USA and Canada west coast tour

“Join a small group for a week in the Pacific Northwest as you journey from Seattle to Vancouver in search of eagles, giant firs and bears - oh my!”

Highlights

Seattle, Washington | Olympic National Park | Beach hikes and trails | Zodiac tours in Victoria, Canada | MacMillan Provincial Park | Cathedral Cove | Zodiac tour of Clayoquot Sound inlets | Vancouver Island | Possible animal sightings include: bald eagle, orca whales, sea lions and black bears |

Description of USA and Canada west coast tour

Get into a Washington state of mind as you take a west coast small group tour from Seattle in the USA to Vancouver Island in Canada's British Columbia.

These are two of North America’s most naturally endearing states and feature many of the world’s best loved landmarks as part of the phenomenal Pacific Northwest.

Starting out in Seattle gets you ready and set for the ancient forests of Olympic National Park where moss and lichen shrouds giant firs and weather eroded sea stacks align the wild and untamed shoreline.

There’s nothing like a Zodiac ride to take you closer to the west coast’s marine and land animals with everything from black bears to killer whales adding to the adventure of following the coast roads northwards and across the border from the USA to Canada.

Kayaking across Lake Crescent and exploring Pacific Rim National Park are just a couple of the highlights en-route to Vancouver Island with chances to stay in log cabins and yurts, way off the beaten track, bound to add a few more over the course of this wonderfully wild week away.

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25 May 2019
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Responsible tourism: USA and Canada west coast tour

Environment

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whenever possible.

We are proud supporters of the American Hiking Society, which champions conservation issues in the United States and represents millions of hikers committed to preserving America’s vast network of hiking trails and their surrounding ecosystems.

All water is safe to drink from the tap on this trip and we advise customers to bring a reusable water bottle from home, and not buy single use plastic bottles.

This tour aims to dig below the surface of a few specific areas, as opposed to trying to fit too much in or too many road miles.

On this tour, it is likely the group will encounter wildlife when hiking the trails. It is important for our business that our leaders educate travellers on how best to interact with the wildlife. This includes advising people not to feed the animals, therefore making them dependant on hand-outs from humans.

Community

On this tour, we use specialist guides including a bear viewing guide in Tofino and a whale watching guide in Victoria. Both activities are conducted in a small Zodiac boat and at a safe distance so as not to disturb and interfere with wildlife in their natural habitat.

Accommodation on this tour has been specifically selected to bring out the flavours of the area, and not support the larger hotel chains. These include Yurts in Tofino and historic cabins on the shores of Lake Crescent.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers such as renting canoes and kayaks from the accommodation in the Lake Crescent area. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

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