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Canada's Gulf & Vancouver Islands Multi-Adventure Tour

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BC's Undiscovered Isles & Victoria

From $3,298 - $3,498 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$690 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 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.

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British Columbia

Start Victoria / End Victoria or Galiano

Gulf Islands Multisport Map

Highlights

  • Discover one of western Canada's most appealing regions, biking along pristine coastline and gorgeous green inland scenery
  • Hike Mount Galiano for the region's finest panoramic views of the islands and Olympic Peninsula
  • Sea-kayak on the calm waters of Montague Harbor, where you might spot harbor seals and bald eagles
  • Relax and enjoy the view as you commute the local way, island-hopping by ferry and water taxi
British Columbia

Start Victoria / End Victoria or Galiano

Gulf Islands Multisport Map

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 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 and roadside produce stands.

Days 3-4 Journey by ferry 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 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.

Days 5-6 Watch for porpoises, bald eagles and—if we're lucky—whales as we water taxi to Galiano Island | 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 tranquil cobalt waters of Montague Harbor | Hike all the way from cool temperate rain forest up to a lookout point on Mount Galiano for endless vistas of the 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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,298 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,298 - $3,498 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$690 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere & Casual Hotels*

Brentwood Bay Resort
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

Vancouver Island (2 nights)

Hastings House
Hastings House

Salt Spring Island (2 nights)

Galiano Inn & Spa
Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa

Galiano Island (1 night)

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 & Casual 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

Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

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)
* Casual Hotel

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

Galiano Inn & Spa

Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa

Galiano Island (1 night)

One of the island's original accommodations, this elegant 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)

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
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* 1100 40 2500
Walking/Hiking 4 800
2 Biking 24* 1500 38 1800 42 1900
3 Biking 13* 800 20* 1600 32 2300
Walking/Hiking 2 100
4 Biking 16 1300 23 1900
Walking/Hiking 2 600
5 Biking 13* 1100 18 1500
Kayaking on Montague Harbour (3 Hours)
Other Private Boat Charter
6 Walking/Hiking 4 800
 

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.

* 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 (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 4 lunches

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! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

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

When You’ve Seen One Island...

You want to see more. But you also want to experience the highlights of each in the best possible way, and without wasting precious vacation time getting from one to the next. That's where our 27 years of experience in the Gulf Islands comes in. From sea kayaks to private boat charters to local ferries synced up perfectly with our rides, we've figured out the very best routes for exploring these gems along Canada's spectacular West Coast.

The Best Leaders in British Columbia Islands

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in British Columbia Islands, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multi-adventure trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

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 Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

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.  

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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