This oneway selfdrive between Seattle and Whitehorse takes you through beautiful cities like Seattle and Vancouver, to magnificent Vancouver Island and further north through the famous Inside Passage. From there, you will explore remote areas with beautiful nature in abundance all the way to Whitehorse.
After your arrival in Seattle pick up your rental car. Spend the remainder of the day exploring this impressive city. Visit the famous Pike Place Market and indulge in fresh produce and local goods. See Seattle and the spectacular surroundings from above at the observation platform in the Space Needle or relax during a harbor cruise and enjoy Seattle from the water.
Seattle to Vancouver (144 miles)
The most direct connection between the two cities is the Interstate 5, but it is worth taking a detour on one of the scenic byways to take in the fantastic landscape in the Northern US. For example the Chuckanut Drive which overlooks Samish Bay and offers gorgeous views of the San Juan Islands. Leave enough time for the border crossing before you head for Vancouver.
A full day to discover one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The setting is most spectacular with the ocean at your toes and the mountains in the backdrop. Stroll along the waterfront, take a scenic flight to get a bird’s eyes view of the city, visit bustling Chinatown, explore the different neighborhoods or go on a shopping tour on famous Robson Street.
Vancouver to Victoria (40 miles)
A scenic ferry ride takes you through the Strait of Georgia and along many small islands to Vancouver Island. Visit the famous Butchart Gardens on your way to Victoria. The capital of British Columbia offers a very British atmosphere and can easily be explored by foot. Stroll along the Inner Harbor, watch the float planes coming in and going out or explore the attractions in the downtown area.
Victoria to Tofino/Ucluelet (197 miles)
The Island Highway takes you North and offers great views of the coast. Many wineries can be found along the way. You will come by the communities of Duncan and Chemainus. While Duncan is popular for its Totem Poles, Chemainus attracts visitors with its murals. A winding road takes you through amazing scenery to the west of Vancouver Island.
Today you will join a 2.5-3 hour whale- or bear viewing tour to discover the fascinating animals of the west coast by zodiac. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the wild landscape of Pacific Rim National Park on your own. The National Park protects the only rainforest in Canada.
Tofino to Campbell River (168 miles)
Drive back to the East Coast and continue northbound. Various beaches and Provinical Parks make for good stops along the way. The Campbell River area is very popular for fishing, hiking and canoeing. Take in the fantastic scenery and enjoy a tasty piece of local salmon.
Campbell River to Port Hardy (144 miles)
The Northern region of Vancouver Island is still a very remote and wild setting. It is a good area for wildlife watching. Many whales roam the area in the Johnstone Straight and Broughton Archipelago. First Nations have lived in this area for at least 8000 years and several relics can be found.
Inside Passage from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
Today’s full day cruise through the Inside Passage is one of the highlights of every West Canada trip. Relax on board and watch for wildlife while the ship sails along the impressive coast of British Columbia. Late in the evening you will arrive in Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert to Terrace (90 miles)
Visit the cannery in Port Edward and learn about this formally very important industry. The Yellowhead Highway takes you along the Skeena River offering fantastic views of a fjord-like scenery. Beautiful Provincial Parks are dotted in the area and offer good opportunities for hikes and relaxation.
Terrace to Bell 2 (213 miles)
Today’s drive will take you on the Cassiar Highway up North through a remote area with beautiful nature in abundance. Time permitting you may want to make a detour and drive Highway 37A in the direction of Stewart to view hanging glaciers from close by.
Bell 2 to Dease Lake (149 miles)
Continue on the Cassiar Highway. As today’s drive is rather short you will have some time to explore Provincial Parks like the Edziza or the Spatiszi Plateau. Those offer interesting geological formations as well as remote wilderness.
Dease Lake to Watson Lake (160 miles)
Another day driving through a landscape formed of bizarre mountains, crystal clear lakes and rivers and small rural communities. Later in the day you reach the town of Watson Lake. The main attraction is the “sign post forest”, an ever growing collection of more than 70’000 license plates, place-name signs or selfmade signs.
Watson Lake to Whitehorse (272 miles)
Follow the famous Alaska Highway to Whitehorse, capital city of the Yukon Territory. On the way you may want to stop at the Tlingit Heritage Center to learn more about the First Nations in this area. Take some time to explore the charming town of Whitehorse, stroll along the riverside, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this Northern city.
Your trip ends today. Return your rental car and depart Whitehorse.
This selfdrive is available from either Seattle to Whitehorse or from Whitehorse to Seattle. Let GoNorth decide whether the routing will take place in clockwise or counter-clockwise direction and save $500 on total package price!
Available June 14-September 8, 2017
Double$3780 per personBooking Code GON552
Single$7155 per personBooking Code GON551
Triple$2860 per personBooking Code GON553
Double$3690 per personBooking Code GON555
Single$6970 per personBooking Code GON554
Triple$2795 per personBooking Code GON556
*Additional VIP Protection with glass and tire coverage is available for $7 plus tax per day (lowers deductible to $500).
Let GoNorth decide whether the routing will take place from Seattle to Whitehorse or from Whitehorse to Seattle and save $500 on total package price!
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