Nicol Hostel
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC
(Through the Inside Passage)
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Nicol Street Hostel
65 Nicol Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 4S7
Tel. # (250) 753-1188
Rates:  $13/Canadian $10/US
Credit Cards:  No
Beds:  30 Summer
20 Winter
Private Rms:  yes
Affiliation:  None
Office Hrs.: 8-11am & 4-11pm
Caught the "Queen of the North" ferry from Prince Rupert, BC at 7:30 am.  It was a nice, long relaxing cruise.  We went past hundreds of miles of uninhabited forests and the San Juan Islands.  Saw dolphins and bald eagles.
Above:  "Queen of the North" ferry sailing down through the Inside Passage.
Left:  More scenery alongside the Inside Passage.
The ferry arrived in Port Hardy too late for me to find a campground or hostel, so I slept in the car again, next to an RV in Port Hardy.
Right:  Got up early the next morning and drove south toward Nanaimo.  Stopped along the way to take a picture of the trees reflected in a lake.
Left:  Stopped to take a photo of me in front of a giant Spruce burl.  Set the camera up on the hood of my car, pushed the button for automatic exposure, ran to the burl, and tried to look relaxed
Left:  The Nicol Hostel in Nanaimo.  Friendly hostess.  Good location.  Took a walk downtown.  Discovered that there was a ferry that departs from Nanaimo to mainland Canada.  So I'm going to catch it tomorrow.
Right:  The kitchen in the Nicol Hostel
Below:  The smaller ferry that goes from Nanaimo to mainland Canada.
Right;  On another ferry.  Leaving Nanaimo.  Got my coffee.  Headed back to the Birch Bay Hostel in Washington.
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