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 your family 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 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.
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.
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.