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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.

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...

January 2, 2018

Since I've eased off on serious New Years partying, I've had a tradition of heading out every year for a camping excursion. This year I thought I'd try a loop through Port Alberni then north through the backroads.

My plans were a little uncertain as we'd gotten a f...

December 8, 2017

Yesterday morning was cold, with gorgeous blue skies. Seemed to me that a night beside the ocean was in order, so I packed up and headed south to Denman Island.

This was a short ride (~35kms) on good road, so I brought my comfort gear. As you can see below, I was pretty...

December 1, 2017

I'm teaching a course early next year, and have been spending too much time sitting in front of a computer pulling together material. I was getting antsy, so headed off riding & camping.

West from Campbell River there's a grand hinterlands of lakes, backroads & camping...

October 5, 2017

This is a specialty ride, for hardcore backroad riders who like to get into remote corners of Vancouver Island. There's rugged beauty amongst steep rising valley slopes (including Zeballos Peak - 1,578m) and sharp, tough up and down riding hills, though the route eleva...

September 22, 2017

Lucky me.

I headed off to cycle tour the southern Gulf Islands for 4 days and 3 nights, and ran into nothing but sunshine. The trip involved modest cyling distances, great campgrounds, picture postcard views and that special Island vibe.

The southern Gulf Islands are nor...

September 20, 2017

What's that, you say? Touring Nanaimo harbour!?

Many have only seen Nanaimo as they pass through along the busy highway. But check out the waterfront and you'll find a vibrant, attractively developed, popular stretch, complete with views to die for, parks, restaurants a...

August 30, 2017

Another grand ride through remote backroads on the North Island.

I didn't really start from Sayward, but from Sayward junction (where I left my car) along the North Island Highway, about 65 kms north of Campbell River. The scenic village of Sayward, along with Kelsey Ba...

August 20, 2017

Affectionately known as 'The Rock', Texada is the largest of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia. It's 50kms long and 10kms wide, aligned with the nearby rugged Sunshine Coast.

It's accessible via a 20 minute ferry hop from Powell River to Blubber Bay, originally...

July 30, 2017

It's always a treat to stumble into an unexpected gem. Smuggler Cove, just north of Halfmoon Bay off the Sunshine Coast Highway, is one such treat. You'll find an incredible trail, a gorgeous shoreline pocketed with tiny coves, sailboat and kayak visitors from just abo...

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