As you may have seen in my previous post, I headed to Vancouver Island for a mini camping trip at the beginning of August.
We had great weather and managed to squeeze in quite a bit of stuff around Nanaimo, Parksville and Tofino. This post are the Highlights of my trip and just the places I definitely would recommend checking out if you’re in the area.
First up on my MUST DO list is:
Tacofino – If you live local to the Vancouver, BC area you are most likely familiar with the Tacofino locations. If not, then I feel sorry for you, because you’re missing out on some amazing tacos. Anyways, the Tacofino Food Truck in Tofino is their original location and it is worth the line up!!
Shed – A restaurant with a to-go window on the side which is super handy. We wanted to get back to where we were camping, so just ordered from the side window and went on our way. I got the Tofino Kombucha which was absolutely delicious and Matt ordered their Latte which was some really good espresso.
Englishman River Falls – Amazing waterfall, easy hike for the whole family and you can even swim in the rock pool.
Butterfly Gardens – Driving to the Falls from Parksville, you’ll end up passing the Butterfly Gardens and I definitely recommend stopping by. They have interesting caterpillars, a resident Tortiose who is 23 years young and all the butterflies you could imagine. It was $14 to get in and I enjoyed it more than Victoria’s Butterfly Gardens.
Realm – The most delicious Vegan Ice cream I have had. So creamy you seriously wouldn’t know it was vegan. Also had an amazing Rice Bowl with a Miso Dressing, Kale, Beets, Carrots, Pickled Ginger.. I wanted to go back the next day to eat there again.
The Nanaimo Museum as mentioned in my other post was so much fun. The cheapest museum I’ve been to, but full of cool facts and things to see.
Last stop was The Buzz. Offices upstairs and a warm cafe with big windows, lots of tables, a patio and some cozy chairs below. Their coffee was another delicious one. Shared some amazing carrot cake and read our books until it was time to catch our ferry home.
Anyways, I always want to be on holidays and I’m reluctantly slowly counting down the days until I’m back to work full time. However, as much as I love summer and all the adventures, I love the crisp Autumn air, cozy sweaters and cozying up with a cup of tea.
Where is your favourite place for a mini holiday?
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