where are we going this morning Vancouver Island Home Sam's home today we are kicking off the trip thatwe've been wanting to do for a very long time a road trip across the length ofVancouver Island Sam grew up on the west coast but moved away when he went touniversity

and I had never been there so it was high time we both visited to makethings even more special when our dads heard we were traveling to VancouverIsland they both decided to come along so we embarked on this road trip as agang of four also I need to mention

that flying from Vancouver to Victoria weexperienced our shortest flight ever 11 minutes in the air across the strait ofGeorgia it was pretty cool your attachment my business well hello hello guys andVancouver island vancouver island this is where I grew up I was born on the islandand I lived

here until I was 18 born and raised and when was the last time here oh my goshit was 2007 and before that 2002 so basically in almost the last 20 yearsyeah I've only been here twice visiting so it has been ages since I've been herelike way before I

met you as last time I wait here and you know what Sam has beentalking about wanting to come back to Vancouver Island for years yeah so thissummer we finally planned a road trip we are doing a two-week road trip andpartnership with trover trover is a cool travel and

Photography app where you canfind geotagged images of cool places to visit and like discover new things to doso we're going to be exploring the island and using the app to kind of findnew things yeah I'm so excited because you know even when I lived here there'sso many things

that I didn't actually do especially touristy types of things andso I'm really looking forward to visiting some like some really coolsmall towns checking out some cool different restaurants doing some hike ohmy gosh I'm just so excited to be back here I can't believe I'm actually hereit feels a

bit surreal and I'm super pumped to be here for the very firsttime and also we have two special guests our dad because he says I've been inCanada for 50 years and have never been out west the vancouver island yeah andyour dad and my dad because he basically he's

lived a third of his life out hereon the island and so this is uh this is a homecoming trip for him as well soit's gonna be great to rediscover the island this is gonna be really my firsttime to see it kind of with adult eyes well we hope

you guys will join us forthe road trip we're gonna be filming lots of videos as we travel the lengthof the island and yeah let's get to it Vancouver Island guys we had a bit of a drive ahead of us toreach Mount Washington which would be our base for

the next few days so wedecided to break up the journey by making a few stops along the wayfirst up the town of chemainus which has managed to transform itself from aformer logging and mill town to a tourist town thanks to its numerousmurals visiting chemainus is like walking through

a giant outdoor gallerywith paintings that help tell the town's story it's a place we would definitelywant to experience with a bit more time we then continued our Drive north takinga little detour along the way to see the natural wonder that is cathedral grovenext Macmillan Provincial Park when we

were looking for places to visit on thisdrive heading north one of the places that we found on trover is cathedralgrove where you have old-growth forests and just giant towering trees thesebeauties we've just entered the trail and we're already like cathedral grove is part of an ancientdouglas-fir ecosystem with

trees that are around 800 years old some of thetrees stand 75 meters tall and measure 9 meters in circumference with a trailnetwork that weaves through the forest we arrived just before sunset so it waspretty magical seeing the sunlight shine through the hanging moss and dancedacross a carpet of

ferns so we have arrived at cathedral grovethe place i had been most wanting to visit yeah MacMillan Park it isimpressive size of the trees here it's just unbelievable and they're justbehemoths you cannot describe this in words it's amazing they look likethey're fake it's so big they're maybe one

of the greatest free attractionswe've ever been to it's great no no fee what I want to say about this place isthat if you leave a sight a good sight like this alone for a long long timeit's gonna be called old growth this is old growth this is a

Douglas fir andthen we also have some massive cedar here too okayit's a beautiful Drive it's so cool so close to Port Albernithe good thing is that they they were preserved for the future generations toenjoy because these to cut this it's just a crime against humanity that's theway I

see it these things like this cannot disappear from this planetremarkable we need to preserve this need to preserve them we have a bit morehiking this is what you would call a max forestand what I mean by that is that it's been left undisturbed for so long thatit's come

to this you know this these are the the cedar and the fir are thetwo max species that occupy here there's hardly any underbrush is just a fewsword ferns maybe everything has been left like it is and if you do that thenyou get what you call the highest level

of the forest and this would be a maxforest right here Wonderland it's going here Wonderland yeah without Alice alright guys so we've arrived at ouraccommodations here in Mount Washington thanks for driving all day we're up thehill not down the creek yeah we have the paddle you know no

problems getting uphere yeah we're able to stop at the grocery quality food store and getwhatever we wanted this is what we're having for dinner like a little indoorpicnic bass yeah yeah do it your cheese reaps veggie platterlots of meat pumice and some presen presen bread and we have

wine from SpainCheers yeah we decided against the cooking ameal tonight we are so tired looking a long day 11:30 hour of Toronto 830 3 hoursless but we are we're under goal from what four o'clock this morning yeah wewere up at 3:00 you have to get up earlier than

everyone and past midnightinside your tents it was our first day so what were your first impressions ofthe island stunning it is beautiful oh my goodnesslike we must have driven about three hours today heading north and we wentthrough forests and like these winding little rows I really love that

I thatarea with the air mature forest is the the Colossus of the forest when theytold me all their huge I figured well you know like a man you think of a bigtree but to assert the next BAM but when you go and you see a three that is

athousand years old and you can't even see the top it's no I some of them arelike 75 80 meters tall that's a big tree I'm impressed beyond you know my wildestexpectations anybody that goes there that wasn't a tree hugger before they'redefinitely gonna be a tree hugger after even

though they can't wrap their armsaround the tree take three or four people to join together so yeah you haveto give it a group that's a great start to our trip and we've got a two moreweeks so stay tuned so we'll see you guys tomorrow yes we are well

insteadCheers cheers to you and that's a little taste of her firstday on the island this was mostly a travel day but in the next episode we gohiking with friends and Strathcona Provincial Park we spot our first blackbear and we get stuck on a ski lift so we'll see

you soon with more VancouverIsland adventures you

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