Roadtrip to Vancouver Island: Final Day in Short

05/06/2018

  • Nanaimo –> Black Creek
  • Woke up super early to leave our homely parking lot outside Cassidy.
  • Drove to Tim Hortons where Moa continued to sleep in the car and I (Matilda) had breakfast.
  • Made our way further north and our first stop was Rathtrevor Beach. The tide was low so we were able to walk on the sea floor and see lots of cool plants, rocks and crabs.
  • VERY WINDY DAY. The Rocky Mountains don’t have much wind so we had forgotten about coastal weather a little bit.
  • Had lunch in Qualicum Beach which is the most British town we’ve encountered so far in Canada.
  • Made plans to camp out in Kitty Coleman Provincial Park before arriving at our Workaway the next day.
  • Texted Workaway and they said we could come early so we didn’t have to sleep in the car again. Yay!
  • Stopped in Courtenay to look for thrift stores. They have a MASSIVE one called Value Village. Moa was in heaven and found a rain jacket.
  • Drove to Black Creek where we settled in at our new Workaway.
  • Got to sleep in nice and soft beds and shower. Heaven!
  • This was the last day of our roadtrip so the next update will summarise our Workaway experience in Black Creek/Saratoga Beach after we leave.

In pictures:

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Roadtrip to Vancouver Island: Day Five in Short

04/06/2018

  • Squamish –> Vancouver –> Nanaimo
  • Moa started the day with some climbing in Murrin Provinical Park.
  • We drove to Vancouver!
  • We accidentally drove into the city centre of Vancouver.
  • Hung out in beautiful Stanley Park.
  • Visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Treetop Adventure was better than the bridge!
  • Left Capilano at around 7 and made the ferry to Nanaimo that left at 7:40.
  • Looked for Spruston Staging Area to camp overnight but road was closed so we had to find a random parking lot to sleep in. Oh well.

In pictures:

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Roadtrip to Vancouver Island: Day Four in Short

03/06/2018

  • Full day in Squamish!
  • We decided to hike the Stawamus Chief. WARNING: SUPER STEEP HIKE! We made it to the second peak. The view was awesome!
  • The Chief hike makes you super gross and sweaty so we had a swim in Browning Lake afterwards.
  • Well deserved Boston Pizza time!!!
  • Spent all evening in Starbucks just charging things, going through pictures and connecting to the “world wide web”.
  • Staff started giving us free samples of everything. Please note that the SERIOUSLY STRAWBERRY drink is delicious.
  • We live in Starbucks now.

 

In pictures:

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Roadtrip to Vancouver Island: Day Three in Short

02/06/2018

  • Pemberton –> Squamish
  • Made our first stop in Whistler where a half marathon was happening. The weather wasn’t great so we soon continued on towards Squamish.
  • Quick stop at Alice Lake to meet some baby geese.
  • Made it to Squamish!!!
  • Short hike up to Shannon Falls which is an awesome spot.
  • Walked around downtown Squamish.
  • Moa wanted to take a look at Stawamus Chief climbing and ended up bouldering with a couple of dudes she met in the parking lot.
  • Matilda went swimming in Browning Lake.
  • Moa also wanted to swim so we both went back to the lake after her bouldering session.
  • Found our overnight home on a patch of gravel next to the highway.

 

In pictures:

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Roadtrip to Vancouver Island: Day Two in Short

01/06/2018

  • Kamloops –> Pemberton
  • We drove through Gold Rush Country which had awesome views of canyons and wild west looking nature!
  • We made it to Lillooet.
  • We barely made it out of Lillooet because of steep roads and a one wheel drive car. Seriously, we almost got stuck in the mountains.
  • We ended up going to Nairn Falls provincial park outside Pemberton as we were headed for Whistler but we (and the car) were too tired to continue.
  • Park operator charged us 22 CAD for parking overnight. Oh well.

 

In pictures:

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A Rocky Mountain Tour!

Guys! Starting tomorrow, we are going on tour and visiting a few places in and around the Canadian Rockies. This has all been put together by the super talented Eric Larocque, a local musician that we met on our first jam night at the Wolf’s Den. We will be playing our own set as well as backing Eric up with some harmonies and it’s going to be amazing!

Look at this epic tour poster:

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Interested in hearing about the tour dates? Look no further! Well, actually, you have to. Look below!

Thursday 10 May – The Whistle Stop, Jasper, AB

Friday 11 May – The Truffle Pigs, Field, BC

Friday 18 May – Rockwater Bar and Grill, Golden, BC

Saturday 19 May – The Station Pub, Invermere, BC

Friday 25 May – The Last Drop, Revelstoke, BC

Saturday 26 May – Whitetooth Brewing Company, Golden, BC

 

We’ve heard the drive to Jasper is one of the most beautiful in Canada so we are pretty damn excited. See you soon!