Escape to the rugged west coast of British Columbia on this 6 day tour to Vancouver Island and Whistler. Experience soaring mountains, old-growth forests, raging waterfalls, and picturesque lake and ocean views. Enjoy free time in the quaint fishing village of Tofino, Victoria (the provincial capital), and Whistler, one of the 2010 Olympic host resorts. With adventure activities like whale watching, surfing, and ziplining on offer, and beaches, shops, and sites to explore, you’ll have plenty to do!
Note: the Cougar is a combination of our Island Explorer and Sea to Sky Passes.
Looking for Summer 2020 departures? Click here!
|2021 DEPARTURE DAYS & PRICING|
|May 04 to May 31||Tuesdays, Fridays||Low Season||from $769|
|June 01 to June 30||Tuesdays, Fridays||Mid Season||from $809|
|July 01 to August 31||Tuesdays, Fridays||Peak Season||from $849|
|September 01 to September 14||Tuesdays, Fridays||Mid Season||from $809|
- 5 nights mixed gender, hostel dormitory style accommodation
- Moose Bus transportation
- 2 scenic ferry rides to and from Vancouver Island
- Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
- 2 group dinners
- National Park fees
- Moose travellers also receive discounts on optional activities!
*Note: Due to uncertainty regarding longer term impacts of COVID-19 on our suppliers, 2021 itineraries and inclusions are currently subject to change.
Not Interested in Staying in Shared Hostel Dorm Accommodation?
If you prefer to stay in private rooms or in alternative accommodation, check out the non-accommodated version of this tour by clicking here.
6 days/5 nights | Departing Vancouver
- Cruise across Georgia Strait on two scenic ferry rides
- See majestic 800 year-old giant Douglas-fir trees in Cathedral Grove
- Marvel at prehistoric petroglyphs at Sproat Lake Provincial Park
- Enjoy a free day exploring the quaint little fishing village of Tofino
- See snow-capped mountains, lush forested islands and white glaciers along the Sea to Sky Highway
- View dramatic cliffs and the thundering 335m high Shannon Falls
- Go whale watching, bear watching, surfing, bungee jumping, or ziplining (optional extras)
- Check out the historic inner harbour of Victoria & Olympic sites in Whistler village
Our adventure begins this morning with a scenic ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Walk around the ship decks and keep an eye out for seals and orcas! We’ll then head into the lush rainforests of Vancouver Island where you get great views of waterfalls, lakes, and 800-year old giant Douglas-fir trees. Continuing westward, we’ll make our way into Pacific Rim National Park for our first glimpse of the pristine beaches, battered coastlines, and hundreds of islands. Then it’s on to Tofino, a quaint little fishing village on the West Coast, and our home for the next two nights.
Meal Inclusions: Dinner
Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point
Take this free day to do whatever you please! With so many optional activities on offer, such as whale watching, soaking in natural hot springs, sea kayaking, and surfing to choose from, your stay in Tofino will be nothing short of amazing. If you're not seeking adrenaline, simply unplug and find a beach, or go for a hike to relax.
Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point
We’ll drive back across the island today, stopping in the village of Coombs for a chance to spot the famous goats on the roof of the Old Country Market. From there, we’ll head south along the east coast, passing through Chemainus, with its 39 giant outdoor murals, and Duncan, home of the world’s largest (ice) hockey stick! Our destination for the night is the BC provincial capital, Victoria, named after Queen Victoria of Britain. Check out the bright lights and vibrant scene in the Inner Harbour after sunset!
Moose Accommodation (Tue departures from Vancouver): Ocean Island Inn
Moose Accommodation (Fri departures from Vancouver): HI Victoria
Spend your free time during the day exploring the city sights around the Inner Harbour, including the Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel, and Royal BC Museum. We recommend walking the waterfront boardwalk to Fisherman’s Wharf, and exploring Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in Canada. In the afternoon, we’ll take another scenic ferry cruise back to the mainland and Vancouver, to rest up for the next part of our adventure.
