Swimming with the fishes on Vancouver Island
Driving north away from Nanaimo the next day, on Vancouver Island's north coast, I eventually reach Campbell River after many hours of empty highways and beautiful views. Here is the Canada I recognize from countless nature documentaries: wide-open vistas, achingly sharp snow-tipped mountains, and salmon runs so thick you can almost walk from one side of the river to the other.
From Totem Town to a pastoral paradise
On Vancouver Island, I leave the jarring “British Candy Shoppes” of Victoria behind for the town of Duncan, only 65 km up the east coast, to find a charming railroad town that has reinvented itself as “the city of totems”.
On Vancouver Island, going west is well worth it
The small coastal communities of Tofino and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island’s west coast, exposed to the full fury of the Pacific Ocean, are perfect for storm-watching in the winter months.
So much nature on the doorstep
Hello Vancouver Island, a world apart from the rest of Canada and where tiny Salt Spring even prints its own money. It is a place where you can make a living using a chainsaw to sculpt logs, or building treehouses for adults. Where else would it be perfectly normal to have a herd of goats grazing on the roof of a shop?