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Victoria, Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • One of western Canada's most appealing regions, with mile upon mile of pristine coastline
  • Commute the local way, island-hopping by ferry and water taxi
  • Hike Mount Galiano for the region's finest views
  • Sea kayak on calm waters in the realm of harbor seals and bald eagles
  • Extend your vacation in vibrant Victoria or Vancouver

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Scenery & Superb Cuisine on British Columbia's Undiscovered Isles

Out here at the edge of the continent, the pleasures are simple: a walk on a wild driftwood-strewn beach. Hilltop panoramas of labyrinthine channels and rugged sandstone outcrops glimmering in the sun. The most delicious smoked salmon you've ever tasted. And while boutique wineries, art galleries and farm-to-table eateries are also part of the daily scene, you won't have to hike, pedal or paddle far to imagine you've landed in a secret place. Where it's just you and the black-tailed deer, under the radar with space to spare.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Urban, rural and wilderness scenery greets you on the Galloping Goose Trail, a bike path tracing a 1920s railway route  Relish inspiring views of the Saanich Inlet en route to Brentwood Bay Cruise "Vancouver Island's Most Beautiful Shortcut" aboard the Mill Bay ferry Pedal past rustic farms and vineyards in bucolic Cowichan Valley, one of Vancouver Island's best-kept secrets The mild microclimate here yields more sunny days than anywhere else in Canada! Set a leisurely pace, stopping along the way at small wineries and roadside produce stands.

Days 3-4 Journey across the water to Salt Spring Island, "the coolest island in Canada" according to the Washington Post  Set out for an undulating ride past island cottages, forested hillsides and green farmland on your way to our elegant hotel  A climb up Mount Maxwell takes you to the best viewpoint on the island, with sweeping vistas over Burgoyne Bay  Explore unique art galleries and whimsical shops in the town of Ganges.

Days 5-6 Watch for porpoises, sea lions and—if we’re lucky—whales as we travel by water taxi to Galiano Island  On Galiano, the second-largest of the Gulf Islands, pedal rolling roads past rugged shoreline and swaths of forest interspersed with eclectic galleries and art studios Play hide-and-seek with harbor seals as you kayak the calm cobalt waters of Trincomali Channel  Hike all the way from cool temperate rain forest to a lookout point on Mount Galiano for stretch-forever vistas of the surrounding islands.

Premiere Inns

Brentwood Bay Resort
Brentwood Bay Resort

Vancouver Island (2 nights) Perched on a forested hillside with spectacular bay vistas, this chic resort hotel features a blend of West Coast and Asian styles. (pool, spa)

Hastings House
Hastings House

Salt Spring Island (2 nights) A magnificent 22-acre estate that overlooks the ocean and features tastefully furnished rooms with wood-burning fireplaces. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. A Relais & Châteaux member. (spa) 

Galiano Inn & Spa
Galiano Inn & Spa

Galiano Island (1 night) One of the island's original accommodations, this elegant and recently updated inn is virtually a destination in itself thanks to its superb vistas of the harbor, Active Passage and the lighthouse on nearby Mayne Island. (spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Out here at the edge of North America, Canada's Gulf Islands can sometimes feel like a forgotten place. But we're certainly not complaining! We're excited to introduce you to the incredible riding, hiking and paddling opportunities offered in this pristine part of the world. Not to mention the region's wonderful Northwest bounty, like farm-fresh produce, superlative seafood and delicious local wines.
Alison Iles- Regional Manager, Canada

Trip Dates & Prices

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

2015 CLASSIC DATES
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015

Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Biking 23* 600 40 1200
Biking 29 900
2 Biking 21 1300 36 1300
Biking 40 1400
3 Biking 16* 1500 26* 2400
4 Biking 12* 1200
Walking/Hiking 3 2000 5 2500
5 Biking 32 0
Kayaking Montague Harbour, Galiano Island
6 Walking/Hiking 3* 900
 
note:

While distances and overall elevation suggest a Level 1-3 trip, we’ve rated this trip 2-4 due to the continuous rolling terrain. Your Backroads Trip Leaders, including one leader dedicated to support, will be available to point out strategic places to shuttle to flatten some of the hills.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Victoria, Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands tour experts. See our award-winning Canada multisport tours, Canada biking tours and Canada walking and hiking tours.

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Biking, walking/hiking and kayaking

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Victoria, British Columbia /Victoria, British Columbia or Galiano, British Columbia

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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