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British Columbia: Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

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Discover Canada’s west coast by bicycle, ferry, and sea kayak on a scenic new tour featuring three enchanting destinations: Salt Spring, Pender, and Vancouver Islands.

  • Duration: 7 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 13 - 35|
  • Biking: 2 - 5 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy / Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available
Airplane
Air Package Available
People
Guided Group Tour

Starting From

Bike Vacation + Air Package

$3,745

Bike Vacation Only

$3,095

(per person, double occupancy)

British Columbia: Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

Island hop along Canada’s west coast by bicycle and ferry on this new-for-2020 tour. Sea life from sand dollars to whales may spring into view as your gaze sweeps over coastal waters, and get a closer view on a guided sea kayaking excursion. By land, rides on country roads and rail trails lead to the spectacular Butchart Gardens and more. You’ll also meet the locals in artists’ studios and a family-owned orchard, and savor the farm-to-table freshness of Gulf Island cuisine. Overnights in fine boutique hotels complement your thrilling days of cycling.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills on the Gulf Islands and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support shuttle is always available for those who would like assistance with the hills.

  • Duration: 7 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 13 - 35|
  • Biking: 2 - 5 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Bus Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Island hop along Canada’s west coast, admiring land and sea views by bicycle and ferry.
  • Go sea kayaking along the Gulf Islands on an included excursion.
  • Pop in on artists at work in studios around the town of Ganges.
  • Cycle popular bike trails on Vancouver Island.
  • Enjoy lunch and a tasting at the family-owned Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse.
  • Visit Victoria’s spectacular Butchart Gardens—your admission is included.
  • Savor authentic farm-to-fork West Coast cuisine.
  • Relax in comfort each night in 3-, 4-, and 5-star hotels.

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

May64º/46º

Jun70º/50º

Jul75º/54º

Aug74º/54º

Sep69º/52º

Oct58º/46º

Average
Precipitation:

May1.0 in

Jun0.8 in

Jul0.5 in

Aug0.9 in

Sep1.1 in

Oct2.0 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation + Air Package

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Sidney in conveniently located hotel with breakfast included Check
5 nights in 3-, 4-, and 5-star hotels Check Check
10 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Sat, May 23 to Fri, May 29 - 2020

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Depart from home for Victoria, B.C. Upon arrival at the Victoria International airport (YYJ), claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, you must fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Also, make sure that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags so that your representative can identify you.

VBT’s local representative will meet you outside the customs area in your arrival terminal and will be holding a VBT sign. Your local representative helps you transfer by private car (approximately 15 minutes) to your hotel in Sidney to begin your trip. Your hotel room may not be available until 4:00 p.m. If you arrive early, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please note that our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you will be responsible for your own transfer. However, they might be able to reschedule your transfer if they are aware of the delay. Please contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service.

You have the rest of the day free to explore this seaside town. Nestled on the edge of the Salish Sea with spectacular views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Mount Baker, Sidney offers the perfect gateway to your island adventures. Only three miles (4.8 km) from Victoria International Airport (YYJ), Sidney features a low-key lifestyle that is perfect to help you unwind after a day’s travel. Take a leisurely stroll along the Sidney waterfront sculpture walk, where you’ll see artwork from artists across North America. With its relaxed West Coast ambiance, Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula are home to many restaurants and cafés with a focus on all things local—and a taste of the international, too. One popular option is the Georgia Café & Deli, located right in your hotel.

Sample the local cuisine over dinner on your own this evening.

Hotel: Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa

Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at the hotel in Sidney at 12:00 p.m. They will be wearing VBT staff garments. You’ll join our Trip Leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a warm-up ride from Sidney to the town of Ganges on Salt Spring Island. Your ride includes a 35-minute ferry crossing from Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour. On arrival in Ganges, check into your room in the Harbour House Hotel, a welcoming, 3-star hotel. This sleek and airy hotel in the heart of town offers stunning views over the Salish Sea, a full-service restaurant, and a spa, all newly renovated in a relaxed and refined style. Enjoy time to relax and settle in.

