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Private 1-Day Hiking/Sightseeing Tours

Qualicum Instagram Tour: The Most Famous Spots

Captivating one-day hiking and sightseeing adventure departing from Qualicum and Parksville. Discover breathtaking vistas, ancient forests, and majestic waterfalls. These personalized one-day tours are tailored to your ability, including guided hiking and return shuttle service from your lodging. Marvel at the grandeur of Qualicum Falls, wander in thousand year old forests, take photos from the top of the mountain. Perfect for families, solo travellers, or special events.




Personalized Journeys

Smiley Fitness Retreats offers private, one-day hiking and sightseeing adventure tours in four ‘must see’ spots. This trip, accessible year-round, is perfect for beginner to moderately fit individuals and families.

Our experienced guides lead you off the beaten path, bringing you to locals’ top spots for hiking and sightseeing. Enjoy unforgettable views through unspoiled Vancouver Island wilderness, without trying to figure out where to go.

Sit back and enjoy being driven without having to find a parking spot in the crowd. Dogs welcome! This trip is personalized to everyones ability and preferred itinerary. Includes hotel pickup and drop off.

World Famous Qualicum!

Discover the enchanting Qualicum! Marvel at the majestic Qualicum Falls, where cascading waters create a spectacle of natural beauty. Wander through Cathedral Grove and be awed by ancient cedar trees, a testament to nature’s grandeur. Ascend the infinite mountains of Little Mountain and feast your eyes on breathtaking vistas.

We’ll enjoy the quirky arts scene at Coombs Country Market, where goats on the roof graze and you can pose with giant Buddha statues with the best gelato in town! With its unique blend of natural wonders and vibrant culture, Qualicum is truly a gem waiting to be explored.

Content Creation

Vancouver Island is tailor-made for social media. Blessed with roaring waterfalls, lush old growth forests, colourful clifftop views and pristine beaches. On this private trip you don’t have to worry about holding up the rest of the group while you capture the perfect shot, or asking somebody to take a photo of you. Your guide knows all the trending angles, best spots for photos and how to dodge the crowds. If you’re looking for an opportunity to plan the perfect ‘will you marry me’ moment, your guide will work with you individually to capture it on both photo and video… while keeping it a surprise.

Proposal Packages

Plan the perfect surprise proposal, with location recommendations and all logistics managed. Dedicated assistance prior to the tour, raw photos and footage of the moment and local insider tips on the best places to celebrate afterwards. Capture the YES with a full day of soft-core adventure in iconic locations. Truly great value for budget-conscious wedding planners – all the raw files will be provided to you at the end of the day.

Trip Details (5-6 hours)

8:45AM pick up at your Qualicum or Parksville lodging, drive to Qualicum Falls.
9:15AM guided hiking tour of Qualicum Falls
10:45AM back at trailhead, freshen up then off to Cathedral Grove
11:00AM self-guided tour of Cathedral Grove
11:45AM drive to Coombs country market
12:00PM lunch and self-guided shopping at Coombs country market
1:00PM drive to Little Mountain lookout
1:30PM travel back to lodging
1:45PM wrap up (airdrop photo & video)
2:45PM the very latest you’ll finish. Expect to finish at 2pm.

Additional Info

• Not wheelchair accessible
• Infants must sit on laps
• Leashed dogs welcome
• If longer time is required at one of the stops, tour will be amended to exclude or shorten the next stop to enable tour to finish on time.
• This trip combines guiding and self-guiding.
• Par-Q must be completed prior to participation to ensure physical readiness
• This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
• Photo/video service is included and optional. Standard terms apply (below).

1/your guide is not a professional photographer
2/no edits will be made – we send the raw files to you end of day
3/we retain copyright and ownership, including rights to usage in marketing and social media to promote this service
4/your public usage of these images must include tagged credit on social platform, and link on internet platform.

Trip Details

Pick Up: 9am, Qualicum/Parksville

Drop Off: 1:45pm

Available 7-days week, year round

Hike, Sightsee

Private Guided 5+ Hours

Self-Catered (excludes food)

From $185 USD pp ($730 USD per booking)
Max 4 people + 2 dogs per booking


Hiking the Qualicum Falls (90 minutes)

Cathedral Grove, 1000+ year old trees

Coombs Country Market

Marvel at the Little Mountain look out

Private Guided Tour 5 Hours

Reserve Trip

Reserve space with a phone call, we’ll hold your spot without payment for 28 days with just your word! If it’s still a ‘go’ two days before, one trip participant pays below. Once paid, it’s 100% non-refundable. This trip is available by direct booking only, and we offer lowest price guarantee. Influencer/press collabs available (enquire).

IMPORTANT! Call before booking

*Smiley Fitness Retreats manually books trips as we’re a small independantly operated travel company


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