Wouldn’t it be fun to take your coach to a different country on your next trip? Go to Canada! Our northern neighbor offers so much to do and see, that we would suggest touring the country in a few trips. Trip #1 should absolutely be in British Columbia.
Some of the most scenic views and drives in North America can be found in BC and the Vancouver area. The Daily Telegraph was quoted as saying, “Vancouver is a city unlike any other. Wherever I look, I see water or mountains – or both. And everyone looks so healthy.” The city has also been referred to as “Manhattan with mountains”. The city of Vancouver should most certainly be your first stop on your Canadian adventure…it’s a gorgeous, eclectic town with an artsy culture and phenomenal food (try Blue Water Café + Raw Bar – they offer over 20 types of oysters to choose from and are consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in the city – www.bluewatercafe.net). However, we won’t be spending too much time in a city setting…the majority of this trip will be spent experiencing a ridiculous amount of natural beauty and scenic road trips.
Our journey will take place in the Pacific Rim Region, and our main road for traveling will be…you guessed it, the Pacific Rim Highway, otherwise known as Highway #4. Hwy #4 will provide you a taste of Western Canada’s beautiful landscapes all the way through so make sure the shades are up in your coach and your Instagram app is open. #Nofilter necessary. For those of you that have been, the Pacific Rim Highway is reminiscent of northern California’s PCH in the Big Sur area. Ride up to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, one of Canada’s most incredible national parks that is neighbored by gorgeous beaches and coastal rainforests (yes, there are rainforests in Canada). Once at the park, find a safe spot for your motor home (might we suggest the Green Point Camground) and start exploring. Tourists can rent kayaks and cruise to small islands, go on whale watching tours – there is even a whale watching festival every March (www.pacificrimwhalefestival.com) – go on hikes, fish for salmon, and basically any other outdoor activity you can think of.
After a couple days at the national park, get back in your coach and head about an hour and a half northeast to Port Alberni. This early 1900’s town was built on logging mills and is revered for it’s historic charm and lush landscapes. One of the main attractions here is to ride the Alberni Pacific Railway train…a completely restored Baldwin logging train that takes passengers out to the McLean Mill National Historic Site. The ride is 35 minutes each way through windy tracks and dense forests with incredible, green views. Visitors of this small town frequent Victoria Quay, a small harbor point in the downtown area, and trade in whale watching for bear watching – from a safe distance of course.
Once you’ve had your fill of the quaint Port Alberni, we’ll end up in Tofino as our final destination to cap this trip off with more adventure. Tofino is roughly 2 and a half hours north, and has been rated as one of the best surf towns in the entire world by National Geographic. This place is absolutely ridiculous and if you love the outdoors you’ll be in heaven here. For one of the most fun days you can possibly have, take a short boat ride to Hot Springs Cove. Tucked away in Maquinna Provincial Park, Hot Springs Cove is the ultimate mix of natural adventure and relaxation. There are waterfalls with several spots for cliff diving for the adrenalin junkies, as well as relaxing rock pools that are almost natural Jacuzzi’s for those looking for a more peaceful experience. More whale watching, water taxis, and natural history tours can complete your experience in Tofino.
No words can describe how absolutely gorgeous Western Canada and British Columbia are. If you’re looking for a new place to take the motor coach this summer, pack up the family, don’t forget your camera, and prepare to be amazed by the natural beauty that you’ll be surrounded by.
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