Later, gather with the group for a welcome cocktail reception on the patio (weather permitting), followed by a farm-to-fork dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Harbour House Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 7 – 27 km (4-16 miles)

Afternoon Sidney to ferry Warm Up: 7 km (4 miles) with a 35-minute ferry crossing
Afternoon Fulford Harbour to Harbour House Warm Up: 20 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Enjoy an easy ride from Sidney to the ferry terminal (7 km / 4 miles). After your ferry crossing, the ride follows a gently rolling route to Ganges (20 km / 12 miles).

After breakfast, you’ll cycle out from Ganges past Saint Mary Lake to Fernwood Point, one of the finest beaches on the island. Here, Government Wharf stretches far into the water. To one side of the wharf, off the sand bar, you’ll find host of marine life, including kelp crabs, sea stars, clams, and more. In the tidal pools to the other side of the wharf, you might see sea anemones, hermit crabs, sand dollars, and other species. While here, you might pause at the café for a warm beverage and a Nanaimo Bar, a uniquely British Columbian pastry.

Salt Spring Island is a magnet for artists and musicians, and as your ride continues northward, you’ll pass several studios where artists are hard at work in various media. You might consider stopping along the way to admire their skills.

Your loop ride culminates back in Ganges, where many fishermen make their home. A “must-see” here is the famous, marine-themed Landmark Mural painted on a retired buoy. As you gaze out over the waters surrounding Salt Spring Island, you might see orcas cruising around, and harbor seals are always present. Sea lions are occasional visitors, too.

Later, at your hotel, enjoy an aperitif on the patio before you head out for dinner on your own in Ganges.

Hotel: Harbour House Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 27 km (17 miles)

Morning
Ganges to Fernwood Point Loop: 27 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Salt Spring Island is a great bicycling destination, but use caution on the island’s main paved routes, which are in varying states of repair, with narrow or non-existent shoulders, loose gravel and bumpy patches, hills, blind corners, and some fast, impatient drivers. Our ride will offer more quiet secondary roads than main roads, but some stretches on the busier, winding, and sometimes hilly main roads are necessary.

Cycle from your hotel in Ganges to Long Harbour (5.3 km/3.3 miles), where you’ll board a ferry to Pender Island, renowned for its beautiful parks and scenic vistas. Actually two islands connected by a one-lane bridge, Pender Island is a cyclist’s delight with pasturelands, forest-clad hills, and several beaches. Here, you’ll spin along winding roads and gentle rolling hills to Port Browning, where you’ll enjoy lunch featuring tasty local specialties.

Mid-afternoon, embark on your sea kayaking adventure. Led by a skilled guide, you’ll paddle through a protected harbor, keeping your eyes peeled for the rich marine life that thrives here.

Afterward, if time permits, you may cycle to Sea Star Vineyards, Pender Island’s only winery—an ocean-facing vineyard that specializes in crafting wines from organically grown grapes. If you wish, you may enjoy a tasting on your own here.

Or return to the hotel, where you will have time at leisure. If you are interested in an appointment at Susurrus, the hotel spa, advance booking is highly recommended. Call 250-629-2113 or 250-629-2100 directly to reserve.

Please note: Due to seasonal ferry schedules between Salt Spring and Pender Islands, if you are traveling in the spring or fall, your sea kayaking adventure will occur during the morning, followed by lunch in Ganges. In the afternoon, you’ll cycle from Ganges to Long Harbour, where you’ll board the ferry to Pender Island and transfer to your hotel. If time allows, you may cycle to Sea Star Vineyards for a tasting on your own.

Hotel: Poets Cove Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 5 – 30 km (3 – 18 miles)

Morning
Ganges to Long Harbour ferry: 5 km (3 miles)
Otter Bay to Port Browning: 6 km (4 miles)

Afternoon
Port Browning to Sea Star to Poets Cove Loop: 19.5 km (12 miles)
Port Browning to Brooks Point Regional Park and Poets Cove: 18 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: There is a paved shoulder from Ganges to Long Harbour ferry terminal on Salt Spring Island, and paved road from Otter Bay ferry terminal to Port Browning on Pender Island. The Pender Island route is winding with some gentle rolling hills and a maximum speed limit of 30 mph (50 km/hr).

