Category: Vancouver Island 2015

Those wonderful AirBnB hosts at Qualicum Beach

We stayed at Susan & Roelof’s house at Qualicum Beach for one night. This sociable English/Dutch couple invited us to a tour of their wonderful garden,  then, as a welcome, Philippe was offered a tasting of Reoelof’s home-brewed beer and Yasuko some cherries and later… Continue Reading “Those wonderful AirBnB hosts at Qualicum Beach”

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail – Botanical Beach

When we arrived at the trailhead of Botanical Beach, the area was completely fogged in. We hesitated a bit but we went ahead to walk the last part of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.  It was one of the densest coastal rainforests with… Continue Reading “Juan de Fuca Marine Trail – Botanical Beach”

Sooke in the Mist

Misty view just after leaving Sooke…

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail – China Beach to Bear Beach

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a 47km wilderness trail which is just south of the famous West Coast Trail. Today we walked the first section of the Juan de Fuca Trail from China Beach to Bear Beach (9km) via Mystic Beach. The… Continue Reading “Juan de Fuca Marine Trail – China Beach to Bear Beach”

Evening Walk in Sooke

From our balcony, we could see a very narrow strip of peninsula and people walking on it so we set for an evening walk in this direction. This 1km strip of peninsula divides the Sooke Harbour and the Juan de Fuca Strait, the mirror-like… Continue Reading “Evening Walk in Sooke”

East Sooke Coast Trail

A coast trail in the East Sooke Regional Park. This trail is surprisingly not well-known under the shadow of the famous West Coast Trail, but the rugged trail is a beautiful wilderness. Stunning coastal views with the Olympic Mountains (USA) on the horizon. Jumping… Continue Reading “East Sooke Coast Trail”

Sooke – Wild Mountain

Our most memorable meal in Canada. A wonderful, unpretentious restaurant in Sooke called “Wild Mountain“. It is open only for dinner from Tuesday and Saturday. Even though it opened a couple of months ago, it is popular among locals and we were lucky to… Continue Reading “Sooke – Wild Mountain”

Lost indoor in outdoor shop labyrinth

Victoria is a great town with lots of outdoor shops. It seems that at every corner there is another great shop with very friendly staff who are definitely hard-core outdoor characters (therefore, they know what they are talking about) and an extensive product line-up.

Funky, small China Town in Victoria

Victoria Harbour Cruise and Fisherman’s Wharf

Victoria is, like Vancouver, a beautiful port town. Smaller, but with a lot of charm. The walking path goes along the harbor and a lot of people were strolling, looking at small stands selling food and some artisanal items and hopping on boats. The… Continue Reading “Victoria Harbour Cruise and Fisherman’s Wharf”