Vancouver Island is not without many opportunities to get out in nature. This year, we have explored it more with our motorhome, Harvey. We were not long home from my last posting, maybe a couple of weeks when we headed back out. The weather was expected to be nice despite the date on the calendar. We had settled on Little Qualicum Falls again for two or three nights but this time in the lower campground to be nearer the river and potentially hear the water flow. We also felt it is more open down there so would be brighter — this was a consideration this time because of being later in the season. We were to arrive on the Tuesday, but Denis was eager to leave Monday so we made a shorter first day drive to Bamberton for the first night with another couple. Our plan had been to secure a site near the trail down to the beach with maybe even a partial view of the water. That plan was quickly squashed when we arrived to find that the lowest loop was already closed for the season. It was September 28. We did find a double campsite and had a good walk to the beach and back. The days are that much shorter but still a nice time and a lovely campground despite the warnings of “a problem cougar” and “multiple bear sightings.” Neither was seen by us.
The following morning we got back on the road heading north. Another couple friends arrived first to Little Qualicum Falls and we found three sites in the loop along the river with Denis and I securing what we felt was the best site. Such good friends we have to let us have the one on the riverside as they took the one across the road. Once all three of us couples were set up we headed out to hike the full loop of Upper and Lower Falls. Thinking we were set up in such lovely sites — I could even hear the river — I was prepared to pay for two nights and might even stay three. Imagine our surprise when we were told we could only do one night where we were as the lower campground was closing on the 30th. Awww…. we would need to move to the Upper. Lesson learned: read the board when entering, even if you think you know how the system works. Also, maybe read about the park on the website before making plans. No matter, really, in the morning we moved up top and found a double and single with a trail in between and settled on two nights. More hiking and shared dinners and good conversation and campfires meant for a lovely couple of days on this wonderful Island of ours. The weather? Well, it didn’t pan out to be quite as beautiful and warm as we had expected but still very pleasant. Another little jaunt under our belt and we headed home on the Friday morning. One couple made one last night out at Living Forest in Nanaimo, securing one of the last sites available. It seems there might just be something to the fact that snowbirds are filling those RV parks with full service.
Some photos from the lower campground —
And now some from our two nights in the upper campground of Little Qualicum Falls —