VANCOUVER ISLAND ROAD TRIP – BC, Canada
Welcome to Vancouver Island BC I’m here to learn about Canada’s indigenous First Nations culture and to explore some of the area’s natural treasures. My first stop, Quadra Island and the beautiful First Nations owned Tsa Kwa Luten Lodge. Decorated with native art from the area plus wildlife like deer, eagles, and seals nearby. Sea kayaking is a popular sport here with tons of coastline to explore. My road trip was organized by Canada by Design. Basically they plan a loose itinerary for you with accommodation, rental car, and a few key activities. This gives you the freedom to move at your own pace and create your own adventure. Time to find some whales! In telegraph cove I met with Mike Willie, owner of Sea Wolf Adventures, for a whale watching and cultural experience. We saw humpback whales and visited the U’mista cultural center to learn about First Nations potlatch ceremonies that were banned by the early Canadian government. Some traditional masks and artifacts have been returned to the area after being confiscated and sold off to art collectors during the ban. Look at that. It’s goats on a roof! This is Cathedral Grove in McMillan Provincial park. Some of these trees are over 800 years old. Finally I was off to the laid-back surf town of Tofino, located on the West coast of Vancouver Island. I tried a little cold water surfing at Chesterman’s Beach, Then took a whale-watching and hot springs tour with Remote Passages.