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  • in today's video we continue our Vancouver Island road trip in

  • partnership with trover this time doing a little exploring along the Comox area

  • this was another exciting day that featured our closest bear encounter to

  • date a chance visit to a winery owned by a famous Hollywood film director and

  • some fun at a beach with a name that will make you chuckle all that and more

  • in today's episode well good morning good morning guys

  • morning guys from goose spit Park yeah if you're in Comox Vancouver

  • Island I know that's the best name ever oh man we were so amused by in here yeah

  • yeah it's another day when we woke up this morning it was so foggy yeah like

  • the fog started rolling in the clouds and we could not see the mountains from

  • our balcony it was just like a complete whiteout and then then it lifted for a

  • bit but it started raining again and again the carts are coming down it

  • started pouring rain so we thought like oh man what are we gonna do today but we

  • got down here and it's cleared yeah so the plan so the plan today is we're

  • gonna walk along here it's a beautiful beach by the ocean then I think we're

  • gonna do a little bit of hiking and there's also a vineyard and a winery to

  • visit so we're thinking of having a picnic we've already grabbed some

  • sandwiches and the coolest thing that we've seen so far today as we were

  • driving down from Mount Washington we had

  • an intimate encounter with the bear on the side of the road yeah he was just

  • grazing on berries and oh my gosh we got so close to it rolled down the window

  • and the bear was just in its own little world then yeah I just going about his

  • day he didn't mind that we were lying over him yeah and obviously obviously

  • for for safety's sake you when you're that close to bear you never never jump

  • out of the car stay in the car yeah so the telephoto lens came in very handy

  • for that and anyways yeah we're just at this beautiful beach here and there's a

  • lot of families out with their dogs there's a lot of people walking around

  • let's see yeah we're just gonna have a nice relaxing time here to start off our

  • day so how did we end up at this beach you asked well as usual we started the

  • morning scrolling through the trover app using the near me feature to find things

  • to do that's when we noticed a photo of this beach was named that just begged a

  • visit we can't say we saw any spitting geese on the beach but it was a nice

  • place for a morning stroll plus we met some friendly pups

  • so you got to see a bear on the ski lift but this is the first time to be really

  • close to it on the side of the road what did you think that was a beautiful

  • encounter yeah it was an encounter of the first kind that's amazing

  • look at that I'll put my window down

  • oh wow I'm getting so close up now I have to ultrazoom Roger this is amazing

  • wow it's getting away from the berries now yeah look at them go

  • pretty good there's worth coming back

  • I've got to see the black bear it's the second one that we see in this trip one

  • yes a cub and this one was a grown up adult and it was nice because the way it

  • happened is that that we were coming down the hill I saw it through the side

  • of the window I saw this big black ball fur and I said that's a bear but we

  • couldn't swing around so we had to go to the next place where we could make a

  • u-turn and we came back an amazing he was still there huh he was eating

  • berries huh his own little world in the only world he ignored us royally and

  • then he looked at us and we got to film him really nice and it was just amazing

  • you know like I mean wildlife at his best that I thought that made my day I

  • mean the rest of the day is a bonus yeah now we're looking for the elusive elk

  • we're hoping that we're going to be able to see one once we do then on the trip

  • we've seen everything we've seen the bear within six deer and now we saw

  • another tool and the only one left it would be like the elk we still have a

  • few days left on we're confident right we're confident yeah we're gonna see it

  • so yeah we're gonna enjoy the the beach with the gooses name you know name yeah

  • we're gonna have some lunch here and then we will keep going on now we'll

  • bring you along okay so let's go check it out let's go yeah

  • now time for a little bird-watching we're seeing lots of Canadian geese and

  • we'll see what else it's the boost loose the goose is loose

  • there's a lot of loose oh my gosh guys

  • this little pond area actually you know where the official observation deck is

  • but safer there you know what we're seeing the same birds just from a

  • different vantage point exactly exactly nice little pit stop and I think we're

  • gonna go get some wine with our food come be known

  • guys how lucky are we there's it's a seal the seal is like

  • swimming and splashing around and we've got to paddle boarders as well how lucky

  • right place right time it's a loose seal

  • any other fans of Arrested Development I think that's my favorite joke from the

  • whole show when looking for things to do in the

  • Comox area we were surprised to find that there were several local wineries

  • to visit we chose one at random and ended up at Beaufort vineyard and Estate

  • Winery which is owned by the Cameron family as in James Cameron the film

  • director with movies like Titanic avatar and Terminator 2 his name we decided to

  • do a wine tasting while we were here and paid $5.00 to sample five wines which is

  • an excellent deal if you ask me so we're taken grape but it grows really

  • well on Vancouver island we grow a lot of Ortega we make a lot of this

  • what are we doing guys today we are doing a wine tasting at

  • Beaufort here in the Comox Valley and we are starting off with a German grape

  • it's called Ortega it was named after a Spanish philosopher and yeah it has a

  • lovely fruity aroma I would say pine apples and pears to describe it

  • my dad hates wine being described I'm gonna cover my ears I I don't hear that

  • yeah I I don't go for the berry the strawberry the Apple they leather the

  • wood nice is like a good wine I know it

  • tastes for the wine what do you what did you think of the first one I thought I'd

  • you know it's a it's a good table wine that would be good for like whitefish or

  • something light like that you know and we we're gonna be having I believe five

  • five tasting only $5 per person great great beautiful setting and we're gonna

  • probably buy a bottle of wine to take back home so let's go in for round two

  • and the word borealis means true north so on Vancouver Island we are the most

  • northern commercial vineyard so the grapes we grow here are ones that do

  • well with a shorter growing season we get a lot of rain here so they have to

  • be horrible to a lot of rain and we don't get the big hot heat that

  • Argentina gets or Okanagan gets or California gets okay round two next wine

  • another white one this one is called borealis and it's actually a blend of

  • three different grapes and has been genetically modified to be able

  • to deal with the rain and the weather here on the island yes pacifically

  • design so very unique wine sweet I like it yeah the sweeter than the other one

  • and very very very soft to the palate so how we made this rosy is the main grape

