5 days/4 nights, with 3½ days of activities


Start any day between April 15 and October 31


Cycling: 40 km (25 miles) daily average      Walking: 4 to 7 hours Kayaking: 4 hours

The terrain is hilly and there are moderate and more challenging hills every day


Classic Accommodation:   CAD$1645               
B&B Accommodation:   CAD$1375       
                              Single suppl. classic: CAD$300       
Single suppl. B&B: CAD$210              

*Price before tax. Canada applies a 12% HST.


  • 4 nights hotels
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Use of a top quality 21-speed hybrid bike complete with handlebar bag, pump, and all the necessary accessories for changing flats. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons
  • Kayak rental and guide
  • Detailed route instructions and map
  • Luggage transfers (We enlist your help getting the luggage onto and off the ferry)
  • Area Manager available throughout the tour
  • Ferry not included

The tour starts in Galiano Island, located in the Gulf Islands.

You can reach Galiano Island directly from Swartz Bay near Victoria. Victoria, the beautiful capital of British Columbia is easily accessible by ferry from Vancouver, and Seattle, Washington. You could also reach Galiano Island from Vancouver (Tsawwassen ferry terminal). Please visit www.bcferries.com for Schedules and Fares.

Major Airlines fly from Vancouver and Seattle to Victoria. Airport shuttle busses are available and take 30 minutes to downtown Victoria.

For Americans, you may choose to fly into Seattle and take the high speed catamaran from the harbour in downtown Seattle to Victoria harbour. From here a shuttle can transfer you to Swartz Bay.

Randonnée Tours

Canada

Gulf Islands Multisport 5 Days

Get away from it all! Journey to a place where lush forests meet the deep blue sea, sail away to the beauty and tranquility of the Gulf Islands. Pedal along quiet roads, past orchards and farms, and paddle on sparkling waters. Explore lush rainforests, staggering vistas and gently lapping shorelines as you walk the quiet trails. Be sure to save some time to explore the wonderful artists studios and galleries in search of that perfect souvenir. Fill your days with experiences you'll treasure forever.




Gulf Islands Multisport 5 DaysDay 1

Your tour starts at Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island where you take the ferry to Galiano Island, named for the Spanish sea captain who explored the surrounding waters in 1792. Galiano Island is home to more than 130 species of birds and a haven for naturalists. Explore some of the island before arriving at tonight's accommodation, where you settle in for two nights.


Day 2
Today's walk takes you to three great viewpoints. Climb up Mount Galiano where there's a wonderful view of Active Pass and the southern Gulf Islands. Head into Bluffs Park, where you hike amongst cedars and ferns to the top of the bluff, where there are stunning views of Prevost Island and the south face of Mount Galiano. From Galiano Cemetery you'll see seals sunning themselves on their private island. 12 km.

Day 3Gulf Islands Multisport 5 Days
You have many options today. You could walk or ride on Galiano Island or go to Mayne Island, the smallest of the inhabited southern Gulf Islands, for a day trip. On Mayne Island explore Miners Bay and learn about the history of the area in the museum, which was once the jail. Bike along meandering roads to tree-lined shores, picnic at Georgina Point Lighthouse, which has overlooked Active Pass since 1885, and watch seals and Orcas gambol in the waves while seabirds glide overhead. Take some time to hike through the forests of Mount Parke Regional Park, the highest point on the island. Enjoy a whole new perspective of the islands as you take to the sea in your kayak. You'll receive everything you need at Blue Vista Resort, including a lesson to get you started and a guide, who'll accompany you today. Paddle to Winter Cover Marine Provincial Park, once a quarry and now meadows and wetlands sheltering migratory waterbirds. Head into Boot Cove below steep hills descending to the water and arrive at Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island, which will be your home for the next two nights.


Day 4
Start with a transfer to the end of Narvaez Road, where today's walk begins. Follow old logging roads and goat trails to the top of Mount Warburton Pike, then descend to the Saturna Winery, in a spectacular setting near the water, and the pebbly beach at Thomson Park. Then it's back to you comfortable hotel or B&B for a relaxing evening.

Day 5
Catch a ferry back to the mainland, where you depart for home or set off on a new adventure.

 

"We were in Gulf Islands Heaven! … [the area managers] were wonderful - very accommodating and helpful - and our kayaking experience was superior."

- Janie, California


© 2007 Randonnée Tours
  Disclaimer | Contact Info | Privacy Policy
 

Need more details?
Download a detailed itinerary of this trip, which includes a day-by-day breakdown, activity level descriptions and other helpful information.

To receive a copy of this trip's itinerary, simply fill out the following form and the itinerary will be emailed to you directly. (Fields marked with an * are required.)

*
*
*
*

Are you a travel agent?*

 

Call Me

 

Have you travelled with us before?*