Southern Vancouver Island the Long Way

Posted on 3rd April 2016 in adventure, nature, wandering

Last fall my Swiss friend Nene came to Canada. I offered my truck (and company) to tour her around BC so she could get to see this beautiful land the way that I see it, and the places that I know and am fond of in this land. Canadian pride I guess. The first leg of our journey took us North! To Prince George. The second leg we hopped on the ferry over to Vancouver Island where we did day trips from Shawnigan Lake and toured mostly the southern tip of the island – Victoria and up the West Coast of the island to Port Renfrew.

Our trip to Port Renfrew, we thought we were just taking a left and heading through some gravel roads and couldn’t get lost and make it to Port Renfrew – easy peasy. About 3 hours later we found ourselves in Sooke. From Shawnigan Lake, it should only take about 1hr to get to Sooke. Likewise, it should only take about 1.5hrs to get to Port Renfrew, so obviously we took the long, windy road to get there!

Our road took us on a series of logging roads, cut blocks, and dense forest. It was interesting to see deep inside the belly of the beast (the Canadian wilderness), but to be honest, the West Coast is just so wild and epic every single time I stand upon her shores, so I was kind of sad that our day along the coast was delayed in the backroads.

But, such is life.

As we made our way up the highway parallel to the Juan de Fuca trail network, we made a vow to stop at every single Provincial Park we came to.

This is what we saw.

Logging roads of Vancouver Island

rugged West coast of Vancouver Island

rugged West coast of Vancouver Island

rugged West coast of Vancouver Island

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Bridge on the Juan de Fuca trail system on the West Coast of Vancouver Island

Bridge on the Juan de Fuca trail system on the West Coast of Vancouver Island

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Juan de Fuca trail system, West Coast of Vancouver Island

Juan de Fuca trail system, West Coast of Vancouver Island

Juan de Fuca trail system, West Coast of Vancouver Island

Juan de Fuca trail system, West Coast of Vancouver Island

rugged West coast of Vancouver Island

long rope swing on the rugged West coast of Vancouver Island

sunset on the west coast of vancouver island

waterfall in Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island

waterfall in Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island

trestle bridge on Vancouver Island

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Totem pole in front of Parliament Buildings in Victoria, BC

Totem pole in front of Parliament Buildings in Victoria, BC

Parliament Buildings in Victoria, BC

Parliament Buildings in Victoria, BC

war memorial in front of Parliament Buildings in Victoria, BC

war memorial in front of Parliament Buildings in Victoria, BC

Sunset at The Breakwater at Victoria Harbour, BC

Sunset at The Breakwater at Victoria Harbour, BC

the Lighthouse during Sunset at The Breakwater at Victoria Harbour, BC

the Lighthouse during Sunset at The Breakwater at Victoria Harbour, BC

Kinsol trestle bridge on Vancouver Island

Kinsol trestle bridge on Vancouver Island

Kinsol trestle bridge on Vancouver Island

Kinsol trestle bridge on Vancouver Island

Kinsol trestle bridge on Vancouver Island

Kinsol trestle bridge on Vancouver Island

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