Best of Both
The "Best of Both" tour is a combination of highlights from "Wild Canada West" and "The Totem Tour" of Vancouver Island. Five days into the Interior of B.C. and four and a half days on The Island. This is a perfect way to enjoy the many different landscapes that B.C. has to offer.
Known as "the city of gardens," Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. Taking inspiration from old English architecture, you will think that you are visiting a small Victorian town. Victoria is a small town that has a lot to offer, world class restaurants and views are only the beginning.
Cambell River is famous for fishing and a relaxed atmosphere. Make sure you enjoy a taste of the local seafood, this is about as fresh as you will find.
Imagine, all in one place, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, bear-watching, bird watching, camping, hiking, storm-watching and First Nations cultural learning. Surfing is big here, and Tofino was named the best surf town in North America in Outside Magazine's 2010 Editors' Choice awards. Look forward to riding Highway 4, the road in to Tofino that winds across Vancouver Island.
|Ainsworth Hot Springs
After a long day of riding there is no better place to relax than in the natural hot springs of historic Ainsworth.
|Duffey Lake Pass
One of the best roads in BC. This high alpine pass has endless perfectly cambered turns for you to test the limits of your bike.
Before you ride down to Victoria you have to climb the Malahat highway. This stunning section of road connects the small town of Mill Bay to the capital of British Columbia, Victoria. Make a plan to stop at one of the many lookouts that offer views of Brentwood Bay. Stop at Goldstream Provincial Park to see cascading waterfalls and trees that are hundreds of years old.
Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver
The starting point for all of our tours is Vancouver. If arriving early enough, bikes are collected and then back to the hotel. Alternatively, bikes can be collected the next morning.
Day 2: Vancouver to Kelowna - 450km/280mi
Leaving Vancouver heading east, once you get out of the city limits and pass Hope, you start an exciting ascent into the Cascades Mountains. After a few stops for photos you quietly drop down sweeping corners into the Okanagan Valley, land of lakes and orchards.
Day 3: Kelowna to Ainsworth - 375km/235mi
As you leave Kelowna the surrounding landscape is fairly flat and arid, a sharp contrast to the towering peaks and green forest you will soon be riding through. You will soon enter the heart of the Kootenay's mountain region. This area is famous for a large number of ski resorts, many breweries, and fertile land for growing fruit.
Day 4: Ainsworth to Vernon - 300km/185mi
Heading north on a fifty mile stretch with about a hundred corners. This is one of our favourite roads with a great view of the Monashee Glacier. After the Glacier you continue north to Nakusp, a great place to stop for lunch. Continue south to a relaxing ferry crossing making your way to our stop at Vernon. Another spectacular day.
Day 5: Vernon to Whistler - 400km/250mi
Our day starts off riding through cattle lands and gently rising hills to reach the charming town of Falkland. After leaving Falkland you make your way to Lillooet where the real drama begins, get ready for the endless twisties of the Duffy Lake pass. After Duffy Lake you descend down into the Pemberton Valley and make your way to the world class resort town of Whistler.
Day 6: Whistler to Campbell River - 300km/185mi
Leaving Whistler southwards on the Sea to Sky Highway, you stop at the BC Ferries terminal at Horseshoe Bay to catch a sailing to Nanaimo. Motorcycles are first to load and unload, very civilized. From Nanaimo you head north riding through the Comox Valley, ending at the town of Campbell River.
Day 7: Campbell River to Telegraph Cove - 200km/125mi
Campbell River is the last major town before continuing up the island. When you journey out of town you will be greeted by wide open wilderness. The Northern region of Vancouver Island is a special place, due to the abundant wild and marine life that thrives along the coast. The area is home to orca whales, as well as humpback, grey and minke whales, seals, sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea otters, porpoises, salmon, eagles, black bear, Roosevelt elk, deer and cougars inhabit the region. Tours are available to mainland inlets to see grizzly bears.
Day 8: Telegraph Cove to Tofino - 470km/290mi
So far you have toured around the Northern part of Vancouver Island, time to head west to experience one of our favourite places on Earth, Tofino. Today you will drive from Port Alberni to Tofino on the Pacific Rim Highway which has breathtaking views and awe-inspiring landscapes. This stretch of highway is one of best motorcycle roads on the island. The highway can become narrow at points, be careful about passing and watch out for camper vans.
