Okanagan Oldies - Contest

Exploring one of the world's great islands

Vancouver Island is the 11th largest island in Canada, stretching 460 km from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Queen Charlotte Sound. Named for Captain George Vancouver who explored B.C.’s coast in 1792, the island has great diversity ranging from the capital city of Victoria to remote mountain peaks in Strathcona Park, and from the wild wind-lashed beaches of the west coast to the sandy expanse of Rathtrevor Beach. Only a handful of people have travelled from toe to tip and experienced both ends of Vancouver Island: Race Rocks off Victoria and Cape Sutil (not Cape Scott) north of Port Hardy. There are no roads to either place, so we have chartered vessels to get you there. A third boat excursion is on the MV Frances Barkley on its scheduled sailing through Alberni Canal to the village of Bamfield in Barkley Sound. In between the toe and tip, there is so much to see and do on the Island that a month would not be long enough, but we have picked some highlights for this nine-day tour that are well-known and less-known. Come and explore Vancouver Island!

Soft Escape includes:

  • Coach transportation for 9 days leaving May 22, 2020 from Kelowna
  • 8 nights of accommodation & hotel taxes
  • 2 Strait of Georgia ferry crossings
  • Whale watching excursion with Orca Spirit to Race Rocks (south end of Vancouver Island)
  • Abkhazi Garden
  • Traditional Victoria afternoon tea
  • Rathtrevor Beach
  • Private charter excursion on MV Naiad Explorer to Cape Sutil (north end of Vancouver Island)
  • Campbell River Museum
  • Local guide in Port Alberni
  • Excursion on MV Frances Barkley through Alberni Canal to Bamfield
  • Ticket to Chemainus Theatre (show TBA)
  • Gratuities for ships’ crew and Alberni guide
  • Knowledgeable tour director
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • 20 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 1 tea, 4 dinners


  • Victoria
  • Whale watching excursion to Race Rocks (south toe of Vancouver Island)
  • Abkhazi Garden with afternoon tea
  • Rathtrevor Beach
  • Coombs Market & Cathedral Grove
  • Kingfisher Oceanside Resort
  • Campbell River Museum
  • Cruise from Port McNeill to Cape Sutil (north tip of Vancouver Island)
  • Little Qualicum Falls
  • Englishman River Falls
  • Excursion on Frances Barkley to Bamfield Chemainus Theatre

Limitation and Rules & Regulations:

  • You accept the prize “as is” otherwise it will be forfeited
  • Travel dates are May 22, 2020 – May 30, 2020
  • If you are unable to travel during the Travel Period, you will be required to forfeit the prize and an alternate winner may be selected at Wells Gray Tours sole discretion
  • All reservations are subject to the terms and conditions set out in Wells Gray Tours brochure or located on Wells Gray Tours website located at www.wellsgraytours.com
  • You and your travel guest must be in possession of the necessary travel documents upon selection, which documents must be valid prior to, and for the duration of the trip. Failure to obtain necessary travel documentation will result in forfeiture of the prize
  • Any lost or stolen, travel vouchers or certificates will not be replaced
  • Wells Gray Tours reserves the right to structure travel routes and select hotels in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellations at the sole discretion of Wells Gary Tours
  • If the prize, or any portion thereof, is unused, it cannot be carried forward and will be forfeit
  • Elements of the prize may not be used towards any other loyalty programs
  • You and your guest must comply with all applicable laws, including but not limited to, all local laws while in destination
  • The prize, and any portion thereof, is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, non-refundable, has no cash surrender value and must be accepted as awarded with no substitutions, except as may be decided by Wells Gray Tours in its sole discretion

Wells Gray Tours reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute and/or modify the prize or any portion thereof, with a prize of equal or greater value for any reason

This contest is closed now.

And the Winner is: Linda K.

Rules & Regulations:

  • Contests are open to all residents of British Columbia only, except employees of Soft 103.9, Castanet Media Ltd., the sponsor(s) and its/their subsidiaries and affiliates.
  • Entries limited to one per person.
  • Prize must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash.
  • Winner to be notified by phone and/or email. Information on prize pick up will be given at that time.
  • Contest winner's name will be published and may be used for promotional purposes.
  • Only entrants the legal age of majority are eligible to win.
  • Prize winner selected by random draw.
  • Contest closes January 31, 2020
  • Grand prize winner will be announced Monday February 3, 2020