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Highway 19 Inland- or seaward

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Highway 19 Inland- or seaward

Help driving up to Campbell river @ end of September and would like to know would it be better the drive north on scenic highway 19 or to return that way - as a driver I would image you would get the better views driving north?

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1. Re: Highway 19 Inland- or seaward

The highway along the water is 19a and it's definitely better to drive it north bound....also easier to stop along the way.In many spots there's not that much of a view but where it's close to the water it's a nice meander. Inland hwy 19 is faster if you need to hustle back on your return.

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I agree. The stopping is easier if you travel north on 19a. Be sure to stop at the wharf in Fanny Bay (right on 19A - don't be fooled by the signs pointing you toward the little community, which is a bit off the highway) to see the sea lions.

Where are you traveling from? If from Victoria, take the main highway around Nanaimo to avoid the the traffic and the shopping plazas. You can get back on 19A at Parksville.

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You are making a fab decision to take the Old Island Highway, IMO. You can find it from Nanaimo right up to CR. It's not so much about the views, it's more about the kind of rural road it is. This highway was the way to all the small communities at water's edge. The new highway bypasses the communities. So as you're driving along northbound (think Midsomer Murders countryside with water, think Inspector Lewis countryside, with water features) you'll be surrounded by trees interspersed with houses, then you'll come into a town on the water where you'll want to stop and enjoy, then carry on in similar fashion town by town on the way north. It's a road that is away from the madding crowd, relaxed, pretty, natural, close to the water. I think the area is quintessential small town BC on the coast.

If you like Chinese food, try the buffet at the Driftwood Restaurant half an hour south of Campbell River on the Old Island Highway:

http://goo.gl/maps/g3T0g

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And here is the Old Island Highway from Nanaimo up to CR, just to make sure you don't miss a section of it:

http://goo.gl/maps/n2qrc

And here is a resource for you to explore the towns on the way up. You want the Central Island section:

www.britishcolumbia.com/regions/ti.asp…

Edited: 29 April 2013, 04:07
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Thanks for the tip, north on 19A it is. So looking forward to visiting this wonderful country again! will be driving form Ucluelet so will be joining road just after Parksville. Are the seals always at the wharf, and thanks for the advise re food, love Chinese.

Edited: 29 April 2013, 12:53
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How much further on are the seals from FBI??

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http://goo.gl/maps/ffHRw

I believe I've seen seals at balloon B.

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7. Re: Highway 19 Inland- or seaward

Harbour seal - …sciencedaily.com/2008/10/081020191532-large…

V. common and visible in lots of places.

California Sea Lion (or Stellar's, but probably CA at FB) - moreislandliving.com/images/corbett-californ…

much less commonly seen around, but lots of fun to watch.

robinsegg was directing you to a place to see the latter.

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You may find this wildlife "directory" for the area between Courtenay and Campbell River helpful:

http://www3.telus.net/driftwood/courtcam.htm

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9. Re: Highway 19 Inland- or seaward

You are virtually guaranteed to see sea lions at the wharf in Fanny Bay in September. They are year-round residents here. Harbour seals are also common along this coast, but they don't group together the same way sea lions do. Odds of seeing them, however, are fairly good - particularly around fishing wharfs and piers.

Sunny day - the best fish and chips we've found so far on the island are at Dick's fish and chips on the wharf in Campbell River. http://www.dicksfishandchips.com/

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10. Re: Highway 19 Inland- or seaward

Oh, and in Bowser, just north of Qualicum Beach, be sure to stop in at the Salish Sea Market if you enjoy artisan work. http://salishseamarket.blogspot.ca/

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