Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Closed for the Season

There are pros and cons to traveling off season.  I prefer it, actually.  No crowds.  Low season rates.  No lines.  No need for reservations.  Nicer people.  Fly by the seat of your pants freedom.  Except . . . in British Columbia.  Late October wasn't just low season; it was no season.

"What the heck?"

"Oh, yeah, everything closes up after Thanksgiving."

"But it's only October," I protested.

"Canada's Thanksgiving was October 8th this year."  Stupid Americans.


So we rented a car, headed north and hoped for the best.  It was just us, logger trucks and black bears on the open roads.  We tried to see the silver lining in the clouds.  After all, if we drove around a curve and saw a breathtaking view, we could slam on the brakes with no worries of getting rear-ended.


And although the nicer hotels and resorts had "closed for the season", when we did find available cabins, we got our pick of the lot.


And we got the best tables in the house.


Vancouver Island is wild, wild country.  This time of year it is also very empty.  Good thing my travel buddy and I get along so well together because days went by when we didn't see another soul.  And that was fine by me!


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