Luxury Canadian West Coast Sailing Adventure and Island Tour

$14,995.00 CAD per person *Minimum 10 paying passengers

Overview

TOUR OVERVIEW

Enjoy sailing on the new 82’ flagship yacht. She will carry 12 – 14 guests and will provide large cabins with two lower beds and ensuite bathrooms. The on deck wheelhouse will accommodate the entire group for gourmet meals – surrounded by exceptional views. Environmentally, the engines will exceed EPA emission standards, black water will be treated organically with a combination of electricity and salt, and we anticipate better sailing performance making it more efficient for us to travel under sail.

Itinerary

Depart: Friday, May 10 2019
Return: 
Saturday, May 25 2019

Day 1 – May 10, 2019 – Friday / Arrival Campbell River

Included transfer from Campbell River and Comox Airport

Overnight at Painter’s Lodge (***) in Ocean View Rooms.
Located in the “salmon capital of the world” Campbell River, British Columbia, Painter’s Lodge is a world famous fishing resort. This site has been home to recreational angling for decades. Hotel amenities include a Legends Dining Room, Tyee Pub, Fireside Lounge, outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, fitness centre, tennis courts, gift shop, car & bike rentals and children’s activity centre, marine adventure centre, water shuttle to April Point. Please note: Painter’s Lodge guests are welcome to use all of the facilities at April Point Resort.
Day 2 – May 11, 2019 – Saturday / Sonora Resort (B/L/D)

Full breakfast at the lodge.

The morning is at leisure. Alternatively take the free boat shuttle from Painter’s to Quadra Island and have lunch at April Point Resort before you are transferred to the Campbell River Marina for the boat tour in water taxis to Sonora Resort which will depart at 15:00. Your stay includes gourmet meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner and appetizers at the tapas bar as well as beverages, starting with dinner today and ending with lunch on departure day.

Overnight at Sonora Resort (*****) in Gold Rooms.
Sonora Resort is one of Canada’s best eco adventure travel destinations. This luxury wilderness resort is an absolute jewel amid one of Canada’s most alluring, pristine environments. Sonora Resort is where uncompromising eco adventure travel meets luxurious accommodations, unparalleled service and five star facilities. Whether you want action-packed adventure or an exquisite spa getaway, you’ll find it at this spectacular Canadian resort.

Day 3 – May 12, 2019 – Sunday / Sonora Resort (B/L/D)

Full breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort.

The day is at leisure to enjoy the included resort amenities such as outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas and 2 mineral pools, fitness room, yoga/pilates studio, gym facilities, tennis court, games room with billiards, shuffle board, foos ball, virtual golf games, state of the art movie theatre, rainbow fly-fishing pond, mountain bikes and archery lessons.

Overnight at Sonora Resort (*****) in Gold Rooms.

Day 4 – May 13, 2019 – Monday / Sonora Resort (B/L/D)

Full breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort.

The day is at leisure to enjoy the included resort amenities such as outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas and 2 mineral pools, fitness room, yoga/pilates studio, gym facilities, tennis court, games room with billiards, shuffle board, foos ball, virtual golf games, state of the art movie theatre, rainbow fly-fishing pond, mountain bikes and archery lessons.

Overnight at Sonora Resort (*****) in Gold Rooms.

Day 5 to Day 11 – May 14 to 20, 2019 – Tuesday to Monday / Sonora Resort – Island Solitude Boat Charter (B/L/D)

Full breakfast at the resort.

ISLAND SOLITUDE BOAT CHARTER The 6 day cruise includes all meals onboard ship from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last, wine, all fuels, captain, chef, resource guide and crew, local parks and permit fees, sustainability fee, full use of all facilities aboard. Upon boarding your vessel, cabins will be assigned and an introductory safety briefing will be completed. Lunch will soon follow as you push off for an unforgettable adventure.