The optional ride from Port Browning to Sea Star Vineyards ascends on a quiet secondary road and descends back, with some rolling hills, into Port Browning. The ride from Port Browning to Poets Cove Resort is along a paved, winding road with gently rolling hills. There is one steep and winding uphill for 0.6 km (0.3 miles) after leaving the marina in Port Browning. VBT highly recommends that you dismount your bicycle and walk up this hill.

This morning, you’ll say goodbye to your hosts at Poets Cove Resort and board the ferry to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, renowned for its blend of cosmopolitan cities and breathtaking wilderness, a mild climate, and long history. Linking the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, where you will alight, with the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, is the Lochside Trail. Enjoy a tranquil spin along this rail trail to Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. This family-owned, farm-based cidery produces award-winning, traditionally fermented ciders from organically grown heritage apples. Enjoy a tasting and copious lunch in this peaceful setting.

Afterward, follow Lochside Trail to the Galloping Goose Trail, a more rural route designed to link the country to the city and people to nature. As you spin along this trail, admire fields of golden corn and cathedral canopies of green leaves, including Garry Oaks—British Columbia’s only native oak. You might pause along the way for a Nainamo Bar, a three-layered, no-bake treat named for a city on Vancouver Island. Many varieties exist for you to savor.

On arrival at your boutique hotel, settle into your room and perhaps relax in its heated seaside mineral pools (16 years of age minimum). If you would like an appointment at the spa, advance booking is highly recommended; call 250-940-0326 or email [email protected] to reserve.

Tonight’s dinner is on your own at one of the hotel’s dining venues or at the nearby marina.

Hotel: Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 15 – 42 km (10 – 27 miles)

Morning
Swartz Bay to Sea Cider: 15 km (10 miles)

Afternoon
Sea Cider to Oak Bay Beach: 28 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Enjoy easy rides today on quiet bike paths or secondary roads. The bike path/trail varies between paved and packed gravel surfaces. The morning ride gently ascends form the ferry terminal to Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. The afternoon ride has some gentle hills and mostly descends to Oak Bay.

After breakfast, cycle to the city of Victoria, capital of British Columbia, blending a First Nations heritage with influences of British colonialism. Continue riding around the harbor to Butchart Gardens, a magnificent oasis in the heart of the city and your destination for the day. Built atop a former limestone quarry over a century ago, this landscaping gem was the vision of Jennie Butchart, who dreamed of transforming the site into a grand sunken garden. Over time, the park was expanded with Japanese, Italian, and rose gardens and a children’s pavilion, and it is now also a venue for outdoor concerts and other events. Most recently, the cultural heritage of the Indigenous People was recognized with the addition of two totem poles. Today, Butchart Gardens is a city treasure and a National Historic Site of Canada. Enjoy time to explore this tranquil haven and finish your day with a rewarding reel back to the hotel.

You’ll have time to relax at the hotel this afternoon before gathering with your fellow travelers for a celebration dinner at the hotel featuring local favorites such as Dungeness crab bisque, Pacific chowder, and wild Pacific ling cod.

Hotel: Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 32 – 64 km (20 – 40 miles)

Morning
Oak Bay Beach via Victoria to Butchart Gardens: 32 km (20 miles)

Afternoon
Butchart Gardens to Oak Bay Beach: 32 km (20 miles)

What to Expect: Ride from your hotel on paved roads to Victoria Harbour. There, you’ll join the Galloping Goose Trail and cycle north toward Brentwood Bay and Butchart Gardens.

The afternoon’s return ride follows the the Lochside Regional Trail back to the hotel. The ride is mostly flat with one hill (0.5 km) out of the gardens and a second hill (1 km) you enter the village of Brentwood Bay. There is another ascent as you join the Lochside Regional Trail and a small hill before your descent to the hotel.

