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Vancouver Island - Motorhome travel

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Vancouver Island - Motorhome travel

Hi all. We are planning to travel to Vancouver Island at the end of July. Our children (aged 6, 11 and 14) are hell bent on us travelling around the island in an RV/Motorhome. Having never holidayed in a motorhome before, we are a bit apprehensive but they won't let up - putting it down to an experience we won't forget.

We have not been to Vancouver Island before. (We visited The Canadian Rockies and Vancouver 2 years ago). We are keen to spend some time bear watching, whale watching, hiking, cycling, canoeing etc - basically, enjoying the outdoors.

Any ideas on where to begin?

Many thanks.

Lee

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Hi Lee and welcome to the forums ~

You could do this quite nicely in about 2 weeks. The city of Victoria may not lend itself to an RV, but when you don't need a vehicle to explore Vancouver or Victoria, just rent one when you are ready to leave town. As you have been to Vancouver before, you will know that travelling to one of the entry cities on Vancouver Island (near Victoria, near Nanaimo) takes about 4 hours. There is also the cost of the ferry to consider.

You could also fly through to Victoria and rent the RV from there.

The first Monday of August is BC Day and makes for a busy long weekend, especially on the ferries. Reservations will be necessary for sure on that weekend, and really on all the Island in the summer.

So if you arrive to Victoria, you could divvy up your time with: 3 nights Victoria, 3 nights Parksville area, 3 nights Pacific Rim National Park (Tofino and Ucluelet), 3 nights north Island around Telegraph Cove, probably with a one night stay on the way, Port McNeill, Port Hardy. Then you could drive the whole Island down to Victoria in about 6 hours, or take another night stay on the way down.

You will be able to have the opportunity to see whales from north Island, Telegraph Cove - Tide Rip. There are no bear tours until Sept from Campbell River.

www.bcferries.com

Pacific Marine Circle Route: http://www.pacificmarinecircleroute.com/

Look in the green menu bar across the top for Things to Do on VI.

Biking/hiking trails on VI: explorevancouverisland.com/Biking_Hiking_Van…

Vancouver Island tourist info: http://www.hellobc.com/vancouver-island.aspx

The BC Forum has Trip Reports in the Top Questions to the right of the page: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g154922-c184601/Briti…

RVing Canada: http://gorving.ca/

Camping and RVing in BC: http://www.campingrvbc.com/

Google Maps "get directions": maps.google.com

Do a little research through these links and when you're ready, post a provisional itinerary. That would give us something concrete to go on to give you feedback for your visit.

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Smart Kids!

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Sounds like a great plan. Vancouver Island is a great camping destination. I would get your kids busy on the BC Parks website. They can research the different parks (167 provincial parks are listed for Vancouver Island, then there are regional and national parks as well) on Vancouver Island and figure out which one's look the most interesting to them. I would definitely not rent your RV until you get to the island, and you can even decide if you want to do the entire trip in the RV, or just rent one for part of your trip and do the rest in a car and hotels.

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yes, try to fly into victoria...if price wise you need to go to vancouver...take public transportation to the ferry, pay the walk on fee and pickup the rv in victoria. book your campsites as soon as you know your dates especially for the parksville and tofino/ucuellette areas. very popular in the summer. campfires under the stars, the family all together...sounds great.

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I'm afraid I have a different point of view on taking public transportation from Vancouver to the ferry at Tsawwassen for an hour with 3 children and a shed full of luggage, then repeating the hour on the other side with the bus down to Victoria. Fly right to Vic, IMO.

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I agree that you need to have your camping booked soon. Plan to have everything sorted by the end of February or you are going to be scrambling for space.

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West Bay Marine Village and RV park is a great place to rv,excellent views of the harbor,good facility,but hard to book

www.westbay.ba.ca

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Thank you for your replies. There is a lot of information to get us going. Please tell me when the bear 'season' starts. Thank you!

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Grizzly day tours from Telegraph Cove across Georgia Strait to Knight Inlet from mid-May to Sept. Tide Rip Grizzly Tours.

From Campbell River beginning first week of Sept for the month.

Black bear watching with Jamie's whale watching at Tofino. Maybe more companies that just theirs.

Edited: 07 January 2014, 21:25
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Mufti has already suggested the north end of the island as being a good place for bear viewing and whale watching (and I will add kayaking). For RV sites on the north end of island I want to mention looking at Cluxewe http://www.cluxewe.com/ .It is a great site right on the water and you may be able to catch pink salmon right from the beach when you are visiting. If considering camping in Telegraph Cove note that there are two RV sites, one a nondescript field and the other one is very nice and tucked away in the woods (so many people do not know it exists). The nice site is at http://telegraphcoveresort.com/camping.html