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Cycle Touring Vancouver Island

This section is my chance to ramble on, to have an ongoing conversation with readers. I'll post updates & photos as I do more rides, get gear worth noting, or come across interesting stuff about cycle touring or bikepacking on Vancouver Island & the Sunshine Coast (and beyond).   

See the 'search tags', listed in alpha order down the right side below. Check this list out if you want to find out if there is a post about a location - click on a tag of interest, and any relevant blog post(s) will show along the left.

August 16, 2018

NW from Sayward along Vancouver Island's NE coast, one of the Island's big rivers, the Adam, flows into Johnstone Strait after merging with its main tributary, the (what else?) Eve River. Last year, I followed the Eve to the coast, then west to Naka Creek (a Fav c...

July 27, 2018

N/NE of Powell River, on the north Sunshine Coast, is one of the world's grand hinterlands of backroads, lakes and forestry campsites, regularly used by the public. I've enjoyed a few adventures through this area, and put together a Fav backroads ride

There were a few...

July 23, 2018

Most folks are not aware of Theodosia region, although it is not far north of Powell River. But it's grand territory, tough to get into, with stunning views and great summer camping.

There's already two Fav rides north from Powell River up the Malaspina P...

July 13, 2018

If you're looking for an excellent multi-day North Island ride, the Alice Lake Loop is a good place to start (not to be confused with Alice Lake near Squamish on the BC mainland). You can do a short version all on excellent paved roads, or do the return stretch of the...

June 16, 2018

I have a number of local higher elevation rides (~1,000m+)  planned this summer now that the snows are mostly all gone, so I need some seasoning. I figured I'd start near home by heading up to Mt Washington (our local ski hill) via a little known back route to the nort...

June 9, 2018

There's a major inland hinterlands south of Courtenay, stretching down to Horne Lake, between the well travelled east coast, and the north/south oriented Beaufort Range, getting high up into the mid Island. There's no communities, campgrounds or popular lakes to attrac...

May 24, 2018

Horne Lake is a popular cottage and recreation destination, ~7kms in from the east coast of central Vancouver Island. Last week I finally got around to a longstanding plan to spend some time looking into connecting backroads routes to/from the west (interior) end of th...

May 11, 2018

I'd done a past ride north from Powell River to Lund and Okeover Arm Park. A few months ago, I heard there are logging tracks all the way to Sarah Point (see pic below) at the far north tip of the Malaspina Peninsula. Sarah Point is the northern trailhead of the 180 km...

May 7, 2018

A few months past, I found a new map of Texada Island with some roads and bays along the NE coast I'd not seen before. I thought I'd best check it out. Distances are modest, but I was up for some sunny seaside camping, so planned for 4 days.

The weather w...

April 23, 2018

It's been a grudging arrival, but spring is upon us (knock on wood). I need some toughening up, so did a couple of rides close by Courtenay, getting out for some fresh air & camping.

The pic above is from the SE corner of Wolf Lake, about 20 kms NW of Courtenay. Great l...

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