Deciding on a campground on the Northern Island was a challenge. We were unfamiliar with the area and didn’t want to be packing up and moving to a new site every couple of days. We decided on Cluxewe Resort because it checked several of our boxes.
Must have the resort needed
We were able to get an ocean front site, which was our top priority!
It had power and water. We were not sure we could make it 6 nights on just our battery
It was centrally located to all the adventures we had planned. 30 minutes or less to everything – Port Hardy, Port McNeil, Telegraph Cove and many of the off road trips we wanted.
It had a laundry room, which was important as we approached the halfway point of our trip.
Bonus items the resort offered
A shower house. Our trailer shower is very small and the water pressure is low. This was a welcome addition.
A highly rated restaurant on site if we got tired of barbecuing and dishes.
Access to an estuary that provided calm and easy kayaking opportunity.
The summer of 2019 Blair and I had our first 2 week road trip to the northern portion of Vancouver Island. We intended to arrive in Nanaimo and head north to the more remote areas of the island. Of course, BC Ferries had other plans and landed us in Victoria due to cancellations and other unfortunate events, but that’s another story. After our rough start, and a much longer drive, we arrived at Miracle Beach.
We chose this campground for a few reasons:
Its endless sandy beach and world famous beach combing.
Its proximity to Campbell River and the expected fresh seafood that comes with the area.
Its central location to several hikes in the area.
During our stay we wanted to spend time in Campbell River, a
day on the beach and a couple of days hiking.
After 20+ years of camping with family and friends Blair and I took our first 2 week camping trip ALONE. Sure we had done a few nights alone but this was our first extended trip on our own. We figured we had practiced enough over the years and now we were ready to go it alone. Some may question our decision but we have had some recent achievements so we believed we could do it! Here are some of our proud milestones:
We usually back the trailer up without bickering or ending in hours of silence. Go Us!!!!
We have not lost keys in the last 3 trips. Those who travel with us realize this is a big accomplishment.
We have remembered to fill the water tanks on 3 of the last 5 trips, without being reminded!
We have found common ground on our “gas war”. Blair likes to see how long we can travel after the gas light comes on and I go into panic mode once we get below half a tank.
With that kind of success, how could we not feel ready? We decided to make our first trip to Northern Vancouver Island. We did this for a few reason:
It is beautiful with lots of opportunity to hike and kayak, two of our favorite things.
It is remote – no one will witness our bickering if it does occur!
We are on an island – if we decided to bail on the trip it is not easy or cheap to get home giving us a better chance of sticking it out.