EC Manning Park

After a short stop in Vancouver to say farewell to friends, we headed up Highway 3 to our chosen destination for 3 nights, Manning Park. Most of the friendly staff were from Kalgoorlie, which was rather unexpected. Mornings we headed out early to see wildlife, and were not disappointed. Incredible mountain views – I would love to see it in winter.

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Cascade Lookout

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Yellow Bellied Marmot
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Heather Trail
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Cascadian Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
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Pika
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Lightning Lake

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Ferry to Horseshoe Bay

If you’re going to catch a BC ferry, you can book in advance online. Often advisable as it can get busy. Our early morning trip from Nanaimo to Vancouver was just lovely.

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Port Hardy to Nanaimo

After our fantastic Great Bear Lodge adventure we had another night in Port Hardy before driving to Nanaimo so we could catch the ferry from Vancouver Island back to the BC mainland. Nanaimo is famous for a rich creamy chocolaty slice with a sugar kick to boot you into next week. I recommend you try one. Fortuitously, the town also had a good local brewery, White Sails. We tried a couple of brews before eating and then heading home to get a good night’s sleep so we didn’t miss our early ferry departure. IMG_6499

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We did see an elk but I wasn’t quick enough to snap it. Also a bear running across the road. O adventure.
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Miracle Beach – somewhat different to your usual Aussie seaside view
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Nanaimo at dusk
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Understated food advertising at The White Spot restaurant – it was pretty good though…