- Distance: 37km
- Terrain: Pavement
- Elevation Gain: 537m
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trip Length: 2 Days
- Cycling Time: 3 hrs
Saltspring Island is a perfect place to get out of Vancouver for a night if you want to soak up the slow-paced and friendly vibes of the Gulf Islands. We started our ride in Fulford Harbour and rode up island towards Ganges. To make it a loop we ferried back to Tsawwassen from Long Harbour.
From Fulford Harbour we rode north along Fulford-Ganges Rd towards Ganeges. The road was a little hilly but not bad compared to other parts of the island. Last time we were on the Saltspring Island we took Beaver Point Rd, the alternate route from Fulford harbour which was a little quieter and passed by a couple small lakes. We rode through Ganges but went straight to our Airbnb to check in and drop our bags off. With freezing temperatures and snow in the forecast, we opted for a cozy Airbnb room at Moontide Farm. The oceanfront organic farm was scattered with cute little cabins and trailers which were available to rent, although the room we booked online ended up being in the cozy house that the host lived in. After receiving a short tour of the farm, we headed back into Ganges to find some scrumptious eats! We ended up at our Ganges standby restaurant, the Tree House Cafe. We had some delicious veggie burgers paired with some spicy caesars. We finished up the night playing pool and sipping drinks at Moby’s Pub.
In the morning we were presented with probably the finest breakfast we’ve ever had. Nearly everything we ate was grown on the farm. We had homemade granola with fruit and yogurt, pancakes, poached eggs, homemade apple juice and of course, coffee. The Airbnb was conveniently located near the Mt. Erskine so we trudged our bikes up a few steep switchbacks and stashed our bikes near the Mt. Erskine trailhead. We hiked to the top with some tasty Saltspring Island Cider in hand and were rewarded with a nice view of the ocean and Vancouver Island. It started to snow pretty heavily on our way down the mountain. By the time we got back into Ganges, there was 6 inches of snow on the ground! Since we weren’t prepared for snow riding, we took the community bus from Ganges to Long Harbour, where we caught the ferry back to Tsawwassen.