Pacific Marine Circle Route on a bike.

The Pacific Marine Circle Route is the perfect loop for a 5-day cycling tour taking you on a ‘coast to coast’ journey on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

This route is a sightseeing extravaganza along 255 km (158 miles) of beaches, trails, forest, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, lakes and more. You’ll experience quaint fishing villages, natural wonders, swimming lakes, wildlife and breathtaking scenery.

The tour is broken into 5 days of riding about 35-55 km a day, with 4 overnight stays at some of the unique accommodation the area has to offer.

Starting from Victoria BC, you will ride the Lochside Trail, part of the Trans-Canada “Rails to Trails” system, to Brentwood Bay for a seaside lunch stop. Then, we do a ferry crossing on “Vancouver Island’s most beautiful shortcut” to Cowichan Valley Wine Country where you will ‘sip, savour and stay’ in the seaside village of Cowichan Bay.

Merridale Cider

Merridale Cider

The next day starts at one of the world’s tallest free standing railway trestles. The 188 m (614 foot) long Kinsol Trestle is 44 m (144 feet) above the Koksilah River. Then you will ride the Trans Canada trail to the friendly town of Lake Cowichan (Vancouver Island’s 2nd largest lake), boasting the highest average summer temperature in Canada – good place to go for a swim. This route was made possible by the recently paved logging road that winds its way through clear-cuts, second generation forests and even some old growth between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew.

Watch for photo opportunities along this stretch: you’ll see wildlife, waterfalls and some natural wonders like the Harris Creek Spruce and Lizard Lake, another excellent swimming hole to cool down.

Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach

We then go on to Port Renfrew’s rugged shores of the west coast, the Juan de Fuca Straight and starting point of the Pacific Rim National Park’s West Coast Trail and your seaside lodge with beach access for the night. A must see is Botanical Beach, one of our most famous beaches with tidal pools and sandstone rich in marine life. Fairy Lake

Our last night is spent in Sooke after a day of coastal riding where you’ll most likely see surfers on the big waves off Jordan River and enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach. The last day starts with a visit to the unique rocky pools at Sooke Potholes then a ride on the Galloping Goose Trail back to Victoria.

This tour is an ‘all inclusive’ package: all you bring is your camera and enthusiasm for a great time, we’ll take care of the rest!

The BEST way to see the Pacific Marine Circle Route is on a bike; check out this tour here.