Taste Awakening Tour - Included and what to expect

 

Gourmet eco tour starting in the thriving metropolis of Vancouver and ending on a remote beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island

 

This exclusive 13-day all-inclusive eco-tour package includes:


    •    Gastronomic organic meals at Bishop's in Vancouver & Sooke Harbour House in Victoria

   •    All dinners including campfire cookouts, barbecues, and organic restaurants

    •    Accommodations in 3 star hotels, historic B&B's and unique, self-contained cabins
    •    Transportation throughout in chauffeur driven mini-van

    •    All ferry crossings to and from Vancouver Island, Salt Spring and Nanaimo

    •    Cycling the seawall in Vancouver and around Victoria
    •    Whale watching off the coast of Vancouver Island
    •    The world famous Butchart Gardens
    •    Organic Winery tours in Saanich or the Cowichan Valley and Salt Spring Island
    •    Gastronomic picnics on tranquil beaches
    •    Organic farm stay with hands-on participation
    •    Wild salmon fishing with professional fishermen
    •    Dungeness crab and side-striped shrimp fishing
    •    Nature walks and forest food foraging with trained guides
    •    Beach combing and clay bread-oven baking
    •    Outdoor beach-fire cooking and barbecues

 

Features:


    •    Unforgettable scenery, landscapes and seascapes
    •    3 and 4 star accommodations in hotels, historic B&Bs, and cabins
    •    Outdoor organic cooking demonstrations
    •    All local guides, teachers and entrances
    •    The most intimate insider's tour of Canada's West Coast
    •    The unforgettable tastes of barbecued wild salmon, wild edibles and fresh organic produce throughout
    •    Automatic membership in TASTE, the world's premiere association devoted to organic epicurean tourism and authentic food experiences.

 

Not included:


Taste Membership fee 25€, paid separately, Airfare*, maps, personal effects, battery-less LED flashlights (highly recommended), pen knives or Swiss Army knives, telephone or camera chargers, electrical adapters, beach towels, beach bags, umbrellas, rain gear, any entrances not included in the itinerary, meals not mentioned (lunches), wine with meals, gratuities and transfer from Nanaimo or Vancouver at the end of the tour to any other destination.

 

Undesirable:

Air-conditioning, bottled water, plastic bags, plastic anything, unnecessary packaging and disrespect for the environment.

 

What to bring (guidelines)

 

Clothing

  • 2 pairs of trousers

  • 2 pairs of shorts

  • 3 'dress shirts', dresses or skirts

  • A good pair of water resistant hiking / walking shoes

  • Sandals

  • Water shoes for rocky beaches

  • 5 or 6 very good thick pairs of wool or cotton socks

  • 5 or 6 pairs of underwear

  • 2 swim suits

  • A toque (bonnet) or hat

  • 2 warm sweaters or fleeces

  • A 'hoody'

  • 4 or 5 T-shirts

  • A good quality rainproof jacket

 

Equipment

  • A notebook for keeping track of wild edible plants and species

  • A pen / pencil

  • A cloth laundry bag

  • A cloth bag for foraging

  • A small back-pack for hiking

  • A wind-up pocket lamp (dynamo rechargeable)

  • A Swiss Army knife or Opinel

  • Waterproof Matches

  • Band-Aids

  • Insect Repellent

  • Sunglasses

 

Weather

West Coast summer weather is characteristic of a marine temperate climate. It is very changeable with heavy rainfall possible even in July and August. Rainfall averages 120cm per year; summer temperature average is 14 degrees Celsius (57 F) with highs in the upper 20's. Heavy morning fog is very common, especially in July and August.

 

Passports, visas

There are no visa requirements for Europeans travelling to Canada. Visitors traveling to Canada from all countries must present a valid passport (with at least 6 months left before the passport expires). Before entering Canada, all visitors are responsible for ensuring that they have the required documents necessary.

 

Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out travel insurance covering medical expenses, personal accident, cancellation and personal property.

 

Tour Extensions

Taste Tours can organise extensions prior to, or after the tour. Please contact us for further information.

© 2014 by TASTE - all photos by Geoffrey S. Finch

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