Family Road trip to Vancouver Island cruisin’ in a Ford Edge

Family Road trip to Vancouver Island cruisin’ in a Ford Edge

This past week I embarked on a three generation family road trip. Vancouver Island was our destination and fun was our goal.

Vancouver Island offers a lot of fun for a family no matter what your age. Of course we also wanted to travel in comfort which is where the 2016 Ford Edge Titanium came in. Courtesy of Ford Canada we picked up the cherry red Ford Edge Titanium and first thing on our agenda was packing. Now anyone who has little kids or babies knows traveling light is only a distant memory.

We couldn’t believe how much stuff we were able to pack in the Ford Edge and still leave lots of comfort room in the seating area. Even with the two big Peg Perego rear facing car seats there was plenty of leg room up front. The Ford Edge was loaded with great options that made travel a breeze. With a big sunroof it was like bringing the sunshine right into the car. We were kept cool by the optional “chilled” seats. The Ford Edge Titanium was great on the highway and the easy to use cruise control is a fuel saver.

road trip ferry
First leg of the journey was to Victoria via BC Ferries photo credit MyVanCity

The 2016 Ford Edge Titanium definitely lived up to our expectations. Here are some of the places we visited on our Ford Edge Family Road Trip:

Parksville, Vancouver Island for the Parksville Beach Fest and Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition.

Quality Foods Sand Sculpture competition in Parksville through August 21
Quality Foods Sand Sculpture competition in Parksville through August 21 photo credit MyVanCity

 

The Community Park, Parksville

Established in 1963, the waterfront Community Park is the jewel of Parksville. The park land is steeped in history; Parksville’s namesake, Nelson Parks, had a small shack near the land that currently makes up the Community Park. It is said that at a social event in his home, he remarked that it looked as though everyone around was present, so the settlement should be called “Parksville”.

To this day, the 39 acre Community Park lives up to its name and remains a gathering place and site for events and festivals. There is plenty of space on the beach for everyone and the park offers recreational facilities to satisfy the whole family.

 

Coombs and the Old Country Market

Billy Gruff's Ice Cream Parlour at "Goats on the Roof" Old Country Market
Billy Gruff’s Ice Cream Parlour at “Goats on the Roof” Old Country Market photo credit MyVanCity

A must stop between Parksville and points north. Fun for the whole family with a great ice cream shop, a couple of restaurants, artisans, fruit and vegetable stand and a terrific country market with a toy store, gourmet selections, deli and more.

 

Old Country Market at Coombs photo credit MyVanCity
Old Country Market at Coombs photo credit MyVanCity

 

Old Country Market at Coombs photo credit MyVanCity
Old Country Market at Coombs photo credit MyVanCity

 

Assorted souvenirs and toys at the Old Country Market - Coombs photo credit MyVanCity
Assorted souvenirs and toys at the Old Country Market – Coombs photo credit MyVanCity

 

Great selection of Toys and Games at the Old Country Market - Coombs photo credit MyVanCity
Great selection of Toys and Games at the Old Country Market – Coombs photo credit MyVanCity

 

Paradise Fun Park

Paradise Fun Park with mini golf and paddle boats
Paradise Fun Park with mini golf and paddle boats photo credit MyVanCity

Featuring two great themed mini golf courses, paddle boats, camping sites and beach access.

 

Tofino

West Coast beaches come with a caution photo credit MyVanCity
West Coast beaches come with a caution photo credit MyVanCity
Chesterman Beach photo credit MyVanCity
Chesterman Beach photo credit MyVanCity
road trip coffee
The BEST coffee in Tofino photo credit MyVanCity
road trip big 2
Big Daddy’s photo credit MyVanCity
road trip tacofino
The original Tacofino – photo credit MyVanCity

We had a blast in Tofino visiting the beaches, a stop at Wickaninnish Inn, Chesterman Beach, munching on fish tacos on the original Tacofino stand, whale watching with West Coast Aquatic Safaris, dinner at Wolf in the Fog and a stay at The Shore.

Wolf in the Fog
Wolf in the Fog photo credit MyVanCity
Big Daddy's - photo credit MyVanCity
Big Daddy’s – photo credit MyVanCity
West Coast Aquatic Safari s for the best guided nature tours in Tofino photo credit MyVanCity
West Coast Aquatic Safaris for the best guided nature tours in Tofino photo credit MyVanCity
That's one tail of a whale photo credit MyVanCity
That’s one tail of a whale photo credit MyVanCity
Wolf and the Fog photo credit MyVanCity
Wolf and the Fog photo credit MyVanCity
Sunset at The Shore
Sunset at The Shore – Tofino photo credit MyVanCity

 

Miracle Beach Provincial Park

Miracle Beach Provincial Park
Miracle Beach Provincial Park photo credit MyVanCity

Located on the waterfront midway between Courtenay and Campbell River, this park provides easy access to both communities and a wealth of entertainment. On the beach, sandcastle building, sunning, swimming, exploring tide pools or just frolicking along the shore are all part of the Miracle Beach experience. And don’t miss the non-competitive annual sandcastle building day in June, where playful people of all ages create fantastic sculptures for all to enjoy. Nearby you’ll find horseback riding, golf, fishing and almost any other recreational activity you can imagine.

Thanks to Ford Canada for the loan of this great vehicle. The Ford Edge is extremely comfortable and comes with some great options. Ford.ca

 

In case you’re wondering we do own a Ford:

1951 (modified) Ford pick-up
Our 1951 Ford pick up (modified) photo credit MyVanCity

 

Happy travels, Valerie

 

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