Tuesday started off looking like a cold, windy, overcast day – perfect for a walk along the coast in search of a lighthouse. So, off we went, driving 25 miles south to the village of Ucluelet, settled in 1870 as a trading post catering to sealers. Ucluelet (pronounced, “you-clue-let”) sounded to me like an aboriginal … Continue reading

To Tofino

If you look closely at the map of Vancouver Island in my last post, you’ll see that most of the road network runs north-south along the eastern coast of the Island, from Victoria on the south, through Nanaimo, Courtenay and Campbell River, ending at Port Hardy in the north. There are no roads running the … Continue reading

On the Road, Again

Several months ago, Dale started planning an RV trip to Vancouver Island and I booked a reservation for Monday, May 23, on the ferry from Vancouver’s terminal at Tsawwassen to start the trip. The end of May is the beginning of the high tourist season on Vancouver Island and reservations were recommended. I chose the … Continue reading


I previously mentioned that after returning Louisbourg to the French at the end of hostilities in 1748, the British military established a fort and town about 250 miles to the southwest at present-day Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1749, the British government sent a governor to the new stronghold at Halifax, Gov. Edward Cornwallis, along with … Continue reading

New Scotland

New Scotland

Sunday morning, we drove east from the campground, through Charlottetown to the Wood Islands ferry terminal, then took the 75-minute ferry across the Northumberland Strait to Nova Scotia. Landing at Caribou, we rounded a barrier island that was covered with seabirds. Nova Scotia was originally discovered in 1497 by an Italian adventurer (turned English) with … Continue reading