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Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

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Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

Visitng the island in August this year and looking for recommendations on where (ie towns/communities) to stay on the eastern side of the island. Spending some time in Victoria and the Pacific Rim Coast, but would like a few days on the east side too....

Any recommendations welcome...

thanks...

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1. Re: Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

Hi Celtic-Wanderer ~

it would be good if you could indicate how many days you have to give for your visit to VI. It's 1.5 times larger than Wales and advice will differ depending on your time there. It would also be good to indicate where you are coming from before and where you are going to after. It could be Seattle, it could be Vancouver, you could be coming down on the ferry from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy, you could be coming down from Whistler. These options will make a difference in the advice you get. The more context the better, really.

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2. Re: Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

Will be travelling from Pacific Rim Coastal area across to the east side and have 3/4 days to spend before heading back to Victoria...

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3. Re: Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

Either Parksville. (Suggest you look at trip report I did last fall for things to see/ do.) Or up island to Port McNeill for more wilderness experience. Visit Alert Bay. Possibly do bear trip or whale trip. kayak . List goes on

Edited: 6:45 pm, April 28, 2013
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4. Re: Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

'Eastern Seaboard' is not a term we use here nor is 'Pacific Rim Coast'-although most people are too polite to point that out-yet another maddening feature of Canadian life.

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5. Re: Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

Righto Sam. It's our polite gene kicking in. At first I thought poster was in wrong forum...for the OP the East Coast of Vancouver island isn't actually on a " sea" . It's on the Straits of Georgia....relatively sheltered waters compared to Pacific Rim National Park which is on the West Coast of Vancouver Island...but we figured out where you meant and are happy to make suggestions. Would help to know your interests.

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6. Re: Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

Yes, Parksville is the most obvious choice, but really there are so many great options! What about one of the Gulf Islands? Cross onto Saltspring from Crofton and then over to Victoria from Fulford Harbour.

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7. Re: Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

Parksville, as mentioned, will be one of the larger communities with more amenities. You could look at Courtenay or Campbell River (Whale watching). You could look at Qualicum Beach, which is a neighbour to P'ville and perhaps less busy, or you could look into Nanaimo. You'd need to go up to north Island for bear tours and rich wildlife populations. Have a look at those communities on the following website under Central Island:

www.britishcolumbia.com/regions/ti.asp…

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8. Re: Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

parksville has a nice beach area but is very busy in the summer. not really sure what you are looking for but if you something more remote and quiet...consider one of the islands like mayne island or hornby island.

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9. Re: Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

thanks all for suggestions....Parksville seems to be a fav. then. But will look at links suggested. Just by the by...Eastern seaboard was my lingo and not anything I'd picked up from anywhere else...and yes, I appreciate it's not strictly speaking on the sea as such but the stretch of water between mainland Canada and the island's eastern shore. Pacific Rim however does seem to be mentioned in some literature, but yes, the western coast area does look fantastic - with only a week, it's hard to know what to include and what must be held over...till next time!

cheers...

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10. Re: Which town/community to stay - Eastern Seaboard.

The west coast of the island is wild, the east coast of the island is tame. It depends on what you're seeking.