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where are we going this morning Vancouver Island Home Sam’s home today we are kicking off the trip that
we’ve been wanting to do for a very long time a road trip across the length of
Vancouver Island Sam grew up on the west coast but moved away when he went to
university and I had never been there so it was high time we both visited to make
things even more special when our dads heard we were traveling to Vancouver
Island they both decided to come along so we embarked on this road trip as a
gang of four also I need to mention that flying from Vancouver to Victoria we
experienced our shortest flight ever 11 minutes in the air across the strait of
Georgia it was pretty cool your attachment my business well hello hello guys and
Vancouver island vancouver island this is where I grew up I was born on the island
and I lived here until I was 18 born and raised and when was the last time here oh my gosh
it was 2007 and before that 2002 so basically in almost the last 20 years
yeah I’ve only been here twice visiting so it has been ages since I’ve been here
like way before I met you as last time I wait here and you know what Sam has been
talking about wanting to come back to Vancouver Island for years yeah so this
summer we finally planned a road trip we are doing a two-week road trip and
partnership with trover trover is a cool travel and Photography app where you can
find geotagged images of cool places to visit and like discover new things to do
so we’re going to be exploring the island and using the app to kind of find
new things yeah I’m so excited because you know even when I lived here there’s
so many things that I didn’t actually do especially touristy types of things and
so I’m really looking forward to visiting some like some really cool
small towns checking out some cool different restaurants doing some hike oh
my gosh I’m just so excited to be back here I can’t believe I’m actually here
it feels a bit surreal and I’m super pumped to be here for the very first
time and also we have two special guests our dad because he says I’ve been in
Canada for 50 years and have never been out west the vancouver island yeah and
your dad and my dad because he basically he’s lived a third of his life out here
on the island and so this is uh this is a homecoming trip for him as well so
it’s gonna be great to rediscover the island this is gonna be really my first
time to see it kind of with adult eyes well we hope you guys will join us for
the road trip we’re gonna be filming lots of videos as we travel the length
of the island and yeah let’s get to it Vancouver Island guys we had a bit of a drive ahead of us to
reach Mount Washington which would be our base for the next few days so we
decided to break up the journey by making a few stops along the way
first up the town of chemainus which has managed to transform itself from a
former logging and mill town to a tourist town thanks to its numerous
murals visiting chemainus is like walking through a giant outdoor gallery
with paintings that help tell the town’s story it’s a place we would definitely
want to experience with a bit more time we then continued our Drive north taking
a little detour along the way to see the natural wonder that is cathedral grove
next Macmillan Provincial Park when we were looking for places to visit on this
drive heading north one of the places that we found on trover is cathedral
grove where you have old-growth forests and just giant towering trees these
beauties we’ve just entered the trail and we’re already like cathedral grove is part of an ancient
douglas-fir ecosystem with trees that are around 800 years old some of the
trees stand 75 meters tall and measure 9 meters in circumference with a trail
network that weaves through the forest we arrived just before sunset so it was
pretty magical seeing the sunlight shine through the hanging moss and danced
across a carpet of ferns so we have arrived at cathedral grove
the place i had been most wanting to visit yeah MacMillan Park it is
impressive size of the trees here it’s just unbelievable and they’re just
behemoths you cannot describe this in words it’s amazing they look like
they’re fake it’s so big they’re maybe one of the greatest free attractions
we’ve ever been to it’s great no no fee what I want to say about this place is
that if you leave a sight a good sight like this alone for a long long time
it’s gonna be called old growth this is old growth this is a Douglas fir and
then we also have some massive cedar here too okay
it’s a beautiful Drive it’s so cool so close to Port Alberni
the good thing is that they they were preserved for the future generations to
enjoy because these to cut this it’s just a crime against humanity that’s the
way I see it these things like this cannot disappear from this planet
remarkable we need to preserve this need to preserve them we have a bit more
hiking this is what you would call a max forest
and what I mean by that is that it’s been left undisturbed for so long that
it’s come to this you know this these are the the cedar and the fir are the
two max species that occupy here there’s hardly any underbrush is just a few
sword ferns maybe everything has been left like it is and if you do that then
you get what you call the highest level of the forest and this would be a max
forest right here Wonderland it’s going here Wonderland yeah without Alice alright guys so we’ve arrived at our
accommodations here in Mount Washington thanks for driving all day we’re up the
hill not down the creek yeah we have the paddle you know no problems getting up
here yeah we’re able to stop at the grocery quality food store and get
whatever we wanted this is what we’re having for dinner like a little indoor
picnic bass yeah yeah do it your cheese reaps veggie platter
lots of meat pumice and some presen presen bread and we have wine from Spain
Cheers yeah we decided against the cooking a
meal tonight we are so tired looking a long day 11:30 hour of Toronto 830 3 hours
less but we are we’re under goal from what four o’clock this morning yeah we
were up at 3:00 you have to get up earlier than everyone and past midnight
inside your tents it was our first day so what were your first impressions of
the island stunning it is beautiful oh my goodness
like we must have driven about three hours today heading north and we went
through forests and like these winding little rows I really love that I that
area with the air mature forest is the the Colossus of the forest when they
told me all their huge I figured well you know like a man you think of a big
tree but to assert the next BAM but when you go and you see a three that is a
thousand years old and you can’t even see the top it’s no I some of them are
like 75 80 meters tall that’s a big tree I’m impressed beyond you know my wildest
expectations anybody that goes there that wasn’t a tree hugger before they’re
definitely gonna be a tree hugger after even though they can’t wrap their arms
around the tree take three or four people to join together so yeah you have
to give it a group that’s a great start to our trip and we’ve got a two more
weeks so stay tuned so we’ll see you guys tomorrow yes we are well instead
Cheers cheers to you and that’s a little taste of her first
day on the island this was mostly a travel day but in the next episode we go
hiking with friends and Strathcona Provincial Park we spot our first black
bear and we get stuck on a ski lift so we’ll see you soon with more Vancouver
Island adventures you


