California to Vancouver Island,anyone got suggestions?

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  1. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    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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  2. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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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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    OurBC Live to Travel

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    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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    8lives Dharma Bum

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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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    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I think we will take that Ferry,it helps avoid Seattle and such.
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    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    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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    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Ahh I knew the ADV B.C people would come through:clap:clap:clap
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    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Farther north but Alert Bay keeps coming up between MRS 8lives and myself?
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    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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    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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    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Hey OurBC thanks it's been added to the notebook.
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    HighScore No More, all done.

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    Don't waste your time coming here. The polar bears are out in full force, you can't bring your gun, and we use the metric system. Try Oregon... they LOVE Californians there...:amazon
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    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Sometime around August 13th is the time we are looking towards for now.
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    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Oh hey we like it up yer way,Polar Bears are cool I've freinded a bunch of um on facebook,I don't own a gun,and hell I'm even gettin better a doin klicks with out gettin tickets,but buying petrol by the soda bottle has been sorta different still workin on that 1.
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    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Thanks for the forcast,we can handle some rain just more fun if its not soaking and a little cooler,our trip up Kootenay was great but it never cooled off much,we were there around the 4th of july,so some marine layer and cool nights make zippin the sleeping bags together so nice for night time.
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    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Currently in Campbell River,headed to Port McNeil and then to Alert Bay for the night.
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    hwunger Been here awhile

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    oh no .... now he's gonna tell his Cali buddies about the perfect weather we're having, the excellent fishing and camping, and then they will tell two more and so on and so on .... they all of bankrupt Kalifohnia will want to come here ..... :ear

    HA! .... was up that way myself on the weekend ... nice huh ?
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    Deuce Crazy Canuck

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    Take the ferry over to Sointula and camp on the beach on the east side of the island. Then go to the great museum in the village.

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    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Thanks for the great idea,tonight Alert Bay,and then on to your Idea.
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