No, officer, I didnít see that 50-kmh (30-mph) sign
just past the fork in the road at 6.1 km (3.8 mi). Well, itís worth a try.
Whether you ride the east or west side of Shawnigan Lake, or do both as a
circuit, the tight twisties and poor sightlines should reduce the temptation
to make a total mockery of the stingy speed limit on this route. Hidden
driveways and the local R.C.M.P. detachment are extra reasons for caution on
this inland alternative to the northern part of DH84. The contrast to the Malahat is obvious from the moment you leave
the wide, sweeping Trans-Canada at the DHís southern end. The road begins
in a snaking descent Ė probably better ridden the other way -- before
splitting and encircling the lake. Both branches are consistently curvy, at
least until they rendezvous in the town of Shawnigan Lake. From here, itís
a fairly straight shot back to the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1).