Vancouver Island – Sea Kayaking and Exploring
TriptoesCanada, the UK specialist in family travel to Canada, has introduced a new family holiday that combines Vancouver with a sea kayaking trip on Vancouver Island, a stop in an historic old salmon saltery settlement and visit to Pacific Rim National Park. The 13-night itinerary has been tailored for a family wanting some real adventure and to experience the best of British Columbia’s outdoor playground. The trip is suitable for children between the ages of 6 to 14.
Triptoes Canada, crafts bespoke, sustainable and adventurous holidays in Canada, hand-selecting from the best available accommodation and adventures, specifically tailored to the needs of families traveling with children.
This itinerary has been crafted to suit a family who would like some adventure on their holiday as well as experiencing a city and having plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife both on and off the water. It also offers an excellent introduction to kayaking, marine life and responsible wildlife viewing.
The holiday begins in Vancouver, a very child-friendly city with plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained. Try a tree-top adventure at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, ride the gondola up Grouse Mountain and say hello to the resident grizzlies, hire bikes or get your hiking boots on for some Stanley Park exploring. Other hotspots for families visiting Vancouver are, Granville Island with its famous market and excellent water playground, and Vancouver Aquarium.
A highlight of the holiday is a 3-day guided sea kayaking adventure in the Johnstone Straight off the coast of Vancouver Island. This area is renowned for its whale watching and orca’s and humpbacks are common fixtures. All kayaking standards are catered for, and children love the chance to unwind and play in Canada’s great outdoors along with the crabs, eagles and rock pools. Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures, the kayaking operator that takes the trip, has recently been awarded a Green Tourism Gold award for sustainable business and for reaching excellent sustainable tourism standards.
After kayaking, families spend time in Telegraph Cove, a historical village that was once a lumber mill and salmon saltery and got its name when the Superintendent of Telegraphs was shopping for a lineman’s station and northern terminus for the telegraph line from Campbell River. The protected fishing village proved ideal and Telegraph Cove became the community’s name. A full day of grizzly bear viewing at Knight Inlet can be booked and a visit to the ‘Bones Project’, a whale interpretive center is a must.
For the final leg of the holiday, it is time to cross the island and head to the Pacific and experience the immense beauty of Pacific Rim National Park. Accommodation is arranged in Tofino, a pretty town and good base for boat trips to the coastal wilderness, more whale-watching, and for the park’s centerpiece, the majestic and wild Long Beach, which stretches almost 20 miles.
The 13-night ‘Vancouver Island for Families’ adventure holiday is available from late June to late August and starts at £1600 per adult and £679 per child. This price includes accommodation, car hire and the guided kayaking trip. For full details visit http://bit.ly/1GNyxsy
To book contact Triptoes Canada, www.triptoes.com, 01225 471893.