Island Cycles -
News from the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism
- Calgary to Invest in Island Cycling
- Victoria Exposed
- Trails Connect Nanaimo and Qualicum
- Eco-Beer Found on the Island
Coming Back, Bringing
This just in from Calgary:
Kelly and I were very grateful for the scoop on rides in
Victoria. We VERY much liked the fact that you recommended a few places to eat
too ! ! After the big rides we just needed food and it was nice to just pick a
place from those you recommended and we were not disappointed ! !
And the riding . .... .what can I say it was truly great !
We were both impressed by what Victoria has to offer, ...and we didn't even
get to ride all we wanted. We both liked that one day we could ride along the
ocean and get some great views and the next get a few small hills in a
semi-rain forest. We are already making plans to come out next year and
hopefully bring a few of our friends. We are thinking of coming out earlier as
a break from the snow and cold in January or February.
Also thanks for the room tip too. The manager was also very
accommodating and gave us a place to shower after we checked out and came back
from our last long ride.
Thanks so much. We will definitely be spreading the good
word about Victoria !
Tourism Mags Feature
Where Magazine for May and June is promoting cycling in
Victoria. Copies are distributed in 2300 hotels worldwide. A feature article
covers cycling on the Galloping Goose all the way to Sooke, the Lochside Trail
to Sidney and Victoria’s Seaside Touring Route, signed for cyclists last year.
Cycle Tourism Alliance member the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is signaled as a good
place to fuel up and their "Pedaling for Pinot" wine tours of the Cowichan
Valley are noted as excellent guided tours.
Many of the same features are profiled on a widely read
web magazine at www.travellady.com
Author Rick Milliken profiles local accommodations and attractions for the
Exploring routes up Island took in Qualicum Beach last
week. The Inland Island Highway attracts traffic away from Highway 19A that
threads together communities along the east coast of the Island. Extended road
tours can be mounted from Nanaimo through Parksville and Qualicum, perhaps
returning on the Mainland’s sunshine Coast. Local trail links between Qualicum
and Parksville follow maps produced by the Regional District of
Lighthouse Breweries, new members of VICTA, lubes pubs all over southern
Vancouver Island. Owner Paul Hoyne is a proud supporter of cycling. Not content
with slaking the thirst of bikers and others, Lighthouse sends by-products from
the brewing process to farmers in the region. The brewery has won recognition
from the Capital Region for its environment program. A farmer picking up a load
of leftovers when I was visiting the brewery said the stuff makes for contented
livestock. Try any Lighthouse brew and you’ll understand why. Lighthouse beers
can be found at Cycle Tourism Alliance member pubs including the Oak Bay Beach
Hotel, Strathcona Hotel Hugos and the Laurel Point Inn.
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This issue's events:
Get Dirty - for Mountain Bikers – Port Alice -Northern Vancouver Island:
Rumblefest: May 24th & 25th
Island Cycles is published by John Luton, Coordinator
of the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance and Chair of the Victoria Host
Committee for Pro Bike - Pro Walk 2004. 22 Philippa Place; Victoria, BC; V8S
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