The season to date has been fantastic. We have been having a blast helping people get “out there” to experience Victoria and Vancouver Island from a bicycle saddle. It has also been a summer of all things “new”. Our new location, new staff, new tours and newlyweds have all been making this summer an exciting one.
This spring, Cycletreks moved into its brand new home at 1000 Wharf Street. Located right in the inner harbour of Victoria, we are a convenient walk from hotels, ferries and seaplanes. And with Great Pacific Adventures and Westcoast Air in the same building, you will find just about everything you need for an adventurous holiday!
The summer started off with a very adventurous couple coming all the way from New York City for their honeymoon! They spent their first three days at the luxurious Sooke Harbour House and then another three days at Fairview Farms in the Cowichan Valley. By the time the made it to Victoria and started their 3 day Gulf Island Tour, they didn’t mind Chris tagging along as the “third wheel” … or would that be fifth and sixth?
While the crew has been busy on the road with our multi-day tours, the rest of the gang has been just as busy operating city and wine tours closer to home. Our new Saanich Peninsula Wine Tour has been extremely popular! Starting every morning at 9am and following a little known trail network, riders find themselves in beautiful Brentwood Bay for lunch. Our guides then choose a couple of their favorite wineries for a tour and tasting before heading back on the world famous Lochside Trail. We are lucky enough to have some excellent wineries within striking distance of the city such as Winchester Cellars, Starling Lane, Marley Farms and my favorite, Sea Cider.
A little farther from home Chris, Rob and our new expedition guide and mechanic “Mark”, set off on a 1200km, two-week ride from Vancouver to Banff. They were working with our Italians partners Progetto Avventura who operate off-road adventures around the world. The expedition was a success and everyone left with great memories of Canada. Stay tuned this fall for more information about this route.
While the boys were away, our new “Girl Guide”,Kelsey, was taking care of tours back on the island. Kelsey has been a great addition to the team and was a big hit on her two tours of the Gulf Islands.
We’ve now reached the end of August but there won’t be any slowing down. September is an awesome time for visiting (and cycling) on Vancouver Island. So come down to our new shop, say hi to the new crew and catch up with the rest of us – we would love to see you.