The Experience

Leaving the drum of the city behind you, oceanic vistas and beautiful country farmland await you on your 100km trip along the Saanich Inlet, through the Cowichan Valley, finishing your first day of riding on picturesque Salt Spring Island.

You’ll spend the evening enjoying a fulfilling meal with good people and live entertainment while immersed in the serenity of the Salt Spring Island landscape. Your tent will be set-up and ready for your arrival.  There will be hot showers and cold drinks waiting for all the exhausted riders. 

After waking up from a well-deserved sleep and enjoying a nourishing breakfast, you’ll begin the 70km ride home covering the rest of Salt Spring Island and the stunning Saanich Peninsula. Complete your journey by arriving home to a welcoming crowd and an amazing feat accomplished.

“I think this year’s ride was the best of the three I have done. All were great as usual because of the organization, support and volunteers. This year the food was tops, the bike numbers with memory names and hospice identity was very thoughtful. Having a fun dedicated team helped me a lot and knowing the tour had raised a record amount was thrilling. The importance of hospices and palliative care is becoming more apparent to the public, health care profession, and funding sources - a good thing, and COLT is one of the best promotors I can think of. Thank you for your incredible work and my thanks to the volunteers.” - Jim, Cycle of Life Tour Rider since 2016


The Route 

Day One: Victoria, Brentwood, Cowichan to Salt Spring

Leaving Victoria’s inner harbour, participants make their way out of the city along the paved Galloping-Goose Regional Trail and through West Saanich out to Bentwood Bay. Crossing the Saanich Inlet by ship, the route follows Cowichan Valley’s rural coastline to Crofton, arriving on Salt Spring Island for your overnight experience.

Day Two: Salt Spring Island, Saanich, Victoria

Circuiting the scenic country roads over Salt Spring Island, you make for the Fulford Harbour ferry to Swartz Bay. The ride returns along the Saanich Peninsula through some of Victoria’s most popular cycling routes.

Detailed 2020 route map will be available by July 1st!


Experience 2020