Vancouver Island Journals

Brooding Mountains, Shining Water

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A May 2007 trip to Vancouver Island by moatway

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Brooding Mountains, Shining Water

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Overview

The End of the Road Photo, Tofino, British Columbia
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For a lot of people, a trip to Vancouver Island goes no further than Victoria, but there is considerably more. More than we saw and more than most people will ever see. Priorities for us were a visit to Cathedral Grove and then through the mountains to Tofino (we sighted four black bears on the road). The town has near-mythic status in the Canadian psyche for its surf and outdoor life style. Much of the west coast is under the aegis of the National Park system. Pacific Rim is gaining a reputation for its beaches, forests, and its hiking. Most of the island’s activity is on the island’s east coast. We were most surprised by the geography of the island as we drove north. Sticking to the coastline a...Read More

Blackfin Pub and Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Blackfin Pub and Restaurant (Comox)"

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Welcome to Comox’s popular Blackfin, a stylish pub boasting harbour and mountain views from its large windows or its outdoor patio. There is lots of red mahogany, patterned English wool carpeting in dark blue with the colour carried through to the walls. With the large bar and its brass accents, a sleek boat suspended from the ceiling and a fireplace, it’s a feast for the eyes. My initial reaction was that if Ralph Lauren were looking for a photo location for a Polo ad…he might choose the Blackfin It is also a feast in every other sense. With a strong accent on seafood, appetizers include mussels, oysters, prawns, and calamari; entrées include halibut, snapper and salmon; the menu is interesting ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2007

Blackfin Pub and Restaurant
132 Port Augusta St.
Comox, British Columbia V9M 3N7
(250) 339-5030

Campbell River Museum

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Attraction | "The Museum at Campbell River"

The Museum at Campbell River Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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Perhaps the finest small museum on the island, the Museum at Campbell River has native and modern social history displays that cover the island’s past extremely well. The tour begins in the native artefacts gallery which reminded me of a Royal B.C. Museum in miniature. It has an excellent collection of tools, paddles, whistles, 20th century masks of the Kwakwaka’waku, and storage containers. The highlight of the exhibit is a darkened room of contemporary masks of a Gwawaenuk family with audio accompaniment. As spotlights focus on creatures represented in different masks, we are told the story of a family ancestor, Siwidi. The story begins as Siwidi is dragged into the sea and at the behest of the...Read More

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Campbell River Museum
470 Island Highway
Campbell River, British Columbia
(250) 287-3103

Maritime Heritage Centre

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Attraction | "The Maritime Heritage Centre (Campbell River)"

Maritime Heritage Centre Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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The Maritime Heritage Centre was an idea brought to fruition by Campbell River’s Rotary Clubs. It is, with its 22,000 square feet of space, a community asset for functions and meetings, but more than that, it is a National Historic Site. We were fortunate enough to see it shortly after its opening, and at that point, we received an escorted tour (for two) and all that was asked was a voluntary donation. The centre is the home of BC Packers 45, a 53 foot table-seiner fishing vessel built in 1927. By chance, a photograph was taken of the vessel in 1958 while she was working; the photo would be copied by the Canadian Mint for the $5 bill (1972-1988). Later in her career, BCP 45 was one of 185 ...Read More

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Maritime Heritage Centre
621 Island Highway
Campbell River, British Columbia
(250) 286-3161

Tripping to Tofino and Ucluelet

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Story/Tip

Cathedral Grove Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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Tofino is a small, scattered community on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is accessible by Highway 4 from the east island through Port Alberni. People travel the twisting, and very scenic, road to visit a town that is legendary for its outdoor activities: surfing, whale and bear watching, and kayaking. It is also at the northern end of the Pacific Rim National Park, the home of beautiful Long Beach. Having set out for Tofino, be sure to stop at MacMillan Provincial Park, also known as Cathedral Grove. A few short walking trails loop through old stands of Douglas fir; I’m tempted to talk about the majesty of the trees and the power of nature, but it really is something you sho...Read More
The Old Country Market, Coombs Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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CoombsThe log-frame Old Country Market is open every day and features a bit of everything: decorative items, toys, dishware, sushi sets, baked goods, ice cream, fresh vegetables, imported foods and deli. I can’t possibly do it justice…it goes on and on and there are things there that I’ve never seen before. It really has the feel of a big farmer’s market. Around it, you’ll find outbuildings that contain a number of shops with whimsical names: Pyromania Pottery, Baa Quest, The Prancing Pony, The Rubber Stamp Farm, Dr. Leather and Mrs. Hide and Dogpatch, for example. I often use the word "eclectic"; I should have saved it for Coombs. It’s a lot of fun and in the summertime, it’s the home of...Read More