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Old 11-25-2008, 09:17 PM   #1
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Any suggestions for places to stay on the Queen Charolette's and Vancouver Island (specifically the north end of the island and Tofino - obviously not at the same time )

Conversely - any suggestions for places to avoid?
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:31 PM   #2
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Re: soliciting ideas

I'll be taking notes too.

I have camped on the island a couple times many years ago, and never north of Tofino. I would really like to head up there and do some paddling too.

I do remember staying at a Rathtrevor PP near Nanaimo 16+ years ago when our kids were little and getting a great spot. We was did day trips from there.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:16 PM   #3
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My buddy recently dragged his Trillium to the Queen Charlottes. I believe the ferry over and back was well over a thousand dollars. He loved it. I'll pick his brains. I was last there some 35 years ago, so I hope it has changed. When I was there, there was one hotel in Masset, above the beer parlour. Blood stains on the carpet. When the tide went out it exposed engine blocks and tires.

The reporter and I drove on a couple of tire tracks, along a river leading to the ocean. Passed a Daffy-shaped sign nailed to a fence post, "Silly Goose". Not far beyond that the track petered out. We couldn't turn around. Tried backing up, and as we did the VW rental car would slip down the slope toward the river, which was rising on the tide. The engine died many times, trying to pull the wheels out of the sand.

Eventually, the reporter did the backing up and I pushed on the side of the VW trying to keep it from slipping into the river. When we finally were able to get turned around, we saw another sign, in the shape of a tractor with a phone number.

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Old 11-26-2008, 02:01 AM   #4
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I just booked the ferry and it wasn't too bad - $485 return with the trailer (34' in total). BC Ferries is 33% off for December and January.

Hopefully I won't be stuck in tire tracks and slipping into the tide (as I'll be alone, and my dog likely won't be able to drive or push the truck away from impending doom).

Tips on places to stay would be fabulous (I think I'll avoid the blood-stained place above the bar - good call).

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Old 11-26-2008, 10:43 AM   #5
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I can't speak from personal experience as I have not been there yet, but I came across this website that looks very interesting. Advertising itself as a place for "snowbirds" who do not want to leave Canada.

http://www.campingbc.com/

If you do go there, I look forward to your feedback.

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I can't speak from personal experience as I have not been there yet, but I came across this website that looks very interesting. Advertising itself as a place for "snowbirds" who do not want to leave Canada.

http://www.campingbc.com/

If you do go there, I look forward to your feedback.

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Hi Nancy B. - I went to that place this summer (actually that was the first rv park that I took my trailer). It's very nice there. With the little trailer - and a 4x4 - you can get to one of 4 sites down on the river. Absolutely lovely, quiet, and out of the way. With a canoe or kayak you are rewarded with a wonderful paddle right outside your trailer.

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Sounds nice there Dirk, I almost always have my canoe with me and love to hear of places where I can just set out directly from my campsite.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:15 PM   #8
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Sounds nice there Dirk, I almost always have my canoe with me and love to hear of places where I can just set out directly from my campsite.
Fort Langley campground - I was just there (I think you've seen my photo) with a canoe. FABULOUS!! I paddled every day on the channel.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:22 PM   #9
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Yes, I know the photo. I assume THIS the campsite you refer too, I will bookmark it for consideration when I head out that way.
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:10 AM   #10
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That's the spot alright. There's a nice trail just along the channel that goes to the end of the island. It's also about a 5-10 minute walk to some nice coffee shops and a really nice grocery store. Excellent urban camping without the urban crunch. The sites are spacious and the staff are friendly.
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