Reddy wrote:Thanks for all the replies up thread. This summer I've got some time off and I'm seriously considering a trip to Nanaimo, perhaps including a trip to Tofino and/or a multi-day run up to Port Hardy depending on available time. I'm looking at overnights in Nanaimo and perhaps Telegraph Cove.
So, a couple more questions for folks. Thanks in advance for your help:
1) Which ferry, Tsawwassen or Anacortes/San Juans? I've read recommendations for both. I think the ferry through the San Juan's will be more interesting. Unfortunately, driving from Sydney to Nanaimo will include more traffic, so less interesting and more hassle. The big unknown for me is the border crossing. My last experience at Blaine was 4+ hr which I don't want to repeat. I'm not familiar with the Tsawwassen ferry, but there are several. Will reservations be required like Anacortes? How to predict drive/border time if making a reservation? I'm not familiar with the Sydney/Anacortes border crossing (on the boat, at the dock, hours or minutes?). Unfortunately, this trip would be a SUNDAY in late AUGUST. I can't think of a worse time to attempt a border crossing. Any thoughts/experience on either direction? I'm leaning toward Anacortes with a reservation just because I can better predict arrival time, although it will mean more traffic from Sydney to Nanaimo.
2) Reliability of L2 on the NE coast, especially north of Courtenay. Plugshare reports are spotty due to the lower number of drivers. I'm used to this, but thought I'd ask if anyone has newer intel. Again, I'll likely spend several nights and will look for L2 overnight or at least L1. Will this area require reservations in late August mid-week or is drop-in possible?
3) Camping with 14-50 charging? I can't seem to locate campgrounds with electricity in this area. Perhaps commercial RV parks, but I haven't looked for those yet. I prefer wilderness camping over car camping, but with an EV I'm willing to accept the extra noise, but only in return for overnight charging.
Tsawwasssen to Duke point is best, more ferry time but avoid Vancouver and Victoria (Including the Malahat) traffic altogether. NE Island is pretty sketchy for charging north of and including the Comox Valley. Plugshare and research campgrounds reserve if possible; http://vancouverisland.com/things-to-do ... ervations/
. Toffino run: Nanaimo to Port Alberni ( you can top off in Quallicum) no problem, but the big one is Port to Toffino, I have not attempted it but it can be done, at least with a new 2015, talked to a new local owner had 7% left he's not on Leaf Spy yet. Others have done it too( also on Plugshare). Pack these items: Chargepoint, Ver-network (add energy), Suncountry and Greenlots for quickcharging plus a long extension cord.