Bike the Flavour Trail!
In France’s Loire Valley you can bike from chalet to chalet, with baguette and a bottle of wine stuffed in the panier. Pure bliss.
Well…how about doing the same at the Flavour Trails, but on North Saanich country roads with gourmet North Saanich food fare: perhaps a local Fickle Fig baguette, a Fruit Trees and More fruit spread, Snowden House dipping vinegar, and a bottle of Deep Cove Ortega wine on ice, ready for your lunch stop?
This year, consider taking in the trail by bicycle (don’t forget your bike baskets for all your festival goodies!). Or park your car in the security of our festival Bike Corral, hop on your own bike, or pick up your pre-rented electric or standard bikes right at the corral.
The Flavour Cycle
So you’d like to take in the festival by bike or ebike, and would like to get the inside scoop on the best spots and route? Join local bike guide Steve Ducks on this very popular small group bike tour of the festival. Sample the deliciousness and beauty of the Saanich Peninsula with this tour featuring local farms, tastes, produce and activities.
Tours run Saturday and Sunday during the festival weekend: 9 AM – 4:30PM
The ride begins and ends at the festival Bike Corrall (where you can also park your car).
TOURS: $175 with Electric bike,
$125 w/standard non-electric rental;
$100 with your own bike.
ALL tours include guides, lunch & admission. Price + GST.
To register click the link or call 250.891.6599
Photo: TIDES Facebook
Cycling Without Age Society
Photo: CWA Sidney website
Both Days, 10am - 4pm
10005 McDonald Park Road
Cycling Without Age Society is a local non-profit group providing free bicycle tours to those who could not otherwise enjoy bike riding.
The super-cool CWA trishaw bike will be on-site to provide demo rides of this free local service. Come try it out! Donations are gladly accepted.
CWA will also be hosts of the Flavour Trail Bike Corral, managing the Park & Ride, and providing directions for the Flavour Trail. Thank you CWA!
We have drawn up two routes to best take in the Flavour Trail if you'd like to do so by bike. Please note, the routes are different from that of the Flavour Cycle. Special thanks to the amazing Steve Duck for helping us find and represent the best biking information.
SATURDAY – Suggested Route
This is a recommended route that will allow you to hit up many special events happening on Saturday on the Flavour Trail. Make sure you look at the festival brochure to plan which events you want to go to.
Start at the Bike Corrall.
Bike north along McDonald Park road to #11 (Melinda’s Biscotti)
Bike north along McDonald Park road, turning left on John Road to visit #8 (Pasture Perfect Lamb and Country Wools).
Continue west along John road, turning left on Wilson Road, right onto Mills Road, and Right again on West Saanich road. Continue north along West Saanich to reach #1 (North Saanich Farm Market).
From #1, Go South on West Saanich and turn left on Wain road to visit #5 (Russell Nursery).
Go back the other way – west – on Wain road to visit #4 (Fruit Trees and More) and #3 (Two Little Birds Flower Farm)
Turn around and head back east on Wain road. Just past Lotus Village Yoga, turn left to take the small trail (if you reach Derrick Road, you’ve gone too far). The trail pops out onto Birch road.
Stay on Birch, (taking a right on Birch at Y intersection). Turn left on Chalet Road.
Follow Chalet to Venue #2 (Deep Cove Winery).
Leaving Deep Cove, turn right onto Tatlow Road. Take Tatlow up to intersection with West Saanich, and turn right.
Go South down West Saanich to #6 (Westcoast Canine Sheep herding demo – noon).
Pop down West Saanich Road to #13 (Holy Trinity Church) for Tea from 2-4.
Go back up West Saanich to #7 (Tseycum Stream Walk at 3pm).
Heading back towards the bike Corrall, retrace your route down West Saanich, turning left at the Church onto Mills Road. Take the flight path trail along Mills Road.
Along the way, stop to take in #9 (Fickle Fig) and #10 (Snowdon House Studio).
Turn right on the flight path at McDonald park road to return to the Bike Corrall.
Saturday route shown in purple, Sunday route shown in yellow.
If you would like a document of directions and map to download, click the button below.
We've also made a google-map version that you can use to get around. Use the separate button to access it.
SUNDAY – Suggested Route
This is a recommended route that will allow you to hit up many special events happening on Sunday on the Flavour Trail. Make sure you look at the festival brochure to plan which events you want to go to.
