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Victoria, Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands Multisport Tour
Victoria, Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands Multisport Tour

Out here at the edge of the continent, the pleasures are simple: a walk on a wild driftwood-strewn beach. Hilltop panoramas of labyrinthine channels and rugged sandstone outcrops glimmering in the sun. The most delicious smoked salmon you've ever tasted. And while boutique wineries, art galleries and farm-to-table eateries are also part of the daily Gulf Islands 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 black-tailed deer, under the radar with space to spare.

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 past rustic 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 wineries and roadside produce stands.

Day 3 A hike on Mount Work offers striking 360-degree views of Vancouver Island, the Olympic Mountains and the surrounding Gulf Islands After lunch, it's a quick spin to the ferry at Swartz Bay Journey across the water to Pender Island, then set out for an undulating ride to Bedwell Harbour, one of the most beautiful harbors in British Columbia.

Days 4-6 Journey by water taxi to Mayne Island for a rolling bike route with an ever-changing panorama of graceful sailboats, neighboring islands and distant mountain peaks On Galiano, the second-largest of the Gulf Islands, pedal rolling roads past rugged shoreline and swaths of forest interspersed with eclectic galleries and art studios Play hide-and-seek with harbor seals as you kayak the calm cobalt waters of Trincomali Channel  Hike all the way from cool temperate rain forest to a lookout point on Mount Galiano for stretch-forever vistas of the surrounding islands.

Trip Highlights
  • One of western Canada's most appealing regions, with mile upon mile of pristine coastline
  • Commute the local way, island-hopping by ferry and water taxi
  • Hike Mount Galiano for the region's finest views
  • Sea kayak on calm waters in the realm of harbor seals and bald eagles
  • Extend your vacation in vibrant Victoria or Vancouver
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Premiere Inns

Brentwood Bay Resort (2 nights): Perched on a forested hillside with spectacular bay vistas, this chic resort hotel features a blend of West Coast and Asian styles. (pool, spa)

Poet's Cove (1 night): Soak up water views and unforgettable sunsets at this elegant Arts and Crafts-style lodge nestled in beautiful Bedwell Harbour. (pool, spa)

Galiano Inn & Spa (2 nights): 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.

Routes For All Abilities

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
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* 600 40 1200
Biking 29 900
2 Biking 23 1300 36 1300
Biking 40 1400
3 Biking 11* 300 24* 1000 39* 1000
Walking/Hiking 5* 1100
4 Biking 15* 700
Walking/Hiking 3 0
5 Biking 31 0
Kayaking Montague Harbour, Galiano Island
6 Walking/Hiking 3* 900

* Includes a shuttle

2014 Dates & Pricing*

  • 6/29-7/4 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $750 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/13-18 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $750 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/20-25 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $750 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/10-15 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $750 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/24-29 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $750 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/7-12 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $750 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-19 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $750 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/21-26 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $750 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

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.

Pricing for Private Trips

  • 2 - 3 guests $7,098 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $3,098 pp dbl. occ.

Guest Trip Reviews

Out here at the edge of North America, Canada's Gulf Islands can sometimes feel like a forgotten place. But we're certainly not complaining! We're excited to introduce you to the incredible riding, hiking and paddling opportunities offered in this pristine part of the world. Not to mention the region's wonderful Northwest bounty, like farm-fresh produce, superlative seafood and delicious local wines.
Alison Iles - Regional Manager, Canada