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This park was not listed in RV Park Reviews. We came upon it by chance. It is right beside a river (as the name of the park suggests). The sites are well back from the road so we could not really see them. The office was un-manned. This is off season so not that big of a deal. We made a reservation by telephone to arrive the next week. We were to arrive on a Sunday and since the office is not normally open on weekends (off season) we agreed on a time and the manager would be there to complete the transactions. Upon arrival, no one at the office. No notes or directions so we waited. About an hour later a man appears and asked if he could help. We explained that we were to meet the manager. "He's not around. Just go help yourself" was what we were told to do. We found the only spot available (not near the river, as they are tenting sites). The place is full of permanents and those who were there for the winter months. Lots of very old trashy units with lots of junk. The sites are grassed but this is not good in the winter as it rains a lot here. It was a muddy mess. There is little to no drainage so walking is a challenge unless you were wearing boots. The basic services worked well but we never did get a code for the free Internet. Cable was worthless unless you had a converter. We used this place as a base only. We feel it would have been acceptable value had we been charged the "Off Season" rates that we should have. We were charged $30.00 Cdn inc tax per night instead of $14.00. We had planned to return again but we would rather deal with an honest manager. Conditions might be better in the summer when its drier but we won't be back.

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Crofton is a bit off the beaten path but well worth visiting. The park has many long term residents but only a few site were junky. We were able to secure E10 which is right next to the water. The views are very nice even though we could see the stacks and steam from the nearby Pulp Mill. It is quiet and sheltered. There is a lot of foot traffic almost on our door step from the Board Walk that will take you to the B C Ferry Dock (goes to Salt Spring Island) and nearby shops. Basic services are available in Crofton. Sites are large enough but not huge. Wifi was non existent but we were told that going in. Our big complaint was the power. Probably because we were here off season, and there was not an extra charge for power, all residents were probably using the electric to heat their units. It took forever to warm anything in the microwave so we limited our use of appliances. We will be back to explore Salt Spring and surrounding areas. We feel we were well served for the $28.00 Cdn inc Tax that we paid.

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We chose this park because it was off the beaten path but still close enough to the city if we needed anything. There was only one other full service park open this time of year in Kamloops and it is right next to the Trans Canada. We were not interested in the traffic noise. This park is quiet. The services provided worked reasonably well except the WiFi. It may as well not exist. There is no cable but we were able to pick up a few channels over the air. The sites are way too small and close. Some sites have the services on the wrong side. It is populated by a lot of full timers and it shows. Many of the sites were very cluttered and junky. I classify most residents as red necks. They pretty much left us alone and mingled only with each other (which was very fine with us). Plenty of large dogs including Pit Bulls but all well behaved and leashed. There is not much to offer in Kamloops for full service parks but we will pass this one by the next time we are here. We feel that we did not receive good value for our dollar. We paid $30.00 Cdn per night inc Tax for off season. Oh, the very small stream was running while we were there and we thought it to be pleasant.

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I would love to give this park a ten. We have started our travels early this year. We spent 3 weeks at Living Forest. We were charged for a month at "off season" rates because it worked out less expensive for us. This was decided by the staff at Living Forest. We did not ask for a discount. We noticed that there were plenty of folks who were spending the winter hwere. This is not uncommon as the weather on Vancouver Island is very warm compared to the rest of Canada. These long term folks were made to keep the sites neat and tidy. Has I not known better I would have thought them to be short term. There were a few units that had tarp covering their roof. We thought that they were leaky but it turns out these people just wanted to keep moss from growing. This is a rain forest climate. The sites are well spaced, gravel based (for drainage), clean and very easy to access. The park is close (but not walking distance) to all kinds of shopping and restaurants etc. I have only one complaint. We paid for Wifi that was terrible. I mostly could not even log on. We used our own internet service. When checking out I made sure that the operator was aware. They did remind me that I was told it was basic...pretty much for e-mail only. I told them it was even good for that. We paid $17.75 per night Cdn inc tax and I feel we received good value.

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Check in was quick and efficient. I had no problem paying with a credit card. Clear directions were given for the site and the easiest way to park. A code for the WiFi and rest rooms was included with the site map. This park was chosen because of it's proximity to downtown. It is not close walking distance but it is only a 5 - 10 minute drive. There is nothing of interest to a traveler that is within reasonable walking distance except the river, which has a rocky beach. The sites are narrow and a number are long enough to support a 45er. Services are very limited. 30 amp, water, WiFi, and a picnic table only. No sewer (there is a sani dump), no cable (2 over the air local stations available). I could not log on to their Internet but didn't try very hard as I have my own service. Some of the sites looked like they might be more level than others but none were really bad. The surface consists of sparse river rock over a clay base. I'm thinking muddy if it ever rained there. This is a place to park only. Good for overnight or if you have an interest in the Kamloops area. I don't think $35.00 is a fair price for what is offered. I will check out another park when visiting again.

