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. jackd

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    +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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    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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    Ahh I knew the ADV B.C people would come through:clap:clap:clap
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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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    Hey OurBC thanks it's been added to the notebook.
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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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    You haven't said when you were planning your trip - is it later this summer? The weather had been great up here in the South Island - no rain is in the forecast. One thing to count on in August is marine fog. This blankets the west coast presenting a rather grey cloud cover each morning. It usually burns off as the heat of the day builds and the blue sky returns. You probably have a similar situation down in coastal California. The east coast of Vancouver Island doesn't get this sea fog - so far we've had mostly sunny weather this month.
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    Sometime around August 13th is the time we are looking towards for now.
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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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    That will be a good time to explore. The sea fog keeps the temps down and the daily temperature high on the coast never matches what they get inland or on the east coast of the Island. They are not forecasting any real change in the flow of the jet stream and so my guess is that what we are geting now is what you will be experiencing. With any luck, you will have enough time to do the North Island. The highway to Gold River is highly spoken of by many - nice twisties.
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