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Cowichan Valley Wine Bicycle Tour in Victoria

Cowichan Valley Wine Bicycle Tour in Victoria

The Cowichan Valley Wine Bicycle Tour in Victoria -- Cowichan Valley is called "The Warm Land." The aboriginal First Nations people of South Vancouver Island have called this valley home for centuries. Small island-hopping ferries cross the dozens of fiords and bays throughout the stunningly beautiful Gulf Islands, taking cyclists from Victoria to the heart of the south-central Island region. Vineyards, farmlands, artisans, dairy farms and cultural exhibits are all part of the make-up of this tour. You'll capture a special glimpse of what is merely a small segment of our diverse cultural heritage here on Vancouver Island on this a full day of guided sightseeing and adventure riding.

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

approximately 5.5 hours (60 kms)

Time

9:00 am - Thursday through Sunday (Mid May through October)

This tour requires a minimum total of 4 participants to operate. Tour does not include hotel pick up; central meeting location in Victoria will be specified on your E-Ticket. Rates are in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

Important:

Minimum: 4 passengers total to guarantee tour departure
Ride: moderate
Distance: approximately 60 kms
Included: Hybrid bike, helmet, water bottle, guide, transportation, wine tour, cidery tour and lunch

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 your 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. Bring your camera and lots of film!

A favorite stop on this tour is at BC's only estate cider maker, Merridale Estate Cidery. Look for "fairy doors" and villages on the orchard trails; home of the fairies who help the orchard grow and thrive! 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. Now fully owned and operated by the Khowutzun Development Corporation (KDC), 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.

Cycling in the Victoria Area

Idyllic, naturally spectacular and officially proclaimed "The Cycling Capital of Canada," Victoria is now known as more than just the "City of Gardens." Conde Nast Traveler rates Vancouver Island as the "#1 most beautiful Temperate Zone Island in the world" and you can explore it on two wheels with programs designed by knowledgeable local experts.

General Information

Upon your arrival, you will be outfitted with a state of the art hybrid or mountain bike tailored to your adventure. Your guides believe there is no better way to see Victoria and the Gulf Islands than to do it on custom mountain bikes made in Canada by Rocky Mountain.

You will be supplied the most up-to-date equipment available for your cycling adventure. Your guides will try to accommodate minor customization requirements, too. Helmets are mandatory equipment and are the law in most areas. Bring your own saddle/seat if you have a particular preference. Note at the time of booking any requests for adaptation, pick-up and storage prior to your arrival on the day of the tour. Additional service charges may apply.

If you wish to bring your own bicycle, you may; however, road bikes are not recommended for these back roads and your guides will not be responsible for the shipping or handling of your personal equipment. It is best to check with us before you decide to bring your own bike.

Weather and Temperatures:

Victoria is a coastal city located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, approximately 154 km northwest of Seattle, Washington, and approximately 65 km southeast of Vancouver BC. Boasting the mildest climate in Canada due to the warmer Pacific Ocean currents, it is mild at any time of the year. Light to heavy rain will occur in the fall and spring (but rain is usually your friend here and is brief in peak season); however, the climate is normally dry and warm in the summer. Mediterranean style climates are often found in the Gulf Islands in the summer, where hot and dry is the rule, not the exception.

Thus, Victoria, being closer to the open ocean entrances, is more so subject to sudden changing conditions. This is the norm for a coastal environment; however, with the US Olympic Mountain Range to the south, Victoria experiences a rain shadow that sees more rain fall north or east than on the city itself. This is the main reason for the difference in weather patterns as opposed to Seattle or Vancouver, and even as close as central Vancouver Island.

Winds during the summer months are predominantly from the southwest during the summer months; easterly in the winter. Afternoon thermals on the Victoria waterfront during the summer are very predictable.

Terrain:

The converted rail-trails are mainly flat with no more than a 3% grade anywhere on the trail. However this is not the norm for Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands! Be prepared for some vigorous but enjoyable, and mostly moderate, hills. Your guides cannot stress enough the importance of some pre-tour conditioning before your rides.

Although short and sweet, this is a mountainous area and light workout hill climbs are inevitable.

What to bring:

Extra clothing like socks, shirts and riding shorts. A light rain-resistant jacket and pull over pants for the summer and heavy rain gear for the winter. If you are caught in a short burst of rain, breathable quick dry clothing is ideal.

What NOT to bring:

Unless you plan to stick specifically to the main highway or some of the main thoroughfares, leave your road bikes at home! Roads are rough in some areas, especially in the Gulf Island's, where roads are narrow, old and in disrepair. Often off-road trails are attractive and lead to many exciting destinations. Road bikes are not recommended; however good hybrids are perfect. MTB trail bikes are good, but may be too much in some instances unless cross-terrain tires are used. Winter jackets and heavy clothing is not necessary, but bring something to keep warm at night when the sun goes down and the sea cools the air...refreshing! Fleece vests are ideal!

Medical:

It is imperative to have a medical and physical assessment before any long distance ride or tour. Guides will have specific medical information (which should be supplied by each client at the time of initial registration), and it should be verified that this information is included with the guides' trip notes prior to departure. All medications are to be kept on your person. Please, feel free to let your guide know if there is anything he or she should be aware of prior to departure. Guides are not responsible for the administration of your medication. Although trained in first aid, your guide may be the only person you will have to care for you until professional assistance arrives. They are not licensed or authorized to administer drugs under any circumstances.

Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

Basic Equipment (High quality bikes, helmets and locks) are included in price.

This tour requires a minimum total of 4 participants to operate. Tour does not include hotel pick up; central meeting location in Victoria will be specified on your E-Ticket. Rates are in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Rates All rates are in US Dollars

Event Date:

October 26, 2017

Desired Time:

09:00 AM