Arriving back in the Comox Valley we had one mission…to sell Martha! Our transport and home for the last 7 months needed to find a new home. We had given ourselves nearly a month to perform this task in, before we flew back to the UK. However with Sam the Wheeler-dealer in charge it actually took only 2 days!
On our return to Courtenay the plan was to do some more HelpXing (remember Squamish and Williams Lake?) to save ourselves accommodation costs. Unfortunately we weren’t successful, so we have changed our flights and are going home a little earlier. However we have still managed to sample a taste of the valley in the Summer.
Before I write anymore I have to give a massive shout out to our friends the Stangers. Without them and their generosity we would have had no where to stay whilst we waited for our flight. Throughout this year they have been more than generous to us and we hope to find a way to return the favour, however, for now all we can simply say is Thank You. It doesn’t quite seem enough!
Our first weekend back on Vancouver Island was BC Day long weekend. We spent the Monday down at Comox Harbour watching the ‘Build, Bail and Sail’ competition; enjoying the boats that sunk more than those that managed to make it out to the buoy and back! We also went to Stotan Falls and jumped off (what felt like) a huge waterfall. Then ended the day back at Comox Harbour for the Ceremony of the Flags, a little bit of Elvis and fireworks!
At the weekend we also went back up Mount Washington to see how the mountain changes in the Summer. Although totally different than during the Winter months, the views were no less spectacular. We enjoyed a hike at Paradise Meadows, where I had snow shoed and cross country skied during the Winter.
We took advantage of the glorious weather to do some fruit picking and cycled down to a farm in Comox. I ate about as many as I picked! It was so much fun and Sam even baked a crumble when we got back!
Leaving Canada means that we are also leaving new found friends. This is probably the hardest part about going home, well that and the thought of returning to the Scottish weather! On Thursday we had our last day with our friends Gemma and Jr. We had met Gemma and Jr through our friend Joe and we all bonded over van conversions and blogging! We managed to have one of the best days I’ve had in Canada right at the end of our stay (no mean feat considering the fun we’ve had this year) when we piled into their big blue van and took off to Denman and Hornby Island, along with their friend Emma who was visiting.
Our first stop was Hornby Island, which was actually our third Island in a day, as you have to get the ferry from Buckley Bay (on Vancouver Island) to Denman Island and then from Denman Island to Hornby Island. The ferry trips are super quick though and once you’ve had a quick moment to glance at the stunning scenery you’re already at your destination!
On Hornby we spent most of our time at Tribune Bay. This is a provincial park and a gorgeous bay with crystal clear water teaming with sea life. We spent our time sunbathing, having some lunch, swimming and snorkelling. It was pretty perfect, we even had some entertainment in the form of a dog which seemed to think it was David Beckham!
The ferry times meant that we didn’t have a huge amount of time on Hornby but after the beach we did have a quick trip to a winery. Seems as though California converted Sam, as after a little tasting session he had bottle us a bottle ready to celebrate the end of our Canadian adventure.
The ferries from Denman back to our Island (Vancouver Island) were more frequent than those back from Hornby, so we had time to go for a hike and take in some more breathtaking views before we needed to head back. Gemma and myself reminisced about the book “The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch” whilst the boys looked confused and then we all headed back to Comox for some food before saying our final goodbye.