Start at the Bike Corrall (#12)
Bike south along the flight path (trail alongside McDonald Park Road) until you reach the roundabout to the Airport
Cross at the roundabout to East Saanich Road
Bike up East Saanich road to #19 (Dominion Brook Park) and #20 (CFIA Centre for Plant Health)
Head north down East Saanich Road to #18 (The Roost Farm Winery)
Turn left on McTavish Road.
Head west along McTavish Road to #17 (McTavish Academy of Art and Pancake Breakfast (9:30 – 11:30), #16 (Kallayanee’s Kitchen), and #15 (10 Acres Farm)
At the end of McTavish Road, turn right onto West Saanich Road
#14 (Anneth Farm) is on the left side of West Saanich Road heading North
Continue North up West Saanich Road, and get on the Flight Path where Willingdon Road meets West Saanich.
Follow the bike path as it turns right just before Mills Road.
Continue alongside Mills Road to #9 (Fickle Fig – pig roast 12-4) on the left side of the street.
Take the flight path along mills road, turning right at McDonald Park Road, to return to the Bike Corrall.
Electric Bikes from Ride the Glide
Electric assist (EBikes) are an amazing way to have all the fun of biking, but with a super boost up those hills (or wherever you need it). If you haven’t tried one yet, this festival might be the perfect place to start…country roads, warm fresh air, the scent of ripe blackberries…a farm or food stop every few minutes…
Victoria family-owned Ride the Glide will be at the Flavour Trails Bike Corral all weekend long to rent out their Ebikes, help you get comfortable and ready to go, help with any issues that may come up, and receive back your returned bike.
You can pre-book for a half or full day.
We anticipate that demand will be big, and so we ask that you pre-book your bike rental with Ride the Glide. Click below to access their website and book your bike through them. Meet them at the Flavour Trails bike corral on the day and time that you have requested your rental, and get on the festival trail!
Whole day rental: pick up 9 am to 4 pm $80
Half day choose morning or afternoon:
9:30 - 12:30 or 1pm - 4 pm $50
The electric bikes come with:
Lock & Pannier bag (very important for festival finds and your lunch nibbles!)
Hassle Free Flat Repair
Photo: Ride the Glide E-Bikes
Ride the Glide has three super fun electric bike models to choose from. There are the two foldable models, the 350 CT and the 500 XT, they are both highly adjustable to fit almost anyone. And new for 2018 is the Big Bear! A high performance electric fat bike for the kid in all of us. Think riding an electric bike is hard? Well, it’s as easy as riding a bike!
E-bikes aren’t any more difficult to ride then a normal bike, quite the opposite. The great thing about riding an e-bike is that you have options. You can pedal it like a regular bike, use any of the 5 levels of pedal assist or even use the throttle. This makes renting electric bikes the perfect choice for all fitness levels and capabilities, especially in a mixed group.
Never tried an electric bike?
Here's what people are saying...
We've been curious about electric bikes for years. We wanted to explore more of Victoria and environs. On a (surprise) sunny March weekend, these folks gave us great service, careful safety tips - and off we went along recommended trails through the countryside. Electric-assist.
My husband and I just rented these yesterday. They were a blast! From start to finish the experience was a positive one. We would not hesitate to rent them again and as a side note of how easy they are to use……we are 65 & 68 yrs young!
Instruction on how to use the bikes, secure them and restart were very clear. This was a lovely experience and we would recommend the company.
Standard Bike Rentals from Here By Cycle
Here By Cycle is a Sidney based 'mom and pop shop' mobile service; that specializes in bringing bikes to you so that you can travel the peninsula without a car. We provide baskets, handlebar bags, helmets fitted at the time you pick up, locks and paper bike trail maps for the Victoria Region.
Here By Cycle will be at the Flavour Trails bike corral to help you check in and out your rented bikes. We ask that you pre-book rentals as our bicycle selection is limited!
Book via email directly or on the booking form on website:
Be sure to include your height so that we can fit you to the proper sized bike!
Rent for the whole day, pick up 9 am to 4 pm:
Flavour Trails special $30 + tax
Or half day 9:30 - 12:30 or and 1pm - 4 pm
Flavour Trails special $16 + tax
Photo: Here by Cycle website