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« on: May 09, 2019, 09:27:33 AM »
We are soon off to Vancouver Island,(not the city!)for 3 weeks.  We like to let the road take us wherever it goes and we try to stay away from places that tour buses go. Not always possible but we do our best. We stay in B&B's and sometimes will rent a house for 3 or 4 days.  We are having a terrible time finding places to go that aren't tourist traps so could use some guidance. We would like, if we have time, to get to the mountains of BC but have no desire to visit the towns of Banff or Jasper. We typically travel about 100 miles a day so we see as much as we can.  
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Re: Vancouver Island and BC mountains
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2019, 09:59:38 AM »
I fished black cod out of Tofino 30 years ago and boy was it a pretty area. Bring your camera !
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Re: Vancouver Island and BC mountains
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019, 10:33:24 AM »
You could spend the entire 3 weeks just on the Island/s but if you want to do some of the interior head up the #5 from Kamloops heading to the #16 and catch Wells Gray Provincial Park. It is rugged and beautiful country and does not attract the crowds that the national parks do. 

Its been a few years since we were in there. Its great place to do a rental RV for a week or so.
The camping is some of the most spectacular in the Province and the roads are good.       
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Re: Vancouver Island and BC mountains
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2019, 10:57:45 AM »
Tofino is on our list and I think we already have a 3 day house rental there right on the water. It's a very popular tourist destination now though.

Wells Gray Park sounds like just what we're looking for! My wife agrees with you that we will never get off Vancouver Island!
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2019, 11:52:13 AM »
What BB said! However, good luck finding accomodation without reservations well in advance. Once you leave Parksville take 19A, the old highway, north to Courtney/Comox. The scenery is spectacular and the seafood....
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2019, 12:29:24 PM »
Yes... The seafood ......!

 
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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2019, 12:52:11 PM »
tule, that is a great pic, real shinny with a big ol belly and fish lips...  and the fish aint bad either! :D
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2019, 01:18:20 PM »
Another longline pic from up Tofino way, another pot belly !

 
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2019, 02:43:14 PM »
Looks like you have always been attracted to "slabs" Rob.  8)
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2019, 03:05:59 PM »
That looks like the real deal.  You have been there and done a few things!  I bet there is still a faint smell of fish on your hands, no wonder your dogs all love you so much!  best regards.
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« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2019, 03:17:03 PM »
Fishing yes.....From Alaska to Central America 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2019, 07:02:05 AM »
just outside of banff is a ski mt. you can drive up for free. the view is nice. the evening we went there. there was 3 black bear 20 or more goats and the same of sheep in the rd. in revelstoke there is a small logging museum up towards the dam. and a bigger one for the train. there is a big steam engine inside. vancouver is a big island . have been half way by road and all the way by boat

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Re: Vancouver Island and BC mountains
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2019, 08:55:17 AM »
Head to Vancouver island, make your way to the north end, Port Hardy. Book the Ferry, book the 1st class lounge for 35$ more...you will not regret it. The ferry travels the inside passage to Prince Rupert. absolutly a life time trip,Takes about 16-18 hrs. It stops at 2-3 ports on the way, Haida Gai is a native island and yes a bit of a tourist area but only accessable by ferry. It is worth a day or two there if you can swing it.
Prince Rupert is a port town in the middle of no where on the coast. Book a fishing trip and see all the whales and marine life ( if you didn't see enough on your ferry trip) . Head to Smithers BC a beautiful little town at the base of a Mountain. 
On your way to Smithers is the "Alsakan Highway" Take it to Alaska, about an hours drive to see the Bald Eagles and Grizzlies fishing the Salmon in the Alaskan Rain Forest preserve. If the salmon are running it is unbelievable.
Drop in and visit Percy. I bet he knows more about the Salmon, 
come back down and head east on HWY 16 towards Smithers, Prince George and then Jasper. take HWY 93 from Jasper to Banff on the Ice Fields Parkway( do not miss this drive) It has been rated as the TOP ten Drives in the world. 
I lived and worked in Smithers and Prince George for a while and played tourist. 
I also lived in Jasper for 2 winters skiing the all the mountains. 
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« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2019, 09:39:42 AM »
florida:
If you drop in and see Percy you will be in Nowheres, BC.
He is between Terrace and Rosewood on the E side of the highway.
He has an arched banner over his entrance that reads "THICK AND THIN".
Note: It is easier to see the banner if you are heading N.
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« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2019, 12:27:55 PM »
 :D I have lived in B.C. most of my life and haven't seen anywhere near all of it. It is a big place and much is very remote. I worked in helilogging for a few years and got into some incredibly beautiful country hundreds of miles from nowhere.
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« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2019, 12:48:39 PM »
Vancouver Island is 12,000 sq miles of greatness. A 3 week trip will be even greater. 
I know you guys will enjoy your holiday up here.
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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2019, 10:42:30 AM »
My travel planner, wife, has now ruled out BC and says we'll have more than we can do on Vancouver Island. I'm a little bummed about BC but she always does such a great job planning our trips that I let her go. She does include lots of places she knows I'll love so it works out. The trip from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert sounds like something we'd both love. I'll pass all your tips on to her and see what we can fit in, everything sounds wonderful.  Our problem is time or lack of time. Too many places that we want to go but not enough years yet to get to them all. My advise to everyone is to go now, don't wait until you retire.  
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« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2019, 10:56:02 AM »
You guys will have a great trip no matter how you slice it.  There's a lot to see on Vancouver Island and it's a unique area.  You might even find time to work in a day trip ferry ride to the mainland.  Have fun and keep us posted!
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« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2019, 11:49:32 AM »
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.
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« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2019, 01:06:40 PM »
Can't answer the car question.  Even if you stick to walking around for a bit in Prince Rupert, the whole ferry ride thing is worth it.  Mopeds maybe.  Bikes.

I think it will work out well once you get to the island and just let it unfold as it comes.  
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