A long and very scenic ride with about 200 km of gravel. The off-highway section between Port Renfrew and Nitnat is remote, complicated, and there are few signs. There are lots of logging trucks in the woods and they are not expecting you. Beware.
Sooke outskirtsat 38km
Canadian cell coverage ends around here. Beware, your phone may roam into US coverage along this coastline!
Port Renfrewat 106km
Botanical Beach Parking lotat 112km
It's a short hike to the amazing Botanical Beach. Visit at low tide.
Port Renfrewat 114km
Avatar Groveat 127km
Short hikes on either side of the road through really big West Coast trees
Gordon River Canyonat 132km
Good view of the deep Gordon River canyon from this bridge
Bugaboo Main Connector startat 133km
Start of the technical crux of the ride. The connector is a bit steep and a bit rough, fairly bushed in (July 2020) and the most heavily used bear latrine I've ever seen. Didn't see any bears though.
Bugaboo Mainat 133km
End of the rougher section.
Walbran / Bugaboo intersectionat 143km
Lots of logging trucks hauling on Walbran in July 2020
Walbran / McLure Main intersectionat 147km
Stay on Walbran.
Haddon / Walbran Main intersectionat 158km
Carmanah / Haddon Main intersectionat 161km
Active loggingat 166km
July 2020 midweek, somewhere around here there was active logging both sides of the mainline, posted road closed until 4PM. I crossed about 2:30, loggers were all gone and machines shut down. Do not enter without permission when they are working or you could die.
Nitnat Lake turnoffat 176km
July 2020 - village closed due to pandemic. No services available. No entry.
Nitnat Riverat 181km
There is damaged, potholed pavement mixed with gravel through to the Bamfield Main
Mainline Carmanah / Bamfield Main intersectionat 202km
Back to gravel mainline. Lots of industrial and private traffic on the Bamfield road.
Pachena Beach and West Coast Trail startat 244km
Probably really beautiful, but closed for the pandemic.
You might be able to get gas at the gas bar here, but I couldn't July 2020.
Port Alberniat 340km
Back to the start, end of the ride.