Summer is officially here!
Covid-19 has definitely put a damper on things over the last few months, however, we live on the most beautiful island which is full of adventure and life that can be experienced safely while remaining socially distanced. If you're looking to get out of the house and explore some of this island, here are a few tips and ideas of things you can do this summer.
Head to the beach
The Capital Regional District has countless beaches that can make for a great day trip or picnic spot. Find one locally that you walk to from home, or get adventurous and head out towards Jordan River or Port Renfrew to experience the true West Coast beaches.
If you're looking for something new, take a drive up island, Parksville, Ucluelet, Tofino, and so many other great locations have miles upon miles of beaches to be explored where you can surely keep your distance from others.
Get online and book your campsite now! This is a great way to keep your distance from others while enjoying the outdoors. Many campsites are still accepting reservations and there's even a few right in 'our backyard' such as Goldstream Provincial Campground if you'd prefer to stay close to home.
Go for a hike
One of the best parts of Vancouver Island is having the great outdoors right at your fingertips. You'll find beautiful hikes nearby such as Mount Douglas or get a bit more adventurous and head out to Goldstream Park and hike up to the trestle or the top of Mount Finlayson.
Float on the lake
Grab an inner tube or air mattress and head to one of the local lakes to soak it all in. A great way to spend a day relaxing in the sun and having the lake to cool off in. There are countless lakes in the area where you can easily set up a small spot and spend the day floating and swimming.
While being stuck on a boat with strangers may not seem like the ideal place to be during a pandemic, the local whale watching companies in Victoria have taken great measures to ensure their customer's safety and social distancing. A day on the ocean taking in the sights and seeing some whales is a day well spent!
Goats on the roof
Take a drive up to Coombs for the day, grab some lunch, and see the famous goats on a roof! This area has plenty of outdoor space for you to explore and the stores, shops, and restaurants have all take appropriate measures to ensure your safety.
We hope these suggestions help you and your family get outside and explore the wondrous sights this place we call home has to offer!