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Old 10-26-2015, 04:52 PM   #1
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Northern Vancouver Island in November

My wife will be traveling in SE Asia during November with her cousin, so I'm thinking of taking the trailer and our dog up to the north end of Vancouver Island for a few days. The area is about four hours drive from our home.

Any camping we've done there was in tents and long ago, so I'm wondering if people who've camped there have suggestions for attractive campgrounds that would still be open in November.

One friend loves Cluxewe Resort which is near Port MacNeill.

I'd prefer to be right on the ocean and away from the highway. Are there any others I should consider? Thanks for any ideas.
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Old 10-26-2015, 06:12 PM   #2
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We liked Telegraph Cove up island. I'm not sure if they're still open this time of the year though.

Telegraph Cove Resort / North Vancouver Island Whale Watching / Salmon Fishing and Camping
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:42 PM   #3
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Cluxewe without a doubt. Try to get a spot on the water at the north end of the campground. Here's a link to the campground map.

Cluxewe Resort | Camping on Northern Vancouver Island, BC

The one in Port Hardy is pretty dark, as well as buggy in the summer. There is also a campground in Sayward right at the end of the road just abovethe government dock. There is a log dump / sorting yard nearby so it could be a bit noisy.
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Gortex jacket and pants, rubber boots, gloves, so'wester, umbrella', warm clothing, towels

Those are my recommendations.

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Old 10-26-2015, 09:31 PM   #5
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I second (third?) Cluxewe, one of our favourite up-Island spots. If you don't need hookups, try to get (should be easy this time of year) for the very last site at the North end -- Straight on your one side, estuary on the other, and a nice walk along the spit. Last spring I was enchanted watching a grey wolf for about half hour criss-crossing the estuary -- magical!

I don't recall the name, maybe Bear River? a few km North of Campbell River, turn East, about 30 km along to a forest company campsite on the ocean. Rough road in. Near a fish farm research station, name escapes me.

We also like Buttle Lake in Strathcona, & another forest company site on an unnamed lake West of Hwy 19 & North of the hwy to Port Alice. Careful of logging trucks. The BC Backroads guide is your friend! More so than my memory!
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Old 10-26-2015, 09:35 PM   #6
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Followup: My favourite spot at Cluxewe, at the far northern end, might be a tight fit for a 21 -- we used to do it in a Boler 13 which allowed reorienting manually to catch the best view. Backing in a 21 might not work? -- but there should be almost-as-good spots which will fit a 21!
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There's a great spot up-island from Comox, right on the water, overlooking the strait, with full hookups, free shower, an espresso maker, TV and WiFi included.
Wait, that's your house.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:50 AM   #8
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And you're welcome any time, gbaglo. We've even got a power hookup and a grey water drain now for your 17B.

And maybe a snorkel, too, in November, Sleepy?

So Cluxewe it shall be for this trip, and some of the other suggestions another time. Thanks for the information, everyone.
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Just make sure you post a report and lots of pix from north island in November. Asia sounds real good this time of year.
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Just make sure you post a report and lots of pix from north island in November.
Taking care to open the camera body periodically to let the rainwater drain out.
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