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Old Yesterday, 04:10 PM   #1
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California to Vancouver Island,anyone got suggestions?

We had such a good trip wandering around the east side of B.C that we thought it would be fun to take a trip up the Vancouver Island,camping and not opposed to motels,2up on a V Strom,we won't have to many days available,just throwing it out for some good places to see off HWY19,thanks
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Old Yesterday, 05:32 PM   #2
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Many are heading this way. On the South Island, the Pacific Marine Circle Route (Victoria - head west to Sooke, Port Renfrew, Lake Cowichan and back to Highway 1 is quite popular. Good camping at French Beach, which is north of Sooke. B & B's along the way if that is your style. If you feel like seeing Tofino, that is another great ride for your Strom. Lots of places to stay along the way. I'll let others chime in about the northern part of the Island.
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Old Yesterday, 06:35 PM   #3
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Good start,I'm looking at a map as I type,is there a road between Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan?My map shows a restricted piece along the San Juan River going east towards Shawnigan Lake?
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Old Yesterday, 07:46 PM   #4
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There's a lovely bit of fully paved twisty between the two towns - I was on it a few days ago. You must have an older map - the paving was done several years ago. I would just Google 'Pacific Marine Circle Route' - it will show the full route. You'll enjoy it.
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Old Yesterday, 08:10 PM   #5
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Coho Ferry

Have a look at taking the M.V. Coho ferry sevice from Port Angeles, Washington to Victoria. The sailing only takes about 90 minutes to cross and the price is reasonable. https://www.cohoferry.com/
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Old Yesterday, 08:11 PM   #6
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Ya i do need a newer map,we do dirt and other stuff the Strom doesnt belong on also,I really appreciate the feedback,we had fun over on the Kootenay but we traveled our normal random way and this time we want to plan just a little.
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Old Yesterday, 08:12 PM   #7
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+1 on the Coho Ferry suggestion.
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I think we will take that Ferry,it helps avoid Seattle and such.
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Old Yesterday, 08:59 PM   #9
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Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan

Jackd is right that the paved road between the two towns is superb riding, but there is also a gravel road between the two as well. I have been known to ride to Port Renfrew, take the paved route to Lk. Cow then ride back again on the dirt. Or vice versa.

Lots of fantastic riding on the island, and in my opinion the island becomes more worthwhile once you're north of Campbell River. The Cowichan Valley is well worth some time though, Cowichan Bay is a special place.
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Old Yesterday, 09:36 PM   #10
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Ahh I knew the ADV B.C people would come through
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Farther north but Alert Bay keeps coming up between MRS 8lives and myself?
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Farther north but Alert Bay keeps coming up between MRS 8lives and myself?
Alert Bay is a small community on Cormorant Island, not a lot of roads on that island but an interesting stop... They have done quite a bit to present some of the historic native culture from days past in the form of museums and shows put on at the big house... The ferry that services Alert Bay also services Malcolm Island and the community of Sointula... Sointula started as a Finnish utopian community around 1900... The way the ferry works there is you pay in Port McNeill and to go to one of the Islands and then it is free to travel to the other Island .. A lot of people will explore Alert Bay for Part of the day and then travel to Sointula to camp for the night...The campsite on Malcolm Island at Bere point is most popular because of its close proximity to a whale rubbing beach... There is another nice campground called harmony shores that is closer to town...
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I think we will take that Ferry,it helps avoid Seattle and such.
Depending what ferry you catch there is camping just north of Victoria at Jordan River, you might get lucky and get a spot.


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Old Today, 07:32 PM   #14
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Hey OurBC thanks it's been added to the notebook.
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