Strand me on this island anytime!!
09.10.2011 - 16.10.2011 14 °C
Again I say WOW!! We've been on Vancouver isalnd for the past week and the weather has been pretty much perfect. While the Island has a reputation for being rather rainy, we have once again scored well with the weather gods. We arrived on last Sunday at Nanaimo. The weather was beautiful and the water a dancefloor as we ferried over. Stayed the night in a place called Port Alberni in the middle of the island. A nice spot but we awoke to rain the next morning. Drove through this to Ucluelet on the west coast of the island. A road that was just as winding as somne of our favourites in California. The rain was solid for the rest of the day but it didn't stop Lesley and the kids from going for a walk to the lighthouse down the way. The place we were staying is called Terrace Beach Resort and it was great! A nice cosy fireplace and, best of all, a private hot tub on our deck!! Aaaahhh...
The next day was a bit showery and we went up the road to Tofino - the surfing capital of Canada. To mark this, Robbo and the kids hopped into their togs and went for a refreshing swim at McKenzie Beach. It didn't matter to us that only 200m away, there were all manner of surfers in 6mm wetsuits (admittedly we only lasted 5 minutes in the surf, but we are from Queensland after all). Lesley has the photos to prove it, too! Obviously those of you know her know that she would have [i]loved[i] t o have been in the freezing cold with us but someone had to stay warm and dry to document the event.
Since then, the weather has been nothing short of sensational!!! Sunshine has been the order of the day and we've soaked up every oppportunity to see this fabulous place at its best. We popped into a salmon hatchery and shared a viewing platform with a Mama Bear and her cub, wandered through the huge trees at Cathedral Grove, walked along Quallicum Beach, played putt-putt in the cold at Parksville while gazing at the snow-capped mouintains on the mainland and played in Nanaimo. Now, we're in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. The weather is great and the city looks tremendous. Everyone we've met has been so friendly and helpful and the scenerey has been so superb, we can see why people from all over the world flock here.
Will write more soon and will chuck some more photos up on the blog. Internet is a problem on our laptop at the moment so we might have to be a bit slow.
Take care and our warmest regards to all. Thanks very much for your comments as it's great to hear from home and from those we've met along the way.