VBT-Bicycle-Vacation-only guests and VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, transfer to Victoria International Airport at 8:45 a.m., arriving by 10:00 a.m. Important: Flight departures from Victoria International Airport (YYJ) prior to 12:00 p.m. are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you must make transfer arrangements from the last hotel at your own expense. Taxi cost to the Victoria airport is approximately $115 CAD for a private sedan for one to two passengers and luggage (travel time approximately 45 minutes).

VBT Post Trip Extension guests: After breakfast, transfer (approximately 20 minutes) to our centrally located Victoria hotel and begin your two-night Post-trip Extension. You’ll arrive at approximately 9:00 a.m. and have the rest of the day to explore Victoria. Check your VBT City Information for all the options. Check-in is not until 4:00 p.m.; you may leave your luggage at the front desk.

Perhaps you’ll look for whales and houseboats as you stroll the pedestrian streets of the Inner Harbour and relax at a café. Nearby, you’ll find the impressive Parliament Buildings. Delve into local history at the Royal British Columbia Museum, or visit Craigdarroch Castle, an impressive turn-of-the-20th-century mansion with sweeping city views. For a taste of the outdoors, enjoy a whale-watching excursion, venture to Goldstream Provincial Park, or enjoy sailing, kayaking, or a round of golf. You’ll find a wide range of restaurants and cafés from which to choose to unwind at the end of your exhilarating day.

Hotel: Hotel Grand Pacific
Meals: Breakfast

Sun, May 24 to Fri, May 29 - 2020

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Meet your VBT Trip Leaders and the rest of the group at the Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa in Sidney, B.C., at 12:00 p.m. (Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa, 9805 Seaport Pl, Sidney, BC V8L 4X3, telephone +1 250-655-9445). Your Trip Leaders will be wearing VBT staff garments. Please buy lunch on your own before this meeting and come dressed for bicycling.

If your arrival at the Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa is scheduled later than 12:00 p.m. or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi at your own expense (approximately $230 CAD plus approximately $60 CAD for the ferry crossing for the taxi and two passengers) to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal. From here, take the ferry to Salt Spring Island’s Fulford Harbour (this 35-minute ferry crossing cannot be reserved in advance), then taxi another 15 km (9.3 miles) to Ganges and The Harbour House Hotel (121 Upper Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2S2, telephone +1 250-537-4700). Please consult the BC Ferries schedules here: https://www.bcferries.com/schedules/southern/sssb-current.php

Please contact Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa before 12:00 p.m. to advise of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

Later, gather with the group for a welcome cocktail reception on the patio (weather permitting), followed by a farm-to-fork dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Harbour House Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 7 – 27 km (4-16 miles)

Afternoon Sidney to ferry Warm Up: 7 km (4 miles) with a 35-minute ferry crossing
Afternoon Fulford Harbour to Harbour House Warm Up: 20 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Enjoy an easy ride from Sidney to the ferry terminal (7 km / 4 miles). After your ferry crossing, the ride follows a gently rolling route to Ganges (20 km / 12 miles).

After breakfast, you’ll cycle out from Ganges past Saint Mary Lake to Fernwood Point, one of the finest beaches on the island. Here, Government Wharf stretches far into the water. To one side of the wharf, off the sand bar, you’ll find host of marine life, including kelp crabs, sea stars, clams, and more. In the tidal pools to the other side of the wharf, you might see sea anemones, hermit crabs, sand dollars, and other species. While here, you might pause at the café for a warm beverage and a Nanaimo Bar, a uniquely British Columbian pastry.

Salt Spring Island is a magnet for artists and musicians, and as your ride continues northward, you’ll pass several studios where artists are hard at work in various media. You might consider stopping along the way to admire their skills.

Your loop ride culminates back in Ganges, where many fishermen make their home. A “must-see” here is the famous, marine-themed Landmark Mural painted on a retired buoy. As you gaze out over the waters surrounding Salt Spring Island, you might see orcas cruising around, and harbor seals are always present. Sea lions are occasional visitors, too.

Later, at your hotel, enjoy an aperitif on the patio before you head out for dinner on your own in Ganges.

