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Exploring the Pacific Northwest Islands
Sample Daily Itinerary for a 13 day tour
Day 1 – Arrival Day: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
We recommend flying into the friendly Victoria International Airport (YYJ). (Arrival by car, bike or ferry is also possible, and we'll be happy to provide you with suggestions.) Our first gathering will be in Sidney by the Sea, called the gateway to the Gulf Islands, and a great place to get our tour started.
Days 2 – 4 – Sidney and Gulf Islands, Choice Days
The lovely town of Sidney will be our “home base” for the next three days. You’ll have the opportunity to choose between visiting one of the Canadian Gulf Islands, including Salt Spring Island, the Pender Islands, Mayne Island or Galiano Island, or staying on the Saanich Peninsula to explore Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens. Past participants have also enjoyed going on a whale watching cruise, kayaking, or exploring the Sidney Spit, which is located on the north end of Sidney Island and is part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
Day 5 – Sidney to Sequim, WA – 45 miles
We’ll ride out of Sidney on the Seaside Touring Route and visit the city of Victoria, BC. After having lunch in this cosmopolitan city, we board the ferry to enter the US at Port Angeles. Upon exiting the ferry, we'll get back on our bikes and cycle along the ocean on the car-free Olympic Discovery Trail to take us to the town of Sequim, famous for its lavender farms.
Day 6 – Sequim to Port Townsend – 45 miles
In the morning we'll leave Sequim and rejoin the car-free Olympic Discovery Trail which will takes us around Discovery Bay. After a few road miles we'll pick up another car-free trail to enter Port Townsend.
Day 7 – Port Townsend, Choice Day
With its maritime heritage, artistic spirit and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend has activities for every taste. Fort Worden Historical State Park is located just a couple of miles from our hotel and features a fascinating military history, expansive parade lawns and restored Victorian-era officers’ homes, plus 2 miles of beachfront and high bluffs with spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. If you’re a movie buff, this is also the location where An Officer and a Gentleman was filmed. For those who are looking for more cycling miles, we offer a loop ride that also includes scenic Fort Flagler State Park.
Day 8 – Port Townsend to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island – 40 miles
We’ll depart Port Townsend on the ferry to Coupeville, and then ride up Whidbey Island to experience the dramatic Deception Pass State Park. After absorbing the view, we’ll continue our ride on Fidalgo Island to Anacortes where we catch another ferry to take us to Friday Harbor. Approx. 2,300 ft. climbing.
Days 9 - 11- San Juan Islands, Choice Days
We’ll stay based in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island to give you an opportunity to once again customize your trip. Many riders will want to take one of the free ferries to Orcas Island, Lopez Island and/or Shaw Island to explore their spectacular beauty. Others may select to go sea kayaking, sailing, whale watching, hiking or just relaxing with some “island time.” On the 4th of July we’ll have a front row seat from the rooftop of our hotel to enjoy the spectacular fireworks over the bay.
Day 12 – Friday Harbor to Sidney
It’s time for our last ferry ride as we return back to our starting point in Sidney. It gives you another chance to enjoy some of the features and activities you might have missed on our first three days.
Day 13 – Departure
Our tour may be over at the end of the day, but the memories and friendships we made will last a lifetime.