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Old 02-10-2008, 09:01 PM   #1
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Victoria Island

We will be traveling from South Texas up to the NW and would like to do Victoria Island. Looking for information about the ferry and places to stay on the island. Just doing our part to stimulate the ecomony.
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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Try Port Angeles in Washington State. Plenty on places to park your AS overnight. Last time we went to Victoria a few years ago a one way ticket on the ferry was about $ 168.00 US one way.
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:32 PM   #3
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I was thinking of taking our trailer across onto Victoria Island. Would that be a good idea?
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:32 PM   #4
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Do you mean Vancouver Island? If so, it's a big place and taking your trailer would be a good idea. You could spend months exploring it and you'll need a place to sleep. You can access the island via ferry in Port Angeles, Washington or you can drive up to British Columbia, where you have the option of the Tsawassen or Horseshoe Bay ferries.

Here's a link to BC Ferries.

BC Ferries: WELCOME ABOARD BC FERRIES

If you're travelling at any time between spring and fall, reservations are strongly recommended. Especially on weekends. I take the Horseshoe Bay ferry a couple of times a month for business and to head to the family cottage. Trailer traffic is very common.

I haven't taken my trailer over but my parents take their 25 footer and pay around $100 (I think) for a one way crossing.
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Victoria on Vancouver Island is a wonderful place to visit. I hope you decide to come and view one of Canada's jewels. As Cameron notes it is only a tiny piece of the whole island which has stunning scenery and is extremely visitor and RV friendly.

Here's the Washington Ferry info to get to Victoria from Annacortes, WA.

Auto Ferry Service to Victoria

Here is a site that addresses camping facilities on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Camping - Accommodation by the British Columbia Lodging and Campground Association

At the bottom of the camping bc site you can click on the various sub-sites for additional information.

If you need anything else don't hesitate to ask.

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Old 02-12-2008, 10:09 PM   #6
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This has really helped us. We appreciate the information and will use it on our up coming trip this summer.
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:49 PM   #7
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You will love it. We loved being searched by the
Canadian border guards. We were flagged over because we were so shinny.
They really only toured the interior and we left after a long time to the RV park. It was a great trip!!
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:11 PM   #8
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We have been to Vancouver Island several times. Like camping in Victoria a lot - and our favorite place is Fort Victoria (Fort Victoria RV Park & Campground, Victoria, B.C. - Southern Vancouver Island Premier RV Facilities) and we like camping in Campbell River (Salmon Point Resort RV Park and Marina in Campbell River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada).
Lots of places to explore as you go "up island".
But definitely make a reservation for the ferry - or be prepared to have a wait!
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About a 5-hour drive from Victoria is Tofino, halfway up the island on the west coast. Its a funky little village, exceptional fishing and a very nice municipal campground. There are miles of bike trails and great beaches. If you are going in the spring/summer want a fishing charter you can probably sneak in with a day's notice (for one, more notice for a couple or more), show up and they provide all the gear and fish cleaning.
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About a 5-hour drive from Victoria is Tofino, halfway up the island on the west coast. Its a funky little village, exceptional fishing and a very nice municipal campground. There are miles of bike trails and great beaches. If you are going in the spring/summer want a fishing charter you can probably sneak in with a day's notice (for one, more notice for a couple or more), show up and they provide all the gear and fish cleaning.
Tofino is crazy busy during the spring, summer and fall. For a more relaxed time, Ucluelet (20 minutes South) may be an option if you find Tofino too busy.
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We can't thank all of you enough for the great information about Victoria Island. We are looking forward to our trip.
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If you have money to burn...(I say that tongue in cheek)...Take the ferrie from Anacortes, Washington through the lslands to sidney BC on Vancouver island. I say money to burn because its a long ferry trip but many island stops along the way and the most beautiful ferry trip in the US. NO matter now much time you set aside you will not have enough to see all the beauty of Vancouver island. You will be hard pressed to get out of Victoria in a week. Burchardt Gardens is a one day thing (almost) by its self. So much to see and do. Wax Musium, Empress hotel...O....and the camping on the island is to die for. Pull the trailer and camp on the north side of the island too. I could go on forever. There has been much infor already in this post. The island is wonderfun...friendly....and ..YOU won't want to leave. Port Angeles is the best to take your tailer accross unless you have money to burn for the Anacordis trip. O...and if you have an extra day...stay at the Hart of the Hills campgroud just a little ways from Anacortes, WA. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa the beauty of the Northwest. There is nothing like it. Rainforests in the Olympic mountains are unsurpassed. I could go on forever. But...............................................
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Hi all,

I'm also planning a trip in August of 09' to visit Vancouver Island. There is a lot of great info that has been shared so far. I do how ever have a couple of questions...

1. what about bring mans best friends? I do realize that we will need all paper work regarding vaccinations and rabbie shots. Is there some thing else that might be needed?

2. most of the camp site that I have seen pictures of seem to be parking lot camping. We like to have some space between us and the person next to us. Is there any camping on the island that you can recommend? We prefer to boondock.

Your input is welcome,
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You can boondock on the island but the farther from civilization you go you must be on the lookout for nefarious individuals. This is from the RCMP.
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