Hotel: Harbour House Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 27 km (17 miles)

Morning
Ganges to Fernwood Point Loop: 27 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Salt Spring Island is a great bicycling destination, but use caution on the island’s main paved routes, which are in varying states of repair, with narrow or non-existent shoulders, loose gravel and bumpy patches, hills, blind corners, and some fast, impatient drivers. Our ride will offer more quiet secondary roads than main roads, but some stretches on the busier, winding, and sometimes hilly main roads are necessary.

Cycle from your hotel in Ganges to Long Harbour (5.3 km/3.3 miles), where you’ll board a ferry to Pender Island, renowned for its beautiful parks and scenic vistas. Actually two islands connected by a one-lane bridge, Pender Island is a cyclist’s delight with pasturelands, forest-clad hills, and several beaches. Here, you’ll spin along winding roads and gentle rolling hills to Port Browning, where you’ll enjoy lunch featuring tasty local specialties.

Mid-afternoon, embark on your sea kayaking adventure. Led by a skilled guide, you’ll paddle through a protected harbor, keeping your eyes peeled for the rich marine life that thrives here.

Afterward, if time permits, you may cycle to Sea Star Vineyards, Pender Island’s only winery—an ocean-facing vineyard that specializes in crafting wines from organically grown grapes. If you wish, you may enjoy a tasting on your own here.

Or return to the hotel, where you will have time at leisure. If you are interested in an appointment at Susurrus, the hotel spa, advance booking is highly recommended. Call 250-629-2113 or 250-629-2100 directly to reserve.

Please note: Due to seasonal ferry schedules between Salt Spring and Pender Islands, if you are traveling in the spring or fall, your sea kayaking adventure will occur during the morning, followed by lunch in Ganges. In the afternoon, you’ll cycle from Ganges to Long Harbour, where you’ll board the ferry to Pender Island and transfer to your hotel. If time allows, you may cycle to Sea Star Vineyards for a tasting on your own.

Hotel: Poets Cove Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 5 – 30 km (3 – 18 miles)

Morning
Ganges to Long Harbour ferry: 5 km (3 miles)
Otter Bay to Port Browning: 6 km (4 miles)

Afternoon
Port Browning to Sea Star to Poets Cove Loop: 19.5 km (12 miles)
Port Browning to Brooks Point Regional Park and Poets Cove: 18 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: There is a paved shoulder from Ganges to Long Harbour ferry terminal on Salt Spring Island, and paved road from Otter Bay ferry terminal to Port Browning on Pender Island. The Pender Island route is winding with some gentle rolling hills and a maximum speed limit of 30 mph (50 km/hr).

The optional ride from Port Browning to Sea Star Vineyards ascends on a quiet secondary road and descends back, with some rolling hills, into Port Browning. The ride from Port Browning to Poets Cove Resort is along a paved, winding road with gently rolling hills. There is one steep and winding uphill for 0.6 km (0.3 miles) after leaving the marina in Port Browning. VBT highly recommends that you dismount your bicycle and walk up this hill.

This morning, you’ll say goodbye to your hosts at Poets Cove Resort and board the ferry to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, renowned for its blend of cosmopolitan cities and breathtaking wilderness, a mild climate, and long history. Linking the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, where you will alight, with the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, is the Lochside Trail. Enjoy a tranquil spin along this rail trail to Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. This family-owned, farm-based cidery produces award-winning, traditionally fermented ciders from organically grown heritage apples. Enjoy a tasting and copious lunch in this peaceful setting.

Afterward, follow Lochside Trail to the Galloping Goose Trail, a more rural route designed to link the country to the city and people to nature. As you spin along this trail, admire fields of golden corn and cathedral canopies of green leaves, including Garry Oaks—British Columbia’s only native oak. You might pause along the way for a Nainamo Bar, a three-layered, no-bake treat named for a city on Vancouver Island. Many varieties exist for you to savor.

On arrival at your boutique hotel, settle into your room and perhaps relax in its heated seaside mineral pools (16 years of age minimum). If you would like an appointment at the spa, advance booking is highly recommended; call 250-940-0326 or email [email protected] to reserve.

