Apr 23, 2010 - British Columbia, Canada, Travel    7 Comments

North Island

What a difference three months makes… Back in January I was feeling blue about not doing any traveling or renovating this winter and here I sit in my nearly ready to go rig with a new layout and I have been from one end of the Island back, as well as across it. I have just returned from Port Hardy, the northernmost community on Vancouver Island.

I’ve been through every single Vancouver Island community highlighted on that map!

The point of today’s road trip was to pick up my friend’s daughter at the Port McNeill ferry terminal. We arrived there at 11:30 only to find out her daughter missed her ferry and that we would need to kill two hours. So, we turned back south to see the absolutely tiny community of Telegraph Cove and when we saw that we still had plenty of time on the clock we headed north 50km from Port McNeill to Port Hardy just so I could say that I’d been from one end of the Island to the other. I made sure to thank my daughter’s friend for missing the ferry. ๐Ÿ˜€

We had just had two beautiful sunny and hot days, so of course today was rainy, cold, and generally miserable, but it sure gave a lot of atmosphere to my pictures!

Port Hardy is an important destination for Alaska-bound travelers as it is from this community that the Inside Passage ferry departs. I would have loved to have taken the ferry from there to Prince Rupert, but the total trip cost would have been double.

I really didn’t do much tourism today since the conditions weren’t right for it, but there really wasn’t anything to see and do at this time of year. I am satisfied with simply having gone and back. It gives me a sense of closure to my Vancouver Island winter, at least from a tourism point of view.

Tomorrow, I will continue to work on trim and finish my fight with the sawdust in the workshop to bring the renovating portion of the winter to a close.

I leave Campbell River a week from tomorrow. Where has the winter gone?!

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  • Hi Rae,
    I’m so pleased that you’ve managed to see so much of Vancouver Island, It is lovely isn’t it?
    I didn’t realize you were going to be in Chemainus, I probably could have met you that day, we live three miles from there. We are half way between Chemainus and Ladysmith just off the Old Island Highway. Perhaps next year, if you’re back.

    I’ve never heard of halibut cheeksI’d love to try them, do you know where they can be purchased?

    We used to eat picerel cheeks in Manitoba (my home province) and they were delicious and similar to scallops both in taste and shape.. We used to buy them directly from the fishermen. I don’t know whether you saw Lake Winnipeg when you came through Manitoba. It is a very large lake and that’s where our picerel comes from.
    I hope you have a safe trip back and a nice summer.

    Elaine in Saltair

  • Hi Rae,
    Sorry about the spelling error (slip of the key) that should have been pickerel, not picerel. And I’m a retired teacher,shame on me. Also I see I missed a space after cheeks as well. Could it be the small script and old eyes, yes, that’s what it is. As they say, “That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.”.
    Elaine

  • This is one of the nice things about being a web-master; I can go and correct my typos in comments. I could correct that of others, too, but that wouldn’t be any fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I very much doubt I’ll be back next year. This damp winter has been hell on my nerves and on Miranda.

    My hosts bought the halibut cheeks at the local fish monger. They are apparently very $$$.

    Pickerel cheeks sound a lot like halibut cheeks.

    I saw Lake Winnipeg when I was touring Manitoba in 2005. It’s huge!

  • Hello again,
    You might find the winters in the southern part of the island a little kinder. I don’t know, but I’ve been told that winter is a lot different north of Nanaimo than south. I do know that there seem to be different types of micro climates all over the west coast.
    We lived on Salt Spring Island for twenty years and there could even be different types of vegetaion from one side of the little outter islands to the other. I also find the winters to be a little different in this area than they were on Salt Spring.
    We often go south for a few weeks during the winter months, although this year I think we had better weather than much of the rest of the world so we were glad that we had stayed home. We had been out to the maritimes for a couple of months in the early fall and didn’t feel at all deprived.
    I hope you have a safe and trouble free journey.
    Elaine

  • If I absolutely have to stay in Canada next winter, I will do so in Victoria which I’m told is slightly less wet in the winter than is Campbell River.

    BC has an amazing variety of climates, from desert to rain forest. I feel lucky to have seen so much of it!

    Salt Spring Island is on my bucket list, but I won’t be seeing it this year.

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