Introduction
Is there a child or an adult who wouldn't love to be inspected by wild Orcas (the Free Willy whales) making “spy hops” off the port bow? And who isn’t amazed by the huge grape- and pumpkin-colored sea stars you discover clinging to the boulders at low tide? San Juan and Vancouver Islands north of Seattle are paradise for families. There’s so much that can appeal to everyone—sea kayaking (with careful training and plenty of safety measures for beginners)…walks in prehistoric-looking rain forests…even a visit to stand amid a colorful cloud of hundreds of exotic butterflies. This is a fantastic fresh-air vacation for everyone. When our local guides take charge of the kids, adults have time to relax, taste the fine Washington State wines, and visit sculpture gardens and local galleries.
The kids will love...
  • Family sea-kayaking and Orca spotting
  • Tide-pooling walks at low tide
  • Swimming in hot spring pools under waterfalls
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - SAN JUAN ISLAND
Fresh off the ferry in Friday Harbor, we begin our week together with a scenic afternoon walk to the historic British and American encampments. Kids love when our guides talk about the Pig War. Next day a waterside walk with views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascades leads the adults to an acclaimed sculpture garden then oyster farm. The kids may fare even better with an exploration of the whale museum and the chance to reconstruct a whale skeleton. Later, meet the spectacular mammals the best way: eye-to-eye in our easily maneuverable two- and three-man sea kayaks.

DAY 3 - VANCOUVER ISLAND
Victoria lies just across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Adults enjoy a guided visit to Butchart Gardens, 50 acres of lush plantings that flourish in the region’s mild “banana belt” climate. The kids are nearby at an indoor rainforest surrounded by hundreds of exotic butterflies.

DAYS 4-6 - TOFINO / VANCOUVER ISLAND
En route to Tofino, enjoy a walk in an ancient old growth rain forest with 500-year-old Sitka spruce. The following morning, wake in Tofino on Vancouver Island’s rugged western coast. Everyone enjoys the natural hot springs, and the boat ride there that offers sightings of black bears and humpback whales.

On our final day together, a local friend—an accomplished naturalist and photographer—joins us for some incredible tide-pooling and beach combing before we return to Victoria.
Puget Sound's San Juan Islands
Family Journey
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island – 2:00 p.m.

Ending Point: Tofino, Vancouver Island – about 12:00 p.m.; Victoria, Vancouver Island – about 4:30 p.m.

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Guest Reviews
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Let us adapt any Classic Journeys itinerary as a private, custom tour to fit your schedule and special interests.
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We welcome solo travel on our walking and culinary tours with single supplements that are the lowest you’re likely to find anywhere. 
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
July 24-29, 2016$3495.00$695.00
July 23-28, 2017$3595.00$695.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
This trip includes an internal flight from San Juan Island to Vancouver Island. It is priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flight is approximately $375 per person.
Puget Sound's San Juan Islands
Family Journey
6 Days / 5 Nights
The San Juan and Vancouver Islands are located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s “banana belt”. Expect warm, sunny days, comfortable evenings and average annual rainfall of only 17 inches!

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when sharing a room with two full-paying guests
Kids ages 11-16 receive a $500 discount; ages 7-10 receive a $750 discount; ages 3-6 receive a $1250 discount; ages 2 and younger receive a $1750 discount. When sharing a room with one full-paying guest, kids receive a $250 discount.
Hotels
Friday Harbor House

With its views of Friday Harbor and the ferry landing, this hotel offers rooms with Zen-like atmosphere, a picture window, fireplace and an oversized, jetted tub-for-two. Don't miss the continental breakfast with homemade granola and local specialties.

Empress Hotel

Opened in 1908, the Empress is the most photographed attraction on Vancouver Island. Cresting the Inner Harbor, this Canadian Pacific château was recently restored to its original grandeur with antique furniture and luxurious décor.

Long Beach Lodge

From its fine oceanfront location, this resort puts you in touch with a sandy beach and the Pacific surf. Rooms are decorated in classic northwest style with Douglas Fir furniture. Facilities include the Surf Club Centre, and a hot tub.

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