Global Leadership Academy Canada + Best of BC Tour (4-Week Package)
July 10 – August 5, 2022
The Best of British Columbia Tour is offers an action-packed, activity-filled week on the west coast of Canada (Victoria and Vancouver) after the Global Leadership Academy!
Over the years we had so many youth participants ask us if they could stay in Canada just a little bit longer! Clearly, even after the exciting Global Leadership Academy experience, they wanted to explore even more of Beautiful British Columbia Canada!
So we researched and asked local Canadian youth and adults about what the absolutely most amazing and interesting activities were here in Victoria and Vancouver. We then narrowed the itinerary down into this action packed trip for youth we like to call our Best of BC Tour!
This add-on program to our three-week leadership academy creates the 4-week value package that we suggest to all international applicants. The tour is filled with exciting daily adventures such as: whale watching, hiking, shopping, exploring, university campus tours and more!
What will we be seeing on the Best of BC Canada Tour?
In the morning, we get a chance to explore some of the unique and hidden gems of Victoria on a culture crawl. For lunch, it’s a Canadian delicacy – poutine! There’s some time to explore Victoria further, or check out another top attraction, and then it’s back to campus for dinner before heading off for an evening of miniature golf!
Whales and seals and eagles, oh my! It’s time to see the amazing wildlife BC is known for. We start the day at Fisherman’s Wharf, exploring the area and feeding the local inhabitants: seals! Then it’s one of the big highlights of the Best of BC Tour, and a must-do for anyone visiting BC. In the afternoon, 2-3 hours of whale watching out on the ocean, including possible sightings of orcas, porpoises, humpback whales, or blue whales, as well as seabirds and eagles. After heading back to campus, all the excitement from the day means it’s a perfect night for a relaxed games night!
It’s finally time to leave the island and head to the mainland of British Columbia. After the 1.5 hour ferry ride (including the chance to potentially see even more whales from the decks!), we will settle into our accommodation in BC’s biggest city: Vancouver. There will be time to walk and shop a bit before dinner, and then it’s time for a nice dinner in the city. We finish off the day with some relaxed time to prepare for the busy days ahead.
The University of British Columbia is one of Canada’s top ranking universities, and its location could not be more stunning! The campus is surrounded by beaches, full of parks, and is almost like its own city: a learning oasis on the very edge of town. After a tour of the campus and lunch, it’s time to explore the trendy Vancouver neighbourhood of Kitsilano and then hit the beach at Jericho Park. In the evening, we usually bring students to a local sporting or arts event to get a glimpse of the city’s culture.
Grouse Mountain is one of Vancouver’s most popular local mountains. In the winter it’s an acclaimed ski resort, but in the summer, there is so much to do at the peak! We’ll take the scenic gondola up the mountain, and then attend a wildlife tour with a ranger to get to know the mountain’s inhabitants. After lunch with a view, participants can choose from a few different activities or just explore the mountaintop. Then it’s back to the city for dinner and some free time in the evening.
In the morning, students will get a taste of Canada at Granville Island. This small, revitalized zone is teeming with people searching out the freshest food at its huge markets, as well as hand-made souvenirs and beautiful original works of art in various artist’s public studios. The afternoon is spent at Stanley Park, where city meets forest meets ocean! It is consistently rated one of the world’s best city parks, and is an absolute must-see for any visitor to Vancouver. Participants will explore the park in the best way possible – by renting bicycles and touring around it along the “Seawall” that surrounds it! After our last group dinner together, there is free time to explore historic Gastown, a boutique shopping district known for its unique restaurants and nightlife.
It’s time to say goodbye to beautiful British Columbia and the Best of BC Tour. Students departing from Vancouver’s airport (YVR) will have activities and free time planned for them before their pre-arranged transportation to the airport, and for those departing from Victoria’s airport (YYJ), it’s back on the ferry to Victoria before their flights home.