Whale Watching, Mini Golf and wild coast

Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
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Trip End Aug 18, 2010


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Saturday, August 8, 2009

8th Cowichan Native Village

Midway between Victoria and Nanaimo we visited the Cowichan Tribes native village. This was the kids first introduction to native Indians, or as they are called in Canada, Aborigines. We had some great food here – stay for lunch or breakfast is worth the visit.

This evening we stayed at the tackiest RV park in the history of tacky. The Paradise Sea Resort. You cannot miss it as it has a glitzy mini golf course we had ever seen. The kids went wild and virtually jumped out the RV. We will just let you see the pictures to appreciate the glory of this place.

9th

Before we left for Tofino we took a walk across the beach to the sandcastle competition. The tide was out and the beach went for miles. The water was relatively warm too. The sandcastles were exceptional too.

We got to just outside Ucluelet where we were going to stay for a couple of nights so we can explore the Pacific Rim. We spent the afternoon on a trek around the furthest tip of Ucluelet.

The next morning we woke up to a dull grey day so we decided to drive to Tofino to go on a whale watching trip and took off to the Clayoquot Sound to find some grey whales (no Orcas at the moment). It was not long before we saw the tail of the solitary whale who managed to entertain us all for an hour before the boat took off to show us some of the other marine life in the area which included a gorgeous sea offer who was wrapped in sea kelp and just bopping on the water's surface.

The rest of the afternoon we spend exploring Long Beach, Wickaninnish Beach that were amazing. They were on par with some of the beaches in Australia but with miles of driftwood, which made the beaches more dramatic. There were rip tides in the water and swimming was prohibited in some areas but that did not stop the many surfers sitting in the freezing waters.

A great meal at Wickaninnish Beach and home zzzzzzzzzzz.

10th North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

We drove back to Nanaimo through some amazing scenery of mountains, lakes and forests. We visited the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, which didn’t appear to want anyone to visit it, as it was virtually impossible to find. A lovely little place which nurtures wildlife that has had been in accidents etc. There were manly birds including bald eagles but also some bears.

Our last night on Vancouver Island was at Living Forest Nanaimo and we had a great pitch here overlooking the sea with great expanse for the children to hike and run around. What was interesting was that there was a French summer programme taking place, a summer programme was being run at various RV sites on Vancouver Island for children who wanted to learn French. A great bunch of French teachers from Quebec take the children out during the day leaving the parents free to explore.

Up early and off to Vancouver.
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