I have some news… we have moved. Well, sort of… we’ve officially left Vancouver and are spending this weekend in Calgary to visit my sister and her boyfriend, and then are continuing our journey East next week to Hamilton. It’s a bittersweet move for us, we’re definitely excited to be closer to family and friends but are deeply mourning the Vancouver lifestyle, climate, and scenery that we won’t have anymore. My feelings on this topic deserve their own post so more on that another day. Leading up to the move, we made a point to try and squeeze as many amazing memories as we could out of BC while we could. Two weekends ago we went camping on Vancouver Island because we wanted to make family memories with Owen even though he’s two months old and clearly won’t remember any of it.
It turns out that camping with an infant wasn’t so hard for us because we’ve been blessed with a really easygoing baby. The middle of the night diaper changes in a tent, on an air mattress, in the dark, was a challenge though. We are cloth diapering and are loving it, but we decided to leave the cloth at home and bring disposibles for this trip since we would be gone for 4 days and wouldn’t have access to laundry facilities. We started our adventure on the Friday afternoon and took the ferry to Nanaimo, BC. When we got to the ferry terminal we were STARVING because it was 2:00 PM and neither James or I had eaten lunch yet. There were typical food court options at the ferry terminal and I gave into my intense craving for a chilli cheese dog. I haven’t had one of these in…forever? and it was magical. I had been eating really healthy up until this chilli cheese dog, then it all went down hill from there for the rest of the weekend. Anyway, we got off the ferry around 6:00 PM and drove to Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park where we set up our tent with our little camper.
James & I barely got a wink of sleep because we heard wolves howling and strange forest noises and I was convinced that wild animals could smell my infant and would attack us through the thin nylon barrier of our tent. Protective mama instinct or crazy lady? Probably the latter. Owen didn’t seem to notice the howls and once we got him settled in our sleeping bag he slept pretty soundly for most of the night. He seemed to love his first night’s camping experience! We got up early on Saturday morning and made the long drive to Tofino, BC. Tofino is a surfer town on the Western-most point of Canada that I had never been to and wanted to see it before we left. Umm, it’s gorgeous. The day was drizzly and overcast but it made the sights all that more beautiful.
We had lunch at Shelter and since it was damp and chilly outside I ordered carrot & ginger soup to start my meal, and it was the perfect thing to warm me up. Carrot & ginger soup is officially my favourite soup ever.
After we wandered around Tofino for the afternoon we drove to Ucluelet where our next campsite was waiting for us. This was a private campground and wasn’t a provincial park so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but we were so pleased with the site that they gave us and with the views at this place. I mean, look at this…
We set up our site and made a delicious campfire dinner. On the menu was hot dogs and grilled cheese because carbs were the theme of the evening apparently. I bought sandwich/pie irons ahead of our trip and introduced James to camping grilled cheeses.
We balanced out the meal with salad though that survived our travels in the cooler. I don’t buy bagged salad often but it was the perfect thing for camping convenience and it eased the guilt a little of the carnival of carbohydrates that I had going on.
twinning with my boy
We had the best night around the camp fire, eating, drinking a beer, and listening to a camper a few sites over play guitar (he was really good!), it was just the perfect most relaxing night. On Sunday morning we made bacon and eggs around the campfire and then got back on the road. We stopped at a beach in Ucluelet to check out the scenery. I couldn’t get over how gorgeous this was, the overcast day only enhanced the beauty.
On Sunday afternoon we drove from Ucluelet to Nanaimo and checked into a hotel for the night because James had to attend meetings in Nanaimo on Monday. Owen and I explored town and had a breakfast date together while James was working and then we all took the ferry back to Vancouver that afternoon but first we had to eat a nanaimo bar in Nanaimo because it just wouldn’t have been right if we didn’t.
And that was the end of our last BC weekend getaway! We had an amazing weekend and made an effort to stay off our our phones (with the exception of taking pictures) and it was so nice to make some memories as a family of three.
Where was your last weekend getaway?
Have you ever had a nanaimo bar?