Every Saturday throughout the summer, the Daily News will ask locals to give us their favourites from a variety of topics. Summer is a time of travelling and camping out with the family, so this week, we asked people to share some of their all-time favourite summer vacation stories - the good, and the bad. Check back each Saturday for a different list of favourites - and feel free to send in your own, we'll publish the best responses.
Kathleen Silvey Nanaimo Beekeepers Club "Best time camping to Tofino. Campfires and bonfires and beach and family and kayaking and all that.
"The lantern festival at the botanical gardens was spectacular the last weekend of August usually. They have it every year.
Lanterns all the way through the botanical gardens you go through at night. That was beautiful."
Don Power Social media expert "I'm a firm believer of living in the moment, so my best camping experience is the one I just had a week or so ago.
"Even through a campfire ban (we bought a propane campfire to cope), I found myself thanking my lucky stars to be sitting around a fire, playing a game with my wife and kids.
"No distractions, no cell phones, no Internet - just us - together. The "Go RVing" commercial was right: 'It doesn't get any better than that!'" Angie Barnard Co-owner, Painted Turtle "Hiking in the Rockies. .. I had my tent strapped to the outside of my backpack - obviously not securely because as I turned to talk to my hiking mate the tent flipped off my back and landed in the river and floated downriver about a mile.
"We caught it and had to set up the tent to try and dry it out because it was raining we were inside a river soaked tent waiting for the rain to try. Basically we were wet for three days."
Ilan Goldenblatt Owner, Thirsty Camel "I was heading to Carmanah and I took a wrong turn and ended up down logging roads and just decided, with my wife, to keep going and see if we'd find something.
"We kept going, kept going kept going. .. and we're finally about to give up and turn around find our way back, when we saw a hand-painted sign that said camping.
"(We) got out of the van and followed the trail and to the camping site of the old blockade of the Walbran Valley.. .That is an amazing place, just the two of us there for the whole weekend. It didn't look like there'd been anybody there in a long time."
David Gogo Musician "I don't like camping. I like comfortable camping in hotels.
"We have a spot on Nanaimo River, I'm there now. Summertime for a musician is the time usually to be on the road travelling around, playing festivals. "This is the first time in my life where all my gigs are in B.C. It's just so wonderful to jump in my 1964 Mustang, go down to the river and lounge. That's the best, right here on Vancouver Island."
Robin Campbell Manager North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre "Hiking up on Mount Washington, going back in there, those areas are great.
"Arrowsmith, that's a good one. There's so many views off of there, so much beauty in our area.
"Going down there's a little place that's even close to me where I used to take the kids all the time: Triple Falls, off Morrison Creek. It's like it's out of a National Geographic book, a great time to go and spend time with the family.
"It's a secret place; locals know it. If you've been there, you've seen something special."
Dyane Brown Arbutus Books "Travelling along in South East Asia I was travelling from the border at Chau Doc to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) on a mini-bus and the mini-bus stopped for people to get out get some food I did that and when I came out I couldn't find the mini-bus.
"There were all these minibuses parked there but I couldn't see mine. There was a woman selling vegetables; she looked at me and she pointed to the right, so I followed where she pointed and there was a little ferry boat.
"I thought, 'well, that's where my minibus is.' I got on the ferry as a foot passenger. Looked in the windows of all the buses and none of them were mine. I went up to the front of a bus and used sign language to ask one of the drivers to take me to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) because that's where I was going. Finally one of them said 'okay' and put me on the bus.
"So I was riding along everybody was shorter than I was everybody had black hair except me - I had white hair. I thought 'well, at least I've got my money on my body and my ID.' I thought about how lucky I was.
"We travelled for about an hour and suddenly there was all this honking and this other minibus came up and signalled for our bus to move over to the side of the road. The driver got out and this other guy, they came and opened the side door and took me - took me back and put me on the bus where all my things were! "Every single person on that bus did something kind to me. The woman with the baby I'd been sitting with passed my water bottle up. And there were two people I was sitting beside, they'd been to Angkor Wat and the guy was showing me all the photos and he gave me two pictures. His girlfriend, who could speak a little English, said 'this bus white, not blue!' like 'you stupid woman, how could you get on the wrong bus!' I couldn't explain.
"People are so kind everywhere, you know. It was a really sweet thing to happen I thought 'I just love Vietnam."
Dave Lawrence downtown barber "I have kind of like a pre-camping story. My wife was living in Ladysmith. We were getting ready to camp and I went outside to collect a bunch of sticks and stuff to use as kindling. I walked near to the back of the property and filled up three grocery bags of sticks. Picked up my last one and I looked up - and there was a cougar stalking me.
"So, I was freaked out and first instinct was to run like hell. Then I realized that's the wrong thing to do because that's when a cougar runs and pounces on you and eats your face off. So I just stood there for a minute and started walking backwards. As soon as I got to my wife's car I turned and ran and burst through the door; I was pretty freaked out."
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