Pranav Kumar · November 2, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Nice Video Samuel and Audrey

Daniel Dinenno · November 2, 2019 at 2:09 pm

Hi my canadian friends….!!!! Disfrutando un video de su hermoso pais….la calidad de la filmación es cinematográfica….chau chicos…!!!!

graziaelianna · November 2, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Great trip!!! Daniel is right: We have to preserve the forest…. BTW, love your shirt, Sam!!!

Paul Wheelan · November 2, 2019 at 2:25 pm

Wow. Amazing film. Sam…So good to see you touch base…. Loved it x

ozza26 · November 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Looking forward to this series! Cheers guys.

Tom Jerry · November 2, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Two dad's make this vlog so beautiful.nice place❤️

Lilian Lipper · November 2, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Fantastic!!!!! I dell in love
with BC.. Vancouver and Victoria

theclevertrekker · November 2, 2019 at 2:55 pm

Awesome content, thanks for inspiring people to travel! Hope you guys can check out my travel vlog : The Clever Trekker. Really appreciate your support!

Anneli Schmidt · November 2, 2019 at 3:05 pm

I'm looking forward to watching the series! I love that your dad's joined you for the trip.

Out and About with Alba and John · November 2, 2019 at 3:20 pm

Hey – what happened to Argentina? That was kind of abrupt. Always great to see the two dads!

yoshi ara · November 2, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Beautiful..!!! Belleza natural bien conservada..Gracias..!!🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷

Luiz Gustavo Lima · November 2, 2019 at 3:34 pm

So Vancouver Island and Vancouver (the famous one)are different things?

nomad783 · November 2, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Back to Canada roads! YYESS! 👍🇨🇦👏

mesillahills · November 2, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Not even close. I just read yesterday that the world's shortest scheduled airline flight lasts just 29 seconds. It's to an island too.

Mr Vio Funny · November 2, 2019 at 3:37 pm

So lovely

Great place to visit

Thank you for sharing

Great job

Denian · November 2, 2019 at 3:48 pm

Interesting dad accents. Where are your dads from?

glory ch · November 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm

that's called 卑詩省

Cammie Garrison · November 2, 2019 at 4:08 pm


uno Lau · November 2, 2019 at 4:26 pm

Yeah. Lovely place Victoria Island that i always thought of visiting.
Heard about it from my parents years ago.
You two are so lucky to have your fathers going along.
You all are so blessed to travel together.
Looking forward to see more of your travel adventures in Victoria Island.
Thanks a million !

Lisa M. · November 2, 2019 at 4:27 pm

Pure oxygen. Oh my, it's stunning. You guys are blessed to have your fathers get along and love to eat and drink. You can't beat that. Salud. Waiting for a group tree huggers event. lol

fetzinger10 · November 2, 2019 at 4:27 pm

Thanks for bringing so many beautiful places into my living room!! I really like you guys from my heart!! 🙂

uno Lau · November 2, 2019 at 4:28 pm

Oops, sorry, got it wrong.
Should be Victoria, Vancouver Island

Village Food · November 2, 2019 at 5:03 pm

I wish i can Travel Really Beautiful your Videos and really genuine

fabrisiomendozapoma Mendoza Poma · November 2, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Perú pa cuando?

Cher Care · November 2, 2019 at 5:33 pm

I really love when your parents describe and make things special

LeAny · November 2, 2019 at 5:49 pm

wooow that sausage looks like our KULEN; you must try kulen if you ever come to Croatia. 🙂 🙂 https://kulen-damjanovic.com/images_files/kulen_rakija3.jpg this is the picture of Kulen 🙂

big c · November 2, 2019 at 6:03 pm

So cool! Sam looks good with the shaggy hair.

rushdi ahmad · November 2, 2019 at 6:25 pm

Seriously? How are you getting home so fast..

Dolce Vita · November 2, 2019 at 6:46 pm

I love your videos

Olga H · November 2, 2019 at 7:23 pm

OMG, you’re in our corner of the world! Welcome home, Sam! Hope you get to tour WA and the Olympic National Forest! Get in touch if you need a place to crash in coastal WA! Can’t wait to see the vids!

liveyourlife · November 2, 2019 at 7:31 pm

My family watches and so excited you get to visit our little island have fun!!!!

aintwurfnufnifitaintfree · November 2, 2019 at 7:32 pm

Wow! You guys are were here! Had no idea you were a fellow BC-boy Sam. Welcome back!

