|A beautiful walkway in Cathedral Grove|
That's what we call it in this part of the country anyways. That is the beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia. After as many years as I have spent out west, I only just made my first trip to The Island in August 2013. That's fine - it was worth the wait.
What did we do, what shouldn't you miss? Find out from this photographer's point of view!
There's quite a bit to see and I think I could make another post with the photos I got from this place, so I'll keep it to short form points of key information for now.
Firstly, we made the drive all the way from Kelowna in one day - something our friends said is probably too much, but wasn't too bad at all. We're great driving companions though. Most of the time spent was in the 'Ukee/Tofino' area, but we could easily return to see more!
-No wait for the ferry, we departed Kelowna with a ferry time in mind and made it despite traffic.
|Ellis Creek viewpoint|
-Drove to Ucluelet where we had friends to meet that were camping. Ideal situation, since there weren't really any campsites available for August long weekend.
-Despite a fire ban in the entire rest of British Columbia, Uclulet and Tofino are in 'fog zones' so fires were permitted at that time, thanks to the piss-poor visibility.
|Coastal Rainforest Walkways|
-We arrived in what the locals call 'Fogust' so we cherished the sun when we saw it. Coastal Fog is fun to shoot too (for photographers, not for sightseers maybe - lol)
-Bring a long lens with you, you will see bald eagles and other large avians.
|Trails upon trails|
-Don't expect anything to dry - instead it will only get wetter, including everything in your tent.
-Find information from tide tables if you plan to do any coastal explorations.
-Enjoy and respect the land! Create loads of photos!
|The campsite we shared with our close friends who moved home from Kelowna to Hamilton, Ontario after this trip. (iPod Photo)|
-Eat fresh seafood, from just about anywhere.
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