7 days/6 nights, with 5 days cycling


Start any day EXCEPT FRIDAY between April 1 and October 31

We recommend that you start your trip on a Tuesday or Wednesday so you can enjoy the splendid market in Ganges held every Saturday in Salt Spring Island                      

40 km (25 miles) daily average

The terrain is moderately hilly as the islands are 'volcanic' in origin. Having said that the highest paved road is at an elevation of 200 meters (600') so that's why we rate 'moderate'


Classic Accommodation: CAD$1750         
B&B Accommodation:   CAD$1750           
Luxe Accommodation:   CAD$1950
                                 Single suppl. Classic: CAD$445     
Single suppl. B&B: CAD$445  
Single suppl. Luxe: CAD$560    
          
* Price before tax. Canada applies a 5% HST.


  • 6 nights hotels
  • All breakfasts and two dinners
  • Use of a top quality 21-speed Cannondale Quick 2 performance hybrid bike complete with handlebar bag, pump, and all the necessary accessories for changing flats. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons
  • Detailed route instructions and map
  • Luggage transfers
  • Area Manager available throughout the tour
  • Ferry fare not included

The tour starts in Victoria (on the southern tip of Vancouver Island). *note it is possible to start from Vancouver with an alternate itinerary

Victoria, the beautiful capital city of British Columbia, is easily accessible by ferry from Vancouver; and Seattle, Washington. Please visit www.bcferries.com for Schedules and Fares.

Major airlines fly from Vancouver and Seattle to Victoria International Airport, located north of Victoria. Airport shuttle buses are available. The ride downtown takes 30 minutes.

For Americans, you may choose to fly into Seattle and take the high speed catamaran from the harbour in downtown Seattle to Victoria harbour, in the centre of the city.

Randonnée Tours

Canada

Gulf Islands Cycling 7 Days

Get away from it all! Journey to a place where lush forests meet the deep blue sea. Experience the charm of Victoria, then sail away to the beauty and tranquility of the Gulf Islands. Pedal along quiet roads, past orchards and farms, to unspoilt coves. Browse in artists' galleries and studios, offering everything from baskets to pottery to stained glass. Fill your days with experiences you'll treasure forever.




Gulf Islands Cycling 7 DaysDay 1

Arrive in Victoria, capital of British Columbia. Once a Hudson's Bay Company fort, Victoria is now a pretty city that revels in its Englishness. Stroll along the quaint streets, enjoy afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel, and visit the Royal British Columbia Museum to learn about the history of British Columbia.

Day 2
Two rides tempt you today. Admire the view from Fisherman's Dock as you head out along the coast, stop to visit the birthplace of Emily Carr, one of Canada's most famous artists, then continue to Craigdarroch Castle, built in 1889 by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. Or pedal along the scenic Galloping Goose trail, an old railbed transformed into a bike path, out of the city to the magnificent Butchart Gardens, once a quarry and now one of British Columbia's main attractions. You'll spend tonight in Victoria.

Day 3
Today you cycle out of Victoria to Swartz Bay. There you'll hop on the ferry that will take you to Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Gulf Islands, and famous for its scenery, sunshine, and warm hospitality. It's also a haven for artists and everywhere you go you'll find galleries and studios. This could be where you find that perfect souvenir. Stroll through Ganges, the island's main town, then ride north in a loop taking you through the hills to the shore of Trincomali Channel and back to Ganges.


Day 4Gulf Islands Cycling 7 Days
Today explore the southern end of Salt Spring Island. Wind through the hills to Ruckle Provincial Park, named after the family who came to farm here in 1872. The family's ornate Victorian house still stands and some of the park is still a working farm. Watch for the sheep wandering in the orchards, explore hiking trails among huge old trees, and enjoy a picnic on the beach. Pause at Fulford Harbour set deep in narrow inlet, then climb over the shoulder of Mount Maxwell on your way back to your accommodation.


Day 5
Today, hop on the ferry to Sturdies Bay on the southeast tip of Galiano Island. Named for the Spanish sea captain who explored the surrounding waters in 1792, Galiano Island is home to more than 130 species of birds and a haven for naturalists. Enjoy quiet roads and Douglas fir forests. Ride to the northern part of the island, where the wind and the sea have carved and pocked the sandstone rocks of the beach. Watch for the many eagles that glide overhead. 17km.

Day 6

You have many options today. You could walk or ride on Galiano Island or go to Mayne Island, the smallest of the inhabited southern Gulf Islands, for a day trip. On Mayne Island, browse in the shops of Miners Bay and learn about the history of the area in the museum, which was once the jail. Bike along meandering roads to tree-lined shores, picnic at Georgina Point Lighthouse, which has overlooked Active Pass since 1885, and watch seals and orca whales gambol in the waves while seabirds glide overhead. Take some time to hike through the forests of Mount Parke Regional Park, the highest point on the island. Return to Galiano Island in the evening.

Day 7

You'll be transferred to the ferry dock, where you'll catch the ferry back to Swartz Bay. Depart for home or onward to your next adventure.

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- R & D Foster


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