Vancouver Island Journals

The Beautiful West

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A May 2010 trip to Vancouver Island by MagdaDH_AlexH

Trees in Englishman River Falls park Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia More Photos
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Vancouver Island in general

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Victoria, downtown Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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Vancouver Island is a large island off the coast of British Columbia, not far from Vancouver city. Most travellers will be arriving there from Vancouver or its environs (although it's also possible to travel to the island from the US). The island is 270 miles long (stretching roughly along the NW-SE axis) and approximately 70 miles wide, although the spine of the island is mountainous while the coast often indented and thus the actual road distances are much larger. The principal way of travelling to Vancouver Island is by using the services of BC Ferries. Vancouver has two ferry terminals, one south of the city in the suburb of Tsawwassen (technically in Delta) and another in ...Read More
Leaving Nanaimo Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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Vancouver Island is a large island off the coast of British Columbia, not far from Vancouver city. Most travellers will be arriving there from Vancouver or its environs (although it's also possible to travel to the island from the US). This article covers the options for travelling to Vancouver Island from mainland Canada.The island is 270 miles long (stretching roughly along the NW-SE axis) and approximately 70 miles wide, although the spine of the island is mountainous while the coast often indented and thus the actual road distances are much larger. The principal way of travelling to Vancouver Island is by using the services of BC Ferries. Vancouver has two ferry terminals, ...Read More
View from a bus to Nanaimo Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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Vancouver Island is located off the coast of British Columbia, about 20 nautical miles from the mainland and Vancouver city. The island is not huge, but still big enough to merit some travel planning. The island stretches roughly along the North-West to South-East axis and is about 240 miles long and 70 miles wide. However, a lot of the island is mountainous and often pretty wild and undeveloped, especially in the northern part of the island, and thus areas that might seem near can only be accessed by road in a very round about way or not at all. Many roads are unpaved and some communities are only accessible by a rough track, boat or sea plane. http://www.bcferries.com/schedules...Read More

Victoria the Queen

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Victoria, downtown Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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Victoria is very attractive. A large town (or a city, really, with a population of 80 thousand in the city itself and over 300 thousand in the metro area) it has a strong European feel and is the first place since Quebec City that I felt I could live in.The town is centered on the Inner Harbour, flanked by the ornate legislature building (very reminiscent of the one in Winnipeg) and the Empress Hotel (similar to other grand railway hotels we have seen in Canada, but only matched by the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec).Seaplanes take off and land frequently (there is a regular service to Vancouver, as well as many sightseeing trips) from the terminal in the Harbour and little oval H...Read More
The ancient woods Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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Parksville is a small community (around 11,000 inhabitants) on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, about 40km north along Highway 19 from Nanaimo. The town itself is a popular summer tourist destination, with a lot of beach action including a popular Parksville Beach Festival which incorporates the Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition, a sandcastle building contest which takes advantages of vast areas of hard packed sand exposed when the tide recedes. The waters of Georgia Strain warm up well and the weather is generally much better (read: drier) on the east coast of the island than on the west coast, so sunbathing and swimming as well as windsurfing (and kayaking) are a...Read More
The Little Beach in Ucluelet at dusk Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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Vancouver Island is the westernmost part of Canada, and on Vancouver Island it's the west coast that is famous for its unique natural environment and associated outdoor pursuits. Originally, most of the island was covered in forest, bust as it has been intensively logged for over a hundred of years, there are only relatively small vestiges of this original forest left. Some of it has been preserved as part of the Pacific Rim National Park, which incorporates incredible old-growth temperate rainforest, beaches, rock formations, caves and sea stacks, streams and waterfalls. The Park is divided into three separate units. The West Coast Trail is a 75 km hiking trail accessible only...Read More

Little Beach Resort

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Hotel | "Nice Little Find"

Little Beach Resort Photo, Ucluelet, British Columbia
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Little Beach ResortWe stayed one night in Ucluelet (a week after we stayed one night in Tofino, all in the hope of catching one sunny day for a boat trip). We did not pre book the accomodation and we spend a while driving along the town, checking out different options. We finally settled on a cabin in Little Beach Resort, which sounds frightening but is actually a pleasant grouping of wooden cabins above (but on the other side of the road from) Ucluelet's Little Beach, a picturesque cove slightly out of the very cnetre of town along the Peninsula Road. They offer rooms and suites (various combinations of bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms) in wooden cabins, each with its own t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2010

Little Beach Resort
1187 Peninsula Road
Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0
(250) 726-4202

Tofino Trek Inn

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Hotel | "Hostel style B&B￿"

Tofino Trek Inn Photo, Tofino, British Columbia
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Trek Inn in Tofino has recently won one of the travel website's accolade for a best B&B in 2010 and gathered a lot of very positive reviews. It deems itself a "budget B&B" and a "hostel style B&B". It is only a "budget B&B" by the strange Canadian standard in which B&B accommodation tends to be on an expensive side (at least for people used to UK situation in which a B&B is very often the cheapest option). "Hostel Style" describes Trek Inn better, as it offers common areas accessible to the guests at all times. The Inn is a small concern, with two private rooms (one en suite and one sharing the bathroom with the dorm) and one small (five beds of which fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2010

Tofino Trek Inn
231 Main street
Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0
(250) 725-2791