Posts Tagged ‘Vancouver Island’

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Days 17-20 – Vancouver Island

July 24, 2017

After my last post went up, I got a call from BC Ferries, with whom I’d had a reservation for the July 25th ferry from Port Hardy, Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert, northern British Columbia. It turned out that a spot on the July 21st ferry, which I was wait listed on, had opened up. So my stay on the island, which was originally scheduled for two days, then ballooned to 10, was now down to six, with four remaining.

I’ve spent those four days sort of kicking around the island, in the general direction of North. I generally wasn’t taking a lot of photos per day, so instead of four micro posts, I’ve combined the four days into one super sized one for you. Get ready for a lot of scrolling.

I started Monday with a late breakfast in Nanaimo, ambled through a few book stores, and walked the water front.

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Day 16 – Victoria to Nanaimo

July 17, 2017

This first day of my extended stay on Vancouver Island was light. I rolled my ankle pretty bad yesterday, in a parking garage of all places, so I need to once again take it easy for a few days.  I have a few ideas for the next week penciled in, but I’m not too worried about keeping a schedule.

Today, I took the scenic route from Victoria to Nanaimo, a port town about 60 miles to the north. The direct route is Highway 1, a four lane divided highway -which is also the western start of the Trans-Canada Highway- along the East coast.  I instead mapped out a route that would take me along the more remote West coast and then through the mountains across the island and into Nanaimo. That route didn’t quite work out, but more on that in a minute.

My first stop was for lunch in Sooke, a town that it should be noted has an annual festival called Sookapalooza.

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At the delightfully named Whiffin Spit.

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Day 14 – Olympic National Park to Victoria, BC

July 17, 2017

I woke up this morning seriously tired and sore, as expected. Twenty-two miles is a long walk. I had a reservation on a ferry to Vancouver Island for late afternoon, so the plan for the day was hitting a few final spots around the peninsula and getting in to Port Angeles by 4:00.

My first stop was the Sol Duc River valley.  The area boasts a hot springs resort and numerous hiking trails, meaning it could easily be a full day destination. I hit a few places and moved on.

Sol Duc Falls Trail:

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