NOT TO MISS DRIVES
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.