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Our next destination was Vancouver. After a ferry ride back to the mainland, we threaded our way through to our home for the next six days – Capilano River RV Park. Located in west Vancouver, it is the only RV park located within the city of Vancouver. Be sure to preplan your route – it will seem weird, but if you cut through the Park Royale shopping centre, it is the best (and easiest) access route. Furthermore, if you happen to follow Google Maps, you run the risk of missing the turn and crossing the Lionsgate Bridge and ending up in downtown Vancouver!
It is a beautiful park – sites are close but still provide room to be outside without staring down the tailpipe of your neighbour. The pool is clean and spacious and the laundry facilities are clean and well kept. Staff is helpful and the compound is both gated and patrolled so your safety is always paramount. They have free wifi – which works quite well throughout the park. A vehicle wash station, onsite propane, doggie park and a playground round out the amenities of this great park.
The park gives you easy access to some of Vancouver’s best attractions – Stanley Park, The Vancouver Aquarium, The Seawall, The Capilano Suspension Bridge and of course, the amazing Lions Gate Bridge. It is also very well located and there is shopping a short walk away! Off a couple of good local transit routes, it is easy to get around Rates are higher than you’d expect in a commercial campground, but this is Vancouver and coupled with it’s amazing location, it is certainly worth the price!
Victoria – the capital city of British Columbia, population of 389,000, set along the craggy southern tip of Vancouver Island. It’s a sprawling city with many smaller cities and communities abutting up to it. Jokingly referred to as the land of the newlywed and nearly dead, it is a city for all ages and walks of life.
Wildlife! A trip to Vancouver Island would not be complete without a whale or wildlife watching tour. There are many companies in both Ucluelet and Tofino that offer tours (Victoria has them too). Our tour was with Subtidal Adventures, with Captain Brian, an informative, fun-loving, dedicated wildlife conservationist and former Pacific Rim National Park park warden. Their whale watching tours are typically done in a zodiac (their company was the first to offer zodiac tours in the area) and are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This is something to keep in mind if you’ve got any issues with back pain or have had back or neck surgeries.
Welcome to Part Three of our excursion to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve! Please check out Part One and Part Two!
If there was a place a vacationer could stay forever, it would be the west coast of Vancouver Island. We easily (and quickly) fell head over heels in love with Ucluelet (and area). See our Vacation Series here!
We stayed at “Surf Junction Campground” – a cute little spot, eight kilometers north of Ucluelet and less than one from the Highway 4 junction. The staff were helpful, kind and very friendly. It was clear they had passion for their job and their community. We had a reservation (which was a good thing) although they did have RV sites available, their tent sites were full.
As promised, we’d like to share with your our own Top 5 list of our favourite Alberta (Canada) provincial parks.
It’s no secret that we adore camping and getting out into nature. Like most folks, we have ‘day jobs’ and our son has school so that leaves us a bunch of weekends before (and after) our summer vacation to get out in our RV. We have a few requirements that we use for assessing our weekend trips and different criteria for longer stays (as say, part of our summer vacation).
We have been trying out new products during our travels and we’ve put together some great prize packs! We want to share all the great things we’ve been using and discovering and what better way to do than giveaways!