Recently we journeyed across Vancouver Island. You can read about the earlier segments in Part 1 and Part 2. The next leg of our journey was from Tofino to Parksville. It was uneventful except for frequent vistas like the ones below. For these photos, I was standing in about the same spot, just turned around 180 degrees. Parksville is a small city and a good hub from which to see lots of attractions. The Little Qualicum Cheeseworks in Parksville is great and absolutely free to visit. There is a little herringbone dairy and a farmyard with sheep, donkeys, rabbits and cows. The climb-on tractors were also a hit with the kids. There were free cheese and wine tastings. I have found I don’t like the cheese in Vancouver as much as Australia, it is a bit taste-lacking, but at least the cheese at the Cheeseworks was not orange! Of course, the visit wasn’t completely free since we left with a couple of blocks of cheese, but still very good value.
Mikayla loved playing at the Parksville Community Park…. and ‘feeding’ the ducks (rocks). The playground here is AMAZING!!
Our next quick stop was at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. The weather was superb, though cold still – glorious sunshine! What a place to run… Life is tough! We had a quick chat with people at the beach and they mentioned a great spot to see starfish, but “it’s in Nanaimo”. Great thing we were just about to jump in the car to go to Nanaimo! If you’re looking for it, it is at the end of Sebastion Rd in Lantzville, just north of Nanaimo. The starfish were huge and beautifully coloured. At Nanaimo, we had a quick walk and look at the ocean, then headed for Trollers fish + chips. The next photo is from our seat on the pontoon. Great fish’n’chips and view! We headed through Ladysmith (closed on Sunday afternoon, so we didn’t stop) and Chemainus, a cute little town with murals everywhere and great garden in behind the sweet shop. We then moved onto Duncan for the night and through to Victoria (the capital of British Columbia). Just outside of Duncan was the Bright Angel Park, a surprising park with a short walk, suspension bridge (popular over here) and lots of little frogs!