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.

Location

Victoria

662 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1R7, Canada

Day 1+2

Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

Day 3+4

Galiano Island

Galiano Island, BC, Canada

Day 5+6+7

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

6 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

Not Included

Ferry fare

Specifics

TRIP DATES

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.
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

7 days / 6 nights, with 5 days cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Victoria (Swartz Bay) / Galiano Island

ACTIVITY LEVEL

40 km (25 miles) daily average

TERRAIN

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’.

COST

Casual/B&B Accommodation: CAD $1,750
Single Supplement: CAD $445

Classic Accommodation: CAD $1,850
Single Supplement: CAD $475

Luxe Accommodation: CAD $2,150
Single Supplement: CAD $550

Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% must be charged on trips in Canada. Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us.
Getting There 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.

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Day 1

Victoria

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. There is a short optional ride you can do out to the site of Fort Victoria and back along the Galloping Goose trail. Staying in Victoria provides the opportunity to dine at amazing restaurants – we will provide a list of our favourites.
Ride Distance (optional): 22km; 130m

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Day 2

Victoria

Admire the view from Fisherman’s Wharf as you cycle out along the coast, stopping to visit the birthplace of Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most famous artists. Continue to Ten Mile Point for outstanding views over the Oak Bay Islands Ecological Reserve. We recommend lunch at a casual, quaint cafe on your return route. Visit Craigdarroch Castle, built in 1889 by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. If you want a longer ride and more challenge, we provide two other options (60km & 100km) that take in some of the popular cycling roads for local road and club cyclists including Ryder Hesjedal, who hails from Victoria.
Ride Distance: 40 km, gain 300 m; 60 km; 585 m  or 100km; 1120m.*

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Day 3

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.
Ride Distance: 50 km, elevation gain 380 m.*

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Day 4

Salt Spring Island

We recommend riding the north end of Salt Spring this morning. There are some short steeper climbs, but the views make them worthwhile as you cycle along Trincomali Channel to Fernwood and back via Vesuvius, where a delightful café awaits. The Treehouse Café in Ganges is a great spot for lunch. Afterwards, if you wish additional riding,  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. There are many superb dinner options in Ganges – we’ll share our favourites.
Ride Distance: 26 km, elevation gain 300 m and/or 44km; 610m. *

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Day 5

Galiano Island

After the short ride out to Long Harbour, cruise to Galiano Island and the luxurious Galiano Inn & Spa. 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. Many options exist here; you can combine cycling with a hike up Mt. Galiano, or ride to the north end of the island (stop at Lovers Leap viewpoint), or climb up to Bodega Beach Drive, a traffic-free road ideal for cycling.
Ride Distance: 40km; 850m with additional options*

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Day 6

Galiano or Mayne Island

You have many options today. You could walk or ride more on Galiano Island or ferry 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.
Ride Distance: 40km; 520m*

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Day 7

Departure Day

Catch the ferry back to Swartz Bay or Vancouver. Depart for home or onward to your next adventure.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Casual/B&B

Abbeymoore Manor, Victoria

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". A five minute trip to all downtown Victoria’s attractions.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Gulf Islands
Salt Spring Inn, Salt Spring Island

Across the road from the harbour, this small charming inn built in the 1930s has the best location on Saltspring. A 2-minute walk from the famed Salt Spring Saturday Market and 7 km from the ferry terminal. This inn also features a lovely dining room, where breakfast is served.


Galiano Inn, Galiano Island (Luxe)

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.


Classic

Oswego Hotel, Victoria

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 (Wednesdays). There is an outdoor swimming pool.


Harbour House, Salt Spring Island

This upmarket hotel has recently undergone a major renovation inside and out and has a great location close to town and overlooking Ganges harbour.


Galiano Inn, Galiano Island (Luxe)

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.


Luxe

Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Gulf Islands
Inn at Laurel Point Hotel, Victoria

This luxurious oceanfront resort and spa is a waterfront hotel located in downtown Victoria, featuring large guest rooms with an elegant décor. There’s a heated indoor pool, a Japanese garden, plus a restaurant with a patio and harbor views.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Gulf Islands
Hastings House, Salt Spring Island

A 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. Member of Small Luxury Hotels; Relais & Chateaux.


Galiano Inn, Galiano Island

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.



Trip starting at
CAD $1,750

Trip Reviews

April 12, 2019

“[Randonnée] offered what we wanted, where we wanted, when we wanted” and “Tour was excellent. Organization good (riding instructions were almost too detailed). Island hosts and managers were all great.”

April 12, 2019

“All of our hosts went beyond our expectations. Breakfasts were spectacular. Judith on Mayne Island was exceptionally nice, accommodation simple, comfortable, host intelligent, thoughtful and great cooks! Great balance of small city (Victoria), small island (Mayne) and something in the middle (Salt Spring). Also had variable biking conditions (some flatter, some hillier) and we enjoyed kayaking in Mayne Island. The area managers were terrific. They really went out of their way for us.”

April 12, 2019

“Hastings House was really exceptional. I also found Oceanwood really nice. We had a large room to ourselves with a beautiful view of the bay. The fairly short distances still allowed us to see most of Salt Spring and Mayne and half of Galiano and gave us a lot of time to stop, take pictures and enjoy the scenery.”

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