Dec. 31 2015

Driving Across Canada Day 23: Lovely Friends on Beautiful Vancouver Island

We woke up in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Squamish and had a short forty minute ride to the ferry.


This is the silhouette of central Vancouver against the sunrise as we boarded the early morning ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

We were meeting friends in Campbell River on the Island that afternoon, but first we had time to hit up a few beaches.

We hit up Kin Beach outside of Comox and Saratoga Beach. We grabbed some coffees, opened up the van, cleaned it out and took a nap with the sea breeze blowing through.

We eventually made our way up to Campbell River to meet up with our friends Gordo and Danielle who were celebrating their return from South Korea (they just flew back to Canada the day before) at Gordo’s grandfather’s house.


There was a family barbecue, some great food and some very cute kids to welcome Danielle and Gordo back to Canada.

After dinner, we piled into vehicles to head towards Sayward. Sayward is further north up the coast. Sasquatch territory. Also, where Gordo’s parents live and where we’d be staying for a couple days.

We gassed up the trucks are picked up some last minute groceries at the gas station, then packed in behind the Grizzly. The Grizzly is a massive, behemoth of an old truck with a cobalt blue cab and massive drive shaft you can see in the undercarriage. It leads us into the woods, the twin red eyes of its rear lights guiding us further and further down into the mountains.


As we went deeper into the island, I thought to myself, ‘Yeah, if I was a sasquatch, this is where I would live.’

Nestled deep and safe between the tall shoulders of the forest.

Vancouver Island has some of the highest sasquatch sightings reported in Canada.

It’s also polygamist county. But that’s another story.

The fuse on our alternator blew on the way to Sayward. The alternator is the thing we’d been using to charge our laptops, camera batteries and cell phones. It also took the radio fuse with it.

Here we went, into sasquatch territory with no radio and no camera batteries. How was I ever going to get a picture of sasquatch?

Day 23 Costs:

  • Tim Horton’s breakfast: $13.75
  • Second breakfast on BC Ferry: $20.84
  • Ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, Vancouver Island: $88.50
  • Komox Grind Cafe: $18.10
  • Groceries in Campbell River: $45.58
  • McDonald’s Happy Meal: $4.75
  • Gas in Campbell River: $71.68

Total: $263.20


I need to get to Vancouver Island myself! I have been dreaming of it since learning about Canada’s first tea farm there 🙂

What tea farm is that? I might need to go again!

It’s actually just called Teafarm and it’s in the Cowichan Valley. I believe their harvest will be ready this spring!

I Google’d it. This is really exciting! 100% Canadian tea plants. Wow. Too cool. Thanks for the info! I’d love to be there at their first harvest.

Well written and beautiful pics!! Vancouver Island is natures playground. Miss this place so much, my family and Dell and Ella as well. Looks like you guys had a wonder adventure. Happy Travels!!

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