In today’s video, we continue our Vancouver Island road trip in partnership with Trover, this time doing a little exploring along the Comox area. This was another exciting day that featured our closest bear encounter to date, a chance visit to a winery owned by a famous Hollywood film director, and some fun at a beach with a name that will make you chuckle.
First up, let’s talk about the bear encounter. We had already spotted a black bear a few days prior while riding the ski lift up Mount Washington, but this time around we came across an even larger bear eating wild blackberries on the side of the road. It was early morning and there was no one else around. It was pure magic.
That morning we visited Goose Spit Park in Comox, a place that we chose simply because we liked the sound of the name. We enjoyed a nice walk on the beach, met some friendly dogs, and simply enjoyed the scenery.
Then it was onwards to a vineyard. When looking for things to do in the Comox area, we were surprised to find that there were several local wineries to visit. We chose one at random and ended up at Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery, which is owned by the Cameron Family…as in James Cameron the film director with movies like Titanic, Avatar, and Terminator to his name! We decided to a wine tasting while we were here and paid $5 to sample 5 wines, which is an excellent deal if you ask me.
Later, in the afternoon, we went for a hike along a beautiful wooded trail in Seal Bay Nature Park until the rain eventually forced us to turn back.
We hope you enjoyed this video from our day visiting the Comox Valley and we’ll see you in the next video where we head up to northern Vancouver Island.
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Visiting COMOX VALLEY + WINE TASTING 🍷🍇 | Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Come join us for an epic road trip to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada where we partner with Trover to cover the island from the south all the way up to the north. Unlike most Vancouver Island road trips and travel series which focus on the triangle of Vancouver, Nanaimo and Tofino, we branch off and visit lesser-known places such as Gold River, Port Alice and Malcolm Island just to name a few.
Our trip to Vancouver Island starts off with a flight from Toronto to Vancouver, followed by the shortest flight of our lives from Vancouver to Victoria. From Victoria, we head to our base of Mount Washington in the central part of the island, where highlights include spotting black bears, hiking in Mount Washington and visiting vineyards in Comox.
Our journey then continues to Gold River, Sam’s hometown, where we board the Uchuck III en route to Friendly Cove. We also go to nearby Campbell River where we walk along a beautiful fishing dock, tour a hatchery and come across a black bear, and hike in Elk Falls which was our favourite hike on this entire journey.
Heading to northern Vancouver Island, we base ourselves in Port Alice and visit the nearby towns of Port McNeill, Port Hardy and Telegraph Cove. For separate day trips, we take the ferry to Malcolm Island where we visit the former Finnish Community of Sointula and take another ferry to Alert Bay where we have the opportunity to appreciate First Nations totem poles, artwork and museums.
Our Vancouver Island road trip concludes with visits to Parksville, Nanaimo and Victoria. Overall, it was one of the best road trips we’ve ever done focusing mostly on nature, outdoor adventure, wildlife spotting and visiting off-the-beaten-path villages and communities that have a lot to offer but aren’t that well known.
If you are thinking of doing a Canada road trip, Vancouver Island should be at the top of your list. For more information and tips on all the places we visited on Vancouver Island, you can check out this Trover list: https://www.trover.com/l/6aKkU
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