MG Club Trip to Port McNeil and Gold River
August 12, 13, 14
If you are looking for a little more adventure than a Sunday drive but not sure you want the hassles of going off the is-
land, your club is putting together a little adventure this summer on the island.
The plan is:
Everyone gathers for lunch on the 12th just north of Qualicum Beach (Shady Rest restaurant possibly). Take highway
19A to Campbell River and continue to Port McNeil for the night. (There is a large motel with good parking within a
couple blocks walk to craft beer and excellent pizza.)
The next day, early risers can take a lovely, twisty, out and back, road to Port Alice (about 45 minutes each way) for
their morning coffee. Regrouping at Port McNeil we will head back to Campbell River and then on to Gold River where
we will stay at the motel and restaurant on the hill.
August 14th we will return to Campbell River and make our way home. The first day is the longest, close to 600 km
from Victoria (6hrs). Day two, a little less than 400km with the side trip to Port Alice or 100km less if you choose not to
do the out and back (5hr or 3.5hr). The last day, 360km back to Victoria, (5hr). Times and kms were taken from google
and do not include stops for gas, food, (God forbid, repairs).
I think this should be a worthy undertaking, qualifying as an adventure. The roads to Gold River and Port Alice are ex-
ceptionally pleasant, suited to twisty, top down, less traffic, slower driving. The road north of Campbell River is faster
two lane, typically with less traffic. Highway 19A is a scenic drive, particularly south of Campbell River along the ocean
but sometimes with enough traffic to be less than a perfect drive, still worthwhile though.
For those looking to open it up, returning home from Campbell River highway 19 has minimal traffic and a 110km/hr
speed limit on a divided highway to just north of Nanaimo. (North of Campbell River also lends itself to higher speed
travel on two lanes with minimal traffic. The local constabulary has their opinion on this that bears consideration.)
All those interested in this club adventure please contact the events coordinator, Tim Marks, at
Reservations must be made early in the year, particularly for accommodations at Gold River.