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S'ploder
09-23-2006, 01:40 AM
On Monday I headed over to the Island to spend 3 days with my old friend, Pam, in Qualicum Beach and tour about. I caught the 5:15 am ferry to Nanaimo...me and 32 other people. [15] Lots of overheights but barely any passenger vehicles.

Pam's backyard. [36]
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This is Pam's dog, Lucy.
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On Tuesday we headed out for the other side of the Island, passing by Cathedral Grove on the way. Amazing old growth forest.
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According to the map/legend, this is the biggest tree, however there was no signage at the tree.
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Somewhere after Port Alberni but before Uclulet we drove by this spot on the river, where tourists go out on the rocks and take pics. So, when in Rome...
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This picture does not do it justice, but the force of this water is incredible!
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Some educational stuff in Ucluelet.
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Mounted gun.
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We left Ucluelet and headed back towards Tofino. On the way we saw a sign for Port Albion, and being the curious types, we turned off to see where it went. It terminates in a Native community, directly across the water from Ucluelet.
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Just below where the previous pic was taken we found this.
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The remains of the Bev-Marie. Her demise likely due to running up on the rocks, ripping holes in the bottom resulting in a bolt for shore.
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We got back on the road and headed to Tofino. Had lunch at a waterfront restaurant, but unfortunately I left my camera in the truck. [27] Toured around a bit and visted the Roy Henry Vickers gallery before heading back towards Long Beach. We noticed a lot of bikes & cars bearing surf boards and so we headed down to check it out. According to the signage the wave rating was "extreme".
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I don't know about "extreme", but a lot of people seemed to be enjoying it.
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Made note of this view on the way and stopped to get the photo on the way back.
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One last view of the backyard before heading home.
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watty
09-23-2006, 09:11 AM
sweet pics i sure do miss the island[cheers] [cheers]

Suz
09-23-2006, 09:22 AM
Beautiful pictures. I used to go to Qualicum beach all the time as a kid. I sure do miss it :(

lizard
09-23-2006, 09:29 AM
nice backyard

should have got some sunset/sunrise pics at LB

England
09-23-2006, 09:30 AM
wow very cool indeed would love to see that area !!!

Mobular
09-23-2006, 09:31 AM
Nice pics there sweetie! Did you get some of the goats on the shop roof in Coombs??

mijinkal
09-23-2006, 09:34 AM
Looks like a great time!! The waves seemed higher than normal. The first time I went surfing they were way higher than that. Not easy to learn on, but it shure was fun!! You should have gone surfing!

BC_4RUNNER
09-23-2006, 09:37 AM
Sounds like a great trip[36] Great pics and story. How do you get the words in between pics?

DeeDee
09-23-2006, 10:32 AM
Great pics!!!


Makes me wanna go back. So beautiful!!! :)

fourplay
09-23-2006, 11:05 AM
Great pictures, I definitely wanna go there and be a tourist, used to go camping there wqhen i was a kid, couoldn't appreciate it then tho..

[cheers]

Squishy
09-23-2006, 07:19 PM
Somewhere after Port Alberni but before Uclulet we ddrove by this spot on the river, where tourists go out on the rocks and take pics. So, when in Rome...


i remember playing there when i was a kid, awesome pics!

lincoln locked
09-24-2006, 08:38 AM
like those pics ,i havent been there for years , [36]

mudman
09-24-2006, 10:27 AM
man it's always nice to see pics of home:)

tenpack
09-24-2006, 04:10 PM
Somewhere after Port Alberni but before Uclulet we ddrove by this spot on the river, where tourists go out on the rocks and take pics. So, when in Rome...


i remember playing there when i was a kid, awesome pics!


was there last summer swimming around. Great spot to stop off after quliacum and stretch the feet, get a little wet and go surfing. I'm so amped, going there oct. 20-22.

G-rizzle Swank
09-24-2006, 06:00 PM
nice, ive been in almost all of those pics

kootenaycat
09-24-2006, 10:20 PM
Nice write up! Been to the island twice in my life, once as a kid and had great weather. Went there 6 years ago on our honeymoon, and got rained out the whole day over to Tofino and Long beach!

Gotta love the highway across the island! Would be a great ride for a crotch rocket or a Vette!

Larry
09-25-2006, 07:25 AM
i always love ocean shots

we used to go to tofino every summervacation

spent lots of time in comox, tofino, long beach....... great trips always!

fishrips
09-25-2006, 08:04 AM
never been to that part of BC. Looks beautiful!

mista fitz
09-25-2006, 10:59 AM
nice shots, I love that drive to Tofino, so twisty-turny and wicked scenery!

I moved here (to the island) about a year ago now, and don't think I'll be coming back - 'tis tooooo sweet. Tofino is now just a 2hr drive from my home in Nanaimo.

rs9000
09-25-2006, 12:51 PM
the island is a sweet place to be love it out there nice pics

sherbearqt
09-25-2006, 01:15 PM
when we stayed in Qualicum we stayed at the haunted hotel... it was an awesome time and such gorgeous views from the restaurant there... I will definitely go back some time...