Pretty soon, somebody is going to start asking when you want vacation time this summer, so if you’re going to take a bike trip, you’d better get planning. Here are five of our favourites.
Pacific Rim Highway
This is one of the best-known riding routes in BC. It’s a bit of work getting to the start of the route, in Parkland, as you’ve got to take a ferry over from the mainland to Vancouver Island. There are several options to do so, though. The ferry from Horseshoe Bay will drop you nearby at Nanaimo, while the southern ferry to Sidney will allow you to easily access some of Vancouver Island’s other fantastic roads as well. When Editor ‘Arris went out there in 2014, he thoroughly enjoyed the whole affair.
The Pacific Rim Highway, aka Rt. 4, is BC’s longest east-west highway. It’s one of the most scenic rides in Canada, with mountains, lakes and the ocean. Lots of elevation changes along with switchbacks and hairpin turns mean you’ve got to pay attention, as it’s only a two-lane road, with not much room for error in many places. In some spots, there isn’t even a shoulder. At the end, you land in the small town of Tofino, known for its surf culture, arts scene, marine wildlife, and general laid-back vibe. Bring a rainsuit, as it’s probably going to be wet when you’re there.
Sadly, there’s no way to do a loop out of Tofino — you’ve got to head back the way you came in, but backtracking isn’t such a bad thing when the roads are this good.