Luxury Canadian West Coast Sailing Adventure and Island Tour

$10,998 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 13 2018
Return: Saturday, May 26 2018

Day 1 – May 13, 2018 – Sunday / Arrival Campbell River
Fly into Campbell River or Comox. OPTIONAL transfer package is available from both airports. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

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 14, 2018 – Monday / Campbell River (B/L/D)
Overnight on board of the Bluewater 82’. Full breakfast at the lodge. The morning is at leisure for OPTIONAL activities. At noon board the water taxis of Painter’s Lodge and head over to April Point Resort where you yacht will be docked for boarding and where you will start your small-ship cruise. 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. OPTIONAL Guided salmon fishing (4 hours) per boat (1 – 2 pax) $ 302.00 Wildlife adventure cruise (3 hours) per person $ 116.00 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.

Day 3 to 7 – May 15 to May 19, 2018 – Tuesday to Saturday / Desolation Sound – Knight Inlet – Broughton Archipelago (B/L/D
All meals aboard. The itinerary includes Powell River – Mitlenatch Island – Desolation Sound – Western Johnstone Straight – Alert Bay (whether dependant) – Knight Inlet – Broughton Archipelago – Port Mc Neill. The itinerary is intentionally kept flexible to take advantage of wildlife sightings, weather and tides, and the interests of the group. You 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 you as you 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.

You 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 you 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 you 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. There should be spectacular photo opportunities so have your cameras ready.

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. Overnight on board of the Bluewater 82’.

Day 8 – May 20, 2018 – Sunday / Port McNeill – Campbell River – Sonora Island (B/D)
Breakfast on board. Debarkation is in the morning at 10:00, it is time to say goodbye to the crew. Travelling southbound Campbell River will be reached after 2 1⁄2 hours’ drive. Stop en route, spend time in Campbell River or return to Painter’s Lodge and enjoy lunch on own, the van will stay with you. 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 9 – May 21, 2018 – Monday / Sonora Island (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. Or book one of the OPTIONAL outdoor adventure activities:

  • 5 h Guided grizzly tour per person $488
  • 1 h Guided zodiac nature tour per person $83
  • 5 h Philips River Ecological & Cultural tour per person $395
  • 4 h Guided salmon fishing per boat (1 – 3 people) $630
  • 1 h Walking Tour Sonora Island per person $36

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

Day 10 – May 22, 2018 – Tuesday / Sonora Island – Ucluelet or Tofino (B/L/D)
Full breakfast and lunch at the resort.

After lunch, return by water taxi to Campbell River.

Continue travelling Southbound towards Comox/Courtenay and from Parksville on Westbound, driving time to Tofino will be approximately 3 1⁄2 hours. A stop will be made at Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park to get a close-up of the giant old trees in their untouched rain forest setting. Arrive in Ucluelet at approximately 18:30. Maximum use of coach: 5 hours.

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 11 – May 23, 2018 – Wednesday / Pacific Rim National Park (B)

Full breakfast at the hotel.

Explore the beautiful beaches and rain forest of Pacific Rim National Park between the small towns of Tofino and Ucluelet or chose one of the following optional activities. Maximum use of coach: 10 hours.

OPTIONAL:

  • Morning salmon/halibut fishing (7 hours) per person $148
  • Full day salmon/halibut fishing (11 hours) per person $223
  • Meares Island sea kayaking tour (4 hours) per person $85
  • Coastal black bear watch (2 1⁄2 hours) per person $102

Overnight at the Wickaninnish Inn (*****) in Pointe Deluxe Rooms 3rd Floor west facing ocean view.

Day 12 – May 24, 2018 – Thursday / Tofino– Victoria (B)

Full breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at leisure.

Around noon transfer to the floatplane dock in Tofino where you board a chartered floatplane for the direct flight to Victoria Inner Harbour, flight time is approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival (or later if preferred, coach use is based on maximum 4 hours) direct transfer to the hotel at Bear Mountain in Langford. Check-in and leisure time.

Overnight at the Westin Bear Mountain Inn (****) in Traditional Guestrooms.

Enjoy the calm, serene setting of The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria and escape from it all. Play a round of world class golf, explore nature, or become blissfully unaware at the award winning Sante Spa.

Day 13 – May 25, 2018 – Friday / Victoria (B)

Full breakfast at the hotel.The morning is at leisure, group members who do not play golf have the possibility to relax at the resort in the fitness club with rooftop pool, go mountain biking or take the shuttle transfer to downtown offered by the hotel. Alternatively play a round of golf at Vancouver Island’s only 36 hole golf course of Nicklaus design!

OPTIONAL:

  • Shuttle transfer hotel – downtown Victoria per person per way (bookable through concierge on location only) $15
  • 18 holes Valley Course incl. shared power cart per person $126
  • 18 holes Mountain Course incl. shared power cart per person $161
    *Based on minimum 2 pax playing sharing 1 power cart

Overnight at the Westin Bear Mountain Inn (****) in Traditional Guestrooms.

Day 14 – May 26, 2017 – Saturday / Departure Victoria (B)
Full breakfast at the hotel.

Depending on flight departure time make your own way to Victoria International Airport. Alternatively book an OPTIONAL transfer.

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RATES AND INCLUSIONS

OPTIONAL:

  • Direct shuttle transfer Comox International Airport – Painter’s Lodge provided by the hotel including all applicable fees per person $31
  • Flight on Pacific Coastal Airlines Vancouver South Terminal – Campbell River Airport and shuttle transfer airport – Painter’s Lodge provided by the hotel including all applicable fees per person $195
  • Direct transfer in sedan Westin Bear Mountain – Victoria International Airport (seating 2 pax with luggage) including driver gratuity per car $130
  • Surcharge for Loft Suite (max. 1) or Manager Suite (max. 1) at Painter’s Lodge for 1 night per person in double room (no FOC included) $49
  • Surcharge for Premium One Bedroom Pacific Spirit Suites (max. 4) at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort for 2 nights per person in double room (no FOC included) $203

COST INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights of accommodation in twin/double rooms at the hotels listed in the room categories listed
  • Resort fee at Westin Bear Mountain Resort including: Parking, wired and wireless high speed internet access, access to athletic club, 24 hour business kiosk, complimentary local calls and 30 minutes of long distance calling, golf club storage, access to driving range with clubs, one complimentary fitness class per guest per day and 2 hours complimentary bike rental of 1 bike per room per day.
  • 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 nights/7 days full charter of the Bluewater 82’ (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.
  • 3 x full breakfast, 2 x breakfast voucher @ Westin Bear Mountain Resort valued $ 25.00 per day and 1 x dinner (Version 1 only) as listed inclusive gratuities.  Luggage handling in and out at the hotels – 1 bag per person (mandatory for groups)
  • Floatplane charter 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 with bottled water on board and equipped with satellite phone with driver providing narration (Port McNeill – Ucluelet) and mini coach in Victoria as listed including deadheads and drivers accommodation where needed.
  • Pacific Rim National Park fee (free)
  • All applicable Destination Management Fees, city taxes as well as provincial and federal taxes (all taxes as per May 2017). In case of changes in tax regulations or major fuel rate increases, rates will be amended.

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 ($5.00 per driver per person per day) and boat crew ($ 210.00 – 425.00 per person) as well as Sonora Resort (resort staff $ 45.00 per day per person and fishing guides $ 45.00 per trip per person) suggested

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: All rates listed in the itinerary for optional activities are per person net CAD Dollars inclusive taxes and fees. Rates only apply for activities booked through us in advance latest with the final rooming list, they do not apply on location.

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