July 10: We return to the east coast of Vancouver Island. In Parksville we once again visit Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, where we only had gone with the bicycles for a while a few days ago. We spend some time on the beach walking, sitting on a bench and enjoy the typical sea weather with sunshine, 21 degrees C (70 F) and a cool breeze from the sea. Other than the US state parks that collect fees from visitors the provincial parks in British Columbia are accessible free of charge.
Later we go to Nanaimo and stay on Westwood Lake Campground, about 100 m (110 yards) away from Westwood Lake. It is much warmer here, and the small beach on the lake is very busy. A 6 km (4 mi) trail leads around the lake, and early in the evening we do it on our bicycles.
July 11: We stop at Chemainus, known for its colorfully painted murals. To see them all on one round, one can follow footsteps painted on the pavement. All in all the village center is looking nice.
Early in the afternoon we arrive at Doug and Sue's place in Cobble Hill south of Duncan.