Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lund, Comox and Tofino

Jan's parents live at the end of the road on the Sunshine Coast in a fishing town called Lund. We went out with Pete, Jan, Luke and Sam and stayed at the old house where Jan's father grew up.
Pete and I went out in the prawn boat with Ron (Jan's dad) and Conrad (Jan's uncle) to troll for springs (chinook salmon) and jig for lingcod and red snappers. We fished in a secret area in Desolation Sound but the springs weren't taking. We did manage to haul in a red snapper and a few lingcod.
Nat, Jan and the kids went to Powell River to swim in the pool. We then all met back at Lund and had a wonderful supper of prawn, perogies and cod. Thanks to Jan's folks for the great hospitality!
We left Lund and took the Powell River ferry to Comox on Vancouver Island. Along the way we crossed paths with a few Orcas. We arrived fairly late so we found a campsite on Comox Lake and called Nat's old schoolmate Dave Damery who has settled in Comox. He came out for a short visit and picked us up the next morning for a grand tour of the area. We went up Mount Washington and all over Courteney/Comox. It looks like a great place to live with ocean and mountains surrounding a fertile valley. Dave and his wife Allison with their boys Carson (7) and Luke (5) drove us back out to the campsite where we feasted on fire roasted hotdogs and salad. Thanks for treating us so well on such short notice!
After packing up we had lunch with Ali (Clark) Murray and her two kids, Thai (5) and Amber (3) at the Atlas Cafe. Ali's husband, Lee, is a commercial fisherman and was out to sea. It was nice to catch up after so many years.
We left Comox for Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. We stopped at Coombs "goats on the roof" market on the way and found only grass on the roof at this time of year. Nice market though. We arrived in Tofino in the rain and set up the tarp and tents in the Bella Pacifica campground on Mackenzie Beach. We turned in early expecting a nice day to follow. We got that day as we arose to sun. We did some beachcombing and found sand dollars and a big starfish. We went in to town for some supplies. It is quite a tourist destination that is well known for it's surfing and fishing. We dropped into the flyfishing shop and I had a great conversation with the owner and he told us a spot where we might get into some sea run cutthroat trout. He gave Alex a nice fly and wished us luck. We then went to the surfer's beach and watched the action for a while then Nat and Kathleen went to play on the beach and Alex and I headed to Grice Bay to try our luck. We saw a seal and one big trout but didn't hook up. Back at the campsite we capped the night off with some smores after Alex and I scrounged the campsite for wood that others left behind ( I'm not paying $6 for three sticks of wood!).
We left in the morning taking down the camp in the pouring rain. We drove to Nanaimo and boarded the ferry to Horsehoe Bay (Vancouver) then made our way north on the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler.