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post #1 of 20 Old 04-26-2019, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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Heading west in June fly bike then ride it home

I'd like to get info on recommended day trips in BC. I will do 99 around Lilloet for sure even if I have to book an overnite.
Scenic pavement rides only please ...no off pavement.

Flying the bike to Calgary June 1 ...riding two weeks then heading back home starting June 15th

Thread is here - includes info on flying your bike
https://www.gtamotorcycle.com/xf/thr.../#post-2612801
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Good stuff, MacDoc. I'm riding to the west coast from the Ironhorse in North Carolina, then up the west coast to B.C. and eventually home to Midland, Ontario. It was nice to see your calculations of costs. Have a great ride!

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Sooo much good riding up in BC. I'm 20 miles outside BC in Washington state and get up there a good bit. Icefields Parkway through Banff and Jasper National Parks is simply spectacular.
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I have training with work in Salt Lake City in Utah in July. I'm going to ride out then head west and cover the same Sea-to-sky hwy and Duffy Lake road and head back across Canada. Some little details can change but this is essentially the route:




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Time permitting pop over to the island. When I say "the island" I make it sound like there's only one lol.

Horseshoe Bay ferry to Nanaimo then head north to Cape Scott or as far as you like.

Qualicum, Courtaney/Comox & Campbell River make for some nice touring destinations. Highway 19A is the scenic route for bikers and highway 19 if your in a hurry.
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Good stuff, MacDoc. I'm riding to the west coast from the Ironhorse in North Carolina, then up the west coast to B.C. and eventually home to Midland, Ontario. It was nice to see your calculations of costs. Have a great ride!

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I'm impressed Larry. How much time are you allowing for this trip?
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I have training with work in Salt Lake City in Utah in July. I'm going to ride out then head west and cover the same Sea-to-sky hwy and Duffy Lake road and head back across Canada. Some little details can change but this is essentially the route:




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That's a good run. Smart move on taking the Yellowhead, the Trans Canada west of Winnipeg gets pretty sleepy. From Denver east you may want to keep an eye out for curves in the road .....there might be some...lol
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+1 on the Sea to Sky Hwy (99) from Vancouver through Lillooet. It is guaranteed to wow you. A word to the wise: I think it was July or even August when I did it- I was uncomfortably hot around Vancouver. Stopped north of Whistler in Pemberton. Continued north before dawn the next day and got a frost warning light and frost on my windshield. Taught me to pay closer attention to elevation year round. Note to self: The west has some serious mountains. The road and scenery were great. Very little traffic north of Whistler.

Vancouver island is closer to home so I've seen more of it. Not a fan of cities but I like Victoria. Good place to park the bike and walk a bit. Going west through Sooke, Port Renfrew and across the island past Lake Cowichan is a good loop. It is 100% pavement; a recent development I think.

Another island favorite is between Parksville and Ucluelet/Tofino. This is a very fun ride, particularly if you are an early riser. I like to get on this road early so I'm not looking at the back of an RV and hoping for a passing zone the whole time, at least on the way over.

That being said: From what I've seen, you can't go wrong in BC.
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+1 on the Sea to Sky Hwy (99) from Vancouver through Lillooet. It is guaranteed to wow you. A word to the wise: I think it was July or even August when I did it- I was uncomfortably hot around Vancouver. Stopped north of Whistler in Pemberton. Continued north before dawn the next day and got a frost warning light and frost on my windshield. Taught me to pay closer attention to elevation year round. Note to self: The west has some serious mountains. The road and scenery were great. Very little traffic north of Whistler.

Vancouver island is closer to home so I've seen more of it. Not a fan of cities but I like Victoria. Good place to park the bike and walk a bit. Going west through Sooke, Port Renfrew and across the island past Lake Cowichan is a good loop. It is 100% pavement; a recent development I think.

Another island favorite is between Parksville and Ucluelet/Tofino. This is a very fun ride, particularly if you are an early riser. I like to get on this road early so I'm not looking at the back of an RV and hoping for a passing zone the whole time, at least on the way over.

That being said: From what I've seen, you can't go wrong in BC.
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