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COWICHAN VALLEY/GULF ISLANDS TOUR - SAT, APR 7 2018, SUN, APR 8 2018, MON, APR 9 2018, TUE, APR 10 2018, WED, APR 11 2018, THU, APR 12 2018, FRI, APR 13 2018, SAT, APR 14 2018, SUN, APR 15 2018

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You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership and event costs down).

The Basics:
Event Type:Multi-Day Road
Event Location:Vancouver Island/Gulf Islands
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 7 2018, Sun, Apr 8 2018, Mon, Apr 9 2018, Tue, Apr 10 2018, Wed, Apr 11 2018, Thu, Apr 12 2018, Fri, Apr 13 2018, Sat, Apr 14 2018, Sun, Apr 15 2018  9:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 15 2018 12:00:00 AM
Event Duration:9 days
Event Distance:500 km
Difficulty Rating:D3: Intermediate
Trip Coordinator(s): Don Hollingshead
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Member Cost:CAD $200.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:30
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:12
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 30 registered, 0 waiting or not paid yet. (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

CVGI18 Itinerary

Highlights include:

  • Spring blooms -- tulips and daffodils

  • Visit the highest and longest rail/trail trestle in the Commonwealth

  • Cider & wine tasting; great food and cafes; Ganges Saturday market

  • We will ride a loop from Sidney (north of Victoria) Brentwood Bay - Mill Bay - Cowichan Bay - Shawnigan Lake - Duncan - Lake Cowichan - Chemainus - Crofton - Ganges - Gulf Islands - Victoria (Sidney)

  • Day trip water taxi shuttles to Pender, and Mayne Islands from our base on Saltspring

  • Quiet but hilly roads and the potential for some moisture

The tour leaves late morning from Victoria Airport (Sidney) on Saturday, April 7 and arrives back in time to prep bikes for a late afternoon flight back to Calgary Sunday April 15. Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Victoria.

A gear shuttle will be carry baggage between airport and from one accommodation to the next

The tour price is in the $1000-1100 range, and includes double occupancy hotel accommodation, luggage shuttle, ferries and Gulf Island water taxi.

A bike shuttle from Calgary to Victoria (return) will be available for for those who would like to fly.

Lockers are available at Victoria Airport to stow bicycle shipping cases.

Accommodation is double occupancy. Singles who want their own room should add roughly 50%

Register by signing up here. The deposit is $200 (please read the deposit refund guidelines below)

The balance is due by cheque, the amount of which and other detials, once determined, will be emailed to you.

If you’d like more details, please phone or email Don Hollingshead 403-289-7061.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.



  • In order to reduce the amount of $ paid to the credit card company (2.5%), the majority of the registration fee is to be paid by cheque (details will be communicated in an email from the coordinator).
  • cheque amount and payment deadline will be communicated via email once you register.

- Registration is NOT COMPLETE until you've signed up and paid by the registration cut off date. The money must be in the EVCC's possession by that date. No exceptions.
- When a minimum group size appears, this is to let you know that the event will be cancelled with refunds to those who have already paid, if the minimum number of registered participants is not met. For any events where EVCC needs a minimum number of participants, there will be absolutely no refunds of money if you or your guest(s) cancel.
- Most club rides include city streets, secondary roads and or major highways. The club encourages members to follow the rules of the road at all times while participating in EVCC events.
- Riders must be aware that cycling, while enjoyable and great exercise, carries some risks including injury and death. Riders must be alert for hazardous conditions/situations throughout the course of a ride. If at any time a rider thinks a ride is unsafe, or feels unsafe, the rider should quit the ride.
- Details of this event are subject to change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify the club at

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:CAD $200.00/Person
Cost Includes:hotels, ferries, luggage transfer
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the EVCC on Thu, Mar 15 2018.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please read the following Cancellation Policy carefully!
*Note: The coordinator reserves the right to cancel this event if the minimum number of attendees do not sign up by the registration deadline. This event may also be cancelled due to inclement weather or other eventualities. If this is a paid event, please refer to our Refunds and Deposits Policy. If you are unsure about whether the event will go for any reason, please email/phone the coordinator for confirmation.

Cancellation Policy

Once your deposit/payment has been received, a cancellation fee of $25 will be de-ducted from your refund, regardless of when you cancel up to 45 days from the tour departure.

Up to 45 days prior to tour departure: Full refund minus the $25 cancellation fee. 44 - 30 days prior to tour departure: 50% refund.

Less than 30 days, no refund.

Note: If a paying replacement is found to take your seat, then you will receive a full refund minus the $25 automatic cancellation fee. In the unlikely event that the tour is entirely cancelled, your payment will be fully refunded.

Costs such as air-line tickets, costs incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations or illness and related costs incurred by a member but not included in the EVCC trip fee are not refundable by the EVCC. Members are advised to purchase their own travel cancellation insurance.


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