Tired of ferry line-ups and traffic jams? The B.C. Marine Trails Network Association (BCMTNA) has the solution! Imagine a magnificent, 257-kilometre saltwater route connecting Vancouver’s lower mainland to Victoria. Granted, you will need to rethink the amount of luggage you are toting as you will require a canoe, kayak or small “beachable” boat to travel along the Salish Sea Marine Trail. This spectacular route, designed specifically for paddlers, will add an impressive water leg to the Great Trail, previously known as the Trans Canada Trail. If all goes according to plan the trail will be complete in time for Canada’s 150 birthday celebration in July 2017. Now that’s a birthday gift!