BCB MayJune 2022_LR

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VANCOUVER ISLAND (M YS T I C B E ACH) TO U R I S M VA N C O U V ER I S L A N D/J O R DA N DYCK FRIDAY Let's get this straight—you're not here for culture; you're here to leave all that in the rear-view mirror. So, first things first: stock up. If you're coming from the Swartz Bay ferry, hit up Four Quarters Meats in Sidney for excellent sausages, bacon and can't-get-elsewhere stuff like their Lemon Drop or killer salamis. For the wine-minded, stop at Church and State, about 20 minutes south—pick up the Signature Series Trebella and the Cabernet Franc if you can get them. For the beerhound, do a tasting and grab your Young Lions IPA to-go at Victoria's Hoyne Brewing. Once you've secured other, less essential groceries, head to one of the two-dozen private cabins at Point No Point in Sooke. Sited on a bluff above a mile of private beach, the cabins come complete with kitchens, fireplaces, private hot tubs and very audible surf. On this first evening, you'll also enjoy the welcome culture shock of what Point No Point doesn't have, thanks to its stubborn grasp on its 1950s roots: no phones, no TVs and no wifi in your rooms. And, correct: no cell service, either. Thus, the selection of cribbage boards and other games on offer. Walk to the beach to work up an appetite and remember that there is life beyond streaming video. SATURDAY This is the great outdoors, people. Not only is your cabin a pinecone's throw from the beach, you are also close to some of the best coastal hiking in Canada. Drive 15 minutes to the Mystic Beach trailhead, part of the 47-kilometre Juan de Fuca Trail. The hike to the surf takes less than an hour via the forest trail, crossing a suspension bridge along the way. If the tide is out, you can treat yourself to a walk through the rock arch, a ride on the rope swing Sure, it's just a short drive west of Victoria, but Sooke manages to seem like a wild excursion all the same. by Tyee Bridge and (if it's warm enough or you're feeling just that happy) a skinny-dip in the waterfall. Those that prefer to roll can bike the Galloping Goose Trail for as long as your quads can stand it—but be aware that, if you head north out of Sooke seeking the "ghost town" of Leechtown, there's not really much to see (that's ghosts for you), and that the sword ferns and cedars there look pretty much the same as they do outside your cabin. Culture (if you must!) can be had at the 11-day Sooke Fine Arts 3 Days in Sooke 48 BCBUSINESS MAY/JUNE 2022

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