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A Guide To Cycling the Gulf Islands in British Columbia

Victoria and the Gulf Islands are known for their mild temperatures, sunny days and low rainfall, especially in the summer. Cycling the Gulf Islands and the Victoria area via dedicated bike paths on Vancouver Island and generally quiet side roads in the Gulf Islands provide the visitor with a pleasurable way of actively seeing the quiet countryside. The frequent ocean views and the drama of the mainland mountains can be appreciated by all.

Once off the bike there are plenty of diversions including visiting artist’s studios, wine tasting, farmers markets, and spas, dining and enjoying picnics on one of the small beaches easily accessed by bike.

In addition, renting a kayak for a half or full day will allow further exploration of the marine environment and perhaps some close up encounters with whales, seals, sea lions, bald eagles and seabirds. There are opportunities to go on dedicated whale watching trips which is a worthwhile experience for all ages.

A wide range of accommodation is available to suit all budgets. There are intimate B&B’s, inns, basic, boutique and five star hotels, resorts, campgrounds and rental properties.  Some islands like Saturna have very limited choices but Salt Spring Island has all options. This itinerary will provide you with all that you need to know to plan your own trip. Allow a minimum of 4 days (without visiting all the islands) though if you have a relaxed schedule the trip could easily be 10 day trip.

Look for the following information:

  • How to get there
  • Cycling the Gulf Islands routes
  • Where to stay
  • Where to eat
  • What to do when not on your bike

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