July 7th - July 9th 2023

Mark your calendars for this event. The tour alone would be worth it and the Brits on the Beach attendance will cap of a great weekend.

        AHOABC Vancouver Island Tour
     Brits on the Beach Car Show
                       July 7 - 9, 2023

July 6th, 2023 Thursday -  For those who may wish avoid an early morning ferry ride, and arrive the day before .

High: Tigh-na-Mara, minimum two-night stay, approximately $322 per night for   a spa bungalow, minimum 2-night stay.  Reservation, limited rooms are available as at 1 February 2023. 
See: https://tigh-na-mara.com/

Medium: Bayside - one night stay available, if desired, approximately $135 per night. 
See: https://www.baysideresortparksville.com/

Lower: Travelodge, one night stay available if desired, rates approximately $135 per night. 
See: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/en-ca/travelodge/parksville-british-columbia/travelodge-parksville/overview

It is suggested that booking accommodation be done at your earliest convenience.
Suggested Pubs/Restaurants on the way to Chemainus after this leg:
Crow & Gate, Cedar, B.C. - https://crowandgate.ca/
The Boatshed, Ladysmith, B.C. - https://boatshed-waterfront-grill.business.site/

TOUR - Friday July 7, 2023     Parksville to Port Alberni and Return
Suggested Start time: 0900 hours.
Meeting Point: Tigh-na-Mara parking lot, breakfast is available in their restaurant.
We will be stopping at several locations, bring your GPS or Phone app so that you can keep up with the group or drive ahead, depending on your preferences.
Stops include:
Port Alberni Harbour Quay
McLean Mill National Historic Site,
Outlook over the Alberni Valley
MacMillan Provincial Park
Old Country Store, Coombs - a good place to eat and shop
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
North Island Wildlife Refuge
Qualicum Beach
Milner Gardens
Possible accommodation for July 7 and 8 is Best Western Chemainus, suggest booking now.

See: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-chemainus/best-western-plus-chemainus-inn/propertyCode.62113.html
Other properties are in the area in Duncan and in Oyster Bay

Microtel by Wyndham, north of Ladysmith.  

There are also smaller properties located in Ladysmith on the TCH.  Again, suggest reserving now.
See Map #1 for route.

TOUR - Saturday July 8, 2023 Chemainus to Malahat and Return to Chemainus (Horseshoe Pub) for dinner, or other at your discretion.
Start time: 0915 hours.
Meeting Point: Best Western Hotel - Chemainus

We will drive side roads as much as possible, stops will include:
Duncan Saturday Market - beside Duncan City Hall, lots of interesting vendors
Bridgeman’s Bistro - Mill Bay for lunch
Malahat Skywalk - admission is required, see their website:
Unsworth Winery - a restaurant is also there, as are very nice wines available for purchase.
Enrico Winery - the current location of E.C.A.I.P. (English Car Affair in the Park - Old English Car Club - limited food available and very nice wine for purchase.
Horseshoe Bay Pub: We can sit outside, and enjoy the company there, location is across the road from Best Western Chemainus.  If weather doesn’t allow, we can eat inside.
See Map #2 for route

Brits on the Beach - Sunday July 9, 2023 from Best Western Chemainus to Transfer Beach (Ladysmith, B.C.) to attend Brits on the Beach
Meeting Point: Best Western Hotel - Chemainus
We will drive on Chemainus Road north from Chemainus Best Western to the junction with the TCH and proceed north, watch a few hundred meters for signs pointing you to turn right to Transfer Beach (Brits on the Beach venue) and continue down until you see the beach, you will see volunteers waiting to the right to guide you into the parking area.  This will take all of ten minutes from the starting point.
Note: Remember to bring a hamper of nonperishable food (I normally bring about $20.00 worth from the local supermarket in Chemainus), or an equivalent funds donation to present at entry, there is no fee to enter the car show.  Proceeds go to the Ladysmith food bank.  Bringing a picnic lunch with you and folding chairs is suggested.  You will be directed to park the best way to get a shady spot is to arrive by say 0845 hours, remember that there will likely be upwards of 250 cars arriving on site.
Following the event, by 1600 hours, you should be able to head north to Departure Bay or Duke Point or south towards Victoria. 
See Map #3 for route

Prepared: February 2, 2023
Don Manning

If you are planning on attending and booking a hotel you are strongly advised to book your room early.
Map 1 July 7
Map 2 July 8
Map 3, July 9. png
Map #3 - Sunday July 9th
Map #2 - Saturday July 8th
Map #1 - Friday July 7th
MAPS _ Click to enlarge