Day 12- July 20 // Little Qualicum Falls, MacMillan Provincial Park, Coombs Country Market, Nanaimo // Fort Victoria RV Park
Day 12- July 20
Little Qualicum Falls, MacMillan Provincial Park, Coombs Country Market, Nanaimo, Victoria
Fort Victoria RV Park (5/5)
Sadly, our trip was coming to an end. 2 more days, and we would be on the road home again. But, as of then, we still had 2 nights left, and it was no time to stop to be reminiscing yet.
The weather on the island was far from perfect, but we could work with that. Some rain in the morning has turned into cloudy afternoon, and we drove to see the Little Qualicum Falls, and then to MacMillan Provincial Park to check out the famous Cathedral Grove with 700+ year old cedars.
On the way we have stopped at the gas station to feed the beast, and within 30 minutes from the RV park we have reached the first destination.
We have chosen to see the Little Qualicum Falls and the Cathedral Grove because of the close proximity to each other, and only a short drive from the park we have stayed at.
Little Qualicum Falls are not the most interesting waterfalls out there, but the park is a nice walk for a cloudy day. The route from the bottom falls to the top ones and back is about 30 minutes total, and there is plenty of parking available. The top waterfall is running in a rocky area, and the route is shaped in an astonishing manner – it seems just as it is going through the ground, but in fact it’s turning right, which is hard to see unless you look from a certain angle.
The trail is not very difficult, but unfortunately, is not wheel-chair accessible. Allow about 60 minutes for the visit.
After the falls we have proceeded to the MacMillan Park. Finding parking there is a nearly impossible task – there are only a few stalls, and as you are leaving, you need to back to the highway. Having said that, I would not want to see these trees go down to make more space up for parking.
The tallest tree there is estimated to be 1000 years old, and the dendrologists suggest it has another 300 to go. There always is a large group of people taking pictures in front of it, so you need to wait for a little while before you get to take yours. The walk around the park should not take you more than 1 hour.
After the MacMillan Park we have stopped at the Goats on The Roof marketplace (it is exactly what it sounds) to get some fruit and bread for the road, and then went to Nanaimo for a seafood dinner at a local diner (absolutely no recollection of what it’s called, but it was good!).
Fort Victoria RV Park Review (5/5):
Fort Victoria RV park is within a 7-minute car ride from Downtown Victoria (or 20 minutes on the bus – the bus stop is a 5-minute walk from the park). Cab ride to the RV park from the Parliament Building is $20.
The park is very big, and has spots large enough to accommodate RV’s of any size. Each site has full hookups (water and electricity). The staff is very helpful – ask them for the maps and bus schedules if you are new to the area. They also have daily bus tickets for sale (the price is equivalent to paying for the bus fare twice).
The park has some trees, and there are some divided spots, and some that are just next to each other. It gets very quiet in the evening and at night, and, even though there is a railroad right next to the park, I have not heard or seen any trains.