Biking on Salt Spring Island is popular and a wonderful way to travel Salt Spring’s roads and trails. Biking will take you to hilltops for fabulous views of the BC and US Gulf Islands, and down to the beach for an afternoon swim or to breathe in some fresh ocean air. Bike rentals are available in Ganges.
Cyclists must bear in mind that most roads are narrow, hilly, curve sharply, and none have shoulders, so road cycling can be challenging at times, especially in summer when there is more traffic on the roads. Self-confident riders can ride safely and comfortably if they are alert and look ahead, courteous and observe the rules, and are prepared to anticipate the unexpected from car drivers. Caution should be exercise at Vesuvius and Fulford ferry terminals, on steep hills, and on Cusheon Lake Road, which is narrow and winding.
There are two fully-paved cycling loops to ride on Salt Spring Island. A 35-km loop starts at Long Harbour Ferry Terminal (with ferry service to Tsawwassen, Vancouver) and travels north along the east coast to Southey Point, before heading south on Sunset Drive along the west coast to Vesuvius and down to Ganges and Long Harbour.
The second 50-km loop starts and ends in Ganges, travelling south on Fulford Ganges Road to quaint Fulford Harbour, continuing north on Beaver Point Road – with a worthwhile detour to Ruckle Provincial Park – and returning to Ganges via Stewart Road and Cusheon Lake Road.
Duck Creek Farm offers a unique bicycle-camping experience on a 13-acre organic farm with vegetable gardens, fruit trees, greenhouses, sheep, a pond for swimming, and five acres of forested land. They bicycle campsites (no cars) are minimally groomed, so campers choose where they pitch their tents – in the grassy open on the edge of the woods or in the forest. There are two outhouses and a sink in the woods. Duck Creek Farm is located off Vesuvius Bay Road, minutes from the Crofton/Vesuvius ferry and a few kilometers from the centre of Ganges.