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Vancouver Island Bike Tour

Summary

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Ride the Pacific Marine Circle to discover the ancient forests, rugged mountains, and breathtaking coasts of Vancouver Island. Enjoy quiet rides around tranquil lakes, and abandoned logging roads. Explore communities settled by the First Nation thousands of years ago, and the burgeoning wine and foodies destination of Lake Cowichan. Vancouver Island is a hub of outdoor, cultural, and culinary adventure, and sure to be one of your greatest experiences.

Road bike
6 days
306 km / 190 mi
$ 2,395.-
  • Specialist cycling guide and ‘on the road’ support staff and vehicle.
  • Custom Fitting on 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp Cycle.
  • Use of Garmin GPS Unit.
  • Luggage Transfer each day.
  • Supported Nutrition Stops, Snacks/Drinks for Ride,
  • Mill Bay Ferry inclusive.
  • 2 Dinners included: Cowichan Bay Dinner, Port Renfrew Dinner, Sooke Brewing Happy Hour.
  • Group size max 13

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Total distance
306 km / 190 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, room & breakfast
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
26 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
02 Jun 2019 - 07 Jun 2019
16 Jun 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
23 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
07 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
14 Jul 2019 - 19 Jul 2019
29 Jul 2019 - 02 Aug 2019
04 Aug 2019 - 09 Aug 2019
18 Aug 2019 - 23 Aug 2019
25 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
+start date:September 8 en 15
Start
Victoria
Finish
Victoria
Airport at start
Vancouver or Victoria
Airport at finish
Vancouver or Victoria

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,395.-
extra night before tour
For passengers wishing to explore prior to the start of the trip, pre nights are offered at The Strathcona Hotel.

Cost is xxx(apx. $150 CAD) per room.

$ 150.-
Optional
extra night after the tour
Additional post nights are also offered at The Strathcona Hotel, which is the ending point of the tour. Cost is

xxx(apx $150 CAD) per room.

$ 150.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 599.-

Itinerary

Starting/Meeting point: Strathcona Victoria at 8am

Day 1 - Victoria to Cowichan Bay

Meet your fellow riders and cycling specialist this morning at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, for a custom bike fitting and briefing on the adventure to come. As we head North, houses and communities become sparse as we leave the Capital city behind in favor of the more remote sections of the Island. Today’s ride will be augmented with a ferry ride across the Saanich Inlet to Mills Bay. Known as ͞”The Islands Most Beautiful Shortcut,” this ferry ride will take ~25 minutes. Enjoy the incredible landscape, and be sure to keep an eye open for the seals, orcas, and whales that frequently patrol the area. Once across, we’ll hop back in the saddle to enjoy the incredible views along the coast as we cruise into the fishing community of Cowichan Bay.

The indigenous First Nation have harvested salmon and shellfish in this region for thousands of years. Be sure to sample some at the included welcome meal as you reflect on your first day’s ride, and the adventures yet to come.

Day 2 - Cowichan Bay to Lake Cowichan

On today’s ride, we will head inland through the Cowichan Valley and towards Lake Cowichan. The Cowichan Valley Trail is a spectacular section of the 15,000 mile long Trans Canada Trail, one of the longest trail networks in the world. The well maintained gravel trail is wide, and relatively flat, with amazing features such as the wooden Kinsol Trestle, a converted railway towering nearly 150ft above the Koksilah River. The mountains begin to rise around us, as we climb towards the edge of Lake Cowichan, for our night stop in the cleverly named town of Lake Cowichan. Surrounded by temperate rainforest, the town of Lake Cowichan boasts a unique maritime Mediterranean climate, allowing it to become Canada’s premier wine country, specializing in Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris.

Add an extra 9 miles to the beginning of your ride with today’s Burner route. This extension will have you circle the marvelous Shawinigan Lake, before rejoining the main route along the Cowichan Valley Trail.

Day 3 - Lake Cowichan

Explore the full 19 miles of this long lake and surrounding wilderness with a beautiful 46 mile loop. The loop features a number of partial dirt sections, coastal hills, and plentiful opportunities to relax by the water. As you head toward the far side of the lake, keep a lookout for some of the 3000 massive Roosevelt Elk that call the Island home. Conquer one last climb toward the end of the loop, and glide into Lake Cowichan for another night of relaxation, and some of the region’s finest wine, beer, and food.

Day 4 - Lake Cowichan to Port Renfrew

Today we will follow the valley and ridges of the Insular Mountains to the island’s beautiful, and remote Pacific Coast. You’ll find yourself surrounded by lush forests of ancient fir and cedar, including some of the largest, tallest, and oldest trees in the world. After making your way through the mountains, cruise down into the San Juan River Valley for an included nutrition stop at Lizard Lake. Take a refreshing swim if you like, before continuing on to our ending point in Port Renfrew.Home of the Pacheedaht First Nation and gateway to the famous West Coast Trail, Port Renfrew features a diverse mix of indigenous culture, and outdoor enthusiasts, evident throughout much of the main village. Be sure to visit the Botanical Beach for incredible tidal pools brimming with life and views of the United States rising to the south.

Today’s Burner Route takes you through the mountains along a number of old gravel logging roads. Far from the beaten path, you will truly feel the desolation of the wilderness around you. Make a pit stop from this gnarly route to visit the amazing old growth Avatar Grove and “Canada’s Gnarliest Tree.”

Day 5 - Port Renfrew to Sooke

Today’s ride will take us South along the beautiful Pacific Coast. With some hilly terrain along the route, you’l be able to combine photo stops with rest stops to take in spectacular views of the jagged coastline and the surrounding Olympic Mountains. If the waves are calling you, be sure to check out the remote French and China Beaches on your own, as well as an included nutrition stop along the famous surf of the Jordan River.

Celebrate today’s ride, and the final night stop of our trip with an included happy hour at Sooke Brewing Co. A hub for outdoor adventures, the District of Sooke also maintains a vibrant arts community and wealth of local artisans prominently on display at the Harbour House Art Gallery. When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to join the Harbor Seals at the pier to inspect the fresh daily hauls of freshwater, and ocean fish.

Day 6 - Sooke to Victoria

Today we take off on the final stretch and get our last taste of the Canadian wilderness before returning to the bustling city of Victoria. A number of quick hills will keep your tires pumping before giving way to a relaxing downhill into Downtown Victoria concluding your tour. Rejoin your group to celebrate the success of your adventure with lunch sendoff at a local brewery.

Map & Routes

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Bicycle

T Specialized-Diverge 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp Cycle.
The Specialized Diverge is not quite a cross bike and not completely a road bike. The Diverge is the perfect bike for this tour.
With clearance for up to 42 mm tires and a Future Shock that is geared specifically to riding smoothly over harsh terrain, Specialized notes that: “Sure, some have tried to make their cross bikes more road-capable and others have made their road bikes more adventure-ready, but we created one bike that makes no compromises between the two.”
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