Day eight of my short Vancouver Island vacation. North of Campbell River in the Seymour Narrows there used to be an underwater mountain with two peaks. This was called Ripple Rock. Due to the hazards this caused to navigation and the many boats that were sunk in the area, the Government of Canada fixed the problem. In 1958 in what was at the time the largest non-nuclear peacetime explosion ever recorded the tops of the underwater mountain were exploded. It was the first ever live coast-to-coast broadcast on CBC.
Day six of my short Vancouver Island vacation. One of the major hikes I had planned for this trip was to hike to the top of Mount Becher and then take the Boston Ridge Traverse back to the bottom. Quite a bit of planning had been put into this hike, and I even created a custom map of the route to make sure we stayed on the correct trail. I was expecting it to be tough and it did not disappoint.
Day four of my short Vancouver Island vacation. Headed north from Comox to Seal Bay Nature Reserve for a pretty hike through a regenerated second growth forest. Eventually made it down to a rocky beach area to poke around. After getting back to the car, headed further north to Campbell River for some lunch and a stroll along Miracle Beach.
Day three of my short Vancouver Island vacation. Hiking through Rosewall Creek Provincial Park. This park and hiking trail follows Rosewall Creek through some extremely dense old-growth temperate rain forest before ending at a secluded set of falls. Due to the time of year (October) the waterfalls were a little unspectacular but it is still a very beautiful area.
Day two of my short Vancouver Island vacation. The Forbidden Plateau is an incredibly beautiful sub-alpine wilderness just a short drive from Comox. There are nearly endless trail loops to follow past an astonishing number of very pretty lakes. Fall colours abound during our 17 km or so hike.
Day one of my short Vancouver Island vacation. After flying in from Calgary and getting settled, went for a nice walk down to Comox Beach and Goose Spit.