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Jordan River is open again for camping. It was temporarily closed under the guise that a dam would break during a violent Earthquake and wipe out the users. This is a no frills park. The sites come with a table and fire ring. There are potable water and pit toilets available. Tent sites have a raised platform and are located in a treed area. The draw for this park is the views of the ocean and the Olympic Peninsula across the strait. We paid $15.00 (cash only) per night and we will return.

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Check in was easy and quick. We arrived early (check in time is 2:00 PM) but were told that the previous tenant had left so we were allowed to move in. The sites are small and close together. There is no privacy. Not at all level nor were others in the general area. Our services were well placed but our neighbors were not. Our table was right next to the sewer connection and the rest of their services. We have a Class A and discovered that there were low branches that needed trimming. I went back to the office and asked for permission to trim the trees. I was told that a crew would be sent immediately to correct the problem. I waited four hours then did it myself anyway so I could settle in. I left the branches on the side of the site and six days later they were still there. The sewer connection is about 6 inches above the ground and this appears to be the norm throughout the park. Interior roads are gravel/dirt and in reasonable condition. Park WiFi is free but limited. Usage is monitored and if you exceed your allowance you are shut down. We have our own hot spot so used it most of the time. Cell service was excellent (Telus and Bell). There is no Cable TV and I could not check for local reception because I could not raise our antenna (low branch issue). Satellite service would be iffy I think. There is a good recycling program in place. There is no shopping or food services within walking distance. The town of Tofino is about a 10 minute drive. All services are available there. What this park has going for it is it's location. Sitting right on a beautiful sandy beach with amazing views of the Pacific. The water is a little chilly but a few brave souls were swimming. Mostly there is walking the sand or just relaxing and taking in the views. Near by is Surfing, Whale Watching, Fishing, Kayak rentals etc. Although this park is sadly lacking in areas we would return. We paid about $56. inc taxes and feel we did not receive good value.

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This place is quite old but has been very well maintained. The motel part is made up of small attached cabins and look just fine. The rest of the complex consists of permanent mobile homes (all nicely maintained) and a number of empty spaces that are used for transient RVers. The transient spaces are solid asphalt and not very level. All services are at the extreme rear since they were set up for Mobile Homes. They come with a picnic table and you guessed it, they are long and narrow. One good thing for us was they were not very busy so they gave us two sites. We had room to extend our slides and awning and could have our table beside our rig instead of behind it. The hosts are friendly and help full. This place is about one half hour from the terminal. For a one nighter we would probable stay again.

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We were assigned a pull thru (E1) which was easily long enough for a 40 foot Class A and a small towed. Reasonably wide and fairly level but the surface was hard packed dirt with a little gravel tossed about. It had a table (that had been patched but not repainted) and a buried Fire Pit. Power (30a) Water & Sewer (Connection was uphill and about a foot above ground) are standard. A Cable connection existed but only a few Radio Channels were carried. WiFi is said to exist if you bring your devise near to the office. To call the park a resort is exaggerating. This is a fair overnighter but not much else. If it were to rain I expect the place would become a mess. We did not hear any road noise. It is situated a fair distance from the highway. No stores or services are within walking distance. There is a small camp store on site. We would stay here again as an overnighter. With Tax we paid $38.55 Cdn.

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We arrived late in the afternoon (7:00PM). There was a message on their sign telling us to check in with the Camp Host. There were no signs of a host anywhere thus no one to take our money. We stayed here a number of years ago when the price was $20.00. We thought that was a fair price for such limited services. $40.00 is twice what it is worth. The sites have not been maintained. Instead of grass you now get dirt. The sites are very unlevel. Our front wheels were well off the ground which meant getting into the rig was a big first step. We waited around until 9:00 AM expecting someone to come by for the rent but no one showed. We have mailed the $40.00 since there was no envelopes or a place to put any money and we will not return.

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We planned on spending two days in Port Renfrew to do some hiking and sightseeing. We stopped to check into the park. We were given an option of two sites so decided to walk in to check them out. We were informed that they were both serviced by power and water, but no sewer. Upon inspection we discovered that “water” was a shared tap nowhere near a particular site and that “power” was a shared 15 amp service. None of the sites were well delineated. Just a very un-level, dirt spots that you could park at. There was not a specific fire pit but remnants of fires that had been laid here, there and everywhere. No tables anywhere. This is the worst excuse for an RV park we have ever come across. We did not stay here even though this is the only game in town. Plan your trip accordingly in order to miss this place. We were very sad that we could not explore the Port Renfrew area. There is a lot to see and do around here.

