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Vancouver Island- Pacific Rim/ Cathedral Grove

rain

Today began with a steady rain in Tofino. We waited a bit to see if the rain would stop but it didn't so we went on our way. The plan was too begin our day with a view from Radar Hill viewpoint in Pacific Rim National Park. When we get there we found the road closed for construction. ☹️ The road didn't look too bad and on the map it didn't seem too far. We asked a parks person who was there and he said it was about a 1 km walk. Ok... We can do 1 km for a great view. We packed our rain gear just in case and got going. Well, what wasn't said was that the 1km was completely and totally up hill. Like 20% incline up hill. Ok, we can do this. So we kept going. It was a cool walk and there was no one with us on the road. The Radar part of the hill used to be the middle detection for the Soviet misses in the 1950s. cool! The interactive showed us what the landscape was at the view point, unfortunately because of the rain, yes rain now, all we saw was clouds. I bet it would have been beautiful! But we can only imagine.
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We continued down the highway and the rain stopped thankfully. We made a stop at the Visitors centre off Wisk Rd. where Bud flew the drone for a bit on the beach. There were seals on the islands we flew over so hopefully we got some cool footage.

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Heading back to Nanaimo on highway 4 we stopped only once at Cathedral Grove to see the big trees. Some trees were 800 years old! Big Red Cedars and Douglas Firs, the forest was erie and beautiful with all kinds of witch's beard hanging on the trees.
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Tonight we are staying in Nanaimo at the Buckeneer Inn, which is a great little inn with a mini kitchen as well.
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Tomorrow we head to the ferry for our trip back to the mainland and too the airport for the flight home.
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Posted by blgracey 21:18 Archived in Canada

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You'll have to come back!!
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