Vancouver & Gulf Islands Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond

Canada's Undiscovered Isles & Victoria

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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, paddle or hike far to imagine you’ve landed in a secret place. Where it’s just you, your family and the soaring eagles, with space to spare.

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British Columbia

Start Victoria / End Victoria or Galiano Island

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

Vancouver and Salt Spring Islands Bike Tour Map


  • Bike through lush cedar forests and bucolic inland pastures and quiet rolling hills along pristine coastline
  • Explore one of western Canada’s most appealing regions with its endless panoramic views of the inland archipelago and Olympic Peninsula 
  • Sea-kayak on the calm waters of Montague Harbor, where you might spot harbor seals and bald eagles
  • Enjoy exquisite farm-to-table cuisine and award-winning wines locally sourced from the land and sea
British Columbia

Start Victoria / End Victoria or Galiano Island

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

Vancouver and Salt Spring Islands Bike Tour Map


Days 1-2 Take in inspiring views of the Salish Sea en route to Brentwood Bay | Visit Butchart Garden and discover the amazing floral display | Journey along what's known as Vancouver Island's Most Beautiful Shortcut aboard the Mill Bay ferry | Bike rolling country roads in bucolic Cowichan Valley | Enjoy the mild microclimate here, yielding more sunny days than anywhere else in Canada! | Riding at a leisurely pace, stop along the way at small boutique wineries, artisan studios and roadside produce stands.

Days 3-4 Cruise 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, sylvan hillsides and lush farmland | Take a stroll through Garry oak meadows to a stunning viewpoint at Ruckle Park | Stop to taste craft beer or artisan cider and visit local farm stands | Explore unique art galleries and whimsical shops in the town of Ganges.

Days 5-6 Keep an eye out for porpoises, bald eagles and—if we're lucky—whales during a water-taxi cruise to Galiano Island | Cycle quiet rolling roads past rugged shoreline and stretches of forest dotted with eclectic galleries and art studios | Kayak the tranquil cobalt waters of Montague Harbor, playing hide-and-seek with harbor seals | Hike through temperate rain forest to Galiano Bluffs for endless views of the surrounding islands and Olympic Peninsula.

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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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.

Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more Guests: from $3,399 pp dbl occ
  • 9 Guests: from $3,799 pp dbl occ
  • 8 Guests: from $3,999 pp dbl occ
  • 2-7 Guests: Give us a call or reach out here!

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Premiere Hotels*

Brentwood Bay Resort, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada
Brentwood Bay Resort

Vancouver Island (2 nights)

Hastings House
Hastings House

Salt Spring Island (2 nights)

Galiano Inn & Spa
Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa

Galiano Island (1 night)

* Casual Plus

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in British Columbia Islands

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Brentwood Bay Resort, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

Brentwood Bay Resort

Vancouver Island (2 nights)

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

Hastings House

Hastings House

Salt Spring Island (2 nights)

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)

Galiano Inn & Spa

Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa

Galiano Island (1 night)
* Casual Plus

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)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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 (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
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 23* 1200 40 2400
2 23* 800 37 1300 51 1500
3 13* 800 32 2300
20* 1400
Ruckle Seaside Walk
4 16 1300 31 2500
5 13* 1000 18 1900 24 2500
Kayaking in Montague Harbor (2 Hours)
6 Galiano Bluffs Hike

Note: 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.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.


All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 4 lunches

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in British Columbia Islands

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in British Columbia Islands that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

We Know Our Neighbours Well

Backroads first headed up to Canada in 1980, when an older Trudeau was prime minister, and we've been exploring its spectacular landscapes ever since. Our leaders are Canadian and many are proud to make their homes in British Columbia Islands—where we offer more trips than any other active travel company and have spent many more years finding the best ones.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in British Columbia Islands live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.