Moose Accommodation: HI Vancouver - Jericho Beach
Our day begins at the Cypress Mountain lookout, where we’ll get a unique view of Vancouver from above. Heading north on the Sea to Sky Highway, enjoy the views of jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and peaceful lakes. We’ll stop for lunch en route at Alice Lake Provincial Park, in addition to stops at not one, but two waterfalls: Shannon Falls (one of the highest in BC!) and Brandywine Falls. After arriving in Whistler in the afternoon, enjoy dinner and then rip it up in the bars and nightclubs!
Meal Inclusions: Dinner
Moose Accommodation: HI Whistler
We don’t leave until the afternoon today, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your thrill on by ziplining, bungee jumping, downhill mountain biking, or hiking on either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains. If you’re looking to relax, find a spot in one of the beautiful parks. The day is yours to enjoy as you please! After departing Whistler, we’ll make another picturesque stop en route before finishing the day back in Vancouver.
Moose Accommodation: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight.
Dates & PricesTours run from May to September each year.
Seat availability shown here is for the first leg of trip only. Please continue to the booking page for accurate seat availability.
The Cougar tour through Western Canada offers adrenaline seekers every adventure activity you chould imagine: bungee jumping, ziplining, mountain biking, and more. Moose offers dozens of options to soak in the scenery in a more relaxed way, like whale watching, hot springs or riding the Peak to Peak gondola for incredible mountain vistas.
Note: Pricing below is from Summer 2019. Check back for updated pricing for 2021 tour departures.
|Whale Watching Tour (2.5- 3 hrs)||$103||Tofino|
|Bear Watching Tour (2 - 2.5 hrs)||$103||Tofino|
|Sea Kayaking Tour (from 2.5 - 4 hrs)||from $65||Tofino|
|Natural Hot Springs & Whale Watching Tour (6.5 hrs)||$139||Tofino|
|Surfing (Lessons & rentals included, 3 hrs)||$68||Tofino|
|Sea to Sky Sightseeing Flight (15 min flight over Squamish)||$50||Squamish (near Whistler)|
|Whistler Bungee Jump||$115||Whistler|
|Whistler Ziplining||from $116||Whistler|
|Whistler TreeTrek Canopy Walk||$53||Whistler|
|Whistler Mountain Biking (Lesson, rental & lift pass, 3hrs)||$185||Whistler|
|Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola||$64||Whistler|
|Wildlife Spotting||Free||Various Locations|
- Some activities are seasonal and weather dependent
- Many activities can only be paid for in cash
- Most activities are offered by a third party and may require specific travel insurance
- Moose can not guarantee that all activities will run on every tour
- Taxes and surcharges not included.
If you book an accommodated tour, your accommodation is included for all nights of the tour, in mixed gender, hostel dormitory rooms. The majority of our travellers book an accommodated tour because it provides the best value for your money since we receive discounts from our accommodation providers that aren't available to the general public. Please note that you can request female only dorm rooms, and this is usually possible to accommodate, but we CANNOT guarantee it. We choose hostels and backpacker properties for their budget value, as well as properties that offer great facilities while always providing a warm, friendly atmosphere. By staying in shared dorm rooms you get a chance to meet more people, hang out with other tour guests, and keep the price as low as possible. The hostel staff are often travellers too, and they're great for helping plan your time in each destination, and for giving great local recommendations on where to eat, play and party!
Note: DO NOT purchase an accommodated tour/package if you want to stay in hostel private rooms on any or multiple nights of the tour. We DO NOT offer an upgrade package from dorm rooms to private rooms. If you want private rooms, you MUST book the non-accommodated option, and then book ALL nights of accommodation yourself.
Pre and Post Tour Accommodation is NEVER Included
Regardless of whether or not you purchase an accommodated tour, you must ALWAYS book your pre and post tour nights in Vancouver yourself. For your convenience, we recommend staying at one of our hostel pick up locations, noting that we also drop off at these same locations.
