Vancouver Island, BC

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Victoria is the capital of British Colombia on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island. It’s about a 6 hour trip from Portland, including the drive to Port Angeles and the ferry across the Sound.

We had a great time up there, and I thought I’d post a few travel tips and suggestions.

Getting There

We took our car on the ferry, which adds about $40 each way. This was good for us because we wanted to explore the parks and do some car camping- but if you’re just planning to spend a day or two in the city of Victoria- it’s not necessary.

There’s really good public transport everywhere on the Canada side, and even a 60km bike path out to Sooke if you just wanted to take bikes.

Where to Stay

In Victoria we stayed with a friend, so I can’t help you there. But, if you want to go to Sooke I highly recommend Gordon’s Beach Farm Stay Bed and Breakfast.

It’s $85 a night (Canadian), but Norm cut us a deal for a two night stay. I wrote a Yelp review of it. Excellent breakfast, nice place, and a hot tub overlooking the ocean. Needless to say, I scrapped our ideas of camping in the rain when I saw the hot tub and a good looking girl in it.

Hiking

There’s a ton of awesome hikes there. If you’re lucky, your hiking partner may even break out in spontaneous dance moves while crossing a suspension bridge. Full body black rain suit optional.

This was on the Mystic Trailhead. There’s also really cool hiking in Potholes and East Sooke.

Beaches

I don’t really have anything to say about the beaches. I just thought this photo was cool.

Eat Some Oysters

On your way back, you should stop for oysters at the Hama Hama Oyster Company. They farm ’em right here and leave the shells by the side of the road for scenic photography purposes.

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