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Coastal Circle Route

Kathleen Jones

Adding to the wishes/plans for 2019 thread, in June I'm considering doing the coastal circle route in British Columbia. That's riding up Vancouver Island, ferrying across to the Sunshine Coast, then back down to Van City (or any variation thereof). I'd appreciate any tips from folks who have ridden in the area, especially from y'all who live there. Thanks.

-Kathleen

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Robert EwingTo Kathleen Jones

I rode the route you’re describing quite a few years ago – over 30. I’ve also done extensive kayaking off the island. Our original intent was to ride to Port Hardy and the north end of Vancouver Island. I think it was mid to late July. We took the Horseshoe Bay Ferry to Nanaimo and rode north. The afternoon head winds were intense, gale force at times. We made it to Stathcona Provincial Park and change course and took the Comox-Powell River Ferry to the Sunshine Coast. I don’t know how much development has taken place in the intervening years but the Sunshine Coast was delightful and more protected from the wind. No guarantees but consider changing your ride to the counter clockwise direction.

Among Kayakers the rule is if the Canadian Coast Guard predict afternoon gale force winds, you want to be on shore with your kayak tied up to a sturdy tree by 11:58 am. So think early starts and you should have a great time.

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