Last summer when I was living on Vancouver Island I rode over to Tofino Ė Long Beach on the west side of Vancouver Island. I took highway 19 north out of Nanaimo and exited to highway 4 to Coombs where I stopped at the Coombs Market, unfortunately it was closed. Highway 4 from Coombs to Port Alberni twists and turns for almost its full length, itís an awesome ride until you get caught behind logging trucks and tourists. Once you leave Port Alberni there are some nice straight sections and then you are back into the twists and turns, steeps climbs and some descents at the edge of the mountains that cause your hands to grip real tight as you twist and turn down the mountain side. Once you get to Pacific Rim National Park the road vastly improves as you head to Tofino. Tofino is a destination tourist town with a mix of tourists and surfers; itís a very relaxed place with awesome scenery.
Coombs Market with goats on the roof
Rest stop west of Port Alberni
Love this highway