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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.

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The short drive on the un-paved road to this RV Park was worth it. The road was in pretty good condition when we were there and our “Pavement Princess” and towed survived in and out unscathed. We were assigned a site on the upper level. It has superior views but, when walking, if you are not into a small hill climb, you might want to reserve a lower level site. Both levels had good views of Johnson Straight (part of the main channel used by the Cruise Ships to and from Alaska). We noticed that a lot of the services are geared for Class A units nosed in but folks with trailers did not appear to have any difficulty hooking up to the shore services. The lots are gravelled and level. Gravel is preferable in this part of the world as it is a “Rain Forest” and proper drainage is a must. (I should add that during the summer months there is usually very little rain.) We did notice what appeared to be seasonal units but there was no “junk” and all lots were in great condition. There is a small playground for kids but this park is really geared for fishing and folks like us that just wanted the view and to relax. All services worked as expected. Wi-Fi was free and fair. The down side of our stay was that the Hot Tub (right beside the ocean) was closed for servicing minus one point and there is no cell service here so if you are into heavy usage of the internet you will be disappointed minus another point. We had lunch on the floating restaurant and found the portions small and overpriced. We paid $42.00 per night including taxes and will be back. Be sure to reserve. There is not much else around here for quite a ways.

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We reserved a spot for two nights as there was nothing else available in the area. Reserving is a two part process. We filled out the on-line form and then had to telephone during business hours to confirm and pass along our credit card info. The on line form was a waste as we re-did everything via telephone. The road to the park is a very narrow two way road that is also shared by bicyclists and equestrian users. The horse traffic was not an issue but the bicyclists, I’m sure, wished the internal combustion engine and all of us users were dead. That’s not the RV park's fault, just part of the process of getting there. The last lap is a steep curvy descent with amazing views of the ocean. When you reach the RV park you will notice that the office/owner’s residence is a dump. As well, you will see about four port-a-potties across the road. That is the wash room. No showers or laundry. No store, no facilities what so ever. There is a single rope swing for kids to play on. Check-in was easy. She took our money and gave us a site number and a point in that direction. Sites are not numbered. There were three vacant sites where she pointed. I asked a camper what number they were in and counted back from them to find my designated number. We had a “Nature Setting” as opposed to Oceanside. Our site was long but very narrow. It is pretty much slide to awning all the way along. Oceanside is just as cramped. There is one fifteen amp service shared by two sites. I tried to microwave 6 oz of liquid and discovered it took two minutes. Normally it takes 20 seconds. We used the power for lighting only after that. There is no sewer service but you can borrow a portable honey wagon if you want. The dump station is on a hill so it is a waste of time trying to empty your tanks there. There no cable, no Wi-Fi, no nothing except the gorgeous view of the ocean. The “miles of beach” as listed on their web site are all rocks. Very hard to walk on. The pictures with sand on their web site do exist. They are just very small isolated pockets. In a nut shell, if the fee was $25.00 I would have a hard time considering returning but at $44.10 including taxes, not a chance. This is one place that is just pillaging and plundering ‘cause there is such a shortage of RV parks in the area. We will never return.

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Pedder Bay is quite a distance from Victoria. Its main attraction is the Marina and Fishing. Upon arrival you are asked to announce yourself by telephone at the entrance kiosk. You will then be asked to proceed to your site and, once you have set up camp, come to the office to pay and complete the registration. We found this a little unusual but it worked. Perimeter roads are paved. The inner sites are wide, level, gravel with a picnic table and fire ring. Service facilities are to the left rear and all worked well. You are separated from your neighbor by a cedar hedge. Outer spaces are back in and a few "view" sites overlook the harbour complete with decks (additional cost). Free Wi-Fi was strong the whole time we were there and there was good selection of cable channels. There was NO CELL SERVICE though. We did not notice any full timers probably because Pedder Bay is quite a distance from anywhere. There were no loud parties and staff patrolled regularly. This is a great place to go if you are into fishing, boating or just want to come and relax. There are hiking and biking trails, boat, canoe and kayak rentals and I’m sure you would not have any problem going for a charter fishing day. We did not see a playground but did see lots of kids. We paid $37.60 per night and felt we got good value. We like this place and will be back. We would have given it a ten if there was cell service.

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This park is situated right on the ocean. There is a very nice natural beach with plenty of very fine soft sand. It would be better if the jetsam and flotsam were removed. This area is prone to sea lettuce washing ashore so at certain times can be a bit smelly. We had an ocean front site (number 6) which was plenty wide with our opposing slides. Water, sewer, and electric were well placed and worked as expected. Free Internet was terribly slow. Not worth the effort as we used our own. Cell service was excellent. Limited channels available over the air and there is no cable. This is a very pet friendly park. Dogs are allowed on the beach! (We did not notice any dog poop anywhere.) There is no playground as such but the beach and a very large grassed play area were well used by children. We paid $52.50 for the Premium Ocean View with a Good Sam discount. We would have given this place a 10 if the sea lettuce had been cleaned up and the Internet was better.

