The next day we left Sooke and drove via Port Renfrew to Cowichan, it rained all the way, the road is scenic, but slow with potholes and many sharp turns. The Cowichan region can also be reached via a scenic 40 minute drive from Victoria or Nanaimo on the Trans Canada Highway.

Our plastic storage drawers fell onto the floor. You can see the tension rod at the back. We have since secured them with Octopus elastic straps.

We dry camped at Gordon Bay Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, Canada for two nights.

We found the campgrounds beautiful, private, clean, with fire-pits, there was firewood for sale, the ablutions were spotless with great hot showers. The staff were very friendly and helpful. ©

‘For a great family camping vacation, head to Gordon Bay Provincial Park, located on the shores of Lake Cowichan, north of Duncan on Vancouver Island. In the summer the lake is warm and the sandy beach makes for great family swimming. History buffs find plenty to interest them in the park and the surrounding area, which is home to a second-growth Douglas-fir forest. Set in one of Vancouver Island’s sunniest valleys, this area boasts the highest average annual temperature in Canada. ” – B.C. Parks

View from our Camper’s window. ©

We put up tarps for the rain. ©

Hubby baking bread in a “Potjie” ©
Camp food

There is a great campground at Cowichan River Provincial Park

Eagle in Cowichan River Provincial Park ©

Eagle in Cowichan River Provincial Park ©

Fish Ladders at Skutz Falls ©

“Skutz Falls offers magnificent views of river rapids and a man-made fish ladder, and is a prime location from which to watch spawning salmon ascend the fish ladder in the fall, or for a picnic at the end of a day’s hike. The Cowichan River is home to seven species of game fish; coho, chinook and chum salmon, and steelhead, rainbow, brown and trout. The cowichan is one of only two rivers in British Columbia known to contain Brown Trout’ – Vancouver Island

Kayaker at Skutz Falls ©

Tok Skutz Falls ©

Tok at Marie Canyon ©

Marie Canyon day-use area overlooks the Cowichan River as it surges through a spectacular sheer rock canyon. This is also a prime location to watch spawning salmon in the fall, and an excellent area for kayaking and canoeing. Experienced whitewater kayakers may wish to navigate the river between Skutz Falls and Marie Canyon. Swimming and tubing are popular activities at the Stoltz Pool day-use area and below Skutz Falls.” – Vancouver Island

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Port Renfrew On the Island’s West CoastRick & Paulette’s RV Journal.

Visiting Marie CanyonRick & Paulette’s RV Journal.

Skutz FallsRick & Paulette’s RV Journal.

A Walk On The Cowichan River’s Wild SideRick & Paulette’s RV Journal.

Down By The RiversideRick & Paulette’s RV Journal.

A Walk Across The Spectacular Kinsol Trestle Rick & Paulette’s RV Journal.


About Tokeloshe.

Welcome and thank you for visiting. I have been happily married (sic) for 40 years, have one son, a loving daughter in law and three adorable grandsons. We have been in Canada for 20 years and are originally from South-Africa. My first language is Afrikaans. (Ek kan nog Afrikaans praat, lees en skryf.) I love doing mixed media, scrap-booking, blogging and playing on the computer, I am also interested in photography, genealogy, reading, hiking, camping, arts and crafts.
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6 Responses to Cowichan

  1. Tandy says:

    those eagle pics are amazing 🙂


  2. colonialist says:

    More very ‘different’ scenery! How on earth do those fish ladders work? Can’t make them out.
    One hears that flies are a problem in Canada. Do you find that?


    • Tokeloshe says:

      We took more photos, but as we couldn’t get close to the water, they were difficult to photograph. This is the best answer I could get on the internet.
      There is a drawing and some old black and white photos.

      Flies are a big problem in summer, not so much in the city, but when we lived in Newfoundland the Black Flies were bad.

      We have recently gone boondocking and the Deer Flies were terrible, especially on the dogs, fortunately we had bug repel-ants, but hubby has done some research since then and hopefully we are prepared for them now.


  3. Tokeloshe says:

    I am sorry to hear that;-(
    I think it is different for each type of fly.
    Tree Tanglefoot Insect Barrier is available here, it is “a non-drying, sticky compound that forms a barrier against climbing insects. It is composed of all natural gum resins, vegetable wax and castor oil; contains no harmful chemicals or pesticides”

    In South-Africa I know of Bioway Multi.


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