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#1 OKCasitans

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 08:21 PM

We're planning a trip from Oklahoma to Vancouver this summer. I would like to get some advice based on recent visits to that area. In particular, we would like to know about good RV campgrounds around Vancouver as well as those near Victoria.

Also the ferry situation concerns me. Do they allow trailers? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Edited by OKCasitans, 15 February 2010 - 08:22 PM.

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#2 Southern Comfort

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 08:47 AM

I don't remember seeing any camper trailers but I do remember full size tractor and trailor rigs on those ferries so I would say yes for a fee. Unless you planned an extended stay on Vancover Island, might be wise to leave the Casita behind for a couple of days on the mainland. The ferry that leaves from Anacortes and makes a few stops before the arrival in Sidney is the longest ride but it is a beautiful ride. There is a passenger ferry that leaves from Seattle to Victoria. That might be an option. Victoria is walkable and not much need for a car.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:14 AM

I do not think there is a problem taking your Casita to Victoria, just be prepared for sticker shock. There are both US ferries as Southern Comfort indicated and Canadian ferries. Two ferries land at Sydney, a few miles out of Victoria. There is a campground close to Sydney where we tent camped with bicycles a couple of years ago. Our favorite is a commercial campground is Fort Victoria. We have stayed there four or five times over the years in tents, van, and mMH, not in the Casita yet.

If you ride bikes, Victoria is a great place. The have converted rails to trails from Sydney to Victoria and beyond to the West. The Galloping Goose trail goes pretty close to Fort Victoria campground.

Keep in mind that Vancouver Island is pretty big and you could easily spend a week there exploring Victoria and working North. If you like boats, schedule your trip for Labor Day weekend. They have a fantastic wooden boat show in the Victoria harbor every year.

Around Vancouver there are a number of Provincial Parks. We have stayed at some, but I do not remember which ones. Generally the Provincial Parks are high quality. I do not know about hookups.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:29 AM

Might check the Canadian Ferries as well the Washington Ferries to compare prices. Yes, they do take trailers, you pay by the foot to get them on. They have the measurements marked on the roadway as you get to the pay booth.

We used the one from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, which did not go to the city of Victoria, but at a terminal up the Island several miles. We went by the Butchart Gardens before we drove down to Victoria. Vancover Island has a lot to see and do and is pretty large as well.

Of course now days one will have to have a Passport or at least a Passport Card to do a visit into Canada.

Pacific Northwest -

I remember passing several Provincial Parks Campgounds on the hwy along the Sound to Squamish which is a very lovely drive, along the way we visited Shannon Falls.

Getting onto and off the ferry is a breeze, they have it all worked out and runs smooth as glass. We did not take the trailer to the island, but we did use a smaller ferry in Washington to get around.

Our trip was not a recent one, in '86 (a 20' 1983 Komfort Lite Bunkhouse) which we took on a trip to Yellowstone, Glacier, Baniff in Canada to Victoria, BC then down the west coast to SoCal & back home towed with the 16 year old '70 Chevy farm truck without a butane tank & a low shell. Our second trip was in '97 but we did not go to the island on it.

BC Ferries: http://www.bcferries...dules/mainland/

Washington State Ferries: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/

BC Vancover Area Tourism: http://www.hellobc.c...CFSYbagoduWLYhg

Provincial Parks
Squamish: http://www.hellobc.c...rs/Squamish.htm

RV Park West Vancover: http://www.hellobc.c...n...132&start=0

Capilano Suspension Bridge: http://www.hellobc.c...s...135&start=0
and http://www.capbridge.com/index.html
Did not do this but seems neat.

Edited by DesertHawk, 16 February 2010 - 07:22 PM.


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