Take a Royal Tour around British Columbia
As William and Kate embark upon their much-anticipated trip to Canada this September, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, looks at how you can recreate the fantastic eight-day tour in accommodation that really is fit for the future King.
The jam-packed itinerary released by Kensington Palace this week sees the couple visit numerous destinations ahead of the country’s 150th anniversary next year, including the Great Bear Rainforest and the beautiful city of Vancouver, before ending up in Victoria to head back to Blighty. So, whether you choose to go whale watching, salmon fishing or bear spotting in Yukon, or simply cycling round the metropolitan city of Vancouver, exploring British Columbia is bound to be a trip you’ll never forget.
Day 1, September 24: Victoria, British Columbia
On your first stop after a long flight, enjoy world-class service at Fairholme Manor Inn. This adult only 110-year-old Italian mansion in historic Victoria is adjacent to the Government House and Gardens. It features a daily homemade breakfast and luxury rooms with a two-person jetted tub.
Boasting one acre of lush gardens overlooking the Olympic Mountains and Juan de Fuca Straits, this B&B is luxurious and comfortable. In-room massages can be arranged and free Wi-Fi is available for added convenience. Plus, Craigdarroch Castle is just a 5-minute walk from this inn and the Royal British Columbia Museum is 2.4 km away.
Day 2, September 25: Vancouver, British Columbia
Set only a 10 minutes’ walk from the beach, the Hotel Granville Island in Vancouver has stunning views from the Dockside Restaurant and bar. Featuring a fitness centre, this hotel is within 3 km of Vancouver city centre and adjacent to Sutcliffe Park. Ensuring you can explore the local area, Hotel Granville Island also offers a seasonal bike rental but if you fancy driving, the hotel is within a 10 minute drive of Granville Loop Park.
Day 3, September 26: Bella Bella and Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia
Located just 300 metres from Denny Island ferry terminal, this property boasts an on-site bar and restaurant. BBQ facilities and a hot tub are available for guests, so you can relax in the charm of Denny Island and take in the views. A recreation centre offers basketball and badminton facilities for families looking for activities on-site, while bear viewing, whale watching and salmon fishing tours can all be arranged.
Bella Bella Airport is 4 km from this Denny Island Lodge. The sea bus terminal to Bella Bella is just 3 minutes’ walk away.
Day 4, September 27: Kelowna, British Columbia and Whitehorse, Yukon
Specializing in horse riding and boasting beautiful gardens, the Myra Canyon Ranch B&B is a favourite in Kelowna. Located next to the Kettle Valley Railway, this property features a terrace with Okanagan Valley views while the city centre is 30 minutes’ drive away.
What’s more, Kelowna International Airport and Quail’s Gate Winery are both within 26 km of this property. The Harvest Golf Club is 10 minutes’ drive away if you fancy unwinding with a game of golf.
Day 5, September 28: Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon
Full of activities for all ages, Boreale Ranch is an adventure lodge located in Carcross, Yukon, with Whitehorse 42 km away. Bike hire is available at the property and the area is popular for skiing, cycling and hiking. Special trips such as dog sledding, snowshoeing and trips to Alaska can be organised through the hotel too. The nearest airport is Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport, 42 km from Boreale Ranch.
Day 6, September 29: Victoria, British Columbia
When returning to Victoria, get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Located 750 metres from Victoria Golf Club, Oak Bay Beach Hotel features an on-site spa and an outdoor pool.
Guests can relax in the outdoor mineral baths at Oak Bay Beach. Spa treatments are available in the Boathouse Spa and Baths which include a steam sauna. The well-equipped gym is surrounded by gardens and offers fitness classes. Whale watching is available in the waters surrounding Victoria. Butchart Gardens, BC Ferries and Victoria International Airport are all 45 minutes’ drive away.
Day 7, September 30: Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
Set on Prince Rupert Island, an area popular for hiking, the Eagle Close Executive B&B offers comfortable accommodation for any keen explorer. To get to Haida Gwaii, a set of Islands previously called Queen Charlotte Islands, some of which are protected under federal legislation as Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, there are a handful of transport options. Sandspit Airport or the Masset Airport offer flights nearby, whereas ferries and floatplane services are available.
Day 8, October 1: Victoria, British Columbia
This property is 12 minutes’ walk from the beach so you can enjoy a stroll whilst seeing the sites. Just 5 minutes’ walk from Victoria ferry terminal, this hotel features an indoor pool and a hot tub. A free shuttle is offered to the bus depot and Clipper Ferry so you can explore local areas with ease. For a spot of culture before you head home, visit the Royal BC Museum - only 7 minutes’ walk from this hotel. Additionally, Prince of Whales Whale Watching tours are 700 metres away.
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