PARKSVILLE & QUALICUM BEACH, BC | Visiting Beaches + Provincial Parks on Vancouver Island

PARKSVILLE & QUALICUM BEACH, BC | Visiting Beaches + Provincial Parks on Vancouver Island


well good morning everyone from Qualicum
beach we made it guys we made it so we’re deciding to basically go a little
bit further south today from where we’re staying at Comox so we’ve made it to
Qualicum beach I will say it took us a while to get here because the the
coastal highway the island highway was closed off today I guess for some
maintenance it was beautiful for the little stretch
that we were able to take it but then yeah we hit it hit a dead end basically
and then it was a bit of a yeah the detour until we got back on the regular
highway but yeah in terms of the plan for today we’re gonna start here in
Qualicum Beach check out the beach so I’m gonna go swimming yeah cooler
overcast day yep and after that we’ve planted two more places Parksville
Parksville where i think there’s a place called the Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park which appears to be again by the beach and then we’re going to go and visit
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park so yeah we’ve got a day of exploring beaches hiking and visiting
a few small towns along the coast here should be fun out is good and it is low tide right now so we’re
basically walking on a bed of pebbles and seashells and mud and clay shoes are
getting a little bit wet and seaweed lots of algae am I after a quick stop at Qualicum beach we
drove towards Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park which is a provincial park located in the east
and the Parksville this boat is known for its wide sandy beaches especially
during low tide when the water recedes almost a kilometre from shore it was
pretty cool to see well hello we have made it to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park but before coming here we stopped for little Timmy’s on the way of
course for the non-canadians Tim Hortons it’s kind of like a coffee chain that’s where you
go for your coffee and your donuts here in Canada but they also do a really nice
lunch like you can’t soups chili sandwiches yeah Donuts reliable food at
an affordable price yeah Canadians cannot function without a
coffee from Tim Hortons exactly it’s one of the biggest franchises that kind of
has and it’s they’re everywhere they’re good to keep you going
so the weather’s been changing a lot today so we were just at the beach but
it started pouring rain so we’ve come over to the forest shielded what a beach
though huh you use there one of the biggest beaches I ever seen wide it must
be low tide because yes like a half a kilometer before you to reach the water
it’s like fine side to side as far as you can see and there were only what
maybe 10 15 people are the better yeah this place is really set up for campers
and also day-trippers and picnickers pickers know also we see a lot of those
big motorized homes there is a lot of camping areas for these RVs yeah not the
small ones I had the ones that they look like like a spa like a huge bus yeah the
ones that are like four hundred thousand dollars to buy we’re not those yeah and
look at this one look at the bark on this thing here beauty Colossus yeah and
you know what I think these are the the Burroughs remember the other day when we
went to port making you and we saw that giant girl yeah here you have something
on a smaller scale so this how it starts yeah but it’s amazing how
intricate look at the way the bark has those grooves in it it looks like
something that came out of outer space or something it doesn’t look like it’s
for Mars yeah the way the wall is not cooperating fully today but for people
that want to visit this part of the world they have to understand that the
west side of British Columbia the weather is just like this you know yeah
I mean lot of rain lots a lot I mean people people that are not from here
call this the west coast locals call it the wet coast you know
you you have a specific type of growth here that it looks almost like a
tropical you know you have ferns that are huge monster ferns and you know the
that due to the amount of rain that they have here is this is what these plants
need and they try you know yeah so in a way it’s not that good for the people
that want to enjoy but for the for the forest that’s fantastic you know what I
will say I don’t think the rain keeps locals indoors like walking and they
just put on their jacket rain boots and they still go from when I used to live
here the rained and then didn’t keep people inside you just go out and deal
with it yeah you get used to it living here and in fact not everyone even
brings an umbrella just have a rain arraign a raincoat on yeah I guess if
