Vancouver Island advice needed

Jul 1st, 2003, 02:35 PM
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Vancouver Island advice needed

Hi. We need help planning our trip. This is what it looks like so far:

Day 1-3: Seattle
Day 4-5 Friday Harbor
Day 6-10 -- Long Beach Resort on Vancouver Island
Day 10-12 -- ?????
Day 13-16 -- Vancouver

Any ideas on if we should stay on Vancouver Island longer but just a different resort/inn or should we spend 5-6 days in Vancouver. Any other suggestions would be welcomed too!

Thanks!!!
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Jul 2nd, 2003, 08:15 AM
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How about Victoria -- You can go to Butchart Gardens and some of the southern gulf islands for day trips. And it is a beautiful city to just walk around -- all the gardens will be in bloom and people take care of their gardens there.

We stayed at Fairholme Manor -- which is a beautiful bed and breakfast and in the Rockland area -- the governors mansion is next door and the gardens are open to the public.

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Jul 3rd, 2003, 12:25 AM
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If you want to research Victoria and Vancouver as tourist destinations, you may want to visit these web sites:

Tourism Vancouver:
www.tourismvancouver.com

Tourism Victoria:
www.tourismvictoria.com

My personal Victoria web site:
www.funlinks.com/funlinks/victoria/index.html

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Jul 3rd, 2003, 11:18 AM
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either go to victoria for those two days if you like cities or go to one of the other islands if you prefer hiking/biking. just got back from mayne island. great place for kayaking. long beach resort looks really nice. didn't stay there but had a drink in their wonderful lounge.
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Jul 9th, 2003, 07:03 PM
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Did you go on this trip yet? Did you visit Long Beach Lodge Resort? We are going in 2 weeks and would love your advice on what you did while there, or what you plan to do. Thanks!
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Jul 9th, 2003, 10:47 PM
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Hi, Stockexchanger.

We spent 3 days at Long Beach Lodge Resort the last week in June and loved it. We had a 3rd floor ocean view room and left the patio open every night so we could hear and smell the ocean. Exquisite.

We took long beach walks every day. At low tide, examined tidal pools along the breakers rich with marine life - purple, pink and orange starfish; green and pink anemones; tiny fish; molluscs and crabs. We spent one day at Hot Springs Cove and were fortunate to have them entirely to ourselves for a few hours (unusual during the summer when they can be crowded). You can reach them only by boat or air. You are left at the dock and follow a board walk through the rainforest about 1.2 miles to the actual springs. We showered under the hot falls and soaked in heated pools that were periodically refreshed by splashes of cold Pacific waters. We lunched above the springs with spectacular views of the Pacific. We used a commercial charter - flew by sea plane to the site and a boat for the return trip. I would recommend booking a charter with Tofino Air for a round trip by sea plane, unless you have never seen whales close up. Also, try to schedule your trip between boat charter groups, so you have some time to yourselves.

We also hiked along the Pacific Rim trail in Ucluelet--every few feet the views were so spectacular that we had to stop and take a picture. The Pointe at the Wickaninnish Inn (www.wickinn.com) was where we celebrated our wedding anniversary and we had a fabulous meal there watching the sun set on the pacific. Food and services were outstanding. Reservations are a must. Our weather was perfect every day, so I know that made it even better. Some decent restaurants in Tofino as well--despite its appearance, The Rain Coast Cafe was very good--make reservations since it gets crowded. Breakfast at the Long Beach Lodge was good, but we found dinners to be just average.

If you like spa experiences, the Long Beach Lodge will make reservations for you at the Wick or for an entire day at Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts (www.wildretreat.com). We didn't do this, but it looked interesting. You can also book kayaking trips in Tofino or Ucluelet for a few hours or for the day.

At low tide, walk along the shoreline to Sunset Point where you can sit and enjoy the end of a wonderful day. Even when it was foggy at the Longbeach, the sky was clear at Sunset Point. If the tide is coming in, you may not want to do this as you would have to scale rocks and venture through overgrown paths in the rainforest.

Have a wonderful trip.
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Jul 11th, 2003, 05:21 PM
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Pooh Bear, thanks for the great ideas! Actually we are going with our 3 kids (who are very well travelled and no trouble) so some of the romantic stuff won't be doable. But the hot springs, walks on the beach, hikes sound incredible. We considered staying at Clayquot but with 5 of us the cost was very prohibitive. I didn't know you could spend the day there. Only for a spa day, or are there other activities you can do there? Thanks so much, you have been a terrific help!
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Jul 12th, 2003, 06:19 AM
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Stockexchanger, the day program at the Clayoquat can be arranged through Long Beach Lodge. It was for couples - full day spa for ladies and fishing activities for men. It might also have included dinner. Check with LBL about activities for kids and reservations before you arrive. It sounded interesting, but we didn't know about the program until after we arrived.

Other nice touches at LBL: Breakfast buffet (complementary) has home made granola, freshly baked croissants and muffins, fresh fruit and juices, and cereals. Our room had nature guides about the local marine life and flora. It was fun to identify species we had seen.

If you can find a sitter, have dinner one night at the Wick's Pointe Restaurant. It ranks with the best of the best for food, presentation, service and atmosphere. The Rain Coast is a small neighborhood cafe that serves great food. It's a good choice for families, though there is no kids' menu that I recall. They do have free-range chicken, which probably would be OK with most kids, but no burgers or hot dogs. Reservations are a must for both.
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