Cougar Non-Accommodated

6 Days

Start:
Vancouver
Ends:
Vancouver
Runs:
May–September
Price:
From $529 CAD

Overview

IMPORTANT REMINDER:
This tour option DOES NOT include accommodation. You must book all of your own accommodation for EVERY night of the tour!

Click HERE for the accommodated version of this tour.

 

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 $529
June 01 to June 30 Tuesdays, Fridays Mid Season from $549
July 01 to August 31 Tuesdays, Fridays Peak Season from $589
September 01 to September 14 Tuesdays, Fridays Mid Season from $549

What’s included

  • 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.

Itinerary

6 days/5 nights | Departing Vancouver

Highlights

  • 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
Recommended 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.

Recommended 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!

Recommended Accommodation (Tue departures from Vancouver): Ocean Island Inn
Recommended 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.

Recommended 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
Recommended 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 & Prices

Tours run from May to September each year.
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Details

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.

ACTIVITY PRICE
(CAD $)
LOCATION
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
Hiking/Swimming Free Various Locations
Wildlife Spotting Free Various Locations

Please note:

  • 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.

 

Non-Accommodated Tours

If you book a non-accommodated tour, you MUST book all nights of accommodation yourself. Moose will NOT include nor hold any accommodation reservations on your behalf in the overnight locations. You should book a non-accommodated tour if you wish to stay in private rooms or in alternative properties on your tour.

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 accommodated tours. If you book a non-accommodated tour and wish to stay in hostel private rooms, we recommend booking at these same properties since that is where the majority of the other Moose travellers and your Moose driver/guide will be staying.

Moose Accommodation Listings

Here is a list of the hostels we stay at on accommodated tours. If you book a non-accommodated tour and wish to stay in hostel private rooms, we recommend booking at these same properties since that is where the majority of the other Moose travellers and your Moose driver/guide will be staying.

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)

www.oceanisland.com www.hihostels.ca
Victoria > Vancouver  HI Jericho Beach www.hihostels.ca
Vancouver > Whistler HI Whistler www.hihostels.ca
Whistler > Vancouver N/A *Bed not reserved

NOTES:

*Cougar tours departing Vancouver on Tuesdays stay at the Ocean Island Backpackers. Friday departures from Vancouver stay at the HI Victoria.

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
HI Downtown 8:35am

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Don't forget your camera - we will guarantee that you will want to take photos of new friends, beautiful scenery and wild animals!
  4. 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.
  5. 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! 
  6. If you have any other questions please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact our office.

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