you don’t do that you’ll become a hermit because you’ll never get out of your
house that’s just all you have to learn how to
live with the conditions yeah and they do it’s a lot of people walking hiking
you know like I mean like if nothing they just walk under the rain like
nothing’s happening right yeah for us is a novelty because the first time we’re
here so let’s keep walking a little bit and now bunnies just as we were leaving
the park we spotted what we thought was one lone black rabbit looking out of
place but as we rounded the corner we discovered it was a whole colony they
were very cute then it was on words to Englishman River
Regional Park where we went in search of two waterfalls well I’m not sure we took
the right trail since we never did find them but who can complain about
wandering the wrong way in a forest when you’re surrounded by towering Cedars
Douglas firs and ferns all around alright guys well we just finished going
for another little walk this time through Englishman River Falls Provincial Park beautiful
walk beautiful walk beautiful forest yeah you know
total you know it’s like a savage wild place here you know like I mean you can
smell it the front there was a sign saying don’t forget that this is habitat
for cougar and they should be here they posted because they are here yeah and
okay suddenly enough the rains started to come down really heavy now yeah so
we’re going to call it a day here and we’re gonna go to the shop in to the
supermarket buy some food go home cook a little bit of wine yeah and yeah that
was a five hour five hour edition today again that’s good alright before we get
soaked let’s go let’s go back at the place I have the most severe case of hat
hair going on ever most severe case of hair hot hair right here oh here you
know man look I look like a rooster have a big clump at the top yeah we we are
having dinner today we bought some corn was it yes
cod and we’re using up some sweet potatoes that we bought in Port Alice but
didn’t use and some carrots carrots I think her from the first time we were in
Comox well let’s not reveal all the secrets leftovers leftovers we have a
Chilean wine and uh today was fine it was fine it was pretty relaxed we didn’t
do a ton because of the weather but um I still had a really good time I
mean any time you can go visit the beach and then go for a hike and the
rainforest is a good day in my books again we’re gonna have some Chilean wine
have a nice dinner we’ll show you it when it’s at the table the meal it’s in
the plate but it’s on the plate guys so hungry after a full day doing stuff
hearing doing start with biking yeah
stop now I’m gonna stop myself all right so we got Cod here
I think we cooked it in I’ll just die got it for us and butter and we’re
pairing it with some carrots and sweet potato it’s a very simple meal today but
wait tasty it’s gonna be good man let’s try some of that wine some of that wine
we’re having a Chilean wine today yeah this is a really fave famous one
Cassy Gerald it dub Diablo right yeah what does that mean exactly
it would be like Casa de arrow there would be like a like like a place like a
box where the devil the devil leaves well yeah a little Diablo no we got here
70% Shiva and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and I think they got a nice combination for
this wine because really really the Serie gives it a smooth and it removes
all that a agressivity of the cavernous of a year sometimes a tavern is a punch
as a punch it is smooth out the pot yeah so with this one I think they got a
really good blend cheers to that Rico man wine salut salut
salut I’m gonna try my first bite of the food here and crying mmm oh yeah
potatoes turned out great boiled those cut them up into wedges and then we put
them on top of the butter that we’re frying the fish on so good oh yeah fish
mmm super tender and juicy guys this is a super easy meal to make but yet very
delicious also healthy – you got your protein you’ve got your veggies got your
wine confit is always good what more could you want
I mean for me cod is one of the tastier fishes that you can get a lot of people
don’t you know don’t like it because when we were kids they used to give you
cod liver oil isotonic and that that was disgusting so the name cod was left in
people’s mind you know like I mean the the
young generation of my age that they here caught on kind of boo you know in
the opposite direction he always is one of the best fishes that
you can have you know God you can never go wrong with God anyways guys yeah all
right so we had a fun day beach time hiking we made the most of a rainy day
and we’ll still have more episodes from Vancouver Island we’re gonna continue to
basically head selleth most of the rest of our trip as that for popping up to
Campbell River we’ll see you there bye see you tomorrow