Day 1: (approximately 55 km) From downtown Victoria we will ride part of the famous Galloping Goose Trail system to Brentwood Bay where we will have a delicious lunch then board a ferry to cross the Sannich Inlet to the Shawnigan Lake and Cowichan Valley districts. Our first stop will be to enjoy a cider tour and tasting at British Columbia’s only commercial cidery. After our tour we will ride through picturesque countryside to one of Vancouver Islands most famous vineyards to enjoy another tour and tasting.
From here it is onto Cowichan Bay for a delicious homemade ice-cream. With loads of back-roads touring through the lush and rolling landscapes of what the aboriginal people call "the warm land", you will get a glimpse of unparalleled seascapes and countryside. Our day will end with a 20 minute ferry ride across the Stuart Channel to Vesuvius Harbour on Saltspring Island then on to our luxury accommodation and dinner.
Day 2: (approximately 50 km) After a delicious breakfast we will set out to explore Saltspring Island; the largest and most famous of our Southern Gulf Islands. Ganges Harbour is where we will stop for lunch today. Ganges, which is named after the HMS Ganges, the last British sailing battleship commissioned for duty in foreign waters (1857-1860), is well know as a center for arts and crafts and has an impressive selection of shops and galleries.
The afternoon ride brings us to another ferry, crossing over to Galiano Island. Located at the edge of the Georgia Strait, Galiano is the most northerly of the Gulf Islands and is approximately half way between Vancouver and Victoria. Accommodations and dinner tonight are at one of Galiano's most unique Inn's.
Day 3: (approximately 35 km) Nothing starts the day better than a home cooked breakfast. After we enjoy our meal we'll spend the day cycling the quiet country roads and trails of this visually stunning Gulf Island. From the highest points on the island, you can see the Coast Mountain Range, Mount Baker, the Gulf and San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island and even the Olympic Peninsula 100 kilometers away.
Late afternoon we will catch another ferry to Pender Island. Pender is made up of 2 islands, separated by a man-made channel that was dredged in 1903 for a safe passage for steamships.
The day’s end brings us to one of the most beautiful harbors in all of BC, Poet's Cove at Bedwell Harbour. We check in to our hotel, get refreshed and ready for another great dinner and spectacular sunset.
Day 4: (approximately 55km) Another great breakfast then it’s off to tour the co-joined North and South Pender Islands, where historic two thousand year-old native trails still exist at Xelesen. From Gowlland Point there are more unbelievable views of the U.S. San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker, Bedwell Harbour, and Georgia Strait.
After lunch at Browning Harbour we’ll ride to our final ferry crossing, back to Vancouver Island and the Port of Sidney BC. From here we follow the Lochside Trail directly to the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria. We’ll check into our hotel and then it’s off to a complimentary brewery tour and final night of feasting at the Canoe Brew Pub and Marina!
Day 5: Today we relax and let Great Pacific Adventures take us on a 3-hour tour in search of the mighty killer whale (orcas). Cruise the Pacific Ocean onboard a 45 ft. ocean cruiser and learn from a certified Naturalist and/ or Biologist about Orcas and other members of the marine eco-system surrounding Vancouver Island. After our whale watching adventure, we will enjoy a delicious farewell luncheon at one of Victoria’s most famous brew pubs.
Tour Note: Tours maybe changed without notice due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may require an altered itinerary.
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