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 hike, pedal or paddle far to imagine you've landed in a secret place. Where it's just you and the soaring eagles, with space to spare.
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 rural 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 boutique wineries and roadside produce stands.
3-4 Journey by ferry across the Salish Sea to Salt Spring Island, the coolest island in Canada according to the Washington Post Enjoy an undulating ride past island cottages, forested hillsides and lush farmland en route to Hastings House, our elegant oceanfront hotel Climb through arbutus trees on Mount Erskine to a stunning viewpoint with panoramic vistas over Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands Explore unique art galleries and whimsical shops in the town of Ganges.
5-6 Watch for porpoises, bald eagles and—if we're lucky—whales as we travel by water taxi to Galiano Island The second largest of the Gulf Islands, Galiano offers quiet pedal-perfect roads that roll past rugged shoreline and stretches of forest interspersed with eclectic galleries and art studios Play hide-and-seek with harbor seals as you kayak the calm cobalt waters of Montague Harbor Hike all the way from cool temperate rain forest to a lookout point on Mount Galiano for endless vistas of the surrounding islands and the Olympic Peninsula.