Vancouver Island | Spring Roadtrip

Even when the destination is 2200 kms away there is something that feels so great about getting in the car and starting the journey!  For us anyhow, I know not everyone enjoys a long roadtrip.  We love them!!  Especially driving thru the mountains, choosing roads we have never been on before, stopping to explore along the way, visiting relatives and friends and soaking in all the beautiful scenery.  We knew our general timeline but for the most part it was ‘where the wind blew us’.  We were glad we were spontaneous because it brought opportunities that we wouldn’t have had if our days were too scheduled ahead of time.  It was our style of adventure.  Come along for the highlights of our time on the westcoast and pretty places between here and there!

Vancouver Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal BC roadtrip BC ferries travel photography beautiful mountain scenery photo

We crossed over to Nanaimo then went to stay with friends at a beautiful property on Sproat Lake.  The mornings were amazingly peaceful!

Sproat Lake British Columbia travel photography BC roadtrip early morning lake reflection photo
Sproat Lake Port Alberni waterfall hike BC roadtrip travel photographer Vancouver Island scenery photo

We spent a day exploring Ucluelet and Tofino.  The locals said we were really lucky to get hot weather and the surfers didn’t even need booties that day.

Ucluelet British Columbia Pacific Ocean oceanfront property travel photography BC roadtrip photo
Ucluelet BC storefront main street shopping BC roadtrip Canada rustic photo
Long Beach Tofino British Columbia surf Pacific Ocean beautiful sunshine BC roadtrip sand beach photo
Long Beach Tofino British Columbia surf Pacific Ocean beautiful sunshine BC roadtrip surfing Tofino waves photo
Vancouver Island rainforest beautiful scenery hiking trails BC roadtrip travel photographer photo
Vancouver Island rainforest beautiful scenery hiking trails BC roadtrip travel photographer mossy tree stump photo
Vancouver Island rainforest beautiful scenery hiking trails BC roadtrip travel photographer Cathedral Grove photo

We stopped numerous times to hike, breath in the fresh rainforest air and were amazed by the size of the trees.  The Cathedral Grove really is a forest of giant trees including the largest tree in the park which is a Douglas Fir standing 76m high and 9m around.  It’s humongous!

Vancouver Island rainforest beautiful scenery hiking trails BC roadtrip travel photographer Cathedral Grove oldest Douglas Fir photo
Vancouver Island rainforest beautiful scenery hiking trails BC roadtrip travel photographer Cathedral Grove massive trees photo
Vancouver Island rainforest beautiful scenery hiking trails BC roadtrip travel photographer Little Qualicum Upper Falls waterfall photo
Chemainus BC quaint mural town main street shopping BC roadtrip travel photography main street storefronts photo
Chemainus BC quaint mural town main street shopping BC roadtrip travel photography main street storefronts Duncan totem poles Duncan garage photo

Victoria is such a beautiful city to spend time in!

Victoria harbourfront Empress Hotel Victoria Legislative Building waterfront walk BC roadtrip travel photography beautiful Victoria photo
Victoria British Columbia BC roadtrip brick alleys beautiful city walking the streets of Victoria travel photography brick alley photo
Victoria BC roadtrip floating village harbourfront fishing boats travel photography harbour taxi photo
Victoria BC Beacon Hill Park exploring Victoria travel photographer BC roadtrip photos
Victoria BC Beacon Hill Park exploring Victoria travel photographer BC roadtrip beautiful park flowers photos
Victoria BC Beacon Hill Park exploring Victoria travel photographer BC roadtrip beautiful flowers bridge over pond photos
Victoria BC Pacific Ocean evening beach walk BC roadtrip travel photography ocean driftwood photo
Victoria BC harbourfront exploring Victoria travel photographer BC roadtrip Victoria at night photo
Vancouver Island BC roadtrip Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay ferry BC ferries photo

One of our favorite parts was from Whistler to Lillooet.  Someday we hope to spend longer driving thru this area.  It’s rugged and incredibly breathtaking.

BC roadtrip amazing mountain scenery Highway 99 Lillooet Seton Lake photo
BC roadtrip amazing mountain scenery Highway 99 Lillooet photo

Spending a few days in the Okanagan with cousins was a blast!  They took us on an evening hike, morning run, to yoga and on a winery tour.

Kelowna BC roadtrip evening sunset hike along Okanagan Lake travel photographer lake sunset photo
Kelowna BC winery tour grape vines BC roadtrip travel photography Okanagan Lake photo

The Rocky Mountains never disappoint!

Rogers Pass mountain roadtrip scenery travel photography Rocky Mountains photo
Rogers Pass mountain roadtrip scenery travel photography Rocky Mountains photo
BC mountain roadtrip scenery travel photography Rocky Mountains photo

29 October 2014 - 11:02 pm

Nona - Beautiful British Columbia!! You did an amazing job with your camera – these are all fit for a beautiful magazine advertising where to tour the province!

22 October 2014 - 1:37 pm

Melissa - What Amanda said. Take me with you next time;)

3 September 2014 - 2:39 pm

amanda - you and your wonderful way of capturing nature makes me want travel, to leave now and explore Canada’s West coast !! Love all these pics my friend !!

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