“Nitinat Lake – is connected to the wild Pacific Ocean by a channel and this connection gives the lake “ocean-like” characteristics. For example, the lake is about 40% salt water; it is tidal – rising and falling about 5 feet during our visit (See the tideline in the second photo); it also has an abundance of Dungeness crabs, salmon, seals, sea otters, eagles, etc.
Also the Carmanah Walbran Valley (Home to ancient old growth Stika Spruce and Cedar trees some estimated to be over 1,000 years old) is about 20 minutes away and has great trails for hiking (3rd picture). The 4th picture is looking up between three ancient Sitka Spruce trees called the Three Sisters.
Loving the Tent. Regards, George”
Thank you George and Dawn for the fabulous photos of our beautiful Canada!
At last we managed to have a weekend away with some family and do some “civilized camping” with the Varanger Camp and the Finmark.
We set off to Thomas Raddall provincial park in Nova Scotia, We packed up the M101 military trailer that we restored with all our gear, what a pleasure to be able to pack up whatever we liked and have the room for it all! This trailer tracked so well behind us we almost forgot it was there!!
Packed up and ready to roll
Since we have not yet had the top made for the trailer we used a roof top tent cover from the outpost which fit beautifully just to keep the dust out of our gear!
We arrived at our site and set up camp, with the tipi tents it is very quick to set up so in no time at all we were all up and running. the Finmark is on the left of the photo below and has the inner and floor attached together as one piece. It has two entrances one on either side which is perfect for very hot nights! The Finmark can also be used without the inner/floor combination.
The varanger camp has a “porch” area and this one we set up is the 8-10 nice size and big enough for a family to comfortably camp.The varanger camp has a inner tent and floor that are separate to each other so either can be used or neither 🙂
We always use the inner tents no matter what the weather.
Our home for the weekend!
Inside the Varanger Camp
Fire and Tipi Tents
Finmark and the Varanger Camp Tipi’s
Really a beautiful campground and lovely sites! Once unpack and sorted we took a walk to one of the many beaches, superb and not at all crowded it almost felt like we were in a tropical location except for the ice cold ocean water!
Yes we were spoiled with our highland beef, nothing tastes better than campfire food! And there is nothing more divine than the smell of a camp fire!
And… of course roasting marshmallows!
Exploring the beaches we saw many crabs and jelly fish that had washed up on the beaches. Lots of animal tracks too, pretty amazing how fresh the tracks were each time yet we never spotted a deer on the beach, i swear they were in stealth mode 🙂
The evening sunsets were indescribably gorgeous! how can one even put words to such tranquility
The weekend was lovely we did lots of trails and beach walks, nothing better for the soul than a weekend with family and nature!
Packing up is always a breeze with the tipi tents,and using the M101 to haul our stuff just made light work of packing up!
Cover on and almost ready to head home
Next time….will be a weekend away doing our most favorite camping and that is simply back country camping where there is not another soul around, these are my favorite times!