Backroads Vancouver & Gulf Islands Bike Tour
Vancouver & Gulf Islands Bike Tour
Orca Breach, BC Gulf Islands, Canada
Backroads Vancouver & Gulf Islands Bike Tour
Wild berries in the hands of a Backroads guest - Backroads Vancouver & Salt Spring Islands Bike Tour
Backroads Picnic - Vancouver & Gulf Islands Bike Tour
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Vancouver & Gulf Islands Bike Tour

Canada's Undiscovered Isles & Victoria

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,499 - $4,649 pp dbl occ

($1,150 for sgl occ)

Out here at the edge of the continent, the pleasures are simple. And while boutique wineries, local artisans and farm-to-table eateries are part of the daily scene, you won’t have to pedal far to imagine you’ve landed in a secret place. Where it’s just you and the soaring eagles, with space to spare.

Vancouver & Gulf Islands Bike Tour map
Vancouver & Gulf Islands Bike Tour map

British Columbia

Start/End Victoria

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Bike rolling hills along pristine coastline, lush cedar forests and bucolic inland pastures
  • Explore one of western Canada’s most appealing regions with its endless views of the inland archipelago and Olympic Peninsula 
  • Discover harbor seals and incredible birdlife, including bald eagles, around the Gray Peninsula and relax on white shell beaches
  • Savor exquisite farm-to-table cuisine and award-winning wines locally sourced from the land and sea


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Soak up inspiring views of the Salish Sea en route to Brentwood Bay | Explore the Butchart Gardens' amazing floral display | Cruise what's known as Vancouver Island's Most Beautiful Shortcut aboard the Mill Bay ferry | Bike rolling country roads in bucolic Cowichan Valley | The mild microclimate here yields more sunny days than anywhere else in Canada! | Set a leisurely pace, stopping along the way at small boutique wineries, artisan studios and roadside produce stands.

Brentwood Bay Resort Exterior
Brentwood Bay Resort
Vancouver Island
| Premiere Hotel

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

Days 3-4

Journey by ferry to Salt Spring Island, "the coolest island in Canada" according to the Washington Post | Enjoy an undulating and scenic ride past island cottages, pristine beaches and lush farmland | Stroll through Garry oak meadows to a stunning viewpoint at Ruckle Park | Visit local farm stands and stop to taste craft beer or artisan cider | Explore unique art galleries and whimsical shops in the town of Ganges | Our Relais & Châteaux home, Hastings House, welcomes you to 22 acres of beautiful land and colorful gardens.

Exterior view of Hastings House
Hastings House
Salt Spring Island
| Premiere Hotel

This Sussex-style manor hotel is located on 22 acres with beautiful gardens overlooking the ocean and features tastefully furnished rooms. A Relais & Châteaux member. (spa)

Days 5-6

Watch for porpoises, bald eagles and—if we're lucky—whales during a water-taxi cruise to Galiano Island | Bike quiet rolling roads past rugged shoreline and stretches of old-growth forest dotted with eclectic galleries and art studios | Enjoy peaceful beaches and quiet lanes as you discover an island long inhabited by the Coast Salish Nations | Hike or bike through temperate rain forest for endless vistas of the surrounding islands and Olympic Peninsula.

Restaurant at Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa
Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa
Galiano Island
| *Casual Plus Hotel

One of the island's original accommodations, this Pacific Northwest retreat is virtually a destination in itself thanks to its superb vistas of the harbor, Active Passage and the lighthouse on nearby Mayne Island. (spa)

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The Gulf Islands' landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys. The continuously rolling terrain can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. Roads have chip seal pavement and are rough at times. Walking trails are on maintained paths with rocks and roots, sometimes muddy and some with steep pitches. Also, on Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island, we sometimes have to bike on busier sections of road to reach the best riding. Of course, you're always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier stretches.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 2 | 24 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 31 miles* | 1500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 33 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 23 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 37 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 51 miles | 15000 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 1 | 14 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 33 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 2 | 18 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 2 | 22 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 33 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 13 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 23 miles | 2400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 40 miles | 4100 ft. gain
Kayaking (2 hours)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package.
$650 rental fee; subject to availability

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.


While our properties on this trip offer outstanding service and amenities, please note they may not be equipped with air-conditioning, and guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

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