Trip Start Oct 10, 2008
25Trip End Dec 07, 2008
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We spent a fab few days in Vancouver - the weather was fab and we walked all around Stanley Park and along the seawall - meandered around Gastown and China Town. Had great beer in the microbrewery on Granville Island - so good we even bought some to take with us. Whilst walking around we saw a number of float planes and thought that this could well be an easier way to get across to Vancouver Island
After some debate we decided to treat ourselves and took the float plane across.
This meant we had the day to spend in Victoria - a really quaint place - apparently based on Britain (not quite sure where there were basing this on).
The place we were staying in Vancouver Island was a beach cabin near Sooke. As we were driving there we started to wonder whether our cabin was going to be quite as isolated as initially imagined as the area was relatively built up - the buildings started to spread out as we approached our destination.
The beach cabin was amazing - although there were about 15 other cabins nearby it felt as if you were there on your own. It looked out onto the waves crashing against the rocks and there was a deck that you could sit out on and enjoy the view.
It was nice to have some space and some home cooked food - although I think after 2 days we had pasta overload!!!
Sooke it described as where the rainforest meets the ocean and the landscape was certainly different to what we'd seen before. We went on a short walk only to find ourselves amongst a school group who has walked the length of the trail - 47kms over 2 days - impressive - made my tired legs feel slightly shameful!
We then decided to drive to the end of the road at Port Renfrew - where we saw ........ a BEAR!!!! Yes I was V excited - unfortunately no pics as we actually had a car in front of us and the bear was in the road and walked towards them. It certainly made my day.
From there we set off to US soil and got the ferry to Seattle. More about that soon.