View Full Version : Tofino to Victoria Backroads
07-19-2006, 04:22 PM
Has anyone ridden the backroads from Tofino south to Victoria?
- What condition are they in?
- How long is the ride?
- Any sites to see?
- Is it possible to ride it 2-up on a KLR?
A few of us did that route a couple of weeks ago. Very dusty with many logging trucks near Bamfield. Easy riding all the way. Check the Backroads Mapbook..... Port Alberni, Bamfield, Nitinat, Cowichan Lake, Port Renfrew then pavement to Victoria.
07-20-2006, 09:03 AM
Any idea on the travel time?
07-20-2006, 10:12 PM
Tofino to Port Alberni.....2 hrs
Port Alberni to Bamfield....2hrs
Bamfield to Nitnat Lake....1 hour
Nitnat to say...Caycuse....1 hour
Caycuse to Honeymoon Bay....30 min
Honeymoon Bay to Port Renfrew....2 hr?
Port Renfrew to Victoria....1 hour?
Rough times....anyone else?......I tend to ride slow
You could save some time by not going all the way down to Bamfield but if you do go down then 1) it is quite pretty area...2) you could stop maybe camp at Pachena Beach
Lots of places to take a wrong turn....watch your gas
Like Jim said, the entire ride can be done in less than a day or take a few days to see the sights. Explore the many lakes, rivers, ocean beaches, small villages (with pubs) along the way. Don't miss Carmanah- Walbran park near Nitinat Lake. You can ride to the edge of this protected old growthforest andwalk in a short distance among these giant trees. We found it awe inspiring to think the entire west coast once looked like this. See the giant spruce on Harris Creek main just north of Port Renfrew. Carry recent off road maps and a GPS if you have one (I don't). Western Forest Products and other logging companies provide good maps for free. Google up printable maps and do a web search of small towns like Port Renfrew and Bamfield for lots more info.
07-24-2006, 05:01 PM
Like the guys say in the above the roads are all good.
There is not much for roads from the summit to Tofino but I am sure you will enjoy the high way just the same. LOL (I wouldn't call it a high way)
If your spending time in Tofino and are looking for some short trips I can set you up.
If your camping I can also hook you up with some spots not on the maps.I
would go with ya but I seemed to have broken my foot two weeks ago in Nanaimo.
07-24-2006, 06:37 PM
You broke your foot Chris? What were you doing? Were you still riding minus a footpeg? Ah it's to hot to ride now anyways, gotta wait for rain.
07-25-2006, 03:52 PM
ya, Dave apperantly I broke it during a Sunday ride in Nanaimo.
Did not relize it was broken for about a week.
Went and saw the doctor and apperantly I broke the tips of two toes as well as a bone in the middle of my foot.
Apperantly the rock won.:X
I will be back August 8.
07-25-2006, 03:55 PM
That would explain that gimpy walk you were sportin:hb:
06-30-2010, 08:44 AM
I'm thinking of doing this route on the weekend... anyone on it lately?
06-30-2010, 09:41 PM
I just posted - looking for a partner this weekend 2- 4 july, want to try to make it up to hot springs cove, want to camp. PM me if you are interested. I'm on a pig 1150GS so need to stay on duel track.
09-13-2010, 10:16 PM
Well it looks like this tread has gone pretty cold, but am heading to your beautiful island from Port Angeles WA with a buddy (right across the straights!) and am looking for a current update on the above route from Port Alberni to Port Renfrew?
We're going to take the highway out to Tofino via a night staying with a buddy in Ladysmith.
Our route plan is:
We're new to dual sport riding... although not new to riding... so we're looking for (um) mellow dual sport riding. Any recommendations for places to stay (camping or seedy motels) is greatly appreciated. Any recommendations for places to get a beer is extra greatly appreciated. We're actually coming from the San Juan Islands WA into Sidney and then back through Victoria to Port Angels WA. We've been studying the posts on this route and appreciate all of the info already! We'll be on stock KLRs.
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