Stage 5 - Bamfield to Port Alberni



Distance: 89 km
Riding Time: 2.5 hrs





Overview
The road connecting Bamfield to Port Alberni is a necessary evil, and "highway to hell" is a more appropriate name for this stage. It's pockmarked with large rocks, potholes and road ripples everywhere. Once you're in Port Alberni, you can continue onto Stage 6, or take a highly recommended side trip out to Tofino if your schedule allows.

Special Note
Recommend lowering tire pressure by 10 lbs to accommodate the very rough road.

Meetup Location
The trailhead for the West Coast Trail makes a good meeting point prior to setting out on this stage. 

Food and Coffee
In Port Alberni, the Steampunk Cafe is popular for grabbing a coffee and the Clam Bucket makes a great lunch and dinner.

Scenery1 / 5
There are a limited number of scenic viewpoints along this stage offering views of large hills and mountains off in the distance, but nothing truly memorable. Most of your view will revolve around looking for potholes in the road, and trying to see if a large truck is coming around the bend ahead.

Traffic4 / 5
The traffic you will encounter on this stage tend to fall into two categories: oblivious tourists in large trucks pulling campers very slowly and taking up the entire road, or large gravel/logging trucks barrelling down the road at excessive speeds. Take care.

Difficulty2 / 5
The stage itself offers a few interesting hill climbs and bridge crossings, but the true difficulty comes in avoiding the potholes.

Road Conditions1 / 5
The worst road of the VIGL. Large rocks jutting out from the road, potholes large enough to damage your rims, road ripples that will shake loose any bolts that are not torqued to excess. And long dusty sections that you will hope stay dusty because the addition of rain would not be fun.


 Points of Interest
1. China Creek Marina & Campground
Very well maintained campground offering beach front sites and well worth an overnight stay if you can.