely walkable downtown core – we recommend sipping organic coffee in aesthetic cafés, visiting sustainable boutiques, and exploring the cobblestoned streets of Gastown, the city’s oldest neighbourhood. Alternatively, walk or cycle the ocean-hugging seawall to lush Stanley Park, a 404-hectare (1,000-acre) rainforest in the heart of downtown. Accommodations are at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in a Signature Mountain Harbour View Room.
2 | KELOWNA, BC
After breakfasting at your hotel, you’ll enjoy a morning at leisure in Vancouver. You may wish to visit Vancouver’s buzzy neighborhoods, exploring the trendy boutiques of Yaletown and apothecary shops and herbalists in Chinatown. Don’t miss the Granville Island Public Market, where a plethora of artisan treats and local artists await. Afterward, board a one-hour flight to Kelowna, where you’ll be greeted by a spiritual land and smudging ceremony conducted by a First Nations host – a practice the Indigenous peoples have participated in since time immemorial. Accommodations are at the Hotel Eldorado in an Arms Luxury Suite.
3 | KELOWNA, BC
Spend the first half of today sipping your way through some of the Okanagan Valley’s top wineries. After breaking for a locally inspired lunch at one of the winery’s airy bistros – complete with dazzling views of the vineyard – you’ll have the opportunity to visit a 14-hectare (35-acre) farmer’s orchard, where you can pick your own fruit (if the season is right) and browse hundreds of products sourced from BC. The rest of the day is spent at your leisure (we recommend continuing to winery-hop at your own speed). Accommodations are at the Hotel Eldorado in an Arms Luxury Suite.
4 | KELOWNA, BC
This morning, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a private transfer to Penticton, one of the only cities in the world located between two lakes. Here, you’ll board a kayak for a leisurely paddle on sparkling Lake Okanagan – watch out for the Ogopogo, a mythical lake monster inspired by First Nations folklore. After disembarking at Three Mile Beach, you’ll board an e-bike and begin a zippy escapade through orchards and wineries along the historic Kettle Valley Railway, stopping for a decadent lunch at a nearby winery. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free for on-own explorations. Accommodations are at the Hotel Eldorado in an Arms Luxury Suite.
5-7 | KLAHOOSE WILDERNESS RESORT, BC
This morning, you’ll travel by air, land, and boat to the Indigenous-owned Klahoose Wilderness Resort, situated in the heart of picturesque Desolation Sound. Here, you’ll spend three captivating days in the traditional territory of the Klahoose First Nation, where adventures shift with the seasons. In the summer, take a boat to thundering waterfalls, hike through leafy forest trails, and stand-up paddleboard or fish in placid waters. In the fall, watch grizzly bears roam their natural habitat, wander the surrounding forest, and participate in Indigenous storytelling and cedar weaving. Accommodations are at Klahoose Wilderness Resort.
8 | VANCOUVER, BC
After saying goodbye to the resort, board a private seaplane to the breathtaking Chatterbox Falls, where you’ll have time to walk around and snap photos. Then, you’ll fly to the quaint town of Gibsons and dine on a hearty lunch of fresh seafood in a boardwalk restaurant. Continue by seaplane back to downtown Vancouver, where you’ll check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the evening roaming the city. Accommodations are at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in a Signature Mountain Harbour View Room.