NOT TO MISS DRIVES

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties -

Pa­cific Marine Coastal Route has many must-see scenic drives, in­clud­ing: IN SOOKE: No visit to Sooke is com­plete with­out a visit to the Pot­holes – deep pits carved into sandstone bedrock dur­ing the last Ice Age, mak­ing for some of the best fresh­wa­ter swim­ming around. Af­ter work­ing up an ap­petite, stop off at Mom’s Café, an old school diner that’s been serv­ing up de­li­cious, homestyle meals since 1963. IN PORT REN­FREW: An ideal Coastal Route half­way point, take a full day to ex­plore the hot spots of this laid-back fish­ing com­mu­nity: sam­ple some ocean treats at the Coastal Kitchen Cafe, walk among cen­turies-old trees in Avatar Grove and take a hike on the renowned Juan de Fuca marine trail. Then take a tour of the Oceanside neigh­bour­hood of Wild Coast Cot­tages to learn more about how to make Port Ren­frew a home­away-from-home. IN LAKE COWICHAN: Take a dip or cast a line in Cowichan Lake, Van­cou­ver Is­land’s sec­ond-largest lake. Or maybe grab a tube and float down the clear waters of Cowichan Lake. Get out the cam­era and snap a few shots of the spec­tac­u­lar canyon and gorge views in Cowichan River Pro­vin­cial Park. IN DUN­CAN/SOUTH COWICHAN: Get to know the first peo­ples of this land by stop­ping by the tra­di­tional build­ings at the Quw’ut­sun’ Cul­tural Cen­tre, a place where carvers still prac­tice their trade. Spend the rest of the af­ter­noon whet­ting that whis­tle and ex­plor­ing the many winer­ies and cideries this area has to of­fer.

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