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Old 03-27-2016, 05:29 PM   #1
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Travel to Victoria BC in April

My Interstate is winterized, including the fresh water tank. Should I leave the black and gray tanks as is, and only unwinterize the fresh water tank? What about the water heater? I could unwinterize everything and run the heater. I will be traveling for two weeks. This is my first big trip in a colder climate. I am not sure of the best way to deal with this.
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:50 PM   #2
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Don't know about the roads between you and Victoria, but I'd be quite surprised if you got seriously freezing weather in Victoria BC in April. The weather there is quite similar to Seattle (and vice-versa, of course), so you should be fine while you're there.

http://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/commu...t/climate.html
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Okay, granted you all know us by the moniker "The Great White North"; but seriously! freezing weather in Victoria in April in an El Nino year? You'd have a better chance of having snow in Texas.

Just take some wet weather gear and enjoy Goldstream Provincial Park and the drive up and down the Malahat, remembering to stop at the summit at the look out.

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Old 03-27-2016, 08:32 PM   #4
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We didn't even get snow this year. Not sure what you're expecting.
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As noted by some of my neighbors, no worries about freezing once you get west of the Cascades or Siskiyous in California, Oregon, and Washington.

What's your planned route to get there?
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Thanks! i would love to camp at some National parks or something other than private parks near Vancouver. I am so looking forward to seeing this part of the world. Do you have any suggestions for Vancouver BC?
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I am going through Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Washinton.
I will end up in Vancouver BC, then head home. One day, when I have more time, I would like to drive across Canada.
Thanks for your help.
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Expect some cold, hard politics in our provincial capital in April - not cold weather.

The Vancouver/Victoria weather forecast this week is clear and sunny with temps. averaging 16C (60.8F).
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Victoria or Vancouver?

If it's Victoria, you could avoid all mountain passes except the Siskiyous at the California/Oregon border by taking I-10 to I-5, then north to Olympia, WA. From there travel up Hood Canal on 101 to Port Angeles Wa. Ferry from there to Victoria.
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Be wary of potential snowstorms in CO in April.

http://www.casarocinante.com/Blog/Ch...k-SP-Aurora-CO
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Thanks! i would love to camp at some National parks or something other than private parks near Vancouver. I am so looking forward to seeing this part of the world. Do you have any suggestions for Vancouver BC?
Porteau Cove Provincial Park north of Vancouver is nice. Fort Langley is another option; neither are really convenient to the city of Vancouver. The setting at Porteau Cove is spectacular but the 7 AM train that passes right by will sure give you a wake-up call (at least it did a few years ago when we were there).


http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/exp...rkpgs/porteau/

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Derby Reach has a much nicer setting for camping than Ft Langley and there is a great trail to bike on which will take you to the village of Ft Langley for the best of both worlds.
Sooke to the west of Victoria has a nice Provincial Park.
Pick up a provincial park guide for BC. There are some beautiful parks here and the majority are open for camping year round.
Enjoy, it's a beautiful part of the world.


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if you take I5 north out of Seattle a stop at Deception Pass is awesome plus seeing the tulips by LaConner in the spring well worth it
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We drove up to NW Washington the first week of April last year via Death Valley then up through the East slope of the Sierras , Lake Tahoe , Carson and Virginia Citys , meandered NW through northern sierras of California , central Oregon etc. boondocking most the way and did not encounter any issues with freezing water pipes or tanks .
Took the ferry "walk on" out of Port Angeles up to Victoria . An absolutely beautiful city full of great folks . You will have a wonderful time !
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