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Re: Vancouver Island and BC mountains
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2019, 04:03:44 PM »
If you go up to Rupert I May be able to get my son to show you places tourists don't even know exist. He's been up there for a 4 months and has found places his  brother in-law didn't know exist and he grew up in that region.  
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« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2019, 10:08:56 AM »
The boss is onboard with the inside passage suggestion!  I can't find what we want on the fare schedule so I'll be calling them as soon as they are open this morning.  BB- Even if your son couldn't show us around just some hints of where to go would be great!  What's he doing there for 4 months?
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« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2019, 08:22:06 PM »
Sadly it seems that the ferry to Prince Rupert only does daytime trips after 6/19  which is after we'll be back in Florida. We are now looking at a ferry trip to Ocean Falls or Bella Coola. Any thoughts on either of those?
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Re: Vancouver Island and BC mountains
« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2019, 08:22:55 PM »
Looking at the ferry trip to Prince Rupert. Would we need or want a car when we got there? I'm going to guess that we would. This makes my head hurt! Lo! Too many places to go and too muc to see! Realistically this will be the only trip we'll make to western Canada as I had to agree to another trip to Scotland next summer and I'm trying to talk the boss into Alaska the year after that.
A car in Prince Rupert might be usefull but you can rent one. It is a small port town. Get on the VIA train at Prince Rupert, take it to Jasper and then the train from Jasper back to Vancouver. about a 4 day trip. you will see some great mountains and scenery.
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« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2019, 09:25:37 PM »
Stephan1

Thanks but Prince Rupert is out due to night only ferry trips until 6/19. Now Ocean Falls is out as well due to once a week ferry trips.  Looks like Bella Coola or nothing so we are working on that. Looks like an interesting place but even there it's going to be just an overnight turn around due to the ferry schedules. I sure wish we had more time!
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« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2019, 09:12:04 PM »
I have a question. Your flight from Florida will be landing where in B.C.?
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« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2019, 10:07:06 PM »
Time! We all need more. Have a great trip where ever you end up travelling.
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« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2019, 06:51:40 AM »
We will be landing at Seattle. Big price differencerwhen we got our tickets.
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« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2019, 10:40:23 AM »
The Victoria Clipper is pretty cool, similar to an airplane ride. I asked permission to enter the machinery space and got to "pet "one of their MAN diesels turning and burning at full tilt boogie. Zoom !
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« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2019, 07:30:58 PM »
We will be landing at Seattle. Big price differencerwhen we got our tickets.
And you're walking to Canada? Give us a little to work with eh?  :D
Would a reasonable sized rental motorhome suit your needs?
Cruise in that for a couple days, stay where ever, then hotel it for a night.
Have a bath, get some laundry done. Then cruise for a few more days?
And repeat 'til you have to bring it back to Seattle and fly home.
You'll end up taking a two hour ferry ride over to Vancouver Island
and your adventure begins. Whale sightings are common as you
approach Active Pass. Food for thought. 
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« Reply #30 on: May 18, 2019, 02:41:10 PM »
Heres a rental website for RVs in BC if you are interested. They are pretty popular across the country.

https://gorving.ca/find-an-rv/rentals/rentals-british-columbia/
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« Reply #31 on: May 18, 2019, 07:18:12 PM »
We're taking a ferry from Seattle to Vancouver but I don't know any details about it.
RV's are not in the picture. We already have B & B reservations for about half our time. I'm looking for places we can go off the beaten path on VI.  
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« Reply #32 on: May 18, 2019, 07:48:32 PM »
Florida, I don't think you'll have any problem getting off the beaten path on VI.  Once you get a little north of Victoria, you've pretty much accomplished that.  It was almost thirty years ago when I was there for a week, so I'm sure it's changed a bit, but most of VI is pretty rugged and undeveloped.  I was at Cowichan bay and had only a couple opportunities to poke around, but it didn't take long to get into some really interesting areas - both on the shore and west to the interior.  We stopped in Duncan for a few minutes and then drove over to Cowichan Lake on one little excursion.  Cowichan Bay was pretty much off the beaten path in those days.  Don't know about now.  I know there was a lumberjack bar there that some of us went to in the evenings a couple times.  There were some pretty rough lookin' characters in there, and that was just the women I'm talking about.  But no lives were lost.

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Maybe y'all aren't big on just winging it, but that can work pretty well.  You'll probably get some good input from the B&B owners too.

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« Reply #33 on: May 18, 2019, 08:07:06 PM »
Florida, I don't think you'll have any problem getting off the beaten path on VI.  Once you get a little north of Victoria, you've pretty much accomplished that.  It was almost thirty years ago when I was there for a week, so I'm sure it's changed a bit, but most of VI is pretty rugged and undeveloped.  I was at Cowichan bay and had only a couple opportunities to poke around, but it didn't take long to get into some really interesting areas - both on the shore and west to the interior.  We stopped in Duncan for a few minutes and then drove over to Cowichan Lake on one little excursion.  Cowichan Bay was pretty much off the beaten path in those days.  Don't know about now.  I know there was a lumberjack bar there that some of us went to in the evenings a couple times.  There were some pretty rough lookin' characters in there, and that was just the women I'm talking about.  But no lives were lost.

Duncan - The City of Totems

Maybe y'all aren't big on just winging it, but that can work pretty well.  You'll probably get some good input from the B&B owners too.
Reminds me of Kito's Kave in Petersberg AK. ( The Lumberjack Bar part) :D :D :D
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« Reply #34 on: May 19, 2019, 04:40:15 AM »
 :D That is funny. There is so much to see and do on VI. If you have time Long Beach is an incredibly beautiful area (as long as the weather is clear).
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« Reply #35 on: May 20, 2019, 12:05:15 PM »
I'm sure we will find plenty to see. We try to stay away from people and have little to no interest in  cities. I think my travel planner has us booked up now so we'll go wherever the roads lead. Thank you all for your very helpful advice without which we wouldn't be going to Bella Coola at all! I'll let you know how it goes.
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« Reply #36 on: May 20, 2019, 12:17:02 PM »
Have a good trip.

Hopefully you can post some updates as you go along. If not, well just have to wait til you return.
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« Reply #37 on: Yesterday at 09:59:08 AM »
Where would you go on VI to see Puffins?  Preferably on the North end.
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« Reply #38 on: Yesterday at 04:18:49 PM »
Magicman,
Last year in Scotland we were just poking along as we usually do along the north coast and saw a large head, Dunnet,  in the distance. We drove out to it, poked around and  walked over the top to the other side. There were puffins everywhere! It was really fantasitc for me as seeing a puffin has been on my bucket list since I read about them when I was 6.  We talked to a photographer from Glasgow who had been going there for 30 years to photograph puffins and he said he'd never seen so many nor seen them so early.

I'd love to see more.
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