Good Morning guys!
After a wonderful [and much needed] two weeks off, Matt and I are back at work this week. Even though that first day back at the office was rough [I felt like I’d completely forgot how to do my job], I’m enjoying having my routine back. So before life gets too crazy I wanted to share some of the photos and the highlights from our trip.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ll know that the biggest reason we decided to take a road trip through BC this summer was because we bought a pretty spiffy car back in November. Seriously, how can you not take something like this on a cross country road trip?
And for those of you who may be wondering, we made it the full two weeks without getting a speeding ticket 😉
Whistler – Victoria – Tofino – Vernon
The first day of our trip we drove straight to Whistler. It was a REALLY long day in the car, but the drive from Kamloops to Whistler totally made up for it. It was just so much fun! The road was absolutely beautiful and that drive turned out to be one of the best parts of the entire trip.
We only had one full day in Whistler, and we spent most of it checking out the town and relaxing by the pool at our hotel. Really, we just wanted a break from being in the car.
The next morning we continued onto Victoria with a stop at Granville Island in Vancouver along the way. I’d never heard of Granville Island before, but it’s basically a HUGE farmer’s market full of fresh produce, baked goods, and other local goods. There are also a ton of cute little art galleries there as well.
The only downside was not being able to take ALL of this fresh fruit home with us. Seriously, how good would those cherries be in a pie?
We spent our first full day in Victoria exploring the city. Everything is pretty close and before mid-afternoon we managed to see Chinatown, The Empress, the Parliament Buildings, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ogden Point and finally, Beacon Hill Park.
And on the second day we drove out to the Buchart Gardens [which ended up being one of my favorite parts of Victoria]. They were so unbelievably intricate and beautiful, and I was completely amazed that a place like this exists so close to the city.
The next morning we left Victoria and drove out to Tofino. I was fully expecting it to rain the entire time we were there, but we got really lucky and ended up with a couple days of sun.
There were two things that I really wanted to do while we were in Tofino.
One was visit Tacofino. Tacofino is a VERY popular food truck that sells mostly burritos and tacos. Whenever we told anyone we were going to Tofino, the general response was that we HAD to check this place out.
The other thing I wanted to do was check out some of the natural hot springs on a nearby island.
I’m happy to report that I definitely got my fill of fish tacos, but we skipped the hot springs. Once we saw how nice the weather was going to be, we decided we’d rather stay in town to do some hiking and explore some of the beaches instead.
There’s always next time I guess!
The Sparkling Hills Resort in Vernon was the final stop on our trip. This was the part I was really looking forward to. As much as I was enjoying all the driving, I was really excited to check out some of the nearby wineries and spend a couple of nights at the resort. It was the perfect way to reset before heading back home.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip!