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Name: Switch Bridge Tours
Description: Island Cycling Specialists.
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Short Description: Island Cycling Specialists.

Long Description: Excursions include a one day winery tour, a multi-activity family adventure, a leisurely ride with seaside dining, a full day mountain bike experience or a three day all-inclusive cycling tour of Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

The guided, van supported COWICHAN WINERIES CYCLING TOUR includes visits to a cidery, two award winning wineries, a cheese farm and a country bakery. Leisurely roads that meander through farmlands and rural areas lead to a sunny veranda for gourmet lunch overlooking the vineyards.

A Family Oriented Adventure - This one day guided, circle tour explores the best Vancouver Island has to offer. Departing from downtown Victoria in our air-conditioned courtesy van, cyclists ascend The Malahat. The spectacular summit viewpoint offers a panoramic vista and an opportunity to see what lies ahead for our adventurers. After a brief safety orientation, the exhilarating downhill run to Shawnigan Lake Village and beyond begins. A snack stop is combined with a tour and tasting at the apple orchards of an active cider works, Merridale Estate Cidery. Further downhill cruising brings cyclists to the beach at Mill Bay, from here a small ferry motors across the water to Brentwood Bay. Following an excellent lunch at a favorite, waterside eating establishment, adventurers enjoy kayaking in the protected waters of Saanich Inlet. After just the right amount of paddling, the courtesy van carries adventurers and their bicycles up to the ¿Centre-of-the-Universe.¿ This interactive display at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory is fun for everyone. The optional guided cycle back to the city spirals down from the observatory along country roads, the Lochside and the Galloping Goose Trails. Adventurers arrive back at Selkirk Station in time for dinner. This tour provides the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, view West Coast scenery, to take advantage of numerous photo opportunities and adventures, to get plenty of exercise and all the clean, fresh air you deserve.

This leisurely, self-guided ride on the famous Galloping Goose Trail, a "Rails-to-Trails" conversion, takes you to a selected dinner location. After an easy two or three hour cycle with stops along the way to enjoy the sun, bird-watching, ice cream and scenery, cyclists arrive at a favorite wharf-side, pub-style eatery. Following the hearty meal, there is an opportunity to walk around and enjoy the neighborhood before our courtesy van returns cyclists to their Victoria accommodation.

A challenging full-day mountain bike adventure takes cyclists to the training areas used by the Canadian Mountain Bike Team. Plenty of single and double track riding suitable for all levels including beginners but lots of double and triple black diamond trails for experienced riders. Excursions are lead by NCCP Mountain Bike, Can Bike II certified guides, many of who are members of racing teams (1 guide per 4 riders).

This 3 day-2 night excursion gives you the opportunity to enjoy scenic Cobble Hill, Cowichan Valley, Saltspring Island and Saanich Peninsula. Departing from a convenient downtown Victoria location, cyclists enjoy the thrill of tracks, trestles and tunnels travelling by train to a rustic country whistle stop in Shawnigan Lake. A day of pleasant cycling on country back roads with a gourmet lunch and wine tasting then a stop at a spectacular riverside First Nations Heritage Centre before stopping for the evening at our B & B accommodation. Next morning, after a tour of the mural town of Chemainus, we hop aboard a ferry to Saltspring Island for cycling, a seaside market and an evening of kayaking. On our last morning we cycle to catch the return ferry to Vancouver Island. Stop in Sidney for a wharf side lunch followed by a leisurely cycle down the Lochside Trail back to Victoria.

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Price: Starting at $59.00 Canadian

Extra Price Information: COWICHAN WINERIES CYCLING TOUR - $89.00 Canadian plus GST includes bicycle, helmet, guide, meal, free pick-up and return transportation to Victoria accommodation. Meal includes salad, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages not included. Cycling is optional.

A Family Oriented Adventure - $100.00 Canadian plus GST includes a circle tour returning to downtown Victoria by van, ferry and fully equipped hybrid bicycle, helmet, hearty lunch, kayaking, snack, admission, fares and 1 guide per 8 cyclists. Meal includes salad, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages not included.

GALLOPING GOOSE CRUISE - $59.00 or $69.00 (depending on destination) Canadian plus GST includes bicycle, helmet, meal, detailed route guide, map and return transportation to Victoria accommodation. Meal includes salad, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages not included.

MOUNTAIN BIKE VICTORIA - $199.00 Canadian plus GST includes mountain bike, helmet, guide/coach and a trailside, gourmet lunch.

ISLAND EXPLORER - $849.00 (Friday departure), $699.00 (Monday departure) Canadian plus GST includes bicycle, helmet, souvenir water bottle, 2 guides per 10 cyclists, support van, accommodation (based on double occupancy), three lunches, two dinners, two breakfasts and snacks on the road, kayak tour, ferry fares and admission fees. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages not included.
Singles are welcome and will be partnered with same sex cyclists for room sharing. Additional excursions and tours are available. These include Dinner Theater in Chemainus, Butcharts Gardens, evening sailing cruises and whale watching/marine wildlife tours.

Group rates available.

Courtesy pick-up and drop off at Victoria accommodation is included in each tour.

Free parking available at Selkirk Station, 800 Tyee Road, Victoria. Right on the Galloping Goose Trail.

Participants must be at Selkirk Station at least 1/2 hour prior to departure to select bikes and helmets. A wind breaker, sunglasses and sun blocker, are recommended along with sensible clothing.

Deposits: A 100% deposit is required at time of reservation. VISA/MC accepted.

Cancellations: A 100% deposit is required at time of reservation. VISA/MC accepted.

Notice of cancellation must be received 24 hours prior to scheduled departure time or full fare is forfeited. Notice of cancellation for the Island Explorer must be received 14 days prior to departure date or full fare is forfeited.

Notice of changes to departure date must be received no later than 48 hours prior to original scheduled departure time. Availability for new departure times that occur before original departure time must be confirmed by phone.

We reserve the right to cancel due to weather up or insufficent participation up to departure time. Every effort will be made to notify passengers as soon as possible of cancellation. All tours have a six passenger minimum.

Passengers should confirm with Switch Bridge Tours 12- 24 hours prior to scheduled departure.

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Policies: Tours depart every day May 15 to October 15, 2002 from SELKIRK STATION, 800 Tyee Road, Victoria, right on the Galloping Goose Trail. Free parking is available.

Minimum age is 8. All participants under the age of 19 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Switch Bridge Tours
Selkirk Station, 800 Tyee Road
Victoria, BC
Victoria, British Columbia
Canada, V9A 7J2

Phone: 1-866-383-1466
Fax: 250-383-1414

Please mention: "I saw your listing #1202 on"

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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