Powder Creek video

Here’s a short video from our boys’ trip to Powder Creek Lodge last March!

 

Posted on 10/22 at 02:03 PM | Comments

Vancouver Island

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Another family trip is in the books, this one exploring the best of Vancouver Island. We spent a week in the Comox Valley where I met my visiting mom- it was great to see her. Among other things, the area offers some of the best mountain biking in the world- stay tuned for an article in next summer’s Coast Mountain Culture from some work I did while in the area. Special thanks to Al and Terry of the River Rats for their help, not to mention the labyrinth of incredible trails they’ve built up behind Cumberland. Thanks to them and my mom, Amy and I were able to ride some trails together. We even went climbing one day, although Casey was on board for that.
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Before we got to Courtenay however, the high point of our entire trip happened on the first foray out to Vargas Island near Tofino. A pack of seven wolves rambled up the beach toward our tent on a sunny morning. Bear in mind my mom has never camped before so it was quite the experience for her! My heart was pumping while I was tucked into some beach logs waiting for the wolves to pass by, meanwhile Amy, Casey and grandma were peering out from the tent with pots and pans ready to bang away. I think Amy had a knife just in case. Anyway, the curious wolves detoured into the woods and proceeded to howl within 200m of our tent while we waited for the boat to pick us up. This is what British Columbia is all about.
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Back on the bikes, a highlight near Courtenay was riding on Hornby Island with Amy again. After that we said goodbye to grandma’s babysitting prowess (sent her off on a float plane back to Vancouver!), packed up and headed back to the west coast.
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Pachena Bay near Ucluelet was probably the nicest car camping experience I’ve ever had- deserted campground amid old-growth spruce directly adjacent to a wild beach and the start of the West Coast Trail. Pretty nice! After that we visited the famed Carmanah Valley, noteworthy for hosting some of BC’s most intact old-growth forests. I even had some of that magical sun breaking through the mist and cedar trees. 
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From here we looped down through Port Renfew on the other side of the West Coast Trail (the trail is a lot nicer but no less rugged than the logging roads of the interior island). Coho were running (or swimming) and fishermen were pouring back to Victoria after the weekend derby. We soon followed them and hit this quaint city for a couple of days before packing up and ferrying back to the mainland. It’s easy to see why so many people set up shop in Victoria- such a nice place, as long as you don’t ski I suppose. Instead, you can always paddle out with some killer whales or watch float planes come and go from the inner harbour. Casey loved that.

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