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Old 05-18-2015, 06:39 PM   #15
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Your welcome, one of the upsides of having spent a better part of my youth and young adult years on the island. I actually got my first driving lesson on Long Beach back before it was a National Park and you could actually camp right on the beach and bellbottoms and peace signs where all still cool. :-)

There is also some camping spots in the Kennedy Lake Forest service area if you don't mind roughing it. You can also take the back gravel road out of Port Alberni (may be called the Bamfield road) to get out to Nitnat and Carmahah Valley as well. Its an active logging road so its kept well graded.

Thanks for the tip on up island. I have spent some time up that way but would love to do way more.
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Bamfield and Tofino roads....

the Bamfield Road is much improved in the last 10-15 years.....google even sent their camera car through it so you can now "drive" the whole thing on your 'puter' (see pic)....I heard that Pachena Bay (native campground) is well worth the trip for a small RV.....just remember to tape up leaky windowns/doors if you got 'em (or wait for a rainy day)

I've driven to Tofino a few times and towing a boat twice....so I know what that's like....just never "camped" around there....

Another one on the "list" is the road from Cowichan Lake to Port Renfrew...the chamber of commerce types have been promoting that one quite a bit the last few years (circle route through Victoria)....it too has been driven by Google and it looks "hard surfaced" the whole way from what I could tell....

no shortage of destinations in this rock, that's for sure....Happy motoring
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Franswa,

Pachena Bay is awesome and the road there not too bad. The Golf Course Campground is cool too, not on a beach but we made a comfy camp there last summer. Same with Mussel Beach! My dogs and I kayaked there last summer. Just north of Nanaimo is a cute campground, run by the natives, right on the beach looking to the mainland. Asking around once you're on the Island may get to places off the beaten path.
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Qualicum First Nation Campground.
Beachfront, water and power, sani station on site. Cost $35 a night two weeks ago.
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Franswa yup the Bamfield road is very do able -no problems pulling on it - just dusty.

Agree Pachena Bay is VERY nice.... its been a long time though since I camped there. Done the Cowichan Lake to Port Renfrew many times - mostly hauling a boat - its an easy tow mostly paved if not all now.

Looks like you had good weather Glenn. I spent a week last July at the Qualicum First Nations campground. During the week had most of the place to myself.
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I too love Pachina Bay. I live near Duncan so I got to Pachina via Cowichan Lake and the forestry roads. These roads can be rough in spots, but it was a great trip. The Bamfield Rd out of Port Alberni is definitely smoother. There are some great camping areas run by the forest company. We are having a family reunion at Kissinger Lake at the West end of Cowichan Lake this summer, all have trailers. It is a wonderful little lake about 20Km of gravel road past Youbou. We drove there this spring to check it out and there was an otter sitting on the dock.



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thanks Doug...

I added your comment to my "west coast page"....it prints on one page....summary of what transpired on this thread...with other info...


Tofino / Ucluelet

Bella Pacifica is a good choice - especially if you are able to score one of the sites right down on the beach, have stayed there many times. Need to book way in advance Ė http://www.bellapacifica.com/ Mackenzie Beach Road, 250-725-3400, ($34-54)

Crystal Cove Resort (http://www.crystalcove.ca/tofino-rv-park-camping) is located right on the water so its an easy/short walk to the beach but sites are on the small side and few if any actually have a water view. They have cabins for rent down at the water. Itís probably the highest end of the campgrounds - very clean campground with lots of amenities. So pricing is high. Hellesen Drive, 1-877-725-4213, ($50-62)

Pacific Rim National park also has camping but again you need to book early and the sites are not on the water. I have noted the park does often have vacancy signs out if you are there mid-week. If you get in line early in the day you *might * get in without reservations.
Green Point Campground 1-877-737-3783 ($25 + 8pp per day?)
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/visit/visit4c.aspx#LBU

There is also a campground at the Long Beach Golf Course (http://www.longbeachgolfcourse.com/#!camping/ch8j). VERY rustic and probably the most run down of your options in the area but itís also the cheapest. If youíre simply looking for an inexpensive spot to park the trailer close to Tofino it worksÖÖÖ 250-725-3342 ($32-42)

An option between the most expensive and the least expensive & within an easy drive to Tofino is Surf Junction (http://www.surfjunction.com). Most of the sites are fairly large and lots of trees for privacy. The do have power at many of the sites. Itís located right between Uclelect and Wickaninish Beach - 8km either direction. Itís also not located right on the beach though.
250-726-7214Ö($25-40)

