Tuesday 17th May
View from the hotel in Parksville
A luxurious overnight stop in comparison to what we have been used to and only slightly more expensive than the hostels. We had an ensuite, a Queen size bed each and breakfast thrown in.
There are a lot of references to Denman up here. I hadn’t realised that we had shipped our convicts here as well as to Australia.
In fact we saw five bears before reaching our overnight stop in Port Hardy. Sadly the first one was lying on the road having no doubt been recently hit by a vehicle. I stopped but Bob came alongside and reminded me that the mother was likely to be close by. We moved on quite quickly. The other four were near the road but by the time we had stopped and got the camera out they had sauntered back into the trees. Hopefully we’ll have better luck with the camera over the next few days
Port Hardy was a disappointment. We thought that it would be a quaint fishing port but it was more like a run down frontier town. The only place open, served overpriced, mediocre food, in little more than a hall.
Tomorrow we’re on the ferry all day from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, that’s providing we manage to wake up on time as we have to be at the terminal by 0530hrs ugh….. and don’t arrive at Prince Rupert until 2230hrs…….Night night.