The Northwest Council of Camera Clubs (NWCCC) is a non-profit organization for camera clubs in the Pacific Northwest (Washington and British Columbia). The club sponsors digital and print competitions, educational events and a conference once a year at various locations. NWCCC is also a member of PSA. Check the website following for more information: www.nwcameraclubs.org/
Photography-oriented road trip on Vancouver Island that includes car camping, short hikes and a full day cruise on a merchant vessel. Photographers of all skills welcome!
You MUST register here - https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/activities/day-hike-vancouver-island
Meet at the Green Lake Park & Ride (65th and 5th) at the north-most end of the parking lot at 4am.
We will need to leave promptly in order to drive to Anacortes and catch our 8am ferry to Sidney, B.C.
Please note that you will need a passport for the border crossing (Anacortes to Sidney).
DAY 1 – MONDAY, JUNE 8
Leave Seattle and drive to Anacortes to catch the ferry to Sidney, BC
Ferry reservation required starting January 29th - https://secureapps.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/Reservations/Vehicle/default.aspx)
Drive from Sidney to Gold River and camp at Gold River Municipal Campground (5 hour drive) - http://www.villageofgoldriver.com/municipal-facilities.html
$12 per vehicle per night (reserve 2 nights)
This is first come, first served, but since it's a weekday, we should be ok.
DAY 2 – TUESDAY, JUNE 9
Board the MV UChuck III for a full day sailing adventure of Nootka Sound - https://www.getwest.ca/cruises/nootka-sound-cruise/
Cost is $80 ($75/senior fare) Canadian per person
Camp at Gold River Municipal Campground
DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10
Drive to Elk Falls Provincial Park
Make camping reservation for one night ($22) starting Feb. 10th - https://discovercamping.ca/ElkFalls (I'm in site #60)
Explore park with its waterfalls and suspension bridge
DAY 4 – THURSDAY, JUNE 11
Drive to Goldstream Provincial Park
Make camping reservation for one night ($35) starting Feb. 11th - https://discovercamping.ca/GoldstreamProvincialPark (I'm in site #41)
After setting up camp, drive into Victoria and explore the area for photo ops
DAY 5 – FRIDAY, JUNE 12
Drive to Sidney for ferry back to Anacortes *
Make ferry reservation - https://secureapps.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/Reservations/Vehicle/default.aspx
*You may take the ferry from Nanaimo to Vancouver if you prefer for the trip home
Ferry (each way)
$47 per driver/vehicle
$21 per passenger
4 nights camping
MV UChuck cruise
$80 per adult / $75 for 65+ seniors
Gas – RoadTrippers approximates gas costs at $88 per vehicle
Note: I plan to have a pre-trip meeting on Tuesday, May 5th. Probably at a local restaurant.