For something different is the Torquart Bay area Ė itís on the beach and a great spot if you are into Kayaking as itís only an hours paddle out to the Broken Islands. Really rough but it was closed down a few years ago due to some issues with the water supply. I understand they have built a new campground called Secret Beach (http://www.coastandkayak.com/secretbeach/index.html) 250-726-8349Ö.($20)

Suspect it will be pretty rustic and popular with the kayakers and fishermen as well. Its about an 8 mile drive up a gravel road to get to it but the road is very do able with a trailer. The turn off is off the main highway about 10 miles before you get to the Tofino/Ucluelet junction - its on the left heading west. There are signs but its easy to miss due to being just a gravel road.

If you are wanting more wilderness camping on the beach is Mussel Beach (

There is also a campground right in downtown Ucluelet (
http://www.uclueletcampground.com/index.html) is a handy location but its again pretty run down and not really wilderness camping. The photos on their website make it appear a lot better than it really is. 250-726-4355Ö($25-45)

I love Pachina Bay. I got to Pachina via Cowichan Lake and the forestry roads. The Bamfield Rd out of Port Alberni is definitely smoother. Kissinger Lake at the West end of Cowichan Lake, a wonderful little lake about 20Km of gravel road past Youbou.
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ooops shoudda previewed...

those videos should not be in there...try again...better

Tofino / Ucluelet

Bella Pacifica is a good choice - especially if you are able to score one of the sites right down on the beach, have stayed there many times. Need to book way in advance Ė http://www.bellapacifica.com/ Mackenzie Beach Road, 250-725-3400, ($34-54)

Crystal Cove Resort (http://www.crystalcove.ca/tofino-rv-park-camping) is located right on the water so its an easy/short walk to the beach but sites are on the small side and few if any actually have a water view. They have cabins for rent down at the water. Itís probably the highest end of the campgrounds - very clean campground with lots of amenities. So pricing is high. Hellesen Drive, 1-877-725-4213, ($50-62)

Pacific Rim National park also has camping but again you need to book early and the sites are not on the water. I have noted the park does often have vacancy signs out if you are there mid-week. If you get in line early in the day you *might * get in without reservations.
Green Point Campground 1-877-737-3783 ($25 + 8pp per day?)
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/visit/visit4c.aspx#LBU

There is also a campground at the Long Beach Golf Course (http://www.longbeachgolfcourse.com/#!camping/ch8j). VERY rustic and probably the most run down of your options in the area but itís also the cheapest. If youíre simply looking for an inexpensive spot to park the trailer close to Tofino it worksÖÖÖ 250-725-3342 ($32-42)

An option between the most expensive and the least expensive & within an easy drive to Tofino is Surf Junction (http://www.surfjunction.com). Most of the sites are fairly large and lots of trees for privacy. The do have power at many of the sites. Itís located right between Uclelect and Wickaninish Beach - 8km either direction. Itís also not located right on the beach though.
250-726-7214Ö($25-40)

For something different is the Torquart Bay area Ė itís on the beach and a great spot if you are into Kayaking as itís only an hours paddle out to the Broken Islands. Really rough but it was closed down a few years ago due to some issues with the water supply. I understand they have built a new campground called Secret Beach (http://www.coastandkayak.com/secretbeach/index.html) 250-726-8349Ö.($20)

Suspect it will be pretty rustic and popular with the kayakers and fishermen as well. Its about an 8 mile drive up a gravel road to get to it but the road is very do able with a trailer. The turn off is off the main highway about 10 miles before you get to the Tofino/Ucluelet junction - its on the left heading west. There are signs but its easy to miss due to being just a gravel road.

If you are wanting more wilderness camping on the beach is Mussel Beach - again itís a bit of a drive from Tofino but an easy day trip. Its a popular campground for the Tofino locals. No power or water. Itís a forest road going in - which is partly paved but mostly a graded gravel - easy to pull on. View from campground is the Broken IslandsÖ. Port Albion Road, 250-893-2267 ($25-45)

There is also a campground right in downtown Ucluelet (http://www.uclueletcampground.com/index.html) is a handy location but its again pretty run down and not really wilderness camping. The photos on their website make it appear a lot better than it really is. 250-726-4355Ö($25-45)

I love Pachina Bay. I got to Pachina via Cowichan Lake and the forestry roads. The Bamfield Rd out of Port Alberni is definitely smoother. Kissinger Lake at the West end of Cowichan Lake, a wonderful little lake about 20Km of gravel road past Youbou.
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