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#321 todd

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Posted 27 March 2021 - 07:13 AM

the camping site run by the natives at Port Renfrew is getting $1 million in provincial grant money to expand and upgrade.

1 million should go a long way for a campsite.

#322 Mike K.

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Posted 27 March 2021 - 07:13 AM

20-odd spots in this case.
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#323 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 June 2021 - 04:28 AM

A key section of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail has been cut off after a landslide destroyed a section of stairs, and repairs won’t be completed until the fall due to the challenging terrain, says B.C. Parks.

The closing of access between Mystic Beach and Bear Beach — an 8.9-kilometre ­section — comes as the trail enters the peak summer season. Hiker traffic has been heavy over the past year due to the rise in outdoor activities during the pandemic.


https://www.timescol...lide-1.24334833

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#324 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 August 2021 - 05:49 AM

I wonder what the actual implications are for drinking in the vehicle.


https://www.vicnews....security-guard/


Dreger doesn’t just live in her van, she’s turning it into her job. Not as a heavily sponsored social media influencer, but as a security guard.

Nightly she pulls into Fennel’s RV Repair in Colwood. She sets out grass welcome mats, water bowls for the dogs and links in to the WiFi to start the cameras recording.

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#325 Mike K.

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Posted 13 August 2021 - 06:33 AM

Vanlife not just for influencers? Influencing what? Living in a van? Is that actually a thing?

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#326 Sparky

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Posted 13 August 2021 - 06:36 AM

^ You need to watch Nomadsland.

#327 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 August 2021 - 06:59 AM

Vanlife not just for influencers? Influencing what? Living in a van? Is that actually a thing?


Yes lots of YouTube channels.
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#328 Matt R.

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Posted 13 August 2021 - 11:35 AM

Vanlife not just for influencers? Influencing what? Living in a van? Is that actually a thing?


Ok boomer.

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#329 Sparky

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Posted 13 August 2021 - 12:11 PM

^ Mike is not a boomer. He is a smooth skinned boy.

I’m a boomer.
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#330 Mike K.

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Posted 13 August 2021 - 12:22 PM

Yeah, Matt!
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#331 todd

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Posted 13 August 2021 - 10:31 PM

This is going to be one heck of a camping trip.

#332 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 September 2021 - 10:45 AM

A group of Maple Ridge campers who want some first come, first serve campgrounds in Golden Ears Provincial Park, complain campsites are sitting empty.

 

Michael Babor is part of the group of “unhappy campers” who have been lobbying for three camping seasons to have at least some drive-up camping in one of the province’s busiest parks. Camping in the park is available only by reservation during peak season, from May to September.

 

The unhappy campers have started an online petition at Change.org that now has more than 11,000 signatures, calling for first-come, first-serve access to the park in their home community.

 

Babor is admittedly bitter that he can no longer get camping in the park in his home community, so when he visited family camping in the park, and saw numerous empty sites, he determined to do a complete audit.

 

 

 

 

https://www.vicnews....rvation-system/


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#333 max.bravo

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Posted 06 September 2021 - 05:39 PM

unfortunately it’ll probably take lots of public outcry before 100% reservable parks are changed to allow more FCFS.

No-show reservations are good financially for the 3 parties who benefit from camping fees (BCP, the reservation website contractor, and the park operator).
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Posted 07 September 2021 - 07:06 PM

Should just change the system a bit. Don't show up by 9 pm, lose your spot? Any spot with 'reservation' and no equipment on it at 9 PM is then fair game?

 

Note that currently, your spot is held till 11 AM the next day.

 

Could also increase the reservation fees (make it a deposit so that the overall cost is not increased). Discourage those who don't show and encourage cancellations.


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Posted 07 September 2021 - 08:05 PM

Should just change the system a bit. Don't show up by 9 pm, lose your spot? Any spot with 'reservation' and no equipment on it at 9 PM is then fair game?

 

Note that currently, your spot is held till 11 AM the next day.

 

Could also increase the reservation fees (make it a deposit so that the overall cost is not increased). Discourage those who don't show and encourage cancellations.

 

It's tough.  You have a family showing up in the morning after being delayed and someone has taken their spot.  Then what?  I am curious how they fill the spots that have not been filled by 11 AM.  Usually the campground operator can't do anything other than tell you to call the reservation company that runs it for the province.  

 

Perhaps put kiosks in each campground to check for "unreserved" spots or better yet, have the reservation automatically cancel at 11:00 then place an orange tag on the site to indicate it is free?  Still ripe for confrontation should a family show up after 11:00.



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Posted 12 April 2022 - 11:27 AM

Strangely, I do find this guy's videos sometimes oddly compelling.

 

 

 

YouTuber finds stealth camping nirvana in Langford roundabout

 

Steve Wallis’ video of adventure viewed more than 675,000 times since April 7 post

 

https://www.goldstre...ord-roundabout/


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Posted 12 April 2022 - 11:31 AM

oh yeah! I was watching that one with my drinking buddy the other day :-)



#338 Mike K.

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Posted 12 April 2022 - 12:26 PM

He puts together great shows, for sure.
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#339 Mike K.

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Posted 21 April 2022 - 07:29 PM

The stealth camping YouTuber has just published a video of him camping on Langford Lake: https://youtu.be/y3DV8_s7lo8

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#340 Mike K.

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Posted Today, 07:07 AM

I had some work to day in Renfrew yesterday and drove out there.

Lots of people, and I mean -a lot,- checking out the beaches and areas along the highway, many of them parking their vehicles such that passing motorists had to use one lane only.

There had been a motorcycle accident out that way as well around noon. Not a surprise considering how fast they travel along that road. Lots of activity by conservation officers as well, who had blocked off access to Sombrio and had what looked like a full-time presence there.

In short, it’s getting crazy out there, and the stunts motorists are pulling make the roadway very dangerous.

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