three day vancouver island explorer
Duration: 3 Days
Our Three Day Vancouver Island Explorer tour is a fun filled, action packed journey across Southern Vancouver Island. Our small group tours are ideally suited for those who prefer active travel as a way to experience the beauty of Vancouver Island. Join us for an incredible adventure through some of the most stunning landscapes this region has to offer.
Some of the highlights:
* Thrilling cycles & hikes
* Swims in crystal-clear freshwater
* Riding the Trans Canada Trail
* Magnificent coastal views
* Vineyard touring
* Explore the city of Victoria
* Bikes & helmet rental
* All Meals
* Professional tour guide & driver
* Scheduled activities
Day One: Vancouver to Sooke (44KM cycling)
From downtown Vancouver we take the short drive to Horseshoe Bay and jump aboard the ferry, across the Straight of Georgia to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The ferry trip allows for a relaxed start to the morning with spectacular views of the Salish Sea & Gulf Islands, and an opportunity for wildlife sightings. From Nanaimo we drive to the colourful, seaside community of Chemainus for a coffee or light snack. This small town is famous worldwide for the many outdoor murals which tell the story of “the little town that did.”
Next, we make our way down the east coast of the Island to Lake Cowichan, where we begin our first cycle of the trip along the spectacular Cowichan Valley Trail. The vehicle-free, hard packed gravel trail is a joy to ride for cyclists of all abilities. This route offers a peaceful ride through the Cowichan Valley’s towering old-growth forest and meandering rivers. Along the way we pass over the renowned Kinsol Trestle, the largest wooden trestle in the Common Wealth. The restored trestle provides magnificent panoramic views over the valley and the Koksilah River. We finish our day’s ride at Shawnigan Lake where we can relax by the water’s edge or take a refreshing swim to cool down.
Our final destination of the day is the small west-coast town of Sooke, nestled between the rugged coastline of Vancouver Island and a temperate rain forest. We will stay the night in Sooke and hopefully enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Day Two: Sooke to Victoria (46km)
Following a fresh and healthy breakfast, we will drive out to Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, a spot popular with locals for it’s natural rock pools and towering old-growth Douglas Fir trees. Here we will enjoy a scenic, leisurely hike through the park and take in the beautiful surroundings – If you’re brave enough, why not jump into the refreshing aquamarine rock pools!
After our morning at the potholes, we will cycle the Galloping Goose Trail to Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. This vehicle free trail is named after the clunky, old rail-car, which carried passengers between Sooke and Victoria in the 1920’s. The scenery along the trail is spectacular, ranging from quiet coves and lakes to lush rainforest. The final portion of the trail travels through the suburbs of Victoria leading us into the heart of the city. Here, we will enjoy our second evening’s accommodation.
Victoria, also known as the “Garden City,” is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. The city is famous for it’s Victorian architecture and has retained a large number of it’s historic buildings. Guest’s will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant city before meeting up for dinner.
Day Three: Victoria to Vancouver (38 KM)
After breakfast we will begin our cycle along the winding coastal road that surrounds the city of Victoria. As we pedal along, breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy the stunning sights this coastline has to offer. We make our way onto the Saanich Peninsula where we stop for lunch at a local café, serving fresh ingredients from the surrounding farmland. After lunch we will explore the pristine nature and tranquility of Elk & Beaver Lake Regional Park. We follow the enchanting trail around the lake en route to our final destination, De Vine Vineyard.
The final push up the hill into the winery is deservedly rewarded with a refreshing taste of the crisp and opulent wines this region offers. Sit back, relax and take in the magnificent views over the Saanich Peninsula, San Juan Islands and Mt. Baker while reminiscing about your past few days. Following the vineyard we will take the short bus ride to Swartz bay, where we will board a BC Ferry through Gulf Islands and back to our starting point of Vancouver.