Day 1: Victoria to Sooke
Collect your vehicle in the morning and have the awesome handover and briefing from our adventure consultants.
Victoria is a worthwhile visit, if you haven’t planned to do so already then allocated a day either side to explore this gorgeous city and the surrounding area.
For now its time to leave Victoria and head north on Hwy 1 before joining the Hwy 14 traveling west. On the way stop at East Sooke Regional Park.
Here you have the opportunity for some manageable coastal hiking with stunning views as well as a fantastic chance for some bird watching.
Head through Sooke, if you are looking for a bite to eat we highly recommend;
- 14 Sooke– Also hits our drinks list. Good atmosphere and good selection on the menu and grill.
- Serious Coffee Sooke– If you want a sweet treat and some caffeine.
- Wild Mountain– Offers an interesting menu of organic seasonal dishes that change with the seasons.
If its a sunny day though, then you have to grab an Ice Cream from Seaside Sweets.
Overnight near Sooke. Campground depends on availability at the time of booking.
Day 2: Sooke to Port Renfrew
Rise and Shine, after a delicious breakfast prepared on our easy to use camp kitchens its time to continue exploring. There are plenty of opportunities for this morning.
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park – explore the geological marvels carved into thew sandstone.
Sooke River – For those avid fishermen in your crew.
Sooke Region Museum
After lunch hit the Highway 14 and wind along the gorgeous coastal road towards Port Renfrew. Don’t leave it too late as there is lots to see along the way.
China Beach – Hike a section of the Juan de Fuca trail, or simply enjoy the views sat on the beach.
Jordan River Provincial Park – Mixed coastal forest park located along Juan de Fuca Strait. For the brave and competent surfer out there at the right time of year, you can get some good waves at Jordan River.
French Beach Provincial Park – east of Jordan River. The beach is easy to reach off Highway 14, and a wide swath of lawn fronts this pea-gravel beach where you can picnic, swim, beachcomb, and watch for wildlife.
Overnight either at French beach or in Port Renfrew.
Day 3: Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan
After a coffee overlooking to Port Renfrew inlet its time to hit the road to Lake Cowichan
If you wanted to visit Avatar Grove, An old growth protected forest outside Port Renfrew then make sure to leave yourself some time.
Then you can hit the road to Lake Cowichan
Along Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island’s second largest lake, campgrounds dot the shoreline. Alternatively you can camp in the Cowichan River Provincial Park along the Highway 18 towards Duncan.
Day 4: Lake Cowichan to Victoria
Time to take a slow scenic route back to Victoria, There are so many good things to do along the way so pick a few and give yourself some time.
Kinsol Trestle – A 12 storey wooden railway bridge built in 1920, this impressive structure is definitely worth a visit.
Cowichan River Provincial Park – Has a number of great short to medium hikes.
Duncan – take a “Totem Tour” and visit the traditional buildings at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre. Duncan is also home to the BC Forest Discovery Centre, which showcases BC’s logging and steam-related history. Take a relaxing train ride on a historic locomotive as it winds its way over a wooden trestle.
Wine Tour – Spend an afternoon sampling various wines in tasting rooms or take a guided tour of the wine making facilities and vineyards. Head into the South Cowichan communities of Cobble Hill – home of BC’s first cidery – and then to Mill Bay.
Mill Bay – Brentwood Bay Ferry – If you haven’t done Butchart Gardens yet – this is a must. Take ‘Vancouver Islands most beautiful shortcut’ and visit the gardens.
Unfortunately – its time to hand back your adventure vehicle but take home a lifetime of memories.
Fancy adding a bit more adventure to this route?
Add on a trip into Carmanah, Nitnat Lake or Bamfield and test your off road driving and map skills.