The Long drive

The drive between Courtenay and Victoria used to take a lot longer when I was young – that’s back before the Malahat drive was improved (and it’s stiff awful) and the Island Highway was upgraded to mostly four lanes.

Vancouver Island,Island Highway,British Columbia

Then came the Inland Island Highway – a controlled access, four lane divided highway connecting first Nanaimo and Courtenay, and more recently, Campbell River.

The drive became faster and safer, but in some ways less scenic as the old Island Highway followed the coast line past Parksville, Qualicum Bay, Fanny Bay and many other wonderful places. On the other hand, the new Inland Island Highway makes it a bit easier to visit Horne Lake and Spider Lake Provincial Parks, Tribune Bay Provincial Park on Hornby Island, and it has exposed some pretty cool fossil beds.

Vancouver Island,Island Highway,British Columbia

It also makes it a bit easier to visit some special beaches on the west coast of Vancouver Island…

Vancouver Island,Island Highway,British Columbia

All images © 2012 CKB

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One Response to The Long drive

  1. Natalie says:

    Someday, I shall see Uclueless. All hail Railway Monkey. Next time, I’ll take Lobster-dun.

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