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Old 04-29-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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My wife and I are planning to spend time on Vancouver Island this summer. If anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. Our trailer is a 17 footer. We are going down and camping at Fort Ebee State Park and then head to Victoria. We are leaving from Courtney and taking the ferry to Powell River and from there heading back home to Alberta. We will have around three weeks on the island.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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You might try to find a "B.C. Accomodations Guide" at an AAA office. They list all the RV sights. We've stayed at Rathtrevor Beach Prov. Park a number of times and loved it. Its just before Parksville on the old island highway and they take reservations. Gorgeous beach and very central for day trips.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:32 PM   #3
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We stayed in Englishman River Falls Park near Parksville but that was about 15 years ago. No hookups back then. Very nice little park and pretty central for day trips around the island. There was also a park up near Gold River that was quite nice.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:59 PM   #4
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We stayed at Living Forest campground by Nanaimo and it is very convenient for the ferry and some of the sites have nice views of the water. We also camped at Rathtrevor Provincial park - make reservations (no hook ups) and it was beautiful but in July there were kids everywhere and it was really noisy. We thought it would be great in the off season!
We then camped at the Pacific Rim national park near Tofino - Green point campground, make reservations, no hook ups. It is absolutely beautiful there and quite wild. You are right at all the long beautiful beaches and can walk for miles. There are steep staircases down to the beach and it is the rainforest so come prepared for wet weather. I am sure you will have a wonderful trip.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:58 PM   #5
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Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is AMAZING. We have been there many times (tenting) - no hookups. It's beautiful there. Visit the spa at Tighnamara Resort if you want to treat yourself while in the area.

It's close to Englishman River Falls and Coombs (Goats on the roof). Horne Lake Caves is also nearby and you can go on a short guided tour or a long one if you are adventurous and are willing to literally belly crawl through the caves.

Google all of these places. We have been there 5 times over the past 3 years.

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Old 04-29-2012, 11:15 PM   #6
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Near Victotia, we like the Fort Victoria campground. It has a variety of sites and you can ride bikes dowtown if you have them. Have camped there several times.

Get over to Teino if you have time. It can be a long slow road but it is worth it. There is camping in the Provintual park pls some private campgrounds.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:11 AM   #7
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We live in Victoria & some of our favorite places are; Miracle Beach up island, Courtney/ Comox area, (provincial park...we love our provincial parks!). Rathtrevor of course, but it is very busy in the summer. Cowichan River or Cowichan lake are also beautiful areas, with some nice private & provincial campgrounds. A good website is the BC parks website, you can check out provincial parks & reserve;

In Victoria we have Island View Beach & Goldstream provincial park which are 2 very popular campgrounds. Island View has a very warm beautiful beach, I haven't camped there though so can't vouch for the campsite itself, I think it is a private campground. There are others I'm sure that may be a bit more convenient to Victoria itself.

It gets quite busy in the summer & the popular provincial parks are usually hard to find a spot in, so if possible, I would reserve ahead.

If you have time other favorite area's are China Beach & French Beach Provincial Parks on the (Western) side of the Island.

Hope that you enjoy your time here
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:45 AM   #8
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We did a similar trip in 2009. Two campgrounds worth mentioning.

In Courtney/Comox - Seal Bay RV Park and Campground. Good campground with excellent acces to the ferry to Powell River.
Vancouver Island RV Park & Camping - Seal Bay Comox Valley

When we got to Powell River, we went up the coast towards Desolation Sound for some kayaking. We stayed at SunLund-By-The-Sea. Beautiful place.

Have a look at these, they're great stays.

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Old 04-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #9
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Thank you for your suggestions, all input is appreciated. We will plan on heading up to Desolation Sound as we have a double kayak and I would like to see what it is like on the ocean. Any Sunshine coast suggestions?
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:41 PM   #10
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All these suggestions are great. Miracle Beach is my all time favorite. It's beautiful.

Just be prepared for the ferry charges with the trailer. It's only slightly less than an arm and a leg.
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:47 PM   #11
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West Bay Marina Rv park around the bay from Victoria is a great place to stay - clean washrooms , coffee shop , laundry , lots of charm with all the float homes . One can walk around the bay to down town , take a harbour ferry , watch some seals -sea otters , just all round a great rv park .
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:45 PM   #12
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Sounds just like the trip we are planning. Make sure you know when low and high tide is. You can walk on the beach for miles when the tide is out.
Can't help much with good campgrounds, otherwise:
West side, southern part of the Island - Sooke area - very nice to visit, good museum and helpful people - the highway parallels the coast - rugged but paved allow lots of time - Sooke to Port Renfrew.
Port Renfrew area suggest that you check out a provinicial park in that area called something like nature's aquarium - arrange to be there at low tide.
Victoria - the inner harbour used to be very interesting with all the old boats etc but they have cleaned it up now, check out the floating homes moored on the docks in the harbour- walking distance SW corner? Museum on the main drag is worth seeing. Take in "high" tea at the Royal whatever it's called Hotel (downtown) very different
Malahat pass - good views if you use the observation areas.
Chemainus - well worth the visit and walk.
Ladysmith has a real mcoy working harbour and docks- very interesting, easy to get to and lots of room for vehicles.
Just south of Nanaimo and not far off the highway try MountainAire RV campground - looks good, we are planning to stay there and use it as a home base for awhile.
Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Coumbs and the forest with the huge trees are all within easy reach
I'd go to Tofino, Uculet with a stop at Port Alberni, allow yourself lots of time for this trip, the road really twists and turns LOTS. good pavement though. Stop halfway for a break where the river meets the road - no formal pinic or campground area just wide spot on the highway, lots of people pull over there.
Tofino - we are planning on staying at MacDonald's campgrounds - Some spots are as close to the beach as you care to get. Bring warm clothes, rain gear and rubber boots as the wind is cool, cold? Hope for really stormy weather then walk the Pacific Coast trail and watch the waves breaking on the rocks - very impressive, nice sheltered walk but scenic.

That's as far as we have planned. You can get some sort of deal with the ferrys if you make a round trip thru the Sunshine Coast Island and back. Pulling a trailer and going on the ferrys will cost you big time. Check out BC ferries rates, sailing times etc.

We're planning on going straight up the coast as far north and west as we can.
I've been to BC recently and managed to grab handfulls of information.
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:40 PM   #13
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powell river is my home lots of outdoors stuff to do

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Old 05-13-2012, 02:16 PM   #14
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You will love Desolation Sound!! but no trip to the island is a good one without heading up to Tofino if you have never been! BUT BOOK NOW As others have said Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is also a must - again book now. they do leave some spots on a first come first serve at all the parks but you may need to be there very early in the day to get one. As you probable know most of our provincial parks dont have power so a small solar is a good thing to bring along.
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