Three-Day Gulf Islands Expedition
If you love rowing and want a bit more time discovering the nature of the Gulf Islands Expedition, our Three-day adventure is perfect for you. This 3-day exclusive rowing tour will give you the opportunity to experience the West Coast like never before, combining rowing for three days, opportunities to explore the area, and camping. We will hear barking seals, cawing seagulls and have time to play in the waves. We will paddle from island to island, pulling up on beaches and fully taking in the beauty of the islands.
As a long-time favorite refuge for British Columbia (BC) residents and visitors, the Southern Gulf Islands are full of beautiful spots to discover. Situated between Vancouver Island and the mainland of BC the area is an ecological paradise with 15 islands, plus numerous small islets and reef areas. The Islands are individually unique and will expose sunny arbutus-lined rocks, demp fern forests, sandy beaches and stunning views to their visitors. It is not unusual to have the chance of spotting amazing wildlife… Bald Eagles, Porpoises, Sea Lions, Seals and Whales.
3 days – 2 nights
4 – 8
Distance per day
12 – 30km
Primitive camping sites
Solo / Double /Coxed Quad
We choose our itineraries and campsites based on a number of factors such as availability, number of rowers and experience of the participants on the tour, as well as weather and tide conditions, making each tour unique.
Your adventure will start in Swartz Bay at the Barnacle Road Government Dock, where you will be transported by Sidney Harbour Cruise ferry to Piers Island. This iconic small island quietly lays between Salt Spring Island and the Saanich Peninsula. This is where your rowing journey will begin. After a welcome snack, a safety briefing, and loading the equipment onto the support boat, you will start rowing towards your campsite approximately 12 to 20km. At your destination and after setting up camp, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful surroundings.
On the second day we will have the best opportunity to explore other islands and see what Island secrets we can discover. Depending on the tides and weather conditions, we may head north or south. Leave early or come back to our campsite later in the afternoon. Each tour is unique in the sense that we let nature and what the group wishes to guide us. One thing is certain: you won’t be disappointed by the scenery!
Your row back to Piers Island will probably take us on a different route. South or North of Portland Island? West or East of Prevost Island? Our options make the return rows different every time. Once on Piers Island, the taxi ferry will take you back to Vancouver Island.
7 km from Piers Island
Provincial Recreation Site
12km from Piers Island
Barnacle Road – the start and end of your rowing adventure.
There is free parking on barnacle road. However, parking spots are limited. We strongly recommend that you carpool or use public transit (BC Transit – Bus 70,71 or 72 – stop ID #102387 “Ferry Terminal access rd. at Lands End”
Marine Provincial Park
- Conover Cove: approximately 8 open field sites
- Chivers Point: 9 tent pad sites
- Cabin Bay: 1 camping area with 3 tent pad sites
29 to 32km from Piers Island
Marine Provincial Park
21km from Piers Island
Standard Price Includes:
- Three days of rowing
- Use of quality coastal rowing shells and oars *
- Two dinners, three lunches and two breakfasts
- Guide services and Tour Support
- Water ferry to and from Piers
- Transportation within tour area and luggage transfers
- Provincial Parks Permits and Fees
* You have your own boat? Bring it with you and contact us for a discount price.
Does not include
- Transport to and from Victoria
- Personal clothing (see “packing list”)
- Camping gear **
** We can provide camping gear if necessary. Please contact us for more details
Check our packing List to make sure you are not forgetting anything; Packing List Camping Adventures