Day 9 - Tofino to Victoria - 315km/200mi
Well we hoped you enjoyed your time in Tofino. Unfortunately, there is only one way back. The good thing is that the ride always seems different going in the opposite direction. Today you will be travelling back across and then head south. The vast majority of Vancouver Island's population lives on the South end of the island. You will notice the city centers grow as you work your way south.
Day 10 - Victoria to Vancouver - 80km/50mi
Welcome to Victoria! This little city has a lot of charm. Today you will be traveling to a BC ferry terminal and taking the boat back to Vancouver. Remember that motorcycles load first, so don't worry if the terminal looks busy, you will make your boat. The trip over to the mainland is one and a half hours.
At Cycle BC our job is easy, Canada has already provided us with one of the most breathtaking backdrops in the world to stage our tours. All we had to do was provide the finest bikes the industry has to offer, combined with our unmatched service and you have the recipe for the trip of a lifetime.
On your tour you can expect to travel through Canada’s rugged wilderness on seemingly endless twisties finishing each day in a hand-picked, high quality accommodations with variety of options for great food. Along the way you will see unforgettable sights and experience some of the best roads Canada has to offer. From the first time we get in touch to when you are on your way home we look forward to having the opportunity to exceed your expectations every step of the way.
Price For current pricing and booking details, please contact us.
Start & End Vancouver, British Columbia
Trip Length 11 days / 10 nights / 2500km / 1550mi
Daily Ride 300km / 4-5hours
The main goal of all of our tours is to provide one of the most comfortable, memorable and enjoyable trips of your life. Here are just a few of the things we include to accomplish that goal.
The Best Bikes
Choose from a wide selection of immaculately maintained, current model motorcycles including cruisers, sport touring and dual sport bikes. We are sure to have a bike to suit your riding style. All of our bikes come equipped with full luggage options and a myriad of accessories, such as heated grips, to make sure your tour is as comfortable as possible. Please take a look at our motorcycles to find the perfect bike for you.
The Best Accommodations
We have scoured the province and handpicked only top quality hotels and B&Bs with daily breakfast to make sure your tour of BC will be one of the most comfortable and memorable experiences you have ever had.
Quality Riding Gear
Just in case traveling with your gear is too much trouble, we are happy to provide helmets and gloves for both rider and passenger.
A Comprehensive Day Planner
A complete and easy to use day planner including maps, daily travel distances, alternate routes (where possible), where to make sure to fuel up, the best places to eat, interesting side trips and stops, lots of local information and more.
Optional Garmin GPS
Although no one has ever gotten lost with our day planner, we provide a waterproof GPS unit to assist in guiding you on your tour. No more hassling with maps on a tank bag!
Pre Ride Booklet
If this is your first time visiting Canada, you're in the experience of a lifetime. Canada is home to vast untouched wilderness and some of the friendliest people in the world. Our customs and rules of the road might be a bit different from what you are used to at home so we have put together a pre ride booklet that will cover everything you will need to know before you arrive.
Rider Care Kit
Nothing is worse than a noisy helmet and bugs covering your visor! In our Cycle BC Rider Care Kit we provide earplugs and a lens/windscreen cleaner with cloth to take care of any frustrations.
Emergency Roadside Kit
Even though our care for our bikes is second to none we provide an emergency roadside kit including a disc lock, tire pressure gauge, tire re-inflation kit and contact numbers for 24hr emergency support so you will never be left stranded in the event of a flat tire.
Once your motorcycle is packed for the tour what do you do with all of your luggage? We provide complimentary storage for any luggage you would like to leave behind while you ride. You can also ship any gear for your tour to us in advance so there is less to travel with. Once your tour is done we will even ship the gear back home to you!
A Full Tank of Gas
All of our bikes come with a full tank of gas so you can hit the road right away without any stops.
A valid driver's license in either English or French with motorcycle endorsement (must be present at the time of pick up). An international driver's permit may be required depending on your country of origin.
More than one year of riding experience on a similar sized bike to which you would like to take out.
A coverage deductible ranging from $2000.00-3000.00 depending on your choice of bike for the duration of the rental by means of credit card authorization only.
21 years of age or older.
Please refer to our Rental Policies for a detailed list of our rental requirements.