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 Salt Spring Island. Pedal along quiet roads, past orchards and farms, to pristine coves. Browse in artists’ galleries and studios, offering everything from baskets to pottery to stained glass. For a quick getaway to the islands this is a great escape!
662 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1R7, Canada
Salt Spring Island
Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
4 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Luggage transfers (we enlist your help getting the luggage onto and off the ferry)
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions & maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
Ferry fares - you pay as you board the ferry to Salt Spring
We recommend that you start your trip on a Tuesday or Wednesday so you can enjoy the splendid market in Ganges held every Saturday on Salt Spring Island.
ARRIVE / DEPART
Casual/B&B Accommodation: CAD$1,450
Single Supplement: CAD$375
Classic Accommodation: CAD$1,650
Single Supplement: CAD$425
Luxe Accommodation: CAD$1.850
Single Supplement: CAD$475
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.
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.
Ride Distance: 22 km, elevation gain 154 m or 34 km, gain 275 m.*
Salt Spring Island
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.
Ride Distance: 49 km, elevation gain 379 m.*
Salt Spring Island
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.
Ride Distance: 39 km, elevation gain 733 m or north end 31 km, gain 400 m.*
You’ll be transferred to Long Harbour ferry dock, where you’ll catch the ferry back to Swartz Bay. Depart for home or onward to your next adventure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
Located directly across the street from the Lieutenant Governor's mansion in historic Rockland neighbourhood, this property was built in 1912 amongst the castles, gardens and tree-lined streets of "Old Victoria".
This small charming inn has the best location on Saltspring, with seven tastefully appointed guest rooms, three of which have sea views, fireplaces and en-suite bathrooms – these are the only rooms we book. This inn also features a lovely dining room, where breakfast is served.
Located 1 block from the waterfront and close to cafes and restaurants, this boutique hotel boasts a chic bistro serving locally inspired cuisine with patio seating and a cocktail lounge with weekly live jazz.
This (now) upmarket hotel has recently undergone a major renovation inside and out and has a great location close to town and overlooking Ganges harbour.
This luxurious oceanfront resort and spa features large guest rooms, each with a breath-taking view, wood burning fireplaces, and a casually elegant décor. The restaurant has been receiving rave reviews for its inspired West Coast cuisine.
A boutique luxury waterfront lodge, spa and restaurant on 22 acres close to the village of Ganges. It is a magnificent 11th century Sussex-style Manor House overlooking peaceful Ganges harbour. 18 unique guest rooms and suites, each with its own décor and history are situated in seven lovingly maintained buildings around the estate. Member of Small Luxury Hotels; Relais & Chateaux.