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Saturday, September 19, 2020

2020 Fall Tour - Vancouver Island Tour

Start Date: 9/11/2020 8:48 AM PDT
End Date: 9/19/2020 8:48 AM PDT

Location:
North Vancouver, BC  Canada 

Organization Name: Rolls-Royce Owners' Club

Contact:
Eileen Dilger
Email: edilger@rroc.org
Phone: 7176974671

September 11-19, 2020
VANCOUVER ISLAND POOTLE
 
SUMMARY OF THE ITINERARY
DAY ZERO, FRIDAY SEP 11
Arrival, check-in at Four Points by Sheraton, Langford (2 nights).  Registration.  Opening Dinner.

DAY 1, SATURDAY SEP 12
The Loyalist Royalist (BC) vs. the Rebellious Colonist (PNW) Regions’ Joint Fall Meet competition.  Driving games, crazy golf, go-karts, photo challenge. Non-BC / -PNW Region participants will form a Scurrilous Mercenary Regiment just to make things interesting and possibly decide the winning side. High Tea (lunch) at Butchart Gardens.  Awards Dinner.

DAY 2, SUNDAY SEP 13
Drive the scenic Malahat Hwy to Duncan.  Forest Discovery Centre tour.  Drive to Chemainus.  Lunch & matinee theatre performance, Glory.  Best Western Plus, Chemainus. Pizza night.

DAY 3, MONDAY SEP 14
Drive to Mount Washington.  Chairlift access for sightseeing & hiking.  Lunch.  Drive to Campbell River, Painter’s Lodge.  Dinner.

DAY 4, TUESDAY SEP 15
Drive to Port Hardy.  Lunch.  Free time in afternoon, recommendations of local POIs provided.  Kwalilas Lodge.  Dinner.
   
DAY 5, WEDNESDAY SEP 16
Drive to Campbell River.  Lunch.  Drive to Parksville.  Visit personal car collection.  Pacific Shores Resort.  Dinner.
DAY 6, THURSDAY SEP 17
Drive to Tofino.  Lunch on own, recommendations provided.  Optional whale (2 pm) or bear (4.30 pm) watching.  BW Plus Tin Wis Resort.  Dinner.
The whale / bear watching excursions are optional since they involve sailing offshore in smallish cabin cruisers (45 passengers max), which may not be comfortable for all participants.  For the really adventurous, 12-person Zodiacs are an option.

DAY 7, FRIDAY SEP 18
Drive to Duncan.  Lunch on own, recommendations provided.  Experience the Vancouver Island Motor Sport track.  This is a training track, not a high-speed track, with lots of fun twists and turns.  BW Duncan.  Dinner.

DAY 8, SATURDAY SEP 19
Drive to Victoria, either the scenic Pacific Circle route, or the faster highway.  Lunch on own.  Free afternoon in Victoria.  Chateau Victoria.  Closing dinner.

FAREWELL, SUNDAY SEP 18
Suggestions for further local sightseeing, directions to return home.

TRAVEL TO & FROM THE TOUR
You are responsible for your own travel to the tour start and from the tour end, which are in Victoria BC, on Vancouver Island.  There are good car ferry services to Vancouver Island from the Lower Mainland of BC (ie the Vancouver area) and from Port Angeles, WA.

RIDERS
Riders will be welcome on the tour on a space-available basis.  Register early to avoid disappointment.  You should fly into Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and catch a cab to the first hotel.  At the end of the tour, someone is bound to offer to drop you back at the airport (unless you’ve antagonized everyone, in which case you’ll be on your own).  Victoria International Airport (YYJ) has good connections to Vancouver International (YVR) and SeaTac (SEA).

ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION
Participants will be sent detailed driving instructions to find the first hotel, plus a list of participants so they can arrange convoys if they wish
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HOTELS
You are responsible for booking your own hotel rooms; you should do so before the first week of August to ensure you receive the group rates.  If you book after the cut-off dates, you will pay the then-current rate subject to availability.    For all hotel reservations, ask for the “RROC” Group Code rate.  All hotels offer free in-room WiFi.  Parking is included unless noted otherwise.  Breakfast is included as noted.
 
DAY DATE HOTEL RATE PARKING BREAKFAST PHONE CUT-OFF
FRI 11 SEP Four Points by Sheraton, Langford $189 Incl. Incl. in rate 1.250.474.6063 12 Aug
SAT 12 SEP
SUN 13 SEP Best Western Plus, Chemainus $137 Incl. Incl. in rate 1.250.246.4181 13 Aug
MON 14 SEP Painters Lodge, Campbell River $249 Incl. Incl. in rate 1.250.286.1102 14 Aug
TUE 15 SEP Kwalilas Lodge, Port Hardy $207 Incl. Not incl., available $24 ea 1.855.949.8525 15 Aug
WED 16 SEP Pacific Shores Resort, Nanoose Bay $139 Incl. Incl. in rate 1.250.586.7262 16 Aug
THU 17 SEP Best Western Tin Wis Resort, Tofino $350 Incl. Incl. in rate 1.250.725.4445 17 Aug
FRI 18 SEP Best Western, Duncan $125 Incl. Incl. in tour fee 1.250.748.2722 18 Aug
SAT 19 SEP Chateau Victoria, Victoria $202 $7.50 Not incl., available 1.250.361.5663 19 Aug
 
Hotel prices are in CDN $, plus taxes.  Approximate USD equivalent is ¾ x CDN depending on current exchange rate.  Some hotels may have room upgrade options, e.g. a bigger room or a better view;  ask when booking. 

