Vancouver Island Beaches
All in all, a wonderful experience exploring Vancouver Island. Hiking, wildlife and a little bit of driving adventure to start the trip on a good note. Three thousand kilometres over eight days. Gas, ferry and camping were $600 (with gas being the most at $340). I didn’t spend much on food as I cooked everything. Could I do this for a longer adventure? Definitely, but I need to build a bed frame so I can sleep a bit better.
The chance to visit stunning beaches chased away any tiredness.
No holiday in Tofino would be complete without visiting Long Beach at sunset. Surfers are a brave bunch as the water is cold!
This guy just made me cold. I’m not too sure whether he was looking at something or whether he had his arm to his head to stop the brain freeze.
Sand between my toes; waves gently rolling onto the beach; warm sun sending vitamin D deep into my bones. A young couple kissing and a mom and her two kids splashing in the water.
And then the tide was suddenly under my low chair and my butt was wet!
I felt truly lucky to be on a Canadian beach on April 2nd, dipping my feet in the ocean. My campsite at Bella Pacifica was two flights of stairs down to this view.
Watching those kids playing made me miss mine. We had stayed at the south end of the beach in 2004 with my dad and family and again in 2012 with my mom and sister. I said a silent hi to both of my parents as I couldn’t share this story with them when I returned home. Thankfully, the next day, I was traveling to a brand new place which didn’t bring back bittersweet memories. A cup of tea and a barefooted walk down the beach to remember all of the fun times helped immensely.
My last night was spent at French Beach Provincial Park. This campground had the least amenities – pit toilets only – of any of the ones at which I stayed, but I didn’t mind. The beach was rocky and had great views across the Juan de Fuca straight.
Wouldn’t you like to have this house on the point?
A very kind father and daughter took pity on me at night ( I was sitting at the picnic table reading) and invited me to their campfire. That is one of the benefits of travelling as you do tend to meet more people. We shared great stories and even met up on the Mystic Beach trail the next day.
Thank you for reading about my travels and who knows, you may find me on the road again. My feet are still itchy…
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