Fav rides for all
Cycle Touring Vancouver Island
Here's some fantastic bike touring rides on Vancouver Island & the Sunshine Coast to tempt you. I've included lots of photos to give you a first hand view of what to expect.
Many of the rides on this page are manageable for most cycle tourists and touring bikes, even beginners. That doesn't mean they're all easy! These are mostly rides on paved, commonly used roads. Some overnighters, some longer trips. The assumption is you'll likely camp (and there's a page of Fav Campgrounds), but you can always find yourself more formal local accommodations.
Just below here is a summary map, with buttons for the rides covered in this section. Under the map, the rides are listed alphabetically, with links to the detailed pages for each. This gives you a geographic overview of riding options. Following the map is a list box of thumbnails with summaries and links to each ride page. At the bottom is a link to a page of route map thumbnails, in case you'd like to toggle through all these riding possibilities.
You'll note lots of rides on Gulf Islands here. No surprise, as they generally have decent roads, quirky personalities, wonderful seaside attractions and all the basic tourism comforts. Island rides are one of the great treats in the region - indulge yourself!
Let me reiterate this caution. Almost all the rides here involve cycling on public roads, including highways. Although almost all feedback I receive is very positive, some find that sharing routes with traffic can be unnerving and unpleasant. If you are uncertain how this will work for you, consider trying out rides that spend less time on shared roadways - perhaps the Cowichan Valley Trail, or some of the shorter island rides.
If you need more ride details or GPX tracks for your GPS device, email me through the contact page.
Links for buttons in above map - click to jump to detailed ride pages. Or use the list box (thumbnails) following, with ride summaries & pics for each link.
Check out the fine rides in this section
Below is a guide to the rides from the map above. Click on the pics to jump to the pages. There's a couple of special page links at the bottom: