BC is one of the most beautiful Rv destinations in the world . Rvers continually flock to this spectacular Canadian province to enjoy magnificent snow capped mountains, lush forests and grasslands. BC is blessed with more than its share of breathtaking scenery from the Kootneys in the east to the Pacific Ocean on the west.
One of these beauties is Vancouver Island. A two hour ferry ride from Anacortes Washington, Tsawassen south of Vancouver or Horseshoe bay to the north.
The trip itself to the island is unforgettable, as the ferry winds its way through the Gulf Islands. The ferries are huge and hold several hundred cars, trucks and Rvs and depart every few hours.
One of the first stops on the southern tip of Vancouver Island offers many attractions and things to do from international icons like the Butchard Gardens to hidden gems like Canada’s oldest Chinatown or an adventure on the high seas with a whale watching tour.
From Victoria take hwy 1 or for a side trip take #14 up the west coast to Port Renfrew for some spectacular salmon fishing (not recommended for large Rvs). Hwy 1 changes to 19 as it follows the spectacular coast line from Nanaimo north.
The trip to Port Hardy on the northern tip of the Island is about 6 hrs or 300 miles. I recommend taking at least several days or more to absorb the sites of this magnificent drive.
From Parksville take the beach drive 19a a slower trip but well worth it, or you can take a side trip across the Island to the amazing west coast to Ucluelet & Tofino small ocean side villages.
Here you can camp and enjoy the sandy beaches or watch surfers challenge the Pacific Ocean waves.
Along this scenic byway you can camp on the ocean, charter a small or large boat for salmon fishing or beachcomb for wild oysters or mussels. This truly is an amazing area to explore. As you continue north from Campbell River the road shifts inland through untouched wilderness on the way to the end of the road Port Hardy.
Another great place to try your luck at salmon fishing. Pacific salmon are one of the most sought after game fish in the world, not to mention one of the most delicious.
These magnificent fish although rare these days, can grow to over 100lbs of fighting madness. Ten to thirty pounds are common sizes.
If you have never tasted salmon steaks on the BBQ only hours after being caught you are in for a treat.
More Game Fish
Shell fish are also plentiful in the west coast waters.
Crab, prawns and scallops are easily caught with a trap lowered to the bottom of any quiet bay. A fish head or any meat will usually do the trick.
Leave the trap for a day and you should have plenty for a good meal.
Always check with the local fishing store for regulations, also check for red tide before venturing out.
From Port Hardy you can take the ferry north to Prince Rupert, a 15 hour scenic cruise through the inside passage, or retrace your route to Courtenay and take the ferry across Georgia Strait to Powell River and the Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast
Another magnificent trip on a coastal road with two shorter scenic ferry rides that take you back to Horseshoe Bay on the mainland.
The Gulf Islands
There are several side trips that can be enjoyed to various islands. Probably the best way to visit these islands is by car rather than a large RV or even on a ferry as they usually dock in a quaint island village that each have a flavor of their own.
I have done these tours in an RV as well as a motorbike. If this area is not on your bucket list it should be added.
I have just touched on some of the attractions and adventures that await your discovery on Vancouver Island. There are many websites about this beautiful coastal area that you can visit for more information should you choose to visit.
I hope you enjoyed this article and it has given you a glimpse of Vancouver Island. If you have any questions or comments I would love to read them.
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