Are you ready for a San Juan Islands and Victoria Flotilla?

By | October 4, 2013

Victoria Inner Harbor

Pack your bags and your passport and be prepared to be wowed by the beauty, charm and history on our Victoria and Salish Sea Flotilla.

Starting May 29 through June 7, this San Juan Islands guided vacation takes you on a tour of the San Juan Islands while stopping at various points to explore, hike and play along the way. You’ll be guided by San Juan Sailing owners Roger and Marlene Van Dyken during this incredible voyage.

Let’s take a look at where we’ll be stopping and what adventures you can enjoy along the way.

Sucia  Island – Our first stop on our flotilla, it’s a chance to visit a somewhat desolate island, which is also a state park. A bonfire will likely be in store at night, after a day of sailing and exploring.

San Juan Island – From there, we’ll travel to San Juan Island to visit Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor Resort. Friday Harbor really captures the spirit of what the San Juan Islands are all about. Most people who live there were visitors who never left, so it’s a friendly community that welcomes visitors with open arms. Since it’s the commercial center of the San Juan Islands, there are plenty of things to do. Eateries, excursions or just touring the town and island, which you can by foot, it’s a good place to jump off.

Vancouver Island – For those who visit the San Juans without ever crossing to Vancouver Island, sorry, but you’re missing out. There’s so much to do on Vancouver Island, it’s really the gem of flotilla. From visiting the Empress Hotel and Government Hall, to touring the magnificent Butchart Gardens, this lively port town is a place where, after visiting, you might want to make your own vacation there.

Salt Spring Island – We’ll be stopping by this Canadian Gulf Island and the city Ganges. There is an outstanding outdoor market, filled with artists and farmers selling their goods. Salt Spring Island is one of the most populated islands of the Canadian Gulf Islands, so there are numerous restaurants, shops, and other things you would expect from the largest town on an island of 10,000 people.

After that, we make our way back to Bellingham. It’s an incredible adventure each year, with something new to explore and do each time. For more information and how to join the flotilla, contact San Juan Sailing at 360-671-4300.

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