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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:07 pm    Post subject: Holiday Canada, what to do in 3 days Vancouver Reply with quote

Hi guys,

Due to some unexpected issues my girlfriend and I are going from 22 juni till 11 july to Canada.

We're landing in Calgary, pickup a camper on Monday and are going to Banff, Jasper etc.
Then we we'll drive to Vancouver Island and going to Alert bay (is that possible with a camper?), Telegraph Cove, Tofino and Victoria.
We'll return the camper on 8th of july in Vancouver.

But then we have 3 days left, what should we do in those 3 days?
I think we can visit Vancouver on the 8th (the park, brigde, Chinatown).

I was checking on flying towards San Francisco, that could be possible maybe.

What do you advise for 3 days Vancouver?

Thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gerben, I think you've seen more of North America than any of us! Congrats!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Victoria Gardens is a must see while on Vancouver Island. It doesn't matter if you are a garden type person or not, it is a special place, people come from all over the world to see it. Near Banff there is a Hotel at Lake Louise with a easy walk up to a Tea House where we saw a glacier calf.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grenadiers wrote:
Gerben, I think you've seen more of North America than any of us! Congrats!

It will be my fifth visit in 6 years indeed. I still have the feeling that I missed a lot, like the Henry Ford museum in Detroit, but flying from Vancouver to Detroit for only 1 museumvisit is to expensive...

Love the wideness of your landscape, the traveling, how relax you're driving, the nature, the hamburgers and pizza's

MikeJinCO wrote:
Victoria Gardens is a must see while on Vancouver Island. It doesn't matter if you are a garden type person or not, it is a special place, people come from all over the world to see it. Near Banff there is a Hotel at Lake Louise with a easy walk up to a Tea House where we saw a glacier calf.

All right, thanks! We'll walk up to the Tea House.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeJinCO wrote:
Victoria Gardens is a must see while on Vancouver Island.

Do you mean Buchart Gardens?

Never been there myself. . .

Next month we're going on a trip to Alberta and will be checking out the dinosaurs at Drumheller, and will see if we can make it to Dinosaur Provincial Park.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news Gerben !

I have lived in Vancouver for 35 years now and know it inside out. I will PM you a list of the good stuff to see and do and what is over rated tourist hoopla. And I hope you would have time for a beer while you're here ?!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meet Khal at the Cambie Bar & Grill!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rasta Monsta wrote:
Meet Khal at the Cambie Bar & Grill!


Sure, gerben9186, shoot me a PM. Always happy to catch up with a fellow 'board member.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sorry, of course it is Buchart Gardens. When we got to Tofino in July it was maybe 45F with horizontal rain from the wind, we retreated to the sunny side. and then the Sunshine Coast for a week.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live in Victoria....so I will give my input.

The ferry ride from Vancouver to Swartz Bay (north of Victoria) is a beautiful 90 ride through many islands. The buffet on the ferry is very tasty and reasonably priced for what you get and the view is exceptional from the buffet.

Buchart Gardens....20km north of Victoria near the ferry terminal is a very beautiful place to visit. It is world famous. It's also a great place to take some quality photos with your lady or of your lady, so bring your camera.

Victoria has a large park called Beacon Hill Park.....with small man made lakes and gardens......it is free and quite relaxing to walk through.

Another possibility is to look for car shows if your lady is willing.

In Victoria (and possibly Tofino) you can do whale watching. They put you in special survival suits and strap you and other tourists into a high speed boat and blast you out to the whale watching area.....the boat ride is a big part of the fun and you usually get to see whales. It's an exciting boat ride.

Tofino is great for surfing if you are a surfer.

If you want a really first class hotel in Victoria....I would suggest the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. They have a heated out door pool next to the ocean that gets a bit steamy in the evenings and its softly lit.....romantic. The Empress Hotel is overpriced and the rooms are small......you are paying for the location and history....nothing more. Oak Bay Beach Hotel is the place to stay if you want to dump the RV for 1 night...but it is a $200 per night hotel.

You MUST do lunch at the Crow and Gate English Pub south of Nanaimo http://crowandgate.ca/ It is the best pub I have ever been to. Do not miss lunch there....the gardens are beautifully done and they have a pond out front that had 2 swans the last time I was there. Doing dinner there in the summer month when it is still light would be ok also. It is very pretty. Best to not go there between 12-1pm.....it is always busy. If the weather is nice you have the option to sit outside.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your advice! We're trying to incorperate as much as possible in our planning

We're looking into it and I hope to post our first planning tomorrow of wednesday!

Then we can also check if there is some room for some appointments!

One question: during Canada-day (1th july) we're in 100 mile house (for as far as we can see right now), it that interesting overthere?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerben1986 wrote:

One question: during Canada-day (1th july) we're in 100 mile house (for as far as we can see right now), it that interesting overthere?


