Vancouver Island is the most beautiful place in the world! This is a belief I have long held, and I’ve always felt I had a reasonable footing on which to make this bold statement. Recently I had the privilege of driving a 2,200 km loop through the southern part of British Columbia on a family road trip, which had me re-examining this long held belief.
Vancouver Island offers some of the very best multi-day outdoor adventure trips in the world. Let me start by saying that I do not claim to be an expert on the subject, having only tackled five of these trips to this point in my life. Nonetheless, I thought it would be fun to rank my favourite multi-day trips in hopes of starting a conversation with others about their favourites. Here we go.
I took a burn down the trail to Fossli Provincial Park today. Actually it was a very sedate 2-hour stroll but I could ‘a done it in 20 minutes! I wanted to see if any repairs to the railing and steps past the suspension bridge had been done. A sign had been up all winter saying the trail was closed. Unfortunately Parks staff neglected to tell our Visitor Info Centre either that the trail was closed or that it was open once again. Because now it was open. They did a nice job on it. The wooden structure will rot again in a few years.
“In my opinion that is the most beautiful campsite on Great Central Lake,” our captain Ben bellowed over the roar of the outboard motor. I looked up from my thoughts to see he was pointing at a rocky point covered in arbutus trees. There was a wide open space for a tent that would provide a 270 degree view of the lake. On one side of the point was a small sandy beach, perfect for swimming.
A long time ago I was told by a very wise and respected lady from one of our First Nations bands here in Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island, that Mount Arrowsmith is so much more than just a mountain. To the First Nations Mt. Arrowsmith is a landmark but also a very spiritual place. She told me that if you look very closely at the outline of the rugged peaks you can see a chief laying there to rest high up amongst the clouds.