Free wheeling is one of the most popular tourist activities on the Gulf Islands. Although roads are frequently undulating, with a little more up than down according to weary cyclists, they are quiet and varied.
Cyclists can choose direct routes to popular destinations, or wander along a paved but sleepy side road to explore a different, less known part of each island, and to escape all but the local traffic.
The islands are popular with cyclist and cycle groups for other reasons, too. On many of the islands it¹s possible to plan a circular route, thus eliminating the need to retrace your wheels. The Gulf Islands are also well known for their parks, beach accesses, shops and restaurants featuring local and delicious fare, and their recreational opportunities. Cool off after that long hot hill by swimming in a local lake, or relax on a bench in a scenic area and watch the birds and wild life, or grab a cappuccino and home made muffin and chat with the locals at the shops, or wheel down and visit some of the marinas and see what visiting boats are in.
Although roads on the islands are often narrow, local motorists have learned to share paradise with visitors, and can usually be counted on to be courteous, friendly and cautious.
Quiet country roads, variety, friendly folk and local customs, beaches and seascapes and lots of attractions to stop you dead are all some of the reasons visitors like to pedal our way.
There are many good guides to cycling in the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands. A great selection is available here.