BC Coastal Properties Backyard Adventures, Blog #2, Dean & Rita Casorzo
September... Oh, how we all love the month of September, a roll in from the hot August summer days! Usually, but, not this September, the roll in was the pounding of the waves on the usually calm ocean, and the raindrops bouncing off the ground!
The rains came down, in buckets! Backyard adventures were tough to do, but, the Islanders model is, “you can’t change the weather, you deal with it! So, off we went on our venture, we headed South down Island not far from our lovely Campbell River.
Campbell River or Wiwek̓a̱m is a coastal city in British Columbia on the east coast of Vancouver Island at the south end of Discovery Passage, which lies along the important Inside Passage shipping route. Campbell River boasts a population of 35,138 and has long been touted as "the Salmon Capital of the World".
Food is always an adventure on its own, and this time, our taste buds were hankering for Schnitzel, off we went to the Black Bird Schnitzel Haus 3298 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2C6. The drive can be faster if you go on Hwy 19, but this time we took Hwy19A the scenic journey, through the smaller towns and bits and pieces of the ocean, and speed is at a relaxing pace. www.tripadvisor.ca/BlackBirdSchnitzelHaus
Our first time at the Schnitzel Haus, a request from my Mom, it was her 88th birthday! If you LOVE Schnitzel, DO NOT drive by! 3298 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, BC. From the dinner menu, at least 22 choices of schnitzel, not including the specials! It simply was outrageously delicious!! I had the Gypsy, and would I have it again, YES! Of course, there was dessert, hot apple strudel. The weather did not stop us from going over to Qualicum beach, its fabulous sunshine or not, the perfect spot to end the celebration with presents and laughter.
Qualicum Beach is a town located on Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. At the 2016 census, it had a population of 8,943. It is situated at the foot of Mount Arrowsmith, along with the Strait of Georgia on Vancouver Island's northeastern coast.
In my husband line of business, a Realtor, for Century 21 Arbutus Realty, one of the perks is to venture out in neighboring backyards! Courtenay is a pleasant drive on the Old Island Hwy 45 minutes away from Campbell River. Off to Courtenay we went and decided to stop and stretch the legs and clear the mind, as we went for a walk on the Courtenay Riverway Trail. The Airpark runs right beside the trail which winds its way, along the Courtenay River and then on along the Ocean when you head South. The Courtenay Airpark is a small public aerodrome located on the banks of the Courtenay River. It's within walking distance of downtown. http://www.courtenayairpark.com
What a peaceful walk on the trails, as it hugs close to the ocean and winds you through the rich green forest, where you spot birds that you’re not familiar with or their names. The birds have their own paradise., and you stop and spot glass for them on one of the platforms. The city keeps the trails, clean, and well groomed. They also have built wooden bridges to cross over the creeks that wind through the forest. We walked for about 20 minutes one way and could have gone further; unfortunately, time was limited. We will definitely, stroll the trails when we are in the lovely city of Courtenay.
Courtenay is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is the largest city in the area commonly known as the Comox Valley, and it is the seat of the Comox Valley Regional District, which replaced the Comox-Strathcona Regional District.
Back in our own backyard, Campbell River, we have many trails for the nature lover to explore. One of our favorites called the Canyon View Trail. It is very beautiful any time of the year, but we enjoy the fall months. The trails had some walking changes over the period of the last few years. The improvements are fantastic! There is now a suspension bridge added at Elk Falls. It is a must see when you are here in Campbell River. Very suspenseful to walk on the suspension bridge, it can be a challenge if heights are not your thing! You can see through the metal grid when you are walking across!
Point of interest, on Vancouver Island's Campbell River there is the Strathcona Dam and Ladore dam, followed by John Hart Lake which is the site of the John Hart Dam. The river then flows over Elk Falls, passes beneath the powerhouse and finally through the city of Campbell River and into the ocean. This project started in 2014 and had its tour in September of 2018. Check out https://gocampbellriver.com for updates on the John Hart Dam.
The Campbell River is so beautiful all year around. The trails are nearby for all to enjoy. The Campbell River is the home to many species of fish that come to spawn. Campbell River has been known as the "Salmon Capital of the World". Migrating salmon, travel through Discovery Passage on their way to spawn in their birth river. Some of the species are out in the ocean from 2- 7 years before they make it back to their backyard!! It is incredible when you really think of what a "small fry" had to venture to get back home! That's could be another blog on its own, "Lifestyle Journies of a Salmon". hmmm, food for thought...
Humpies or the pink salmon the smallest of the Pacific Salmon. The Coho salmon are feisty and fun to fish. The first Coho I caught took me by surprise! I was letting out my line when the Mr Coho decided to strike at my hook, Wow, like the ole fishing saying, " hook, line and sinker" and away he went. Now, that was an exciting day! Then there is the Chinook salmon also known as the Spring, or Tyee. To be called a "Tyee" the weight has to be 30 lbs or more. They are the largest of the salmon and can weigh as heavy as 70 lbs.or more! The biggest I have caught was a 29 lb Spring in Port Hardy and Dean being born and raised in Campbell River has caught the "Tyee". The Chum salmon or another name, " Dog salmon" because of their prominent teeth call Campbell River their home. The sockeye salmon have been in the Campbell River system; however, they are not an indigenous species of this river. They do love the waters of Discovery Passage and Georgia Strait. Then there is the Steelhead but currently, in decline, we need to conserve our fish stocks.
Dean in his younger years was a Salmon guide for fishing, and loved to go to the green light at the Seymour Narrows, where the big ones like to hang out! Now he is a Guide for Real Estate in Campbell River and surrounding areas, and enjoying real estate, as much as his passion for fishing! You can call him at Century 21 Arbutus Realty, he could tell you a good ole fishing story and take you for a tour of Campbell River. http://bccoastalproperties.com/deancasorzo
Well, that’s it for now, we hope you enjoy some backyard adventures in Campbell River and surrounding towns. Our next blog will begin in someone else’s backyard, which we took a plane to get us there!! C21 Rebranding Conference in Winnipeg Manitoba!
Finally, Honorable Mention of Restaurants: Driftwood Restaurant Campbell River, Black Bird Schnitzel Haus Qualicum Beach
Campbell River is a Great Place to Call Home! Dean Casorzo Realtor & Rita Dekker Casorzo Unlicensed Assistant