Overnight on board of the Island Solitude in Cabins.
The new flagship yacht will be 82’ long and 30% by volume larger. She will carry maximum 12 guests in 6 large cabins with two lower beds and ensuite bathrooms. The on deck wheelhouse will accommodate the entire group for gourmet meals – surrounded by exceptional views. Environmentally, the engines will exceed EPA emission standards, black water will be treated organically with a combination of electricity and salt, and we anticipate better sailing performance making it more efficient for us to travel under sail.

FLEXIBLE SAILING ITINERARY FROM MAY 14 – 20, 2019
Sailing itinerary subject to change.

Day 1: May 14 – The trip begins at 12:00PM from the April Point Marina, Quadra Island Meet the Island Solitude and its crew at the April Point Marina located in Quathiaski Cove. A crew member will meet the group at the top of the ramp leading down to the docks. Upon boarding the vessel, cabins will be assigned, and an introductory safety briefing will be completed. Then we set sail for the beauty of Discovery Passage and through the archipelago dotting Johnstone Strait.

Days 1 – 3: We spend the first few days exploring the incredible scenery of Desolation Sound with opportunities to go hike to a lake, paddle kayaks along the protected shoreline – keep an eye out for river otters! Breathtaking views welcome us as we take in the sights on Mitleneatch Island Nature Provincial Park- Coast Salish for “calm waters all around”. This nature reserve is home to one of the largest nesting seabird colonies in the Strait of Georgia and a beautiful place to explore.

Days 3 – 4: We now head North-West towards Knight Inlet and enter the nutrient rich waters of Johnstone Strait. This is historically a great area to spot feeding humpback whales, orca, Steller sea lions and harbour seals. It is not uncommon early in the summer to encounter a pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins that come and ride in the vessel’s bow wave and we often see the smaller porpoises – Dall’s and Harbour. This is a great time to raise the sails if there is a good wind!

The trip now shifts as we travel deep into the Coast Mountains up a beautiful fiord called Knight Inlet. Extending nearly 60 miles, Knight Inlet is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and some of the most remote wilderness on the coast. Grizzly bears require vast areas of wilderness to survive. Starting in Spring, grizzlies focus their attention on grazing on protein-rich sedge, dig for clams and roots while they wait for the berries and salmon to arrive later in the summer. There should be some spectacular photo opportunities so have your cameras ready.

Days 5 – 6: At the entrance to Knight Inlet is the abandoned Kwakwaka’wakw village of Mimquimlees. With permission from the local Native Band, we will explore the old village to discover fallen totem poles and a rich heritage. The maze of islands at the eastern end of Queen Charlotte Strait is known as the Broughton Archipelago. It offers some excellent exploring, beautiful evening anchorages (and occasionally, a wolf walking along the shore). With a good low tide, we may explore the shore for different species of colourful sea stars, anemone, and algae. There may be an opportunity to hike into the coastal forest to see big trees and learn about the forest plants.

Day 7: May 20 – The trip ends at Port McNeill, BC. The boat arrives at Port McNeill late morning to complete our voyage. The itinerary is flexible and always subject to change. The crew will take advantage of wildlife opportunities, weather and the interests of the group in making daily decisions and plans.

PRIVATE FLOAT PLANE CHARTER: From Port McNeill to Tofino

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the Wickaninnish Inn (*****) in Pointe Deluxe Rooms 3rd Floor West Facing Ocean View.
This landmark Relais & Châteaux property is situated on a rocky point surrounded by water on three sides with old-growth forest as a backdrop and direct access to Chesterman Beach. The Wickaninnish Inn offers 75 deluxe guest rooms and suites all with ocean and / or beach views, fireplace & balconies. Hotel amenities include: Restaurant, cafe, bar, spa, fitness facility, library, wireless Internet access throughout the resort, room service, complimentary valet parking.

Day 12 – May 21, 2019 – Tuesday / Pacific Rim National Park – Tofino (B)

Full breakfast at the hotel.

A private charter mini coach will be at your service whilst staying at the Wickaninnish Inn; explore the beautiful beaches and rain forest of Pacific Rim National Park between the small towns of Tofino and Ucluelet.

Maximum coach use: 10 hours.

