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Old 05-10-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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Vancouver Island - need some advise

Not too sure if everyone remembers, but last year we tried to go up to Alaska after the Escape Rally (Merritt) and our beloved dog wasn't up for the trip and we had to come back home.

Well, this year we're trying again and want to stay in Vancouver Island for a couple of days, around the first or second week in June.

First of all:

Do you think we need reservations?
Any recommendations on campgrounds or where to stay?

We will be taking the 24ft RV and of course our bikes..

Thanks and don't forget we have a Meet the members show this Monday - with T&R
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:23 PM   #2
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Re: Vancouver Island - need some advise

The ferry fare for my RAV and 17 Escape is $151 each way. Kinda pricy for only a couple days visit.
Vancouver Island can either be wilderness or the capital city ( Victoria ). You don't say what type of experience you're looking for.

You'll likely want reservations for the ferry to ensure you don't sit in a line up for hours. Avoid holiday weekends ( both US and Canadian holidays ).

Go to: http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/m...w-current.html
For ferry info: for routes, fares, reservations schedules.

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Old 05-10-2011, 06:51 PM   #3
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Re: Vancouver Island - need some advise

Thanks for the heads up on the ferry.. We're looking at around 5-7 days on the Island.. I did read your post on Namaino/Living Forest and that seemed like a good spot.. I guess we want to see as much as we can and probably try to experience both city as it applies to Liana shopping and just the grandeur of the island. We'll definitely do a lot of biking and hopefully some trails (with Sammy).

Is it reasonable to drive (a 24ft RV) around the island or is it that too crazy.. The RV is about 6 ft longer than my truck and is pretty maneuverable, of course gas mileage is nasty.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:14 PM   #4
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Re: Vancouver Island - need some advise

The RV isn't an issue for getting around.

I think with the time you have that you should do Victoria ( The Royal Museum, etc. ) Britain in miniature.

And then for some wilderness, Tofino on the West coast of the island. Long Beach. Ucluelet.

I can't speak first hand, but in Victoria area Weir's Beach looks to be close enough to town and far enough away. Westbay Marina Village and RV is a 5 min. foot ferry ride from downtown which would relieve you of parking issues. That would be my choice, however, it has gotten some mixed reviews lately.

I don't know RV parks in Tofino area, so can't even suggest.

I think those two places would be enough for 5-7 days.

You should also look into taking the ferry from Anacortes, Wash. ( Black Ball ) to Victoria. Could save you a lot of travel time and maybe some money. I assume it accepts RVs.
but you'll have to Google.

You'd best take the ferry back to the mainland from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen. Avoids Vancouver and saves driving through miles of congested highway and construction zones on your way to Osoyoos.

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Re: Vancouver Island - need some advise

Hey Jeff.... We are about 45mins. north of Victoria, so if you need a place to park your rig for a night or three let me know. You can pm as my address is available, we,re in the bush, and free kyaking if you like. Cheers, Peter
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:48 PM   #6
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Thanks Peter.. that is very nice of you.. We'll just stay 3 months.
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:59 PM   #7
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Three car ferry companies serve the Island from the mainland.

Washington State Ferries out of Anacortes (I think that is a milk-run, and not a real time-saver, but any trip through the San Juan Islands is a treat).
Black Ball with its old Coho out of Port Angeles, Washington.
BC Ferries with several routes.

Are you going to the Escape Rally this year?

Consider driving up the Hood Canal and the west side of Puget Sound to Port Angeles, and taking the ferry to Victoria. Then drive the length of the Island to Port Hardy, and take a ferry to Prince Rupert, then carry on to Alaska.

Look for Port Hardy - Prince Rupert sailings that have stops so you can relieve your dog. I think it is a 12-hour run.

The Washington coast roads don't generally hug the shore, so all you see is trees, which is why I recommend the Hood Canal instead.

Just starter thoughts.....
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Old 05-22-2011, 11:52 PM   #8
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Re: Vancouver Island - need some advise

Our trip is delayed a tad..We're now thinking we'll be there around the last week in June or first week in July.

So do you guy's think we need to make reservations on Victoria Island for a place to stay or can we just 'wing it'..



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School's out. I would make reservations.
I have vacation last week of July, first week of August and I'm staying home.

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If you're taking the ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, I really recommend reservations.

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