Date of Stay: August, 2009
We camped here on a Sunday night after likely a busy peak season summer weekend and it really showed. The garbage bins were over flowing (and there were a lot of them). I am sure it looked 100% better once the garbage truck comes by but we were still subject to the over flowing garbage while we were here. There was also empty beer cans and bags of garbage that were strewn in various places on the road side. I am sure those have been here for a long time because they looked very sun faded. I am very surprised the camp operators have not made an effort to clean it up. Lastly our camp site really smelled like sewage on one end. At first I thought it was coming from my black tank but as it turned out, just below the slope of our pad, there was a rather large mound of human waste. A complaint to the camp operator brought one cleaner person who did the best they could but a refusal from the camp operator to give a partial refund. Excellent park with amazing water access and world class hiking. It's too bad that the campground is so badly abused.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
A very rustic campground in the sense that it takes you a long time to get out to the middle of nowhere. It's about a 200 km drive from Vancouver, BC to get there. The last 15 km is on a steep and very rough unpaved road. Almost to the park entrance you will have to pull over at The Camping Store to visit with the lady that sits there with her faithful dog. She sells everything from chips and candies to firewood. During busy season, she has a line up at the door before she opens. The camp sites are very traditional provincial park style. The difference is the remote feeling you will have once you get there. Plenty of trees will shelter you from your neighbors. Several hikes will test your abilities and the large 8 km long lake is home to several species of fish. Make sure you get your fishing license before you go. A small boat launch with a dock near the camp makes life easy. The park also rents canoes for a small fee. Watch out for the afternoon wind that will kick up. This area is prime bear habitat. We had a close encounter with a young black bear. Bear proof your campsite or you will regret it. Consider yourself warned. The park very recently installed plumbing so the water is now safe to drink and you no longer have to get it from a pump! The sani station is just inside the gates of the park and can accommodate most larger rigs. It is likely you can fit a full size motorhome in some of the sites. Our 22 foot travel trailer with tow vehicle attached fit very well. The hosts have been there for a long time and are very charming. Extremely helpful with directions.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
We were at a toss up as where to stay as we are generally not the RV park type of people. The place next door was full so ended up here by chance. What a treat it turned out to be! Wonderful mature willow trees whispered all day in the breeze, giving you shade as well as a playground for the many different types of birds. The lake offers excellent chance for some cooling off or a paddle in your own canoe/kayak although be forewarned of the strong wing that are pretty consistent in this part of the country. The owners live at the site in a separate house and keep a close eye on the whole camp site which is a huge bonus as there are many transient fruit pickers that move through the country side. Their water is piped in from the city so you are removed from the frequent boil water advisory. There are black water hook up at every site which is very convenient plus it's to the city sewage, not to a septic field. It's a short bike ride to town or you can take your car but definitely a little too far to walk. All of the vineyards are close by plus there is a golf course within stone throw. The sites are spaced just far enough that you are not bumping in to your neighbour but in order to take advantage of the entire pad, you should definitely park as close as you can to your power post. The beach lawn is generous in size with fire pits and a few artisan lawn chairs so that you don't really need to hide at your site. The only reason that I didn't give a full 10 rating is the gravel pads are a touch on the smaller side and tend to drop off around the edges so we had to level our TT which would be considered a little unusual considering it's a full service site but it is a very small issue. We will definitely be visiting again and again.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
As far as provincial parks go, this one is definitely top notch. It is big and probably one of the busiest. So that means lots of staff. They are always constantly cleaning and obviously monitoring what's going on. There are various very obvious signage that caution automatic removal if you are a nuisance which is great if you are hoping for a reasonably quiet camp ground that is full of families, adults and teenagers. The man made beaches are immaculate and the trail system for hiking and biking is immense. Sites are very standard provincial park pads. Level, standard issue picnic table and fire pit. Common water tap every few sites and pit toilet scattered through out. There is a main building with shower and flush toilet which is not typical of provincial parks. Probably a reflection of just how big this campground is. I would highly recommend this campground. Although during shoulder seasons is when you would find more peace and quiet. Being a provincial park. There are no hook ups of any kind. The dump station is very large and clean, directly across the park entrance and cost an additional $2.00. Several double sites allow you to enjoy a common site with friends should you decide to have a two RV get together.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
Good site. There is lots of room between sites and lots of trees for privacy. There is a small beach across the street but you are better off heading to Porpoise Bay Provincial Park if you want a good beach to hang out on.
Date of Stay: March, 2009
We camped in the winter so this review doesn't allow for summer weather. Excellent site with reasonable space between sites. A little more room would have been nice but you probably aren't going to hang out at your site too much. City water has 110 volt plug right next to it for heated hoses. Site was plowed nicely for winter weather. We had small issue with checking in to a uncleaned site but was resolved quickly and a discount offered immediately. Very professional outfit.