Cycling is popular on the Gulf Islands

With spectacular scenery, quiet side roads, and water and mountain vistas, the Gulf Islands are a natural choice for some cycling adventures.

Salt Spring Islands cyclists are particularly happy to see construction of a short stretch of bicycle lane north of Ganges village taking place this year with hopes of more to come.

But cycling on the Gulf Islands is not without its challenges. The major roads connecting the ferries and leading into the villages are shared with car traffic and can be busy and fairly narrow with small to non-existent shoulders.

Helmets are mandatory in B.C. and reflective clothing and lighting is highly recommended for evening cycling or in inclement weather, as most areas of the islands are without streetlights and can be extremely dark.

Most of the roads are considered moderate in difficulty, but be prepared for more than a few challenging hills.