Summer of 2015 in Vancouver Island! Families heading to Vancouver for a summer vacation have their own different itineraries adapted by family size, time spent and budget. But for us, the itinerary was a family on a tight budget and a tight schedule, loving to spend time close to nature and follow locally places to eat.
Day 01/02: Depart Horseshoe Bay on BC Ferries to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island for about 01 hour. We camped at the Living Forest Oceanside Campground on site T22 Riverview Tent. Great private spot surrounded by large mature trees. Enjoyed a bike ride to Nanaimo and a tasty Nanaimo bar at the Perkins Coffee Co.
Day 03/04: Took a ferry to Gabriola Island and tented at the Descanso Bay Regional Park Campground. Located just a short distance from the ferry terminal. Gabriola Island is a small, quiet and secluded island with many little cute shops and cafes. We loved the food at the Mad Ronas so much we had to go back for breakfast and lunch twice!
Day 05/06: A visit to one of Canada's most popular summer destinations, Parksville & Qualicum Beach. We managed to tent at the Rathrevor Beach Provincial Park Campground on Rathrevor Beach. Our family spent countless hours at the wide sandy beach looking for sand dollars and empty shells. Amazing variety of little marine creatures living under the sand. The Lefty's Restaurant had a good family friendly menu with delicious baking options.
Day 07/08: Moved toward the Pacific Rim side of Vancouver Island and because of the rainy and wet days we stayed at the Island Village Properties at North Chesterman's Beach during the first couple days.
On August 16th, 2015, a overcast day I decided to challenge myself to a solo hike to Plain of Six Glaciers in Lake Louise. It was a last minute decision to try the second tea house in Lake Louise. It ended up being a solo hike, because I was suppose to go to the popular Agnes Tea House with some girlfriends, but the prediction for rain unfortunately scared them out. I was OK with it, because I always wanted to try the hike to Plain of Six Glaciers and it became a great opportunity to challenge myself.
The trail to the Plain of Six Glaciers took me pretty close to the heart of Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier. it was a good opportunity to safely take amazing pictures of the glaciers covered with fluffy powdered snow. This one became one of my favorite hike spots as it offered incredible views, and plenty of opportunity to see wildlife, and the best of all was to enjoy a warm cup of tea with a delicious bow of soup at the tea house. It was a moderately challenging hike, and the first few kilometers of the route was along an easy and relatively flat shoreline trail.
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