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.
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 Erskine takes you to the best viewpoint on the island, with sweeping vistas over the Gulf Islands 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.
- 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
Brentwood Bay Resort (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 (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 (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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
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|Kayaking||Montague Harbour, Galiano Island|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/28-7/3 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $680 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/12-17 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $680 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/26-31 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $680 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/2-7 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $680 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/23-28 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $680 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/6-11 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $680 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/13-18 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $680 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/20-25 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $680 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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)
|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.
Guest Trip Reviews
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.- Regional Manager, Canada