Hiking in the San Juan Islands, Washington
San Juan Islands Bike Tours
The San Juan Islands, Victoria & Olympic National Park Walking & Hiking Tour
Hiking in the San Juan Islands, Washington
Hiking in the San Juan Islands, Washington
The San Juan Islands, Victoria & Olympic National Park Walking & Hiking Tour
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Vancouver & San Juan Islands Walking & Hiking Tour

Washington's Puget Sound to Canada's Pacific Coast

Couples, Friends & Solos

5 days 4 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $3,999 - $4,099 pp dbl occ

($1,150 for sgl occ)

Most people imagine themselves on a beach, tropical drink in hand, when they hear “island escape.” But you’re not most people. The San Juan Islands, and Vancouver Island, B.C., are your kind of islands. Imagine hiking through old-growth forest to spectacular viewpoints. Scenic ferry rides and wildlife watching. Stays at award-winning hotels, walks along charming waterfronts and time to relax in between.  Sorry, beaches. Maybe next time. 

Washington San Juan Islands walking and Hiking Tour
Washington San Juan Islands walking and Hiking Tour

Washington State & British Columbia

Start Anacortes / End Seattle

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

Highlights

  • Summit mountains on three different islands in two countries, through old- and second-growth forest along fern-lined trails on for spectacular views of the Puget Sound
  • Spot sea birds, whales and other marine life by land and by sea, from the shores near your historic hotels.
  • Explore Victoria’s Inner Harbour and admire the historic architecture and many recreational spaces in the city’s lovely downtown, including Johnson Street Bridge, Pandora Street and Belleville Street.
  • Relax with a treatment at your hotel’s award-winning spa in Victoria or a dip in the mineral pools 

Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

Learn about the history of America’s military presence on San Juan Island and the pig that started it all | Summit Mount Finlayson—the highest point on the island’s south end—for spectacular views overlooking the Straight of San Juan de Fuca | On Orcas Island, hike up Mount Constitution along an evergreen trail lined with salal and sword fern, and through old-growth forest of western hemlock, Douglas fir and western red cedar | Marvel at the 360° view afforded by the highest point in the San Juans, which includes the surrounding islands and skerries, the snowcapped Cascade Mountains and the cities of Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia | Relax in the lush surroundings of your historic seaside resort, with its gardens, woodland trails, marina and outdoor sculpture park

Accommodations
Roche Harbor Resort, San Juan Island, Washington
Roche Harbor Resort
San Juan Island
| Premiere Hotel

Located in the charming waterfront hamlet of Roche Harbor, this popular island destination has hosted guests since 1886, when it was part of a lime works and company town. (pool) 

Days 3-5
Description

A scenic ferry ride marks your official passage into Canada: part II of your northwest adventure begins! | Explore one of Vancouver Island’s largest regional parks, notable for its biodiversity and three freshwater lakes | Hike along a lush, forested trail to the top of Mount Work—a monument to geologic forces and time—for sweeping views of Vancouver Island,  the Olympic Mountains and the surrounding Gulf Islands | Discover the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, featuring 55 acres of exquisite flowers and  plants and 26 greenhouses | Head into charming Oak Bay Village to admire the Victorian architecture or shop in an array of upscale boutiques, art galleries and antique stores | Relax and unwind with a spa treatment or soak in your hotel’s oceanfront mineral pools 

Accommodations
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Victoria
| Premiere Hotel

Overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca with views of Mount Baker, this elegant English Tudor-style hotel offers “new-world” charm, luxury and modern conveniences in the peaceful community of Oak Bay. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

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

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

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 terrain on this trip includes rugged mountain trails, coastal and lowland forest paths, and garden walks.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 1 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 1 mile* | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles* | 1500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 4 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles* | 1700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 400 ft. gain

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 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.

Ferry Transfers

To bring you to our favorite parts of the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula, we make liberal use of ferry transfers on this trip.  You'll be on board a ferry for many of the days on this trip as we island-hop like the locals do. Consider this an opportunity to view some spectacular marine scenery (and occasional wildlife!) while resting your legs in preparation for your next hike.

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