The sun was shining when we set sail...
...and with many passengers staying in their vehicles, we had the top deck almost to ourselves.
It felt rather like we were on a cruise ship!
...and just like that, the sun set our our Hornby Island vacation.
It was memorable adventure!
We decided to do one short section of the trail that took us from Shawnigan Lake park to the Kinsol trestle.
This restored historic train trestle is one of the tallest timber rail structures of its kind in the world.
It was built by local farmers and loggers and completed in 1920.
It has been part of the Cowichan Valley trail system since it re-opened in 2012.
In Sooke we enjoyed a lunch of shared appies on the patio of a bistro.
The following day...we cycled the other end of the trail...from Sooke to the Victoria harbour.
We ate our picnic lunch in the shadow of Hatley Castle...
Hatley Park is a national historic site and so worth a visit!
As we neared the city of Victoria, the bike trail became more urban and busy.
We found a park bench on the inner harbour.
We cycled back to our spot on the beach...
We had reservations for the homeward bound ferry the following afternoon...
...and an invitation to join friends for lunch at their home in Victoria en route.
Is that not a fun backyard...with the cutest garden shed?
We arrived at the ferry terminal plenty early and were lucky to find a spot on an earlier ferry.