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This park is location location location. The views from the 18 RV sites are amazing. If you are looking for full services on a concrete pad you will be disappointed. Sites are packed gravel and fairly wide. There is a community fire pit (wood supplied) and every site has a table. If you like being right on the ocean with a pretty good sandy beach then this is for you. No reservations so if you want to be here for the weekend I suggest you get here on Wednesday to set up camp. The Capitol Regional District maintains the park and does a very good job. It's clean and quiet. Dogs are not supposed to be allowed on the beach between June and September but we noticed a number of people who didn't seem to care. We are looking forward to our next stay here.

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This is a very nice, clean, pleasant park. The owners are friendly and eager to please. All services worked as expected. The free WiFi was strong. The owners have planted a huge garden and allow guests to help themselves. Fresh cucumbers and tomatoes were wonderful. The dog run is large but not totally fenced. We did not notice any droppings anywhere. There is a sign posted that a ten dollar fine will be charged if you don’t pick up (should be standard at all parks). It is back from the highway so noise was not a problem. We chose this park after looking at some in and closer to Spokane that didn't appeal to us. The drive back into the city is short and pleasant. There are a few permanents but none were trashy. Rate was with GS discount. I would have rated it a 10 if there was cable. We would return.

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This park works well for the short time it takes to visit the dam and see the laser show. It is also the only propane and laundry in town. The services are well situated and everything worked as expected. The water faucet is located inside in an insulated box (for cold weather use). Cable (a good selection of channels) and free Wi-Fi worked well. Although the park is situated right on the main highway, it wasn't that noisy. We were on the back row. Pull throughs on the first row might be different. There are a good number of permanents there but none looked too trashy. We would stay again.

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This is a very nice, well run park. It was a pleasure to park on grass although I was worried we would leave ruts - We didn't. The check in staff was friendly and efficient and we were escorted to our site. Wi-Fi was strong and fast. All amenities worked well, but we were a little disappointed that there was no Cable TV. We were able to pick up news and weather on the antenna so it wasn't a big deal. We did not see a playground and noticed there were no children there. The park was not that busy during our stay so guests were spaced nicely. If there was a full house, I would be concerned as sites are close together. Main Street Winthrop is a short, pleasant walk through a museum and along a board walk. Both the museum and the shops are worth a visit. Thirty dollars includes taxes. We will be back.

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Very convenient when getting off of the Sidney to Anacortes Ferry late in the evening. We reserved because we knew we would arrive after hours. We were assigned a site when the reservation was confirmed so our arrival was simple. We viewed the on-line map and knew just how to get to our site. Their sites are squeezed very close together but are level and all amenities are correctly placed and worked just fine. We heard quite a bit of road noise but other than that, our stay was good. Forty-two includes all taxes. We will be back.

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We reserved the last available site for the upcoming weekend. As such, our expectations were low. We were assigned site 55. A pull through. We arrived late in the evening. Check in was pleasant and efficient. Directions to our site were easy to follow. Perimeter roads are paved. When we drove up to the site, I was concerned that we would never get level as it was up a short hill and appeared very uneven. I was wrong. Once positioned, we found we were dead on. Utilities were properly located to the left rear. The site was graveled (no grass) but quite large and a good distance from the neighbors. I was surprised to see that it had been freshly raked. There was a table and fire pit well placed. As the name suggests, you are in a forest; thus do not expect any satellite TV signal. Cable was available, but we did not hook up. A walkabout revealed that sites get smaller as the view gets better. Some of the ocean view sites looked to be quite cramped. We noted some permanents, but for the most part they were segregated and not all that junky. They looked more like locals parked for the season. We only encountered one problem and that was the 30 amp service plug. It had been installed upside down. I could not plug in. 55 was the only site out of about ten others nearby that was wrongly installed. I had to resort to using the 15 amp plug in. When I explained the problem to the office the little girl just said, "I'll make a note," but I strongly suspect that she already knew of the problem (‘cause she didn’t make the note nor was she surprised). She could not tell me when/if it would be repaired. We didn't need A/C, and the 15 amp shore power was enough for the rest of our needs, so it wasn't that big of a deal. If 55 is the worst site that Living Forest has to offer, it's pretty darn good. My rating could have been an 8 or a 9 if the office staff gave a hoot.