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That Time we Went Whale Watching in Tofino, BC

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Travel Diary
A few years ago we were feeling the wanderlust but we didn't have a lot of money to go anywhere. Luckily we lived on Vancouver Island which is a pretty great place to see with lots of nature and parks. 
It was July and we wanted to go somewhere cool for our holiday so we looked and found a deal of whale watching in Tofino. Tofino is on the West Coast of Vancouver Island and is right near Pacific Rim National Park.
We drove the ole Beater with a Heater our 96 Dodge Dakota. Not too great on gas since it had a 5.1L V8 engine but it got us there. The great thing about the west coast is Long Beach which is a nice sandy beach. A lot of people go surfing in Tofino. It's cold so you have to wear a full wet suit with gloves and a hood. It looks like fun but we've never surfed in Tofino. We have surfed in Mexico where it is much warmer. One of these days we will be Surfin' in Tofino like the song by the Montreal ska band The Planet Smashers.
Visiting Long Beach in P…

HMCS Haida Royal Canadian Navy Destroyer in Hamilton Ontario

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Travel Diary:
We left Niagara Falls and drove to Hamilton, Ontario. We made it to the outskirts of the city and slept at Wal-Mart for the first time ever. It went really well and we were happy to have saved the money we would have spent on a campsite. At $40-$50 a site, it's fair to say that Ontario has the most expensive campsites in Canada. Anyway, we were here in Hamilton. What is there to see in Hamilton anyway? We're glad you asked because it turns out there is a really cool Parks Canada site in Hamilton, HMCS Haida. HMCS Haida is a Royal Canadian Navy Destroyer which you can explore for free this year thanks to the Parks Canada Discovery Pass.



There is lots of information on the history. The ship served from 1943-1963 and it was in WWII and the Korean War. Eventually, it was retired and turned into a museum. It was quite the cold and wet day to be exploring the ship but still we were stoked to be there. Here is the view of Lake Ontario from the ship. You are free to roam…