VANCOUVER ISLAND BICYCLE RIDE
Nanaimo to Nanaimo
days total / 5 riding days
Our beautiful province of British Columbia has much to offer in terms of cycling. Come and experience scenic south Vancouver Island – a unique corner of the world. We will start exploring it with an affordable and fun formula and, in order to keep costs down, we will provide the basics and let you adjust the level of comfort to your own budget. So on this trip, accommodations and meals will be at your expense, except for one picnic lunch that we will provide. Hope you can find the time to come and ride with us this summer!
GETTING THERE & BACK:
Cyclists will rendezvous on Friday, July 8, at 10:15 am at the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo; if you plan to fly into Nanaimo Airport or come via Tsawwassen-Duke Point ferry, please let us know in advance to arrange pick up & drop off times. On Tuesday July 12 our van will deliver your gear to the Departure Bay / Duke Point ferry terminals or Nanaimo airport.
The ride will be a total of 360 km. The terrain is a mixture of flat and rolling hills with the occasional long climb; see itinerary, below, for approximate elevation gains. A road bike would be preferable for these roads, although there will be sections of hard packed gravel (i.e.: Galloping Goose & Lochside trails) but a hybrid bike or even a mountain bike with slick tires will work wonders, too. Bike at whatever speed you like; odds are there will be someone who rides at your speed. All participants are expected to ride the full distance, though if your knees are sore or if your legs need a day of rest, arrangements can be made for a shuttle. A support vehicle will carry gear (and a cooler), but will not trail behind the group (though we will retrieve cyclists, if necessary). You are given a map and a road log each day, and we will see how you are doing as the van passes you and will assist if help is needed. We will also carry cell phones for any eventuality.Our van will carry a comprehensive set of tools and a floor pump. Helmets are mandatory and riding wearing a safety vest is a good idea.
DAY 1: Nanaimo to Lake Cowichan. / 86 k. / 730 m gain
DAY 2: Lake Cowichan to Port Renfrew. / 63 k. / 960 m gain
DAY 3: Port Renfrew to Sooke. / 60 k. / 1195 m gain
DAY 4: Sooke to Salt Spring Island / 87.5 k. / 574 m gain
DAY 5: Salt Spring Island to Nanaimo / 65 k. / 520 m gain
1 picnic lunch is included in the package. Cyclists are on their own for other meals.
You are free to choose your own accommodations such as B&Bs or hotels, or even camping. We will deliver/pick-up luggage. Let us know if you would like to share accommodations with another rider; we may be able to help find you a roommate to share hotel or B & B fares. Note: Once we have 10 people confirmed we may be able to organize hotel group reservations, depending on availability as summer time is high season.
Daytime average highs reach between 18C to 20C and lows 9C to 11C, although it will be summer we are in Rainforest territory we can always expect rain, so come prepared.
$---* CAD.per person. *Price before tax. *Canada applies a 5% tax (GST) = $--- total.
$--- per person, non-refundable deposit reserves your spot. Full payment is due 30 days before the tour starts (----). Sorry we aren’t able to process credit cards. You can pay by cash, cheque or e-transfer.
Cancellation fee 1-30 days prior to the start: Full deposit + 40% final payment.
To register please send us your deposit along with your details using our application form.
- Pick-up and drop-off luggage from hotel to hotel
- Nanaimo Airport pick-up/drop-off. (if applicable)
- Departure Bay or Duke Point (Nanaimo)ferry terminal luggage pick-up & drop-off
- Support vehicle to carry luggage
- Salt Spring Island passenger & bicycle ferry fares
- 2 staff
- Bike logs / daily map
- Snacks after rides
- 1 picnic lunch
- Transportation costs to / from Nanaimo.
- Meals (except for 1 picnic lunch)
- Bicycle (most people will bring their own)
- Alcoholic bevrages (we keep a cooler full, everyone chips in).
- Incidentals during the trip.
Note: Minimum 10 to run the trip. Please check for availability.
5 days total / 5 riding days
COST: $ ----* CAD.per person. *Price before tax. *Canada applies a 5% tax (GST) = $--- total.
Please check for availability
and make sure to send in your deposit
to secure your reservation.