PacificMarineCircleRoute2The Pacific Marine Circle Route is a coast to coast journey offering panoramic views of the Juan de Fuca, Haro and Georgia straits as well as the Saanich Peninsula. The route extends from Victoria, B.C. on Highway 14 – also known as the West Coast (Sooke) Highway – north westerly to Sooke and Port Renfrew and easterly to Lake Cowichan and on to Duncan where it joins up with Highway 1. The Pacific Marine Circle Route will excite even the most enthusiastic traveler with the diversity of Vancouver Island, including spectacular provincial parks, pastoral landscapes and wineries. It is full of wild forests and hiking trails, and offers every kind of outdoor activity from trophy salmon and halibut fishing, to kayaking and canoeing. There are also urban stops along the way, providing unique dining, accommodation and shopping opportunities. The route averages 250 kilometres, but can be divided up into smaller legs with overnight stays between two and four days, depending on your schedule. The route boasts many historical trails and sites of interest so it’s well worth taking your time. For the first leg of your trip, start in Victoria and head west to Sooke and on to Port Renfrew. Stop along the way at the Sooke Region Museum for a comprehensive historic experience of the area including displays of 18th century clothing, quilting and carving; pioneer artifacts and displays of exploration, natural history and early education; and farming, forestry and mining exhibits. Depending on when you set out, you may want to stop for lunch or dinner at Sooke Harbour House. Situated on the beach, the internally renowned restaurant features fresh local seafood, meats and produce, paying special attention to supporting local farmers, gardeners and fishermen. If you opt to break your journey in Sooke or Port Renfrew, there are a variety of accommodation options available. The BEST WESTERN PREMIER Prestige Oceanfront Resort is a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. The full service resort features luxurious guest rooms and extraordinary hospitality with breath-taking views of Sooke Harbour, Sooke Basin, Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains. If camping is more your speed, there are a number of camp grounds and Bed & Breakfast cottages in the area. Check back next month for more recommended stops and activities on the Pacific Marine Circle Route.