Blogs from Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, North America


Wednesday 28 June We did the big pack-up and move today. A bit like the Salish people and their horse and teepee migrations. Fortunately our migration today is made up of little chunks and stops whenever I need to feed. The first ferry to Quadra Island had lots of warm sunshine and we saw whales playing. Actually we didn't see much of the whales, just misty squirts, so I don't really know what they are. They looked a lot smaller / further away than when we were on the yacht. I needed a stop after the ferry, so we had lunch in a nature reserve - Rebecca Spit. It was windy up top but past the logs on the pebble beach was warm, but only daddy went swimming. I liked the super tall trees and bald ... read more
Chemainus mural
Horse and carriage at Chemainus
Another mural

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Nanaimo December 4th 2013

After my stay in Tofino, I decided to have a one night stop in Nanaimo from where I would catch my ferry to head back to Vancouver. It's a small town but still nice place to have a rest and walk around the harbour and the little streets. And was quite funny that I bumped in some french guys that were previously in the same youth hostel as me in Tofino. So got to chat in french again, getting ready for my return ! lol... read more

Geo: 49.1892, -123.979Just by chance, we dropped by the Harbour View seaplane office/terminal that's next to Coal Harbour in Vancouver and they had a good rate on flights to Nanaimo so, never wanting to pass up a new adventure, we booked a couple of tiny seats on one of these floating and flying tin cans. I was really impressed with the whole experience- it was a reminder of what flying used to be before government bureaucrats and airlines turned it into hours of unbroken misery. Easy check-in and luggage storage, free coffee and muffins in a comfortable lounge, and free Wifi and computers. The Captain guided us along the dock area on a beautiful sunny day, and even packed our luggage in the hold- if transiting from one place to another was always this much fun, ... read more
Birthday Girls With Opal
Ciara's Bar & Grill
Nanaimo Harbour

In the morning, I got up and headed off to get some breakfast before checking in on my grandmother. I did decide I wanted something of a substantial breakfast, so I went to McDonald's. (Gasp!!! Yeah, I'm kind of disappointed in myself, too.) I ordered and then stood to the side, as I had been instructed. After a moment, this guy behind me asked if I was going to order. I said I was already done and he asked me, in a really annoyed voice, what I was doing there then. I should be standing off to the side. Then he walked up to the till to order and called me an idiot. I confronted him and he kind of looked as though he wanted to shrivel up a bit and disappear. That is one thing ... read more
Coastal British Columbia
Arriving in Nanaimo

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Nanaimo October 12th 2011

o About 20 miles outside of Whistler, I see the best view Ive seen yet on the trip! This huge mountain range with a giant glacier on it. I sat on the side of the road and stared in awe for about 30 minutes.(see pics which wont do it justice). Then I headed into Vancouver which is my first big city in more than a month. I passed through downtown, past the stadiums, had some amazing thai food, then I wanted to get out of there. Cities are stressful, wheres the forest again? So I booked a ferry to Nainamo on Vancouver Island with the hopes of doing the whole island the next day before it rained. I got in and stayed in a hotel/hostel. Next day, im off to do the whole island and it ... read more

July 18, 2010 Arrived Visby Sweden this am took the Tender into the village. Walked around cheked out the old part and the wall etc. Robyn and Leni popped in to a couple of shops. And we returned to the ship for lunch and now waiting for the wash to finish so it in go into the dryer. Tonight we go into the second specialty restaurant looking forward to that. This one is Italian themed Toscana Room. The meal an evening was the best since the first nights meal in the Grand Dining Room July 19, 2010 Arrived Riga, Lativa small town interesting old buildings clean and friendly. Took a walking tour and returned to the ship for a late lunch. July 20, 2010 Arrived Tallinn, Estonia this morning around 10 am. Took a quick tour ... read more
Basil & R-Hood

There are only 2 days remaining before I begin my trip accross United States and Canada.. I expect to visit Washington State..Oregon.. Idaho..Utah.. Colorado.. Nebraska.. Iowa.. Illinois.. Ohio.. Pennslyvania.. and New York State. I can only hope that I haven't bitten off more than I can chew. It really isn't that big a deal when I consider that each day I am limiting to about 500 kilometers. Motels will be my home and restaurants my kitchen. I'm a little concerned about just how much to pack. At this point, considering the limited space on my Harley, I'm planning on 3 change of clothes and an Amanda Washing Machine. Arlene is a little anxious as this will be the first time during our marriage that she has been left alone in the house. It's usually her that ... read more

Putting last touches together. ... read more

Playing around with this... read more

Tonight I'm staying at Westwood! (And No I didn't just choose the place because of the name!). ... read more
The Lake itself... formed from a valley...
...that was flooded many years ago.

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