The Ride Out West Story
Far, far away, tucked between the Canadian Rockies and the Olympic Mountains of Washington and far from the Atlantic Shores, there is an Island off the coast of mainland British Columbia called Vancouver Island. Separated by the Strait of Georgia on the east, the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Queen Charlotte Sound on the north and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the south, the Island is the home of the 2017 Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers’ National Rally
The Island is 460 kilometres (290 mi) in length, 80 kilometres (50 mi) in width at its widest point, and 32,134 km2 (12,407 sq mi) in area. It is the largest island on the West Coast of North America, the world’s 43rd largest island, Canada’s 11th largest island, and Canada’s second most populous island after the Island of Montreal. Nearly half of our population lives in the Greater Victoria area. Other notable cities and towns on Vancouver Island include Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay, Comox, and Campbell River.
To anyone who has lived on Vancouver Island for more than ten years, a half hour drive is a long drive. Most commuters travel less than 15 minutes to work. There are no “rush hours” and highways appear crowded for a short time after a ferry is unloaded. Many newcomers refer to this as a “Rush Minute”. At rush minute you may need a half hour to make the trip from one of Nanaimo’s ferry terminals to Coombs, the rally site.
CMC008 – Nanaimo is our gracious host to this year’s CMC National Rally which will be taking place in the small village of Coombs. Coombs is home to approximately 1,327 people and is renowned for its Old Country Market (which features a family of goats living on the roof), Butterfly World (which includes a small indoor tropical rainforest) and a host of quaint shops.
The event will be held at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds located on the west side of the village. This will be were almost everything CMC Rally happens. The rustic camp, registration, activities, beer garden, entertainment, as well as breakfast and dinner will be here. The Rodeo Grounds has clean flush toilets and nice hot showers. The camping price is included in the registration. NOTE: There are no RV hookups at the Rodeo Grounds.
Just a few meters to west is Coombs Country Campground which boasts about a hot tub and heated pool and a 2 1/2 acre “Man Made Lake” for those of you that need the “comfort” camping. In addition, we have secured two hotels in Parksville (Quality Bay Resort and the Paradise Seashell Motel) for those that prefer the more pampered approach (see more about the camping and hotels in the Links section.)
The cost of off site camping or hotels are NOT included in the registration fee, and you will need to book this yourself (click on the links above). There is no reduction in price for staying off site..