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WeSTOC XVIII promises some great riding opportunities.

GPX Route File (Last Updated: June 17, 2013)

GDB Route File (Last Updated: June 17, 2013)
Ladysmith Loop

Distance: 216 km (134 miles)

Description: Experience this scenic ride along Vancouver Island's southeast coast of Cowichan Valley. Along DH84, there are three panoramic viewpoints, like the Malahat Summit View Point, with spectacular views that are worth stopping for. After passing through Chemainus, the world's largest outdoor gallery of 40 murals, it's on to Ladysmith for pie or award-winning cinnamon buns at the Old Town Bakery. The ride has you coming back on East Shawnigan Lake Road (DH66) with some nice curves and views of the lake.
Pacific Marine Circle Route

Distance: 249 km (155 miles)

Description: This scenic loop starts along the west coast, alternating between forest and ocean views, with many beaches like French Beach and China Beach to explore along the way. The road (DH18) gets more twisty the closer you get to Port Renfrew. The Coastal Kitchen Café in Port Renfrew has fantastic food and Botanical Beach is a must-see. From here the recently paved road heads north east and past ancient forests, with the largest Douglas fir beside the road just north of Port Renfrew at Avatar Grove. Then it's through the mountains of Lake Cowichan to Duncan, the "City of Totems." The Kinsol Trestle, one of the tallest timber rail structures in the world, is worth a visit on the way back. Be sure to fill up in Sooke before you leave, as there are no gas stations along some portions of the route.
Short & Sweet

Distance: 44.1 km (27.4 miles)

Description: This short ride is conveniently located in East Sooke and is perfect if you want to combine a day of riding with other activities, like a visit to the Sooke Potholes. This Destination Highway road (DH20) is rated 30 out of 30 for twistiness. It consists of four roads of roughly equal length - Kangaroo Road, Rocky Point Road, East Sooke Road and Gillespie Road. East Sooke Road leads up to East Sooke Regional Park which has some of the best views of Vancouver Island's west coast. Once you are tired of riding these winding roads over and over again, you may want to stop in at My-Chosen Cafe in Metchosin for some delicious comfort food.
Tight & Twisty

Distance: 121 km (75 miles)

Description: The ride begins near the entrance of Goldstream Provincial Park (home of the other Niagara Falls), and at times you will find yourself on narrow, forest-enclosed one lane roads. Prospect Lake Road has been compared to a roller coaster ride through the woods of rural south Saanich. Take a slight detour on West Saanich Road and follow the winding road past the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory to the summit, for a great view over Victoria. The ride comes very close to the world-famous Butchart Gardens so you may want to stop and admire their beautiful floral displays.
2 Ucluelet & Back

Distance: 687 km (427 miles)

Description: Get an early start on Wednesday for the Big Dog Ride. Once you reach Nanaimo, it's on to Parksville where you take Hwy 4A to Coombs, known for the famous emporium with "Goats on the Roof." The highway (DH36) continues on over Mount Arrowsmith to Port Alberni. The curves are best along Cameron Lake and the spectacular scenery continues as the road enters the ancient forest of Cathedral Grove. As you head further west past Sproat Lake, the road (DH27) becomes more challenging through Sutton Pass. After a brief stop in Ucluelet to admire the amazing ocean view, it's back on the bike to return to Sooke.