The ultimate road trip, west coast style!

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See Original Post by: Tourism Victoria
https://www.tourismvictoria.com/see-do/pacific-marine-circle-route

The best way to experience the West Coast’s west coast is at your own pace, with time to wander and take in the sights, sounds and scents of the route. This one to five day road loop takes you from rugged coastal trails, to beaches, tranquil lakes, rolling vineyards, restaurants and delightful places to stay. Drive the Pacific Marine Circle Route and sample everything Southern Vancouver Island has to offer.

Check out the videos below and plan your journey, not your destination.

Sidney to Victoria to Cowichan 

81.5KM / 50.7MILES

Southern Vancouver Island offers more to do, see, eat and drink than one could possibly imagine. Find charming bookstores, local breweries, distilleries, delectable bakeries and spectacular views at every turn.

Plan your trip

THINGS TO DO

Sample award-winning Island spirits, whale watch on the Salish Sea and change your altitude as you walk above the treeline.

WHERE TO EAT

Sip coffee above the clouds, eat lunch in a vineyard and then dine under the stars.

WHERE TO STAY

Rest your head in an orchard yurt, experience breathtaking views over an inlet, or cozy up in one of many B&B’s along this section of the route.

Cowichan to Port Renfrew

100.8KM / 62.2MILES

Walk among giants in Avatar Grove, climb to new heights on Maple Mountain and discover diverse ecosystems at low tide on this section of the route.

Plan your trip

THINGS TO DO

Take a walking tour through the city of totems, hike to tidal pools only revealed during low tide and then discover Canada’s gnarliest tree, all before dinner.

WHERE TO EAT

Refuel after a day of adventure overlooking Snuggery Cove while savouring fresh West Coast fare.

WHERE TO STAY

Be lulled into a restful sleep by the Salish Sea in a seaside cottage.

Port Renfrew to Sooke

70.9KM / 44.1MILES

The drive between Port Renfrew and Sooke offers rugged, unspoiled West Coast landscape at its best. Find pristine lakes, swimming holes, secret waterfalls and quiet beaches. Then suit up and catch some waves at one of the surf spots along the way.

Plan your trip

THINGS TO DO

Hike to the beaches along the Juan de Fuca trail, rent kayaks to explore the coastline from a new perspective and explore geological rock formations filled with river water that make for a refreshing swimming spot.

WHERE TO EAT

Nibble on delectable bites harvested from land and sea.

WHERE TO STAY

Discover a quiet oasis in Sooke and take the opportunity to recharge and reconnect to nature.