We had the best time on our Vancouver Island road trip! The weather wasn’t especially warm… well actually at times it was rather cool, but, when the sun did come out it was superb! Thank goodness I managed to pack enough clothes with me and I was very happy I brought my jacket liner with me!
After we left Victoria we headed over to Deep Bay which is just about thirty minutes east of Courtenay. My sister and my mom live in Courtenay. My sister and her family spend most of the summer days in Deep Bay on the property they have right on the water. It’s absolutely beautiful there rain or shine, but, I must say I prefer SHINE. My sister’s and I spent a few days there last summer before Liisa got married. We had a sister’s get-away before the big day. You can check out some of the pictures here. When we arrived in Deep Bay we were a little ahead of schedule and it was lunch time so we drove past Deep Bay and stopped in the cute little town of Fanny Bay for lunch. We were riding on the Island Highway, 19A, which is the scenic version that follows the coastline. We came across this cute pub called the Fanny Bay Inn. I had the best fish and chips there that I’ve had in a long time, a really long time. Okay… I don’t normally eat fish and chips, but, I was craving some a lot! A nice cold beer and the fish and chips hit the spot! It’s funny I couldn’t remember what Keith ordered and I had to look back at the pictures to remind myself. He was craving pulled pork, so, he ordered a pulled pork sandwich which he loved. When it comes to food… I’m laughing because we have very few pictures. We’re always too ravenous and dig in before I remember to take the pic!
I’ve seen a few other reviews about the food at the Fanny Bay Inn since our visit. I came across the reviews looking for a website for them (which they don’t have) and the reviews are all good. It’s too bad they don’t have a website though. I’m not even going to list the address, because, literally Fanny Bay is so small when you’re driving on the Island Highway, you can’t miss it!
After our great lunch we arrived at my sister’s place in Deep Bay and as soon as we parked the bike it started to rain! It would have been nice to sit on the patio overlooking the water enjoying a cold beverage, but, the weather didn’t cooperate to that extent. It’s still beautiful in Deep Bay rain or shine and this trip we had time to gaze at the beautiful ocean from indoors
My cute little nephew, Jacob, and his dog June! This little boy is such an outdoorsy little guy. He loves the ocean and can spend days outside just digging around. What a great way to grow up and learn about nature. Better than any science class!
Some of Jacob’s playthings!
Ever since last summer when I told Keith how we (the sisters) had collected our own oysters and barbecued them on the half shell (and boy were they good), Keith has wanted to do the same. He loves seafood! So, he was out early the next morning with Jacob and June collecting oysters. We didn’t have the barbecue going, so, he actually swallowed a raw one! Disgusting! Don’t see the point in this, but, I also couldn’t imagine biting into one. So what’s the point!! But, he thought it was slimey goodness!
After our overnight stay we said good-bye to my sis, mom and the kids. Even though the weather wasn’t perfect we still enjoyed hanging out by the beautiful ocean.
We packed up the bike and talked about getting rain gear for me… again. Since the day before we left home Keith was saying we should stop somewhere and get me rain gear. My thoughts on this are… I don’t want to be riding if it’s going rain and if I get caught in the rain for a few minutes, I can suffer through it. We were thinking about stopping in Courtenay before heading to Ucluelet, but, we didn’t! I survived with barely a drop of rain on me! Our next stop on this road trip is Ucluelet.
Talk to you soon!