Overnight at the Wickaninnish Inn (*****) in Pointe Deluxe Rooms 3rd Floor West Facing Ocean View.

Day 13 – May 22, 2019 – Wednesday / Pacific Rim National Park – Tofino (B)

Full breakfast at the hotel.

A private charter mini coach will be at your service again today. Explore the area at your leisure.

Maximum coach use: 10 hours.

Overnight at the Wickaninnish Inn (*****) in Pointe Deluxe Rooms 3rd Floor West Facing Ocean View.

Day 14 – May 23, 2019 – Thursday / Tofino – Victoria (B)

Full breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy the morning at leisure.

PRIVATE FLOAT PLANE CHARTER: From Tofino to Victoria

Driver “Meet & Greet” at Harbour Air, Victoria – followed by a direct transfer to the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight at the Fairmont Empress Hotel (****) in Fairmont Rooms. 
The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC sits majestically at the cornerstone of Victoria’s sparkling Inner Harbour and vibrant city centre. Featuring turn of the century architecture, classic beauty in an unrivaled location, it is Vancouver Island’s most celebrated resort hotel, spa and meeting destination since 1908.

Day 15 – May 24, 2019 – Friday / Victoria (B)

Full breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the capital city of British Columbia.

Overnight at the Fairmont Empress Hotel (****) in Fairmont Rooms.

 

Day 16 – May 25, 2019 – Saturday / Victoria (B)

Full breakfast at the hotel.

Depending on flight departure time make your own way to Victoria International Airport.

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RATES AND INCLUSIONS

COST PER PERSON IN DOUBLE/TWIN ROOM NET IN CANADIAN DOLLARS

Minimum 10 passengers $14,995.00 CAD per person

COST INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights of accommodation in twin/double rooms at the hotels listed in the room categories listed
  • 6 nights / 7 days full charter of the Island Solitude overnighting in 8 cabins from Powell River to Port McNeill as listed inclusive all meals onboard ship from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day, wine, accommodation on board, all fuels, captain, chef, biologist and mate, local permit fees, sustainability fee, full use of all facilities aboard including stable sea kayaks.
  • Sonora Resort Deluxe Ocean-View Gold Room accommodation package includes: Complimentary bar fridges in each room, fireplaces, soaker tubs, satellite televisions, robes, slippers and turndown service daily. Tyee Dining Room: All gourmet meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner and appetizers.  Two menus to select from for dinner: Chef’s Tasting Menu or the Al A Carte menu. All Beverages (Liquor, wine, beer, pop, juices and water). Use of all amenities at the resort including outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, steam rooms, tennis court, nine hole putting green and games room: Billiards, shuffle board and foosball. Full use of 2 virtual golf games with all equipment. State of the art movie theatre. Full access to our two stocked rainbow fly-fishing ponds with all equipment. Complimentary use of 6 mountain bikes to be used on our property trails. Full access to the Island Currents Wellness Centre:  Fitness Room and gym facilities, saunas, steam rooms, outdoor mineral pools, hot tub and Swiss shower. Full access to business centre and use of 5 work stations. Complimentary wireless service on property.
  • 6 x full breakfast, 1 x dinner at hotels or restaurants as listed each day; as listed inclusive gratuities.
  • Luggage handling in and out at the hotels – 1 bag per person (mandatory for groups)
  • Floatplane charter from Ucluelet Harbour (Version 1) or Tofino Harbour (Version 2) – Victoria Inner Harbour inclusive all applicable fees and deadhead
  • Transfers and transportation in chartered Mercedes Sprinter van or chartered mini coaches as listed including deadheads and drivers accommodation where needed.
  • Pacific Rim National Park fee
  • All applicable Destination Management Fees, city taxes as well as provincial and federal taxes

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Air fares, airport taxes, airport improvement fees, airport porterage
  • Excess luggage
  • Other meals than listed as included and drinks with meals
  • Other fees and admissions than listed as included
  • Anything stated as optional
  • Gratuities to driver-guides and boat crew as well as Sonora