SAN JUAN ISLAND
With a stop-over in Sidney, BC - 4 Days
This trip explores the beauty of the Pacific Northwest Islands on both sides of the border including scenic ferry rides, eclectic accommodations, local cuisine and shopping and an optional spa treatment all in a 4 day trip.
The primary destination is Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, the largest of the collection of Islands known as the San Juan Islands. Friday Harbour is a charming, historic and walkable seaport with a variety of shops and restaurants. The rest of the island offers scenic driving routes, hiking, biking, kayaking as well as museums.
A hip and unique accommodations experience is offered by Juniper Lane guest house, a boutique inn and cabin. Prices here are geared towards a budget traveller, but more upscale lodging options are available in town as well.
On your way back stop over for a night in Sidney, BC. Sidney is a small, seaside town with unique clothing shops, art galleries, gift stores, antique shops, restaurants and cafes and much more. You can walk or run along Sidney’s waterfront walkway which is about 2.5km long and offers great views of the ocean and the San Juan Islands.
The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa is located right on the water and features great waterview rooms, a spa and restaurant as well as a coffee shop.
Friday morning: Take ferry from Tsawwassen, BC to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. Drive short distance to ferry terminal in Sidney, BC and board the ferry to Friday Harbour, San Juan Island. (This ferry does not run in the winter. Available again starting April 1, 2017)
Friday afternoon: Arrive in Friday Harbour. Spend Friday and Saturday exploring the town and the island.
Sunday: Take the ferry back to Sidney, BC and after checking into the hotel indulge in a spa treatment before heading out to dinner.
Monday: Start your next morning with a breakfast at the popular 3rd Street Cafe right in town, then burn some of those calories strolling along the seawalk and exploring some of the local stores, before making your back Swartz Bay in the late afternoon to catch a ferry to Tsawwassen.
BC Ferries: http://www.bcferries.com/
Washington Ferries: http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/
Juniper Lane Guest House: http://juniperlaneguesthouse.com/
Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa: http://www.sidneypier.com/
See map and links above
Starting at around $550 USD for 2 people (with car) without the stop-over in Sidney. Add approx. $300 CAD for the extra night plus any spa services you book.
Check out some pics from this trip