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One Tank Trip for South British Columbia Camping
Total Mileage/average drive time:
190 km - 3 hours, 56 minutes
Southern British Columbia is an area where cities give way to majestic landscapes in an ever repeating pattern throughout the province. One majestic landscape replaces another and another, dazzling visitors and immersing them in an array of color and beauty. Hurry up and get the RV packed and let's take a tour!
Our first destination takes us to beautiful long stretches of sandy, white beaches in Parksville. Widely known as a summer town, Parksville enjoys a steady stream of travelers who come not only to indulge in postcard picture perfect beaches, but also for the four season outdoor recreation opportunities. At the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, you'll find a variety of deep lakes, extensive parks, exquisite old growth trees to surround yourself with as you golf, hike and mountain bike to your hearts content. Within the area you'll also find several kayak and fishing/sailing charters eager to show you the Lasquiti and Texada Islands or make your way to South Winchelsea Island for a nice daytrip.
49.9 km - 53 minutes
From Parksville, head out on Alberni Hwy/BC-4A heading east and after 31 miles you should be in our next destination, Port Alberni. Located on a beautiful deepwater ocean inlet, Port Alberni has an interesting history as a lumber and fishing town and a renowned location for the outdoor adventurer. Here, salmon fishing, hiking and a long list of water activities are readily available and within a short distance. Nearby you'll also find some true natural gems like the Cathedral Grove's old growth hemlocks and the roar of the Della Falls, the tallest in North America. As a special treat, step back in time on a vintage passenger trail that chugs along through Canada's only functioning steam sawmill, the 1920-era McLean Mill National Historic site.
100 km - 2 hours, 9 minutes
Return to BC-4 heading west for the little over 62 mile trip into Ucluelet or as the easy going locals call it, 'Ukee'. Located on the scenic Ucluth Peninsula, Ucluelet is an incredible destination with much to offer travelers to this area. Immediately to the south of this charming town you'll find Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands—quite literally a hundred small islands waiting to be explored as part of a wild coastal experience within a calm and sheltered waters found here. There are many charters ready to take you out for sailing excursions, wildlife viewing, whale watching and offer a variety of full day or shorter excursions. The Pacific Rim National Park is nearby and is, by all accounts, one of the most stunning parks in Canada. The park is filled with ancient cedars and misty rainforests giving it an otherworldly feel. Head over to the Wild Pacific trail and you'll have the opportunity to not only get in a nice 5 mile hike but you'll be paid handsomely for your efforts with spectacular panoramic views. For those who relish a good challenge, there is a nice West Coast Trail, about 47 miles long that could very well take as many as 8 days to complete.
40.2 km - 55 minutes
The last stop on our journey takes us back to BC-4 heading west again to Tofino. There are few who would argue with Tofino being touted as the reigning jewel of Canada's west coast. The beauty and ecological diversity here is due to Tofino's location in the Clayoquot Sound. If you can imagine having an endless supply of waterborne activities, wildlife viewing, surfing and hiking all in one place, you got to be imagining Tofino. Tofino has two sides to it—it is, by all accounts, still the rough and tumble frontier town it has always been, but it is also home to some very swanky resorts, amazing first class restaurants and an arts scene deeply rooted in nature. You just have to decide which side you want to indulge in---or do both! Right about late afternoon, head to the Crab Dock to meet the boats and get your pick of dungeness crab for dinner later, head to one of Tofinos internationally renowned spas for a little yoga or a massage and head back out for one of the First Nations Tours to discover the Sound on an authentic Native dugout which is the only way to see the majestic beauty of the area.
Getting to British Columbia is a snap; the hardest part is pulling your self away.
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