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Rest & Relaxation on Vancouver Island

Julie had booked the week off work to spend some time with us. We picked her up in Vancouver and she took us to visit her Aunt and Uncle on the east coast of Vancouver Island.  They’ve recently finished building their dream home which was built to PassivHaus standards, so it was a real treat for me to check it out and ask lots of questions.  They also had a cute little guest cabin out the back which they let us stay in.  The cabin was bare timber with mid century furniture, and an outdoor shower and toilet… pretty much our dream home.

We had initially planned to spend a couple of days there and then explore the island’s west coast for a few days, but we had such a great time at Miracle Beach, and our hosts were so hospitable that we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave, so we ended up staying put for the week.

Beers with Julie

Beers with Julie

Picnic by the water

Picnic by the water

Ocean, mountains, sunset. A winning combination.

Ocean, mountains, sunset. A winning combination.

Sunset canoe launch

Sunset canoe launch

Sunset paddling

Sunset paddling

Moonrise paddling with our amazing hosts John and Elaine (and their dog, Frodo)

Moonrise paddling with our amazing hosts John and Elaine (and their dog, Frodo)

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"The Love Shack"

“The Love Shack”

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Quiet walks in the coastal rainforest.

Quiet walks in the coastal rainforest.

And on the beach... Spot the bald eagle.

And on the beach… Spot the bald eagle.

There it is.

There it is.

We saw loads of cool stuff as we wandered along the beach at low tide.

We saw loads of cool stuff as we wandered along the beach at low tide.

Biking the 'Pub to Pub Trail'

Biking the ‘Pub to Pub Trail’

It was really great to stay in one place for a few days and get some rest and relaxation.   And we couldn’t imagine a better place for it.

 

 

Camping with Jeff

This is kind of a love story….

Whisky and Wood

Whisky and Wood

You and me Going Fishing in the Dark

You and me Going Fishing in the Dark

Campfire DnM's

Campfire DnM’s

Mark decided it was time to shave....Jeff disagreed.

Mark decided it was time to shave….Jeff disagreed.

Coffee and Fish...Breakfast?

Coffee and Fish…Breakfast?

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Eight Days on the Bowron Lakes

If you’re a keen paddler, then the Bowron Lakes circuit seems almost too good to be true.  The chain of ten lakes forms a kind of square circuit so that you can paddle along all of them with just a few short portages and then finish back at the starting point without backtracking at all.

Portaging between lakes

The first few days of the trip were cold and rainy.  But there wasn’t much wind so the lakes were calm and perfect for paddling.

When the sun came out we tried to make the most of it.

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The campsites were all perfectly maintained and most nights we had them all to ourselves.

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Almost every evening, the wind died down and the lakes were overcome with a glassy calmness. Also, the rocks on the beaches of Isaac Lake were all perfectly flat and smooth.  Ideal for a bit of rock skimming.

On day four the skies cleared and we had beautiful weather for the remainder of the trip.

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We had to paddle a few sections of river between lakes, with some fun little chutes and roller coasters.  The Cariboo River was filled with hazards so we were told to keep a keen eye out for sweepers and deadheads.  Becci was a great navigator.

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We had pancakes planned for breakfast, but we forgot to bring a spatula. A perfect excuse for a bit of whittling by the campfire.

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I think this trip could easily be done in six days.  But taking eight days gave us the time to do some shorter paddling days and take the time to read and relax and swim in the lakes.

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We had arranged to meet Jeff at Unna Lake.  We only had a short paddle that day so we got there early and set up up camp and waited… he paddled about 30 km in one day, including two portages where he had to carry his kayak on his head.  What a marathon effort.  We were really happy when he made it, and he was just in time for some moose spotting.

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The next few days were spent paddling and camping and fishing with Jeff.  A great finish to an amazing week.

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This was definitely one of our favourite backcountry trips so far. You can fit lots of food as well as wine and whisky in a canoe.