Meeting Time: 9:00 a.m.
Departs From: 1000 Wharf St., Victoria BC
Duration: Approximately 7-8 hours
Distances: 55 km
Cost: $139.00 Cdn/PP
Ride Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
This tour of the Greater Victoria and the Cowichan Valley offers cyclists the serenity of an ocean vista against an unparalleled and picturesque backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Winding gradually along the gorgeous eastern shoreline of Southern Vancouver Island, riders will enjoy the people, unique villages, seascapes, and aboriginal cultures of Mill Bay, Cobble Hill, and ultimately, our destination for the day at Cowichan Bay.
Cowichan Valley, or “Quw’utsun”, meaning “the warm land” in the language of the Cowichan’s aboriginal people, offers spectacular views of Saltspring Island, Mt Tzouhalem and parts of the Finlayson Arm-Goldstream Park fjord. Cruise on your bikes through seaside to the village of Mill Bay or along the idyllic Shawnigan Lake.
A favourite on our tour is at BC’s only estate cider maker, Merridale Estate Cidery. Roll on through postcard-like scenic agricultural lands, grape growing country, and local farms where fruit growers and dairy farmers produce their fresh goods daily. Enjoy a wine tasting tour at one of Vancouver Island’s finest vineyards, Cherry Point. The Cowichan tribes have a fantastic tasting room and multi-use ceremony facility among one of the largest and most established vineyards in the region.
Finally, Relish the completion of your day with a homemade ice cream cone from a very special roadside vendor and visit the many unique craft shops of Cowichan Bay.
This full day of touring includes a hybrid-style bicycle, helmet, map, water bottle, all fares and transfers, lunch, and, of course, your friendly guides.
All riders will meet and register at 9:00 a.m. at the office of CycleTreks/ Great Pacific Adventures located at 1000 Wharf Street.