In 2003 several tour operators will offer a variety of packages
showcasing the natural beauty of Western Canada. Following is a
sampling of what will be available next year.
Celebrating its 103rd year in travel, Cartan Tours is offering
two drive packages Surprising British Columbia and City Lights,
Mountain Highlights & Ocean Delights.
Surprising British Columbia is an eight-day package that visits
Whistler, Hills Ranch and Harrison Hot Springs. The package
includes stays at the Delta Whistler Resort, Fairmont Vancouver
Airport, Harrison Hot Springs Resort and The Hills Health and Guest
Ranch. Hotel and car taxes are included.
The land-only package is offered daily from May 1 to Oct. 31,
2003. Seasonal prices range from $705 to $799 per person,
The eight-day City Lights, Mountain Highlights & Ocean
Delights package visits Whistler, Vancouver Island’s West Coast and
Victoria. The package provides accommodations at the Delta Whistler
Resort, the Tin Wis Resort Lodge or the Long Beach Lodge on
Vancouver Island, the Fairmont Empress in Victoria and Fairmont
Vancouver Airport. The package also comes with prebooked ferry
arrangements from Horseshoe Bay to Vancouver Island and Vancouver
Island to the mainland (ferry costs are not included).
The tour departs daily from May 1 to Oct. 15, 2003. Land-only
rates range from $895 to $1,029 per person, double.
Each package includes a full-size rental car with unlimited
mileage, roundtrip transfers from Vancouver Airport and hotel and
car taxes. Call 800-422-7826. Web site: www.cartantours.com.
For travelers who want outdoor adventures there are two packages
that offer such activities as kayaking, hiking, biking and camping
on Vancouver Island.
Mountain Travel Sobek’s five-day Kayaking Vancouver Island
features five days of sea kayaking, day hikes, meals, a
whale-watching tour en route to camp, four nights of camping and
two nights in bed and breakfasts.
The 2003 dates are July 12-18, Aug. 2-8 and Aug. 16-22, and
Sept. 6-12. The land-only cost is $1,390 per person, double (4 to 8
The six-day Vancouver Island Multisport from Berkeley
Calif.-based Backroads allows clients to sea kayak, bike and walk
the West Coast of British Columbia. The package includes
transportation, accommodations, all meals, a wildlife cruise and
Dates are July 6-11 and July 20-25, and Sept. 7-12 and Sept.
14-19. The land-only rate is $2,198 per person, double.
Call 800-462-2848. Web site: www.backroads.com.