Going Coastal on Vancouver Island

Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew. Credit: Ann Britton Campbell

Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew. Credit: Ann Britton Campbell

Swimming in potholes. Riding a steam train. Beachcombing. Sampling the local vino. Falling asleep to the sound of surf.

British Columbia’s Pacific Marine Circle Route serves up so many tempting diversions on its 255-km-long journey along southern Vancouver Island, you’d be insane not to slow down and enjoy.

The scenic drive begins in Victoria and follows a twisty-turny highway to Sooke, a community known for its outdoor activities (think hiking, kayaking, bicycling) and indoor decadence (thanks in large part to the internationally celebrated Sooke Harbour House and ultra-remote Point No Point Resort). Further on, the route hugs the island’s windswept western coastline as far as …

Continue reading this article, including seven must-do diversions along the route, in up! magazine. For the Top 5 Snapshot Spots, check out the companion article Five Most Photogenic Stops on Southern Vancouver Island.

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