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Vancouver Island 2019

North Vancouver Island – some thoughts

The beauty of nature and human exploitation Compared to South Vancouver Island where we traveled four years ago, we noticed that in the north the provincial parks are side by side with logging and mining, like in a symbiosis. Whereas… Continue Reading →

Last day in Vancouver Island – Strathcona Provincial Park

After yesterday’s long hike, we settled for short walks in the Gold River area on our last day in Strathcona Provincial Park. The first stroll led us to “Lady Falls”. Bigger than expected, we stood on the falls viewpoint platform… Continue Reading →

Lake Bedwell Hike

5h, 9km, 600m elevation change We debated which hike to do in the Strathcona Provincial Park. There is a 9-hour and 1200m-uphill hike, a 7-hour hike to alpine lakes with only 600m up or a 9-hour stroll along Elk River and… Continue Reading →

Myra Falls Hike

Lower Myra Falls Today’s first hike spot in the Strathcona Provincial Park is Lower Myra Falls. We had to drive from the lodge to the end of Buttel Lake and around it. We saw hardly any other car on the… Continue Reading →

Quadra Island Walk

Quadra Island, Chinese Mountain South Peak, 4km, 2 hrs From Campbell River we took a 10-min. ferry to Quadra Island, the largest island among Discovery Islands. Fun fact: On the ferry terminal, our totally normal rental Ford, next to oversized pickup… Continue Reading →

Courtenay Riverway Walk

Courtenay is not an exciting town. It has a couple of good restaurants like Locals and Atlas Cafe which we visited, but the town is a bit far away from main outdoor activities and loud compared to our last destination, Alert Bay.

Goose Spit Park

An intended short stroll became a rather long walk around the entire Goose Spit which also accommodates a military base. That base becomes a summer camp playground every year with many teenagers running around.

Telegraph Cove

We dropped by Telegraph Cove on the way south from Port McNeil to Courtenay. Telegraph Cove is a historical timber dwelling with a very narrow cove – rather kitschy for our taste.

Kayaking around Cormorant Island

12km, 2h We jumped at our hotel owner Colin‘s offer to rent us a double-kayak. We pulled it out from his recently purchased run-down shed and off we went.

Cormorant Island Hike

After an interesting chat with Colin, the hotel’s owner and a person with character, we started our hike around (most of) the island. From the hotel, we walked through the Ecological Park and soon crossed the highest point of the… Continue Reading →

Alert Bay – our favorite…

Some pictures of our Vancouver Island highlight this year… That impression was highly influenced by the fantastic front room 106 at the over-the-water hotel Seine Boat Inn and its funky and friendly owner Colin.

Seine Boat Inn, Alert Bay

Three nights at the marvelous Seine Boat Inn on Cormorant Island. This could be a place to retire to… just fantastic.

Bear Falls @ Marble River

5.2km, 2h, no bears, no wolves, no cougars

San Josef Bay Hike (close to Cape Scott)

We were warned by a couple of people about the bad state of the logging road to the San Josef Bay Trail, about potholes, flat tires, no phone signal and Sasquatchs all over.

Port Hardy, Vancouver Island

This is our first day in Port Hardy, on the northern part of Vancouver Island. We started with a short visit to the local hardware store as we were hiking in bear country after all. If not a shotgun, we… Continue Reading →

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