Planning a trip to B.C.
Posted 17 September 2004 - 05:48 PM
We are relative newbies and are planning a trip to the Vancouver/Victoria area lasting about 5 days. We live in Washington state and have never crossed the Border with a trailer before. Are they more likely to inspect a trailer than a car? Should we not carry food at all? What else should we be careful about?
Do you know of any good campgrounds with hook-ups we could use as a"home base" when we go exploring?
What are good places to visit on cool rainy days? Cool places to shop, especially for bargains? Area hikes?
Avis & lare
2004 Spirit Deluxe 16' (The Moomin)
1995 Toyota Pickup (Moomin-mobile)
Posted 17 September 2004 - 06:37 PM
My trip back into the U.S. was about the same.
X 17' Casita LD owner
Posted 22 September 2004 - 01:05 PM
On a wet rainy day, there is the BC Museum of Natural History, good for a whole day. Also the Butterfly Gardens, near Buchart Gardens, a must see. There are also a thousand or so great pubs. A few hours in the Empress Hotel Bar is wonderful, if a bit overpriced, experience.
As for inspections, be honest about what you have in the fridge, don't take any firewood or weapons along and nobody gives you any hassel. Be SURE to take a passport or Birth Certificates with you. Will need them to get back home, or else endure the scolding lecture from the DHS. If you have a passport, it is a walk.
Spend a day in Sydney, and do some art shopping at Metic exchange rates. Some good eateries, and there are many, many more are the Spinaker Pub, the Four Mile Pbub, the all-you-can-eat-shrimp night at the Six Mile PPubb, the Strathmore Hotel PppUUb, and the Executive House Hotel PPPPPPPPbbubpp. Avoid the fish houses on the waterfront - overpriced and not that good. There is a great Korean place on Douglas St, near the north end of downtown. Also a drive out Dallas Drive/ Beach Drive along the Strait is nice and the restaruant at the Marina at Oak Bay is great for fish. The village of Oak Bay is more British than London. Go there for excellent meat pies and bangers and mash. Also a must for afternoon tea, at 1/4 the price of high tea at the Empress. Tea at BC Museum is also nice, and will do for lunch or dinner.
Be ready for the Ferry fee - it is nearly a hundred dollars for a truck and trailer. But fun, and once you get there everything is 2/3 the price you would expect. The prices all look familiar, but are Canadian money, still a bargain.
Posted 16 October 2004 - 01:08 PM
We spent almost 4 weeks on Vancouver Island just last month. It's a beautiful place. We spend most of our time in the central and northern areas, and stay at the Provincial and National Parks (no hookups). So I can't help help you there.
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pre-Nova was Ova-the-Rainbow 1999 17' LD (sold)
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