Say goodbye to mainland Canada as you set sail with BC Ferries for Vancouver Island—one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems and a pretty big deal when it comes to premier whale watching, birding, and fishing. Be sure to keep an eye out for sea life from the sun decks! Once on land, take the beautiful coastal drive north toward Campbell River. The beach town of Parksville makes a nice lunch spot on your way to Quadra Island where you’ll overnight in the Aboriginal-owned Tsa Kwa Luten Lodge, featuring traditional and contemporary native art. The next morning, you’ll pass through the Valley of a Thousand Faces (1,400 famous faces painted onto cedar logs). We recommend spending the night in Telegraph Cove—a quirky fishing community in one of the last virtually untouched areas of the North American continent.