We purchased our new adventure wagon in October 2023 and we are now converting him into an off-road camper. I'll keep this post updated as we progress with the conversion.
Friday 1 December 2023
Monday 23 October 2023
Exploring our new home has been fun, and we've managed to keep some of our Canadian traditions like pumpkin picking before Thanksgiving, this year joined by the boys' Uncle, Aunty and wee cousin - there are some advantages to the UK. After a world of pain navigating the UK school application system the boys have settled into their new school and have restarted skating lessons, and joined a great local rugby club.
We're missing our outdoor gear, which we shipped over from Canada and should hopefully arrive in a few more weeks. Being unable to camp, we had a great weekend in a Shepherd's Hut, just up the road from home in the South Downs National Park. We booked through Hipcamp, which is a great website listing cool camping and glamping spots in both the UK and Canada (amongst other places). Use the link above for £10/$10 off your first stay.
Our Canadian Land Rover has now gone to a loving new home, and we just picked up another Defender last week - he came already named 'Budgie' so we are sticking with that - welcome to Team E Budgie! We've already had a great proving run from Portsmouth to Edinburgh (about 450mi / 725km), and we're booked in to have a new pop-top roof fitted next month which will be the first stage in creating our new camping adventure wagon!
Wednesday 4 October 2023
Getting to Seattle from Vancouver Island
Where to Stay in Seattle
Top things to do in Seattle
Getting to Washington State from Vancouver Island
Olympic National Park
Where to Stay in Olympic National Park
Things to do in Olympic National Park
Monday 7 August 2023
We spent most of the winter skiing at Mount Washington, so spent a lot of weekends in the mid-island. Our camping spot was about half way between Courtenay and Campbell River, and we've done a lot of exploring around the area.
Mount Washington and Strathcona Provincial Park are well worth a trip up the mountain. Mount Washington is a great ski resort in winter and mountain biking park in summer, as well as offering zip lining and scenic chair lift rides. The views from the mountain out to the ocean and the Gulf Islands are stunning!
The ferry to Quadra Island departs from Campbell River, but we haven't made it over to the island yet! The Denman and Hornby ferry departs from Buckley Bay just down the coast, and is definitely worth a visit too.
Towns don't have to start with the letter 'C' in the central region of Vancouver Island, but it helps! Courtenay, Cumberland and Comox are all nestled in the Comox Valley, while Campbell River is just a little further up the coast. The region was originally home to the Pentlatch and K'omoks First Nations.
Parksville and Qualicum Area
Thursday 3 August 2023
We're just back from a great long weekend on Pender. We've been to Pender a number of times in our boat but never stayed there before, so it was great to explore more of the islands.