Last day on Vancouver Island

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Midday temperature: 15C

We left Nanaimo this morning after saying our goodbyes to Bruce and Jane and drove over the Malahat to Victoria. Jane had told us that during good weather the views are quite dramatic, however, today is another foggy and gloomy day and we could not see much more than the highway in front of us. Our first stop was Chemainus, known as Canada's largest outdoor art gallery with more than 40 wall sized murals painted on the sides of several buildings. The tourist information we received said that the town’s population is about 4000 people and the murals attract over 100.000 tourists to the area. It's a good thing since besides tourism the town's only other industry is lumber. A large portion of Chemainus' waterfront is used by the lumber mill and miles of logs are floating in the water, waiting to be hauled into the mill. We were here in the mid 1990’s and besides the murals I remember the factory tour of the local lumber mill. Unfortunately the mill has been modernized and automated and factory tours are not offered. Very disappointing.

We arrived at our campsite in the early afternoon and spent some time walking the beach that is in our front yard. Then we had two visitors, Dan and Joni, friends that we first met while diving in Bonaire a few years ago, and now living in Sidney, a small town north of Victoria. They have a beautiful home and treated us to supper and a wonderful evening.

Driven in: BC
Travelled today: 127 km
Travelled to date: 7902 km
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Judy B on

Did you stop in Duncan to see the totem poles throughout the city? They're famous for them there.

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