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The tour starts at the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, 37 kms. south of Vancouver . Here you can leave your car in a safe parking lot before taking the ferry trip from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay just north of Victoria , BC . From Swartz Bay you follow a well marked cycling route through southern Vancouver Island until you arrive at Duke Point (just south of Nanaimo ). Do not worry about highway riding. The Rotary Route is predominantly on country roads. Two short sections of the Route follow the Trans Canada Highway , but the shoulders are wide and safe. Much of the Route follows the eastern shore of Vancouver Island .
The tour is meant to be enjoyed over a period of two or three days. You should never be more than 10 kms. from food or lodging. Southern Vancouver Island is a haven for beautiful bed & breakfasts, unique restaurants and great pubs. Come and see why Vancouver Island is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful islands. Ride the Rotary Route .