Moose Accommodation Listings
Here is a list of the hostels we stay at on this accommodated tour.
|START > DESTINATION||HOSTEL||WEBSITE|
|Vancouver > Tofino||HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point||www.hihostels.ca|
|Tofino Free Day||HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point||www.hihostels.ca|
|Tofino > Victoria||
Ocean Island* (Tue departures from Vancouver)
HI Victoria* (Fri departures from Vancouver)
|Victoria > Vancouver||HI Jericho Beach||www.hihostels.ca|
|Vancouver > Whistler||HI Whistler||www.hihostels.ca|
|Whistler > Vancouver||HI Jericho Beach||www.hihostels.ca|
|Vancouver > Kelowna||Samesun Kelowna||www.samesun.com|
|Kelowna > Banff||HI Banff||www.hihostels.ca|
|Banff > Rampart Creek||HI Rampart Creek**||www.hihostels.ca|
|Rampart Creek > Jasper||HI Jasper||www.hihostels.ca|
|Jasper > Banff||N/A||*Bed not included|
*Sasquatch tours departing Vancouver on Tuesdays stay at the Ocean Island Backpackers. Friday departures from Vancouver stay at the HI Victoria.
**HI Rampart Creek is a rustic, wilderness hostel with no running water, and solar & propane generated power. It features a cozy fireplace, outdoor fire pit, and a wood-burning sauna! Please note there are no alternative accommodation options nearby, but we think you’re going to love this truly Canadian experience! Moose groups will stay at HI Athabasca Falls (also a rustic, wilderness hostel), instead of HI Rampart Creek, on the following dates: 16-May-2020, 23-May-2020
|ITINERARY DAY||PICK-UP TIME||PICK-UP LOCAITON|
|VANCOUVER > TOFINO|
|Hi Jericho||7:45am||1515 Discovery St, Vancouver|
|HI Downtown||8:05am||1114 Burnaby St, Vancouver|
|Cambie - Seymour||8:20am||515 Seymour St, Vancouver|
|HI Central||8:30am||1025 Granville St, Vancouver|
|SameSun Vancouver||8:30am||1018 Granville St, Vancouver|
|TOFINO > VICTORIA|
|HI Tofino||8:30am||81 West St, Tofino|
|VICTORIA > VANCOUVER|
|HI Victoria||3:00pm||516 Yates St, Victoria|
|Ocean Island||3:15pm||791 Pandora Ave, Victoria|
|VANCOUVER > WHISTLER|
|HI Jericho||8:15am||1515 Discovery St, Vancouver|
1114 Burnaby St, Vancouver
|Cambie - Seymour||8:50am||515 Seymour St, Vancouver|
|HI Central||9:00am||1025 Granville St, Vancouver|
|SameSun Vancouver||9:00am||1018 Granville St, Vancouver|
|WHISTLER > VANCOUVER|
|Whistler Gateway Bus/Taxi Loop||3:30pm||Whistler Village (near visitors center)|
|HI Whistler||4:00pm||1035 Legacy Way, Whistler|
- Bring proper clothing for the tour. The weather in Canada can be unpredictable, and changes in temperature can occur throughout the day depending on location (this is especially true in the mountains or during the spring and fall months elsewhere). Find out what else to bring on our FAQ page.
- If possible bring a credit card with you while traveling. Credit cards can be used as identification and for making deposits on rentals if needed.
- Don't forget your camera - we will guarantee that you will want to take photos of new friends, beautiful scenery and wild animals!
- Book your pre and post departure accommodation in advance. Moose tours pick up and drop off at major hostels in Vancouver. Not sure where to stay? Contact our office for recommendations.
- Join our Facebook travel community and hook up with you future bus mates. If you have any questions we can surely answer them there. Possibly peruse some of the pics of passengers past!
- If you have any other questions please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact our office.