Monday, October 18, 2010

Island Zigzagging

Map picture

The last post had us half way across the island from Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan.  The roadside spot was adequate, but lots of logging and industrial traffic in the early morning.CIMG2275The road is basically all paved, but there was a 6km detour on rough gravel logging road while a bridge was being repaired or replaced.  Soon we were out at Lake Cowichan, where a couple of provincial park locations were checked out.

CIMG2276The the community of Lake Cowichan I came across this kiosk that said it was the western terminus of the Trans Canada Trail!CIMG2279A couple of nights were spent camped on the driveway of a friend in Qualicum Beach, then he and I headed back across the island to the west coast at Pacific Rim National Park and Tofino, where another couple of our friends live and work.

In typical National Parks fashion, the only campground in the park was already closed for the season, in spite of warm sunny weather and a big surf competition happening nearby.


We found a nice private campground site with an ocean view that was not closed.

We spent some time on the beach watching the surfers and beach combers.    CIMG2287 CIMG2282 And we walked around on the waterfront area in Tofino.CIMG2283 CIMG2284CIMG2286I stuck Hailey in my jacket and smuggled her by all the loose dogs on the beach, to a spot where she could enjoy her first west coast beach experience.CIMG2288CIMG2289After that she was tired and had to have a cat-nap on the way home.CIMG2281Next, it was back across the island and a bit north, where I tracked down an old friend from Jasper that I had not seen for about 25 years.  CIMG2295     We spent part of a day hiking and exploring trails and rivers in the area of Courtenay and Comox.  This is the Puntledge River, if I have my geography straight.CIMG2292 There are some neat fish ladders built right into the river bed to let the salmon have good access through the area.CIMG2293 CIMG2294 It’s been a challenge finding time and technology to update the blog. 

If my photo program is not responding, it’s the lack of time or power or wi-fi at the appropriate time, but most of it came together to get this online.

So sorry to hear that fellow RV bloggers Margie and Bruce ‘Bruce & Margie’s Full Time Journey’  from were tragically killed while walking on the street in Pismo Beach California.  I had not met them, but they will be missed by the blogging community as well as their families of course.


  1. Sounds like you have a lot of Island touring going on out there on the West coast. One of our fellow bloggers, Rick & Paulette, lives in Cowichan Bay but is on a shakedown cruise right now with their new 5th wheel at the Surfside RV Resort in Parksville.

  2. Beautiful pictures. Love the water falls. The built-in steps for the salmon are really neat. Thanks for sharing.