CONFIRMATION NUMBERS:
Write in your hotel confirmation numbers here:
DAY DATE HOTEL ROOM BOOKED CONFIRMATION
FRI & SAT 11 & 12 SEP Four Points by Sheraton, Langford    
SUN 13 SEP Best Western Plus, Chemainus    
MON 14 SEP Painters Lodge, Campbell River    
TUE 15 SEP Kwalilas Lodge, Port Hardy    
WED 16 SEP Pacific Shores Resort, Nanoose Bay    
THU 17 SEP Best Western Tin Wis Resort, Tofino    
FRI 18 SEP Best Western, Duncan    
SAT 19 SEP Chateau Victoria, Victoria    
 
MEALS
Most meals are included in the Tour Fee.  Those not included are noted as “On your own” in the Tour Summary, P.1.

ENTRY INTO CANADA
US visitors don’t need a visa, but do need a valid passport.  Other non-Canadians should check the validity of their passports and whether they need a visa.  There are no duties or taxes to drive your car into Canada.  Don’t bring guns, ammo or non-prescription drugs.  You can bring alcohol etc. up to your duty-free allowance (don’t forget gifts for the tour organizers, which of course we would never think of requesting, but will very reluctantly accept).

SPEED & DISTANCE
Canadian road and speed signs are in Km / Kph.  1 Mi = 1.6 Km.  Tour book directions will be in miles.
30 Km = 20 Mi      50 Km = 30 Mi       60 Km = 35 Mi        80 Km = 50 Mi        90 Km = 56 Mi        110 Km = 65 Mi
Speed limits are enforced manually.  Some leeway is usually allowed ( ~10%) except in School Zones (30 KPH).

DRIVING IN CANADA
Generally very similar to the USA.  Most of our route will be on good highways.  The only urban driving will be around Victoria. 
Making a right turn at a red light is allowed if it is safe to do so, after a full stop.  In urban areas, be very careful of pedestrians and cyclists, there are lots, and they’re often glued to cellphones…
BC has very strict DUI laws.  We strongly recommend that you indulge in the alcoholic beverage of your choice only when you’ve finished driving for the day.  Most dinners will be at the hotels, so this won’t be a problem in the evenings.
Hand-held use of cellphones for talking or texting is prohibited while driving.  Getting caught for distracted driving can bring big fines.  Your passenger should program the GPS, fiddle with the stereo, pass around the popcorn, etc.

FUEL
If you need gasoline without ethanol, Chevron Canada stations sell 94-octane (RON) fuel with zero ethanol.  Gas is sold in Litres.  1 USG = 3.8 L.  Price displayed includes taxes.  Expect to pay ~20% more than in USA.

CASH
$1.00 USD = $1.33 CDN  /  $1.00 CDN = $0.75 USD (approx).  Stores, restaurants etc accept credit cards, CDN cash or USD cash (at their own exchange rate, worse than a bank).  ATMs will dispense CDN cash drawn on your US account if the card and machine show the same network symbol (Cirrus etc), but your bank will charge their own fees and whatever exchange rate they can get away with.  The tour will not involve pay parking, but if you use them on the way to or from, most pay parking stations accept credit cards or Canadian cash.  ATMs at gas stations and convenience stores will incur extra fees and a poorer exchange rate. 

CELLPHONES
US cellphones will work on one of the Canadian networks, but watch out for roaming charges.  You should arrange a roaming package with your service provider.  You don’t need data roaming, there will be free WiFi at all the hotels and in many public areas, but a voice and / or texting plan is advisable.

SMOKING
Smoking is prohibited in hotels, restaurants, pubs, public buildings, offices, parks and on beaches. 

PETS
All the hotels accept pets at an extra charge.  You must pre-arrange pet-friendly rooms directly with the hotels, don’t count on getting one when you check in if you don’t.  
 
MEDICAL
Please make sure you stock up on medications and carry a first-aid kit.  We hope no-one needs medical attention, but if you do, please be aware that it is only available at no charge to Canadian residents.  We strongly recommend that our US visitors arrange travel healthcare coverage before leaving home.

SUPPORT
Always carry a fire extinguisher, just in case.  Some Tour participants will be quite knowledgeable about most models of our cars and will provide automotive first aid if needed.  Hagerty Insurance flat-bed towing will be available in case of serious FTPs.  If you have AAA membership, coverage is through the Canadian equivalent, CAA. 
 
MORE QUESTIONS?
Email Dave Baron, drbaron54@outlook.com