This scenic route has been named one of the best driving experiences by the enthusiasts we spoke with. Starting in Victoria you head to Sooke on highway 14 for a walk along Whiffen Spit. From Sooke we press on to Jordan River along a forested road through some of the most picturesque waterfront anywhere.
The road between Jordan River and Port Renfrew winds its way through clear cuts and reclaimed forests twisting its way over one lane bridges before arriving in Port Renfrew. Some corners and undulations along the way are definitely not for the faint of heart.
There is nothing between Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan other than one of the best drives anywhere. This segment is essentially a paved logging road complete with switch backs and one lane bridges. There are some deep potholes every so often and lumbering logging trucks so be aware.
Highway 18 from Lake Cowichan to Duncan is wide, essentially straight and a favorite spot for radar. From Duncan you head south on Hwy 1 to the wine country of the Cowichan Valley before climbing over the Malahat and down into Victoria.
As far as road trips go, the Southern Circle has all that one could wish for.