Tonight’s dinner is on your own at one of the hotel’s dining venues or at the nearby marina.

Hotel: Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 15 – 42 km (10 – 27 miles)

Morning
Swartz Bay to Sea Cider: 15 km (10 miles)

Afternoon
Sea Cider to Oak Bay Beach: 28 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Enjoy easy rides today on quiet bike paths or secondary roads. The bike path/trail varies between paved and packed gravel surfaces. The morning ride gently ascends form the ferry terminal to Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. The afternoon ride has some gentle hills and mostly descends to Oak Bay.

After breakfast, cycle to the city of Victoria, capital of British Columbia, blending a First Nations heritage with influences of British colonialism. Continue riding around the harbor to Butchart Gardens, a magnificent oasis in the heart of the city and your destination for the day. Built atop a former limestone quarry over a century ago, this landscaping gem was the vision of Jennie Butchart, who dreamed of transforming the site into a grand sunken garden. Over time, the park was expanded with Japanese, Italian, and rose gardens and a children’s pavilion, and it is now also a venue for outdoor concerts and other events. Most recently, the cultural heritage of the Indigenous People was recognized with the addition of two totem poles. Today, Butchart Gardens is a city treasure and a National Historic Site of Canada. Enjoy time to explore this tranquil haven and finish your day with a rewarding reel back to the hotel.

You’ll have time to relax at the hotel this afternoon before gathering with your fellow travelers for a celebration dinner at the hotel featuring local favorites such as Dungeness crab bisque, Pacific chowder, and wild Pacific ling cod.

Hotel: Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 32 – 64 km (20 – 40 miles)

Morning
Oak Bay Beach via Victoria to Butchart Gardens: 32 km (20 miles)

Afternoon
Butchart Gardens to Oak Bay Beach: 32 km (20 miles)

What to Expect: Ride from your hotel on paved roads to Victoria Harbour. There, you’ll join the Galloping Goose Trail and cycle north toward Brentwood Bay and Butchart Gardens.

The afternoon’s return ride follows the the Lochside Regional Trail back to the hotel. The ride is mostly flat with one hill (0.5 km) out of the gardens and a second hill (1 km) you enter the village of Brentwood Bay. There is another ascent as you join the Lochside Regional Trail and a small hill before your descent to the hotel.

After breakfast, transfer to Victoria International Airport at 8:45 a.m., arriving by 10:00 a.m. Important: Flight departures from Victoria International Airport (YYJ) prior to 12:00 p.m. are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you must make transfer arrangements from the last hotel at your own expense. Taxi cost to the Victoria airport is approximately $115 CAD for a private sedan for one to two passengers and luggage (travel time approximately 45 minutes).

Meals: Breakfast

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After breakfast, transfer (approximately 20 minutes) to our centrally located Victoria hotel and begin your two-night Post-trip Extension. You’ll arrive at approximately 9:00 a.m. and have the rest of the day to explore Victoria. Check your VBT City Information for all the options. Check-in is not until 4:00 p.m.; you may leave your luggage at the front desk.

Perhaps you’ll look for whales and houseboats as you stroll the pedestrian streets of the Inner Harbour and relax at a café. Nearby, you’ll find the impressive Parliament Buildings. Delve into local history at the Royal British Columbia Museum, or visit Craigdarroch Castle, an impressive turn-of-the-20th-century mansion with sweeping city views. For a taste of the outdoors, enjoy a whale-watching excursion, venture to Goldstream Provincial Park, or enjoy sailing, kayaking, or a round of golf. You’ll find a wide range of restaurants and cafés from which to choose to unwind at the end of your exhilarating day.

Hotel: Hotel Grand Pacific
Meals: Breakfast

Continue your independent exploration of Victoria today. Perhaps you’ll follow a walking loop around Victoria’s famous harbor and complete it with a water taxi ride. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Grand Pacific
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast* this morning, transfer to the Victoria airport (approximately 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic) for your departing flight**. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

* Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

** Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

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