  • is show number which is a white grape and then we've added 7% marichal foix

  • grapes which is a dark red grape so the white and the red next makes a lovely

  • pretty rosy color number three we are moving on to a rosy looking back color

  • they were telling us you can leave this on the counter for three to four hours

  • but then your bubbles will start to disappear so enjoy it quickly or with

  • friends this is similar to like what would be a blush or what's called the

  • Zinfandel Zinfandel is kind of a very very late you know white grapes you can

  • grow but red grapes have a thicker skin so when Susan and Jeff vandermolen

  • decided they were gonna plant this vineyard and she asked all her friends

  • what she should grow here and they said just stick with whites don't go anywhere

  • but she did a lot of research and found three Reds that had thinner skins

  • shorter growing season and were taught with a lot of rain first for years she

  • we bought grapes made wine fourth year we had enough if we put all our grapes

  • together we could make one batch of wine so she made this batch blend of Marichal

  • Foix Cabernet foix and Leon Merlot these grapes have a thinner skin after a

  • fourth year when she made to the first batch she thought was the best wine she

  • ever made entered into all Canadian Wine Festival in Toronto and won a double

  • gold medal like the Best in Show so she named it sabotage and I don't look at

  • the spelling of the word sabotage against all your friends

  • don't do it alright so we have moved on to the fourth one the red this is our

  • first red they've named this one sabotage beautiful colors like a ruby

  • red so different tastes something

  • it's your favorite one so far this is my favorite yes it reminds me that I'm

  • drinking a South African smoky wine oh I love those the next one I have for you

  • is not our bag the first part we're all grapes either from our vineyard or from

  • both sides of Courtenay area these grapes we brought from the Okanagan so the

  • Okanagan a very hot part of BC it gets 30 days of 30 degree heat these are

  • grapes that we can't grow here so it's a 50/50 bank Cabernet Franc from a town

  • called Oliver and the merlot from near Matt a pension content alright last but

  • not least these are grapes from Okanagan this is a mix of odd cover nephrite and

  • I'm never alone he should be up my alley let's say favorite one what at the end

  • I'll stay with this saving the best for last is always a good strategy I'd say

  • this was a really fun activity so of course we had to add this place to

  • trover and geo tagged it to help you guys find it so if you ever find

  • yourself in the Comox area now you know where to try five wines for five bucks

  • at the end of it all George bought some wine for us had Frank we're gonna be

  • enjoying this one tonight I imagine oh yeah that was a really fun wine-tasting

  • super affordable as well five dollars per person and if you buy a bottle of

  • wine they take off the five bucks that's amazing

  • beautiful setting and I think not a lot of people know that there is wine

  • tourism on Vancouver Island so guys if you're in the Comox area you can

  • definitely visit one of these places so keep that in mind if you're visiting the

  • central part of Vancouver Island in the Comox area definitely recommended from

  • there we decided to hike a wooded trail that was just down the street from the

  • vineyard

  • the attention all the attention on me

  • Seal Bay Nature Park when you did to do a little bit of wobbling after all that

  • night all that wine in the food actually wasn't that much wine but it's just

  • enough that uh five little glasses a little tasting a smidge Cesar yeah so

  • now we've hit up one of the trails here in the park when the middle of the woods

  • basically it's beautiful it's beautiful brain is holding off which is a great

  • I know we've really looked on the weather I thought we're gonna get quite

  • a bit more rain today yeah so cool seeing the moss there's a

  • lot of bearded moss growing yeah trees we've got ferns various various kinds of

  • trees we've seen perch we've seen what else cedar Douglas fir Douglas fir I'm

  • learning to identify trees this has been a good trip for learning types of trees

  • that grow here indeed and yeah I'm fine so we're just kind of enjoying a bit

  • more of a chill day today we've had a go go go schedule since we've come to the

  • island and today we're just enjoying things in and around kind of the Comox

  • Valley area which is where we're staying so this has been great

  • we have a couple of fir trees here that are pretty well the same age as all the

  • other ones around this and these two right here this one in that one had a

  • better start and they haven't slowed down the fact

  • that they still have the branching on the on the outside shows that maybe they

  • were a little bit more open grown than what they normally are used to growing

  • in a stand most of those branches would be off

  • there now but the fact is this one here is probably maybe 10 15 metres above the

  • rest of the because they haven't slowed down they have any missed a beat the

  • Rings would be quite a bit wider than all the other ones and these two trees

  • will be some people call them super trees because they they've had the best

  • of conditions okay there's no lack of water no lack of light bulb or a head we

  • got rained out while we were on the trail so we've retreated back to the

  • apartment for an early dinner and also started packing for the following days

  • adventure which would take us further north on the island alright guys so we

  • are we are back at home we're having a familiar meal we love the

  • salmon and the corn so much we're literally just replicating it again same

  • meal we know it's gonna be fantastic and we picked up a wine what do we go

  • Cabernet Franc we got the a cover new Frank that George went and bought from

  • this vineyard I like that it's a 2016 from the beautiful island

  • Vancouver Island salut salut yeah we stole the James Cameron's place yeah I

  • mean it's no joke it's the venire from director of Titanic

  • an avatar okay I am okay that's easy they make some really

  • nice wine lots of different varietals of grapes and so we got a beautiful meal

  • we're ready to eat this is our last day here in Mount Washington but tomorrow we

  • go to Port Alice so we'll hope you'll join us for that and with that we say salut ciao bye

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