Pacific Rim Highway – to Tofino and Ucluelet

There’s only one main highway to the west coast of Vancouver Island. That’s the Pacific Rim Highway.  The highway is Highway #4 that branches off Highway #19 (Inland Island Highway) near Qualicum Beach. The first highly recommended stop along the way is the tiny town of Coombs.  However, Coombs is probably home to one of the largest, international markets I have seen on Vancouver Island. … Continue reading Pacific Rim Highway – to Tofino and Ucluelet

The Royston Wrecks

Before I ever visited the Comox Valley, I had never heard of the Royston Wrecks.  I had come across a small blurb in a visitor’s guide to Courtenay and Comox describing this collection of ship wrecks.  Royston is a small town minutes south of Courtenay along the Old Island Highway.  I would never think of stopping here, but I found a little road that leads … Continue reading The Royston Wrecks

Downtown Courtenay – Along 5th Street

Here’s a snippet of photos from along 5th Avenue in Downtown Courtenay.  The downtown is not very big. Most of the shops are centred along 5th Avenue, although you can find some shops and services along the adjacent 4th and 6th Streets.  Interestingly, the cross streets starting from the river go more or less alphabetically.  The Cona Hostel is on Anderton Avenue.  B is missing, … Continue reading Downtown Courtenay – Along 5th Street

Cumberland – Chinese and Mining History in a Small BC Town

Cumberland is one of the last places I would have ever thought of visiting. I never heard of this little Vancouver Island town until I heard that my wife would be working for a while in Courtenay.  Cumberland is up and away from the east coast of Vancouver Island. It’s a quick drive past the Inland Island Highway from Courtenay to Cumberland. For me, the … Continue reading Cumberland – Chinese and Mining History in a Small BC Town

Vancouver Island – Fanny Bay to Qualicum Beach

Earlier in the spring when we had gorgeous summer-like weather, I had the good fortune of a Vancouver Island getaway.  My wife had school-related stuff to do on the Island, so I got to tag along for a week.  I had never spend that much time on Vancouver Island, but it was a real treat. It started off with an up-island tour starting in Courtenay.  … Continue reading Vancouver Island – Fanny Bay to Qualicum Beach