Our Trip to British Columbia & the Pacific Northwest – Part 2: Goats on a Roof and Port Renfrew

Blowin' bubbles on a ferry

Blowin’ bubbles on a ferry

After two days in Vancouver (Part 1), we drove our car onto the ferry and went from Vancouver to Nanaimo. I’d heard rumors of GOATS on a ROOF in a town just a little bit up the coast, so we HAD to go. ( (As always, feel free to enlarge the photos by clicking on them!)

Sure enough!

GOATS ON A ROOF!

GOATS ON A ROOF!

This was our view from lunch! Goats!? ON A ROOF.

This was our view from lunch! Goats!? ON A ROOF.

From the goats on the roof of the Old City Market in Coombs, we drove across Vancouver Island over to Port Renfrew. It’s on the western coast, and is accessible by a logging road.

A fun thing we discovered about Canada? Well, we can sum it up by this imaginary conversation we had:

“Well, we’re over budget on this roads project. Thoughts?”
“I know how we can save a TON of money.”
“How?”
“Well, the bridges are way too extravagant in this current plan. Why do you need two lanes? Why do you need a lane that goes in both directions at the same time? That’s crazy! You really only need ONE lane. It’s not like anyone will be going in BOTH directions on the bridges at the SAME TIME.”
“Excellent. Problem solved!”

Nearly every bridge we took on Vancouver Island. No joke.

Nearly every bridge we took on Vancouver Island. No room to spare! No joke.

For the record, one bridge was so long we couldn’t see the END of it before we actually got ON it…and there WAS someone trying to come our way! So, we backed up! …Yes, backwards back to the beginning of the bridge! …and let them pass. It’s a good thing we’re not faint of heart.

I will say, though, that Vancouver and all the places we visited on Vancouver Island has THE MOST POLITE drivers EVER. It was sad, actually, how OBVIOUS and WEIRD it seemed to us that everyone was calm, chill, and polite. It should be that way everywhere, but it’s NOT.

It was SUNNY when we rolled into Port Renfrew! The locals didn't know what the glowing ball in the sky was! This was the beach right outside our door at the Bed and Breakfast.

It was SUNNY when we rolled into Port Renfrew! The locals didn’t know what the glowing ball in the sky was! This was the beach right outside our door at the Bed and Breakfast.

More sunny beach...

More sunny beach…

...and more sunny beach!

…and more sunny beach!

The sun followed us on our entire vacation. Everywhere we went, the locals were out basking in it. (I was looking forward to the break from the sun for once!) I made the best of it. 😉

The above pictures show the tide in. The following pictures show the tide out!

Port Renfrew Pano Tide Out

This is a panorama of our beach, the next day. You can see the tide is OUT in this one!

Driftwood Tide Out Port Renfrew

Port Renfrew Tide Way Out

We could walk so far out with the tide out!

Beautiful green swirls left by the receding tide.

Beautiful green swirls left by the receding tide.

Beautiful green rocks!

Beautiful green rocks!

Claire exploring the green rocks.

Claire exploring the green rocks.

Those “driftwood” pieces in the pictures above are MASSIVE trees. It was nearly impossible to get the perspective to show you just how BIG they were. They were easily 20-feet in diameter. No lie!

Some perspective!

Some perspective!

We had fun taking pictures on them, and we used this one as a "walkway" down the sloping beach!

We had fun taking pictures on them, and we used this one as a “walkway” down the sloping beach!

On our second day in Port Renfrew, we drove to the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and hiked around here. Who is Juan de Fuca? Well, I looked it up, and then we spent a while giggling about this. Juan de Fuca was actually a Greek explorer by the name of Ioánnis Phokás. He was hired by the King of Spain in the late 1500s to explore this area. He discovered this strait.

Yes. A Spanish King hired a Greek man to explore what is now Canada, and history refers to him by his Spanish-translated name. In Canada. Just so we’re clear. 😉

Anyway, regardless of what you call it, it’s absolutely beautiful!

Panorama of Botany Bay, Juan de Fuca Park

Panorama of Botany Bay, Juan de Fuca Park

Nice view for our picnic lunch that day!

Nice view for our picnic lunch that day!

Checking out the tidepools

Checking out the tidepools

A whole world lives in this one!

A whole world lives in this one!

This one is empty except for our feet!

This one is empty except for our feet!

The hiking trail had some clever "bridges."

The hiking trail had some clever “bridges.”

That night, we checked out the sunset!

That night, we checked out the sunset!

...and did some more posing on huge logs!

…and did some more posing on huge logs!

...and hiked in the twilight.

…and hiked & climbed in the twilight.

Stay tuned for our next installment!

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