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This is a typical un-serviced “Campground”. What is not typical is the location. You park right on the water. Most sites have amazing views of the Straight of Juan de Fuca with the Washington State Olympic Peninsula on the other side. There are no amenities other than pit toilets and communal water. If you have a coach you can nose in. The sites are gravel and level. There are a couple of pull-throughs in the northern section. You will see amazing sun sets from that side. There is a picnic table and fire ring at every site. Bring your own fire wood. The closest groceries, gas, etc. are located about 30 Km south in Sooke. We stayed here mid-September (mid-week) and were lucky to get a spot. The only “activities” here are surfing, sailing and other like water sports. The shore is rocky but walking is easy. It is very quiet and serene. It cost $15.00 night “Cash Only” slipped into a lock box and collected daily. The entrance gate is locked at 10:00 PM and opens again at 6:00 AM. There is no on-site management but everyone followed the limited rules very well. There is no cell service, thus no Internet of any kind. As long as you are not expecting any thing except a clean quiet "basic" service,you should be happy here. We will be back.

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The lower section is an older park that has been updated to accommodate todays RVs (but not anything longer than 30 feet). The upper “View” section is new thus can accommodate all sizes. We stayed in the lower section right on the water. The views are spectacular. The ocean water is warm and there is a large tidal pool (not swimming pool) right out front where kids were playing. There is a sandy strip of beach but anything the water touches is rock. Many of the lower level sites have been rented out to “permanent” seasonals. The park closes at the end of September and re-opens in May so they are not full time but there are shelters built over the RVs with rooms, decks and patios added on. It is obvious some have been here a long time. We found the seasonal users to be very friendly and accommodating. Check in was easy. The atmosphere is very laid back. If the office is not open you find a spot and check in later. The owner/operator is on-site. Rules are simple and enforced. We did not use the Wi-Fi and Cable is basic. There is a communal BBQ available as well as Fridge and Freezer if needed as well as a fish cleaning station. There is no “Dog Walk” as such but plenty of space to walk your pet. We saw no messes left behind but plenty of dogs. This is not a resort but a place to rest and reflect as well as fishing and other water sports. There is a grocery store and liquor outlet in nearby Bowser but not within walking distance. There is a restaurant nearby that is walkable. We paid $40.85 per night and feel we received good value. We will stay here again.

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This is an okay park. We were a little disappointed as we believed the park was right next to the ocean. It is across a busy street and many of the sites have a view of a very large industrial storage building. We were fortunate and had a good view of Discovery Passage. Check in was easy and efficient. The staff were friendly and professional. The sites are arranged so that a Coach can nose in and next to it a Trailer can back in. They were gravel and level. The services are in the middle (and well placed) so that everyone has a view (if available). There are no privacy breaks between units and they were typical urban spacing, fairly tight. There is a grass strip in front that has a fire ring and then a chain link fence. The dog walk is a long wide strip of grass next to the busy road so there is not an opportunity for any off leash time. P,W,S and Cable are included. Wi-Fi is planned very well in my opinion. None is free but there is an opportunity to purchase the amount of service you need. Basic being quite reasonably priced and for those that need to stream movies, more expensive. We don’t know how well the service worked as we have our own mobile internet service. Cable is basic. There is a large shopping center within walking distance complete with restaurants if you need them and a Burger Joint right next door. The park is in the city therefore expect typical urban noise. Traffic seemed to die down in the evenings but during the day we heard Helicopters and Sea Planes taking off and landing as well as traffic. We discovered that there are a number of permanent units in the park. It was pretty much impossible to tell which ones. Wow. Every one looked like it was transient. Rules are basic and enforced. While we were there, we were able to spot a number of Killer Whales as well as view Cruise Ships on their way to and from Alaska. This is not a resort so don’t expect to be entertained. We paid $34.65 including taxes and feel we received good value. We would return.

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This park is pretty basic but it serves its purpose well. Sites are back in only. P W & S are located conveniently at the left rear. You get a table on a concrete patio but no fire ring. There are a couple of communal fire rings near what appears to be the beginning of a rec center (still under construction). No cable, over the air TV or free internet, but a pay internet service is available. We had good quality cell service and our own Internet so did not test the pay service. There are no trees or shrubbery anywhere in the park but the distance between sites isn’t too bad. It is easy walking distance to the very small village of Telegraph Cove where you will find basic services. There is a Store, Pub, Restaurant and Burger joint. It looks like all of the buildings are on pilings. It is a very pretty setting. Fishing, Whale Watching and a number of other activities are available for a fee. While we were there we were able to catch sight of a Bull Killer Whale that surfaced and blew at least a half dozen times just outside of the harbour (about 50 yards from the RV Park) and while walking down to the shore behind the park a Black Bear climbed into the brush in front of us. You are definitely in the wild here. We paid $36.75 including tax and feel we received good value for our dollar. We will be back if in the area again.