I serious doubt much is happening in 100 mile house......the provincial capital of Victoria does have plenty going on including an outdoor concert and a pretty good fireworks display in the evening of July 1st.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We made our draft planning
We incorperated as much as possible from the points of sbarc and MikeJinCO.

If you think we are missing some nice stuff, or if we better could skip/improve our trip, please let us know!

And Leigh and Khal, let's see if we can meet, I'll contact you (or you me) when we're in Canada!


Tuesday 24 june Banff
- Banff
- Banff gondolla
- Banff museum
- glacierf skywalk
- Bowfalls

Wednesday 25 june Banff
- Cave en basin
- Kootenay national park
- Driving to Lake Louise

Thursday 26 june Lake Louise
- Lake Louise en Moraine lake
- Tea House Trail Lake agnes
- Yoho National Park

Friday 27 june Driving to Revelstoke
- Revelstoke Dam
- Glacier N.P.

Saterday and Sunday 28/29 june
Things we missed on Friday can be seen again
- Yoho
- Revelstoke
- Glacier N.P.
- Peyto lake
- Columbian icefields
- Sunwapta falls

Monday 30 june
- Mt. Edith Cavell
- Athabasca falls
- Spirit Island, gelegen in Maligne Lake?
- Jasper

Tuesday 1 july
- Canada day in Jasper
- Jasper

Wednesday 2 july
- Well Gray

Thursday 3 july
- Driving to 100 Mile House
- 108 mile heritage site (openlucht museum, goudtijdperk)
- Tien minuten ten noorden van 100 Mile House ligt een
- 100 mile marsh

Friday 4 july Driving to Whistler
- West Coast Railway Heritage Park / Howe Sound

Saterday 5 july Driving to Vancouver Island
- Garibaldi
- Fort Langley

Sunday 6 july Tofino
- Tonquin beach
- Hot springscove (tours from Tofino)
Monday 7 juli Tofino
- Whales spotting

Tuesday 8 july Driving to Victoria
Lunch at Crow and Gate English Pub in Nanaimo on the Yellow Point Road
- Duncan

Wednesday 9 july
- Victoria
- Buchart Gardens
- Beacon Hill Park
- Victoria Museum
- Whale spotting

Thursday 10 july
- Driving/ferrying to Vancouver
- Chinatown
- Stanley park
- Vancouver aquarium

Friday 11 july
- Vancouver
- Capilano suspension bridge
- Returning camper and flying home
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So this is from my personal experience...

Tuesday 24 june Banff
- Banff
- Banff gondolla
- Banff museum
- glacierf skywalk
- Bowfalls

Wednesday 25 june Banff
- Cave en basin
- Kootenay national park
- Driving to Lake Louise

Thursday 26 june Lake Louise
- Lake Louise en Moraine lake
- Tea House Trail Lake agnes
- Yoho National Park

Friday 27 june Driving to Revelstoke
- Revelstoke Dam
- Glacier N.P.

Saterday and Sunday 28/29 june
Things we missed on Friday can be seen again
- Yoho
- Revelstoke
- Glacier N.P.
- Peyto lake
- Columbian icefields
- Sunwapta falls

Monday 30 june
- Mt. Edith Cavell
- Athabasca falls
- Spirit Island, gelegen in Maligne Lake?
- Jasper

Tuesday 1 july
- Canada day in Jasper
- Jasper

Wednesday 2 july
- Well Gray

Thursday 3 july
- Driving to 100 Mile House
- 108 mile heritage site (openlucht museum, goudtijdperk)
- Tien minuten ten noorden van 100 Mile House ligt een
- 100 mile marsh

Friday 4 july Driving to Whistler
- West Coast Railway Heritage Park / Howe Sound

Saterday 5 july Driving to Vancouver Island
- Garibaldi
- Fort Langley

Sunday 6 july Tofino
- Tonquin beach
- Hot springscove (tours from Tofino)
Monday 7 juli Tofino
- Whales spotting

Tuesday 8 july Driving to Victoria
Lunch at Crow and Gate English Pub in Nanaimo on the Yellow Point Road
- Duncan

Wednesday 9 july
- Victoria
- Buchart Gardens
- Beacon Hill Park
- Victoria Museum
- Whale spotting

Thursday 10 july
- Driving/ferrying to Vancouver
- Chinatown
- Stanley park
- Vancouver aquarium

Friday 11 july
- Vancouver
- Capilano suspension bridge
- Returning camper and flying home

You're going to need a holiday after your holiday !
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could try going to the top of Mt. Doug while in Victoria.

Have a picnic at Beacon Hill Park.

Check out the waterfront from Beacon Hill Park past Clover Point through Oak Bay.

Fish 'n Chips at Fisherman's Wharf.
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