The Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit is a car-lover’s playground

The Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit is a car-lover’s playground - Douglas Oct/Nov 2023

This is the place for driving enthusiasts, friends and businesses to socialize, meet and dine among like-minded aficionados. Situated in the Cowichan Valley north of Duncan, the circuit offers professional training, trackside support, defensive driving skills and driver’s education to increase confidence and safety on and off the track. With 19 corners and an 11-per-cent change in elevation, the circuit proves just how technical a track can be. Its impressive fleet of high-performance vehicles includes Porsche Caymans, BMW M2s and a sporty Alfa-Romeo 4C convertible. 

The circuit offers programs for drivers ranging from learning-to-drive newbies to corporate teams to aspiring racers.

Its new driver training program is a half-day course providing drivers who are new to the roads with the skills and awareness to help improve their confidence in everyday driving. The unique ability to test new skills at a private facility away from other drivers sets this program apart.

Then there’s Hot Laps, where drivers experience a heart-pounding five laps around the circuit. Aside from the adrenalin rush, this experience demonstrates why the Circuit has been called “the most beautiful track in the world” by Autoweek magazine.

And if a driver is really serious about taking first steps into the world of motorsport, there are two levels of high-performance driving. This program addresses the finer points: driving lines, under- and oversteering, braking, cornering, vision and acceleration. Then drivers can put their skills to the test seated next to a driving professional on an exhilarating hot lap on the track.

The circuit is also courting corporate meetings and events, from intimate gatherings of 10 to exhibitions for up to 300. The cars, they say, are simply an added bonus.