The West Coast Is The Perfect
Place To Tour The East Coast
The east coast of Vancouver Island, that is. In just a day or
two, you can follow the coast from city to fishing village. From
beach to lush provincial parks. From rich farmlands to logging
The Coast Tour
Start your tour in Duncan, City of Totems. Here you can see over
40 totem poles in various outdoor locations. Be sure to visit
the Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Center. Open year-round,
it includes totem pole carving demonstrations, storytelling and
more. This is also the perfect place to get an authentic Cowichan
sweater. Handknit from undyed wool laden with lanolin for rain-resistance,
these sweaters are world famous.
2 Head north along Highway 1
to Nanaimo. Stop at Chemainus, noted for its numerous larger-than-life
outdoor murals. In Nanaimo, home of the deliciously rich Nanaimo
Bar dessert and the rollicking Bathtub Races in July, you can
visit The Bastion, built by the Hudson's Bay Trading Company
3 Taking Highway 19 north, visit
Parksville. This popular resort town has a 1.5 km (1 mile) beach
where you can search for sand dollars and other shells. Throughout
the Parksville/Qualicum area, you'll find excellent fishing and
parks. In nearby French Creek, visit St. Anne's, one of the oldest
stone churches on the Island.
4 Heading north again on Highway
19, you'll pass through Fanny Bay, famous for its oysters, to
the Courtenay/Comox area. This area is a year-round recreational
paradise, with more than 40 regional parks. Golf and fish in
spring and summer or ski on Mt. Washington in winter.
5 Continuing north to Campbell
River, a great place to stop is Miracle Beach Provincial Park.
Orcas may sometimes be spotted in the Strait of Georgia and porpoises
and seals near the mouth of Black Creek.
6 Campbell River, known as a
salmon fishing capital, is an ideal destination for a getaway
filled with activities like fishing, boating, hiking, golfing
and more. Some of the biggest salmon in the world have been caught
here. Located between Strathcona Provincial Park to the west
and Discovery Islands to the east, Campbell River offers visitors
access to Quadra, Cortes and northern Vancouver Island for terrific
fishing, among other things.
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