89 km | 1.5 hours
The first leg of your trip will take you up-island through beautiful Cowichan, “The Warm Land,” home to over 700 farms and named “Canada’s New Provence” by legendary food writer, James Barber. If you’re looking to get a good night’s rest in before launch, we recommend the Westin Bear Mountain, where you can wander the on-site trails or play a round of golf on one of their award-winning courses. After some West Coast-style R&R and if time is on your side, make a pit stop in Duncan to explore the City of Totems, or Chemainus (a quick detour off the highway) to view over 60 historical murals throughout the town, the first of which date back to the 80s.
Before too long you will arrive in Ladysmith, a quaint seaside town with a bustling main stretch. First Avenue plays host to sweet boutique shops and unique local businesses, and in 2017 was named “Canada’s Great Street” by the Canadian Institute of Planners.
- Ladysmith Town Centre 721 1st Ave Ladysmith BC