Our entry point back into Canada was via the Ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria. Our original plan was to stay at West Bay Marine Village in Esquimalt and spend a few days walking around downtown Victoria and checking out the historic sites. That plan went out the window when we pulled into the driveway and the attendant looked at our length and went – Ohhh, I didn’t understand when you explained your set up… you won’t fit here.
Moving on to a quickly created plan B – Pedder Bay RV resort & marina in Mechosin, just west of Victoria. It is a new campground facility run by the Oak Bay Marine Group and it is beautiful. It is between Mechosin and Sooke, out in the country, and right on a small bay. Big sites, beautiful views and clean facilities. No cell coverage but decent internet.
The weather was beautiful (15c and sunny) so we got ourselves organized and headed out on the Galloping Goose Rail trail. It is a bike trail built on an old rail trail that runs from west Victoria all the way to Sooke. We hadn’t been biking for over a week so it was great to get out and moving. We found a great sunny stop beside a lake for snacks.
Day Two was spent doing school work and at the Skate Park in Sooke. Another sunny day so we hung out and played, flipping between skateboarding and wiffleball, with some lunch in between.
We ventured out for a quick hike before dinner and were welcomed into the world of slugs… Hunter was the first to spot them on the trails and Dad (who we make do everything first) picked one up so we could investigate. Hunter then decided that it might be OK to hold it – after the first squishy feeling he was a fan, and carried the slug (whom he named) for the rest of the 40 minute walk. With much dismay, he returned him to a bog as we refused to allow him in the camper.
We ended our stay here with a fun dinner with Great Uncle Neil and Aunt Susan, whom we haven’t seen for a while. They generously drive out from Victoria to the rural sticks where we were and we got all caught up over dinner at the My Chosen Cafe.