Nidia Borsato · November 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm

WOW !!! Buenísimo comenzamos el viaje en família , vámonos disfrutemos juntos abrazos a todos 🇦🇷🇻🇪

Amparo Fernandez · November 2, 2019 at 8:05 pm

Me encanto vuestro video , maravillosos los arboles. Paisaje excepcional. Pero muy corto. Saludos Familia.

Luis Pacheco · November 2, 2019 at 8:11 pm

Don Daniel bilingue que raro suena! Me gustan los videos en español y mostrando las comidas y las cosas que cuenta Daniel,y no me interesa mucho lo de los árboles( aunque se que es patrimonio para la humanidad) y esas explicaciones de lugares que nunca conoceré.Audrey explicas y detallas muy bien eres profesora?

Rodrigob94 · November 2, 2019 at 8:53 pm

I'm looking forward to watch the entire trip! Your dads are so gentle and educated it's a pleasure to hear them talk. I wish you the best. Cheers from a brazilian who is moving to Vancouver in december! Abraços!

Luzzy Noonan · November 2, 2019 at 9:42 pm

Wow! I love watching your blogs .This  Vancouver so pretty and amazing place! so  amazing your road trip!

Daniel Womack · November 2, 2019 at 10:15 pm

I love the term "group hug tree" and boy do I love Vancouver Island. Thank you for taking us along with you guys and your dads. 🙂

jason winton · November 2, 2019 at 10:30 pm

Love u guys man proud of the comenwelth

FitAngie · November 2, 2019 at 10:41 pm

I have always wanted to go to Canada, it is supposed to be amazing. Look forward to the videos guys, stay safe ❤️

Rogue Lives Matter · November 2, 2019 at 11:00 pm

Sam"s daddy looks like Roberto Diniro

Keith Gardner · November 3, 2019 at 12:49 am


Real Indian · November 3, 2019 at 1:37 am

Hi please meet us if your schedule allows you

Yoli Gonzalez · November 3, 2019 at 2:56 am

Back to beautiful Canada. Yay! The dads are back! 🙂 I've never heard of Vancouver Island and so far I'm loving it. The murals are so pretty and cathedral grove is amazing. Can't wait to see more of the island.

Lynn Moore · November 3, 2019 at 3:00 am

Really looking forward to seeing the scenes on this trip and always great when your dads join in on the trips.

Vince Cavanaugh · November 3, 2019 at 3:44 am

Beautiful island 😍

Zoya · November 3, 2019 at 4:48 am

Welcome in beautiful British Columbia!! Please don't mind but I m curious who makes all of your videos and what's a secret to afford these tours.

Kim MacIntyre · November 3, 2019 at 6:07 am

The enthusiasm from your dads is my favourite!

Peter Kelly · November 3, 2019 at 9:06 am

What a great trip with your Dads …. most under rated channel on YouTube

Michael Sylvester · November 3, 2019 at 2:01 pm

I’m so looking forward to this beautiful Mother Nature.
Thanks for sharing this great video.

mariaines vicario · November 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm

siublime lugar sublime familia fFELICITACIONES!!!ME ENCANTA VERLOS !!!

Sean Deir · November 3, 2019 at 6:58 pm

thats crazy i have been watching u all through your trip through south america getting tips for my trip in a few days now u are on the island pretty small world thank u for your blogs and tips i hope u all enjoy the island if u end up in fanny bay try and find the wacky woods and if u end up in tofino make sure u hit up tonquin beach or radar point im from Parksville mid island big beach few good water falls and hikes

1bush053 · November 3, 2019 at 7:21 pm

I love your channel it's a gem more viewers will find you because it's so good.

Maike Vogt-Lueerssen · November 3, 2019 at 10:43 pm

O wonderful, Sam and Audrey!!! You and both of your wonderful fathers are introducing us to Vancouver Island. What more can I wish for!!!

Emil Spahr · November 4, 2019 at 2:52 am

WoW. I'm officially blown away…

Sharlene McQuaid · November 4, 2019 at 3:31 am

Yay dad road trip enjoy

SimplySatisfiedSarah · November 4, 2019 at 4:07 am

I am working in Washington state and want to go to Victoria. Do you have any particular recommendations for the city of Victoria including restaurants, places to stay, or things that I can do on foot? As I won’t have a car

Effie Colida · November 4, 2019 at 3:40 pm

Hi Sam and Audrey watching your video from Saigon Vietnam Love this beautiful country Love it BUT I needed to watch my Canadian friends explore Victoria Island Great video

Terese Kinast · November 4, 2019 at 5:27 pm

Looks like you’ve done it again!!!
Your road trips are the best!
Really enjoy seeing the towns, what you eat and accommodations.
Wouldn’t be the same without the dads!!
Poor Togi—-he would love the forest.
As always, your photography is exquisite. You capture simple things in such a beautiful way!
Continued safe travels

Jane Russell · November 5, 2019 at 2:28 am

Woo hoo.. I’m in Comox.. love this paradise I live in

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