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Nanaimo to Mill Bay to Tsawwassen to Horseshoe Bay Tour

Nanaimo to Mill Bay to Tsawwassen to Horseshoe Bay Tour

Every year I try to put together a day that tests my endurance.  Last year was the Circle tour of Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island – 240 km in 2 days.  This year takes me south from Nanaimo to Mill Bay, over to Brentwood and Swartz Bay, then Tsawwassen to Horseshoe Bay.

This 188km tour I completed in 7 hours and 17 minutes with 5hours waiting or riding ferries.  The Nanaimo to Mill Bay was definitely the highlight of the trip where I rode through the back-roads of Cedar, Chemainus Bay, Maple Bay, Mill Bay, Brentwood Bay, and Sidney with relatively light traffic and calm flats roads.  My buddy knew the best routes and we rode on roads that I wouldn’t have ever figured out.  Click this link to download or view the route in detail.

Getting through the George Massey tunnel proved easier than I thought, but I needed to jump on a bus at the Ladner Exchange and ask every bus if the route went to Richmond.  Hint – Look for a bus that goes to the Bridgeport station.  Find a bike route that Translink advertises and you’ll find it far easier to traverse thru Vancouver.


End of a great day – picture of my computer of the metric of the ride

Definitely  recommend this coffee shop before jumping on the Mill Bay ferry

Bamberton in the background.  This is the site of old quarry and cement factory.

 Brentwood Bay

 Ferry ride over from Mill Bay to Brentwood Bay.

 Waiting for the ferry to load at Swartz Bay

 46th and Adera – Vancouver – This is a great route across to the Cypress street.

 End of a long day at Horseshoe Bay!  Coffee and sugary treats was on the menu after this picture was taken.