From August 27 to September 9th the Island Treasures Caravan took place with twenty trailers in attendance. We rendezvoused in Courtenay, BC, and the opening night “Island meets Islands” dinner was a huge success. We learned about each other through a game and enjoyed a luau-style feast.
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While we were in Courtenay, we were interviewed by CTV Island news (in the rain). The interviews aired that evening so we were able to watch the program. Two newspapers also wrote articles about the Caravan touring the Island.
Some of the First Nations people treated us to a traditionally prepared seafood feast followed by a concert of traditional dancing.
On the north end of Vancouver Island, there was a Fishing charter, Whale-watching, a tour to Alert Bay by SeaWolf Adventures (ask a caravanner about the “sticks and stones” game) and a dinner in the old Saltery at Telegraph Cove.
Fun and games included a Stick Horse Rodeo at Black Creek including BBQ’ed Bison. Next day a tour of Mussels and More Pottery was followed by the Distillery tour at Shelter Point. ( Notice the specially-made large copper still in the photo – imported from Scotland)
In the Parksville area, we visited Rainforest Woodies and the Karma Coffee Roaster. We were treated to an up close and personal tour of the North Island Wildlife Rescue Center. Everyone got in the groove at the Mardi Gras Party by the beach complete with some amazing Jambalaya which was enjoyed by one and all.
In Chemainus, we took a horse-drawn cart tour of the town murals. The many ice cream shops were very popular, there.
Parked along the beach at Osborne Bay afforded us some spectacular sunsets.. As well, there was lots of marine traffic to watch.
Our stop in Victoria was a busy one with a visit to Butchart Gardens, Hop-on, hop-off bus passes and a tour of the Inner Harbour with the Harbour Ferries. Social hours were held on a grassy area overlooking the Victoria Harbour where there is constant marine traffic of all sorts. We saw cruise ships coming in to port as well as the Coho Ferry to Port Angeles, the Clipper that runs to Seattle and the many flights by Harbour Air all dodging between kayakers and other water craft.