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Burnaby Cariboo RV Park, in Vancouver, British Columbia

Burnaby Cariboo RV Park, in Vancouver, British Columbia

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I spent a week in Vancouver, British Columbia. Unfortunately, the wildfires in central British Columbia replaced the clear blue of Victoria with constant haze, and this lasted throughout my transit of the province. I did not explore Vancouver. I'm not attracted to normal tourist hang-outs. But I did take the opportunity to have lunch — a very long, very conversational lunch — with an old (yes, the word applies literally to both of us) classmate from Brown Graduate School, with whom I have recently re-engaged on Facebook. Wow, it was wonderful to again talk the nerd talk of philosophers! Fantastic!

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Id Flights_GFT_2017_0801
Title Burnaby Cariboo RV Park, in Vancouver, British Columbia
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Vancouver, British Columbia, Burnaby Cariboo RV Park
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Published: 2018/2/19
Last Revised 2018-02-19

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Arrived 2017/8/1
Day of Tour 10
Nights Stayed 7
Departed 2017/8/8
Map miles from last stop 62
Mileage on arrival 19,650
Actual miles from last stop 150
Accumulated miles for trip 2,745

I spent a week in Vancouver, British Columbia. Unfortunately, the wildfires in central British Columbia replaced the clear blue of Victoria with constant haze, and this lasted throughout my transit of the province.

Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia, a cosmopolitan relic of the open borders of the British Empire. Like all modern large cities: its uniqueness and charm lie mailly in the details that only locals are privy to. I didn't spend much time exploring. I am not inclined toward the night life for which the city is famous, and the smoky haze over the city gave me a ready excuse to stay inside and work on this blog (despite which I am very much behind).

I did take the opportunity to have lunch — a very long, very conversational lunch — with an old (yes, the word applies literally to both of us) classmate from Brown Graduate School, with whom I have recently re-engaged on Facebook. Wow, it was wonderful to again talk the nerd talk of philosophers! Fantastic!

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Journey to Vancouver

Getting to Vancouver involved another ferry ride, this one to Tsawassen. British Columbia seems to have invested far more in its ferry system than Washington State, resulting in more frequent crossings with fewer service interruptions. Nonetheless, this passage was beautiful, but not as fascinating to my mind as the one through the San Juans.

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Journey to Vancouver, British Columbia
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver
Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver

Burnaby Cariboo RV Park

Unlike Oceanside Campground, which I reviewed previously, Cariboo RV Park is old, and shows it. However distant it might once have been from urban Vancouver, the mega-city has ignored and engulfed it. However secluded the shrubbery around sites made them feel, the resulting narrow lane and the narrow opening to my site, are unsuited to modern big rigs, and made backing my long full-timer's trailer a challenge. Many of the sites, of course, were filled with smaller rigs, but my frustration was matched by my neighbor. Moreover, there is no room for any vehicles but the RV at the site. I had to park my truck a quarter mile away.

Once in the site, I had no problems. The services and utilities were quite up to par. It was a good thing that I was tired that week, however. The park is right next to a major train track, with noisy locomotives passing through at all hours.

The amenities and activities seemed minimal. There is a very large municipal park right next door, providing a reasonable outlet for childhood energy. Nonetheless, although I picked this campground because of its proximity to Vancouver. I would not do so again. It is not so close to make a trip into the city convenient, and as a place to camp, it leaves much to be desired.

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Burnaby Cariboo RV Park
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Burnaby Cariboo RV Park
Address 8765 Cariboo Place
Burnaby BC V3N 4T2
Canada
Home Page https://www.bcrvpark.com/
Phone (604) 420-1722
Associations
  • none
Rate (net US$) $35
Pros
  • Close to Vancouver
  • Right next to municipal park
Cons
  • Tight quarters for backing into sites
  • Heavy traffic
  • Right next to busy train track
Reviews (as of 2018/M/D)
Reviewer Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 7.2 (Good) 10
Good Sam 9.5 10
Tripadvisor 3.5 5
Phoenix 4 10
  Site Type back-in  
  Site Size 5 10
  Ease of Access 4
(narrow lanes and site entrance)
10
  WiFiPhoenix 7 10

Onward

After leaving Vancouver, I climbed up into the mountains of British Columbia to stay a few days at Kamloops.

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