Route from Nanaimo, BC, to Tsawwassen
To make a long story short, I'm going to be cycling from Nanaimo, BC to Tsawwassen, BC. The easy option is to bike to Duke Point Ferry terminal (about 40k) take the ferry, and then bike in. But the Duke Point Ferry terminal is closed, so the ferry I'd take is running out of Departure Bay now, which makes my bike ride to the ferry terminal really short and boring.
So I'm contemplating an alternative route. I'm considering going from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay, and then biking from there to Tsawwassen. There are two basic routes at this point, one is to go over the lions gate bridge, through downtown Vancouver, into Richmond and then grab a bus to get through the Massey Tunnel. This is about 55 km and it's a route I'm fully familiar with. The other option is to go through North Vancouver to the Iron Worker's Memorial Bridge, take that to the Patullo Bridge, which is about 75 km, and an area I'm totally unfamiliar with.
What do you guys think?