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Big Trees and Living Seas Day Trip

In our hearts, we all live on the land. That is the real world. We take away the obstacles to experience what is real, to experience your bliss. We show you the way. That's Coastal Bliss Adventures.

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We Take Care Of You

We do the planning, logistics, and support. You do the experience and the fun.

All-inclusive Tour

From pickup to return, we cover everything you need, except your personal items. We take you to and from the trip start, and feed you well along the way. We can't guarantee weight loss on our tours.

Knowledgable Guides

Our guides get out into our areas. They know the ins and outs of the trip and provide exceptional interpretation of flora, fauna and history. You'll know more after you leave.

Supportive Preparation

We give you an entire packet of information on how to prepare, what to bring, how to pack, and a plan for training so you can fully enjoy the trip. Our care for you starts before you even arrive.
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Big Trees and Living Seas
Day Tour
1-day Light Hiking Tour

from $259

Southern Vanvouver Island is home to some big trees. Although the logging industry has been a major force in BC, many loggers recognized the majesty of the biggest trees and worked to preserve them when they could. The Port Renfrew area is home to some of the largest trees for several species. The Pacific coast climate makes the incredible growth possible. Without this entire ecosystem, none of the massive temperate rainforest or abundant sea life would be possible: they work hand-in-hand.

This tour is about the abundant, interconnected ecosystem we have on our wonderful Pacific coast, particularly Southern Vancouver Island. Join us for a drive and hike tour in this magnificent place, where we visit the big, ancient trees and peer into the tide pools on the southwest tip of Vancouver Island. This is a full day tour covering a section of the Pacific Marine Circle Route. There are two departure/end locations: Cowichan/Duncan and Langford (Victoria).

  • RATING: Moderately Easy

  • Dates And

  • Itinerary


    This is our typical itinerary for this tour. Because we are travelling in wilderness, itineraries can change. There are many factors that can affect how a tour actually runs. We confirm pickup times by phone, email or SMS at least 12 hours before.

    This trip begins in Victoria, where we will arrange your pickup to drive to the location where we begin the activity.

    • Day Trip

      Pickup in Victoria will be around 7:00 am. After pickup, we drive to Port Renfrew, stopping briefly in Sooke. Whether we visit the trees first or the tide pools depends on the timing of the low tide. We will arrive in Port Renfrew at about 9:30 am.

      Upon arrival, we visit either the Avatar Grove and/or other trees or Botanical Beach. Each area takes about two hours to visit.

      After the first location, we stop in Port Renfrew for lunch at about 12:30. 2:00 pm sees us off to the other location, either the trees or beach, whichever was passed over in the morning. We'll complete the sightseeing around 4:00 pm, heading back to Victoria for about 6:30.

  • What's Included
    Included Not Included
    Transportation from and to the departure location (pick up and drop off) Your transportation to the departure location (from your home)
    All park fees and camping fees National Park entry fees (may change as Parks alters their policies)
    Professional guides Hiking Boots (should be less than 5 years old)
    All meals (except on travel days) Some food (on travel days and special options)
    Tent (shared) Hiking Boots (should be less than 5 years old)
    A substantial preparation guide Backpack (available for rent)
    Gear rental options Sleeping bags or mats (available for rent)
      Gratuities are not included. Recognizing your guide for their hard work and care is always appreciated; $10-20/day per guide is recommended.
  • Getting There And
    Where To Stay

    Getting There

    If you are travelling into the Vancouver, Victoria, or Nanaimo area from afar, you should arrive at the departure location for your trip the day/evening prior to the trip start date and plan to leave the day following trip return. Try the following Canadian online travel booker:

    You can fly to Vancouver (airport code YVR) or Seattle (airport code SEA) then connect to Vancouver Island using ferry, bus, or air, or arrange flights directly to Vancouver Island.

    Flying to Victoria (Airport code YYJ)

    Flying to Nanaimo (Airport code YCD)

    Nanaimo Airporter shuttle service.
    Servicing all of Vancouver Island from airports to ferrys to cruise ship terminals. Tel: 1 250 758-2133

    BC Ferries 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779)
    We will let you know the ferry to take for travelling to Vancouver Island, but if you want to check out times, you can go the the BC Ferries website at:

    Where to Stay

    Victoria Pick up & Airport Hotels
    Pick up: Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal, or the following Accommodations near the ferry or airport:

    Travelodge Sydney Airport Hotel
    Travelodge may offer Coastal Bliss Guests a lower rate per night (ask us for the discount code before you book) and is an easy place for us to pick you up/drop you off before and after your tour with us.
    2280 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC, CA, V8L 1X1
    Phone:1 250 656 1176
    Fax: 1-250-656-7344
    Reservation: 1-866-656-1176

    Hotel Zed
    Hotel Zed is near downtown Victoria, but not right downtown. It has built up a very good reputation and has reasonable rates. Ask for Coastal Bliss Adventures Special Room Rate when making your reservation.
    3110 Douglas Ave. Victoria, BC, CA, V8Z 3K4
    Phone:1 250 388 4345 Or 1 800 997 6797

    Vancouver Hotels

    If you are arriving in Vancouver and staying there before getting to a pick up location on Vancouver Island, the Accent Inn is close to the aiport.

    Accent Inn, Vancouver Airport
    10551 St. Edwards Dr. (off Hwy #99)
    Richmond B.C. V6X 3L8
    Ph: 604-273-3311 Fx: 604-273-9522

    (Our guests may be able to receive a discount at Accent Inn, contact us for details.)

    If you are staying in Victoria after the tour, consider these near downtown Victoria accommodations:

    The Strathcona Hotel
    Address: 919 Douglas Street, Victoria B.C.
    Phone: 250.383.7137
    Website: #

    Ocean Island Inn
    Address: 791 Pandora Ave. Victoria BC, Canada
    Phone: Toll Free 1.888.888.4180

    Travelodge Victoria
    229 Gorge Road East
    Victoria, BC V9A 1L1
    (250) 388-6611
    Toll-Free Reservations: 1-800-565-3777

  • Preparing

    Preparing For Your Trip

    How you prepare for your adventure is important. Being well prepared will enhance the quality of your experience. Because we are travelling in wilderness, it is very important for you and for the rest of your adventure group that you are fit enough to handle the level of difficulty and demand with no problems. Our guides know how to minimize the impact of these demands as much as possible, but they cannot remove them. The depth of your experience can only increase if you have made sure that you have prepared well.

    Your preparation will be different for different activities. Preparing for a kayak trip is different from preparing for a hiking trip. We have provided some basic information that can be downloaded through the following links to pdf documents.

    Use the links below to download some of the preparation files for this hiking or kayaking tour. When you book your tour, we will send you a complete preparation packet to help you get ready.Please take this seriously. Most people are unaware of the demands of a coastal environment, particularly with keeping dry and warm. Your preparation will really help make your coastal hiking or kayaking tour a great experience.

    Hiking Preparation package

  • Gear Rental

    Need Gear?

    We have gear available to rent if you don't want to buy a particular piece of equipment, or need to travel without it. 

    Look over the following list to help you decide whether you want to rent. If you decide to rent gear, you can tell us on the phone or book it online with your tour.

    Item Price (per day)
    Backpack Rental $6.50
    Sleeping Bag Rental $6.50
    Thermarest Rental $2.25
    Gaiter Rental $1.67
    Hiking Pole Rental (one) $0.90