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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jamie Z, Nov 29, 2020.
Are you just staying in BC and points North or heading east in Canada?
many years ago I did a circuit NE of Vancouver. One section from Lillooet to Pemberton (I believe) was the best, with a spectacular road and neat little wooden bridges. Your BC hosts might know the exact route, since it's a popularly recommended one.
It's been around 16 years since I went, so things could have changed in terms of desirability, of course.
We took the ferry from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy, after catching a train in Winnipeg. The trip down the coast was memorable. I worked on an archaeology dig in Port Hardy during the early 70's and at that time it was mostly a sea plane base with log booms made up in the bay.
@amol It's the Duffey Lake road. Excellent pavement ride. Continue past Lillooet either south on Hwy 12 to Lytton or NE on Hwy 99 and 97 to Cache Ck. Either way, a great ride from there is Hwy 8 from Spences Bridge to Merritt, which points you towards Hwy 6 from Vernon to Arrow Lakes (via Kelowna) and on into the Kootenays.
I like Port Hardy and hope you make it up that way. A quaint little shore town. https://www.cafeguido.com/ Awesome breakfast stop with excellent mochas. The place doubles as a book store in case you need a book to read in your travels.
the Island is great. including Victoria.
you really should take the Sea to Sky northward from Vancouver. well worth it. - there have been some traffic issues due to paving - the driveBC website should have updates.
north to Darcy they onto the high line is sublime, imho. you can continue on to Lillooet via this longer route.
lotsa forest roads, etc to explore in this area - not a lot of traffic back there, and lotsa bears.
the Hurly Pass can get dusty and rough - beautiful vistas, nevertheless.
There's an excellent and free campground near Pemberton , provided by B.C. Hydro.
As a proper Jamie fanboy, I was raised in MN and currently reside in Golden, CO.
You mean the BC Hydro campground at Seton Lake, just outside Lillooet? That's an excellent base for exploring in all directions, one of my favourite places to camp.
If you come over to the island via Swartz Bay ,look into the route west of Victoria out to Port Renfrew and on to Lake Cowichan. From there you can go back to the east side of the island or north west to Port Alberni . Also an option on the way to Port Alberni is to detour further west to Pachina Bay which has a great campsite area and the town of Bamfield just down the road is an interesting place . The east side of the island has various sections of the old two lane coastal highway .
That'll be the one. It's been 10 years now , so I checked the map and thought it might be closer to Whistler . I went from Seattle north to Kamloops then south to Mexico and that campground was the last place I camped until Texas. It was mid September and the locals would ask "Why are you here on a motorcycle at this time of year ?"
Edit ; After being wrong about where the campground was , I thought I should have a look at my 10 year old ride report to see what else I had wrong. Timing ,it's off by a month. I got to Canada on October 7th and back into the states on the 14th.
So Jamie , you likely have 6 weeks or so before the locals start hinting you should head south.
So, I was looking at this:
Then I read this:
Looks like the good people of Point Roberts are strangers in their own land ?
And have suffered mightily with the border restrictions. I have a cousin who lives there and getting anywhere has been difficult.
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I'm going with this, dude.
August 26, 2021
An island surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water.
David and his two boys were leaving today on their own motorcycle adventure. Their bikes were parked in the garage, ready to go. I woke up early and we all geared up and rode the first few kilometers together.
When they turned east, I turned west. Safe travels, David, John, and Alexander.
Late last night Pawlie on here had sent me a message inviting me. I replied to him that I’d be available for breakfast this morning and he agreed. I met Paul at his and we walked down the street to Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe.
The meal was excellent, and the atmosphere eclectic. I pointed out the several portraits of the Queen hanging on the wall.
Paul had brought along a map of Vancouver Island and we talked about a few possible routes. After breakfast we returned to Paul’s place and looked through the maps some more, checking ferry schedules and weather forecasts. Hollyr messaged to remind me that she lives on Vancouver island and invited me to stay.
An oil change will be due soon, and who knows where I’ll be when that happens, so on the way out of town I went to the nearby Honda dealership to buy a filter. The rain was coming down steady by now.
Then to the ferry. I had a 40-minute ride on what would ordinarily be a scenic route out of Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay, but today with the rain and fog, I couldn’t see much.
Unfortunately my rain pants did not fare well. It wasn’t long before I was sitting in water. I turned on my heated seat, so at least it was warm water.
I followed the signs for the ferry and waited in line; the rain let up a bit here.
Motorcycles were first to board and I parked up front. They had wedges available to keep the bike stable. I haven’t seen these before.
The ferry set sail at 3:55pm, aimed for the town of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.
Once off the ferry, the skies were now merely mostly cloudy, and a bit of blue sky and sun shone through. The rain had stopped!
The main highway on Vancouver Island is divided four-lane here.
I had talked about this with Paul this morning. He encouraged me to get off the main road and explore some of the smaller out-and-back and loop roads. I plan to do that in the next couple of days.
Hey, I found another scale. I get a kick out of these. 270 rods to the hogshead, that’s the way I like it.
I got off the main road for a few miles...er furlongs; the road went down along the shoreline and there was no traffic.
And this is just for Doug.
When I arrived to Holly’s place in Sydney, just outside the capital of Victoria, she had the steaks grilling. We sat down to eat almost immediately.
And then cake!
Holly and I have worked together on the Tent Space list for years and I was glad to finally meet her. She has a long motorcycling history and showed me pictures, books, and maps, and told me a few stories about her travels in Europe.
Awesome as always. Safe travels.
Josh, thanks for taking the time to put that together. I'm always curious what others think while I'm passing through, and it's interesting to see my trip from anothers perspective.
For those of you who have not met Josh, take a closer look of the helmet-cam picture I took of him on the road.
We were chatting over intercom and that's him talking with his hands.
You guys have me flumoxed. Got a Google Map link to this free campground? I'll add it to my map.
Oh man. Point Roberts has a crazy story and history.
Skip ahead to 30:00: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/mini-stories-volume-6/4/
I really wanted to visit Point Roberts, but given the border situation right now, I just didn't think it was worth trying to cross into the US and then trying to get back into Canadia.
So it's named after another old white guy?
Actually... I can see where that comes from. Makes me wonder if that what the artist's intention.
I don't know if you're into gardening, but Butchart Gardens in Victoria is world famous. We spent a very nice afternoon there.
Seton Lake campground located here.
Campground website here.