Vancouver Island Ski Safari
Embracing the best of west coast Canada, this diverse ski safari includes Whistler’s world-class slopes, the culture of Vancouver city, and the wild beauty of Vancouver Island.
North America’s largest ski area, Whistler is regularly voted the world’s best resort. It’s the combination of a vast ski area, incredible heli-skiing and a vibrant ski town that makes it so popular. Along with Canada’s best après scene, the non-ski activities here make it a superb choice for families.
A scenic drive away, Vancouver is one of the world’s most liveable cities. There’s so much we love, it’s hard to know where to start: there’s the fresh seafood and Asian cuisine, the coffee shops and indie bars, the galleries and theatres, and the outdoor adventures right on the doorstep.
Across the Strait of Georgia, Vancouver Island feels a world away from Whistler. We suggest basing yourself on the west coast in Tofino where roaring surf pounds the coast, grey whales migrate past the shore, and ancient forests harbour some of the world’s largest trees.
This sample itinerary is our suggestion of how you could divide your time between skiing and road-trips.
All our ski safaris are completely customisable, and you can adjust the itinerary to suit your preferences - whether that means more skiing, or more time in Vancouver or Tofino.
Whistler - Touchdown in Vancouver and transfer to Whistler for five days of skiing. There’s an excellent range of accommodation options here, and the multi-level terrain has everything from beginner slopes to world-class heli-skiing.
On your last day, ski in the morning then transfer to downtown Vancouver. Spend the afternoon and evening enjoying the shops and eateries on Robson Street.
Road Trip - Collect your hire car, drive to Horseshoe Ferry terminal and sail to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. From Nanaimo, you can drive to Tofino in four hours but it’s worth taking longer to enjoy beauty spots like the old-growth forest of Cathedral Grove.
Tofino - From your base on Vancouver Island’s west coast, there’s so much to see and do. We’ll create an itinerary that’s personal to you:
- Whale-watching (March-May): Around 22,000 grey whales migrate along this coast with their young each spring. Passing close to the shore, the rocky headlands between Ucluelet and Tofino make excellent viewpoints, or you could join a boat trip or floatplane excursion. Each year, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the phenomenon - ask our team for dates.
- More marine-life: From Tofino, Remote Passages run boat trips through the pristine waters of the Clayoquot Sound. Wildlife includes sea lions, seals, porpoise and killer whales, as well as tufted puffins and bald eagles.
- Hot Springs Cove: This natural hot spring is located in Maquinna Provincial Park, in the remote north of Clayoquot Sound. Reach it by following the boardwalk trail from the dock (open from March).
- Bear watching: Go coastal bear watching from a Zodiac speedboat, (available from April to October).
- Storm watching: From November through to February, ferocious waves roll in from Japan and pound the shores. It’s hugely exciting to watch, whether you’re gazing through a window or out in the wild.
Vancouver - Drive back to Nanaimo and take the ferry to Vancouver for a night or two in the city. Sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains, this much-loved city is a beautiful place to sightsee and buy souvenirs before heading home.