Date of Stay: August, 2012
On the plus, the owners/hosts are wonderful people who made sure everyone was safe and happy. They kicked out someone who did a burnout on the gravel. They did a number of extra things for us that we're incredibly grateful for. The park is well maintained, it is all gravel but there is a LOT of forested areas. I think tenters would really like as some tent-only sites were really cool and tucked away. Very casual place and never had any noise issues, neither with others nor about us as we like to stay up and talk (no music of course). On the downside, as with most of SSI, the driveway down is really steep (gravel), and hard to see speedbumps. An SUV with a tent trailer got stuck on the speedbump trying to leave and had to get towed out (I think the host did this). There isn't much to do at the campsite. We walked it in about 15minutes. Tried biking into Ganges but its a steep driveway and then a long downhill to Ganges. The ride back was terrible with kids and narrow roads and no bike lane. We were lucky with relatives on the island to visit/cart us, otherwise we'd may have been bored or had to take taxis. Overall, definitely recommend campground as it is nice, quiet, and hosts are the real article.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
On the plus side, the views are spectacular, sites are very well maintained, water is warm, lots to bike or hike and see, lots of families, quiet time is strictly enforced, and close to Nanaimo for shopping or many other activities. Can't say enough about the view, really spectacular and the people were generally very nice and helpful. Easy to get to the beach (bring floaters!), lots of interesting little islands and things to float around and check out. There is a long walk area you can take your dog, its off to the side but its really big, just bring bug spray. On the downside, billing is confusing and they nickel and dime everything. The matrix of prices and site legends pairs to a fuzzy map, hard to sort it out, then a complex reservation system that reminds me of a bad math class. Only 2 adults are part of basic fee, kids are each a dollar a day more, then any more adults another $4/day. Our 46/day site jumped to 52 as we have 2 kids and brought my Mom. I think that's shoddy pricing to charge extra for kids. The "ocean side" sites are misleading, it just means you have no one between you and ocean, you are not next to the ocean, more like WAAY above the ocean. Oceanside sites are NOT little kid friendly at all. Most have a very steep drop (10-40 foot drops). Even the Ocean view sites (you can see ocean but there are campers in between) aren't kid friendly for same reason. The beach access is OK. There's a volleyball net that was fun, but the beach itself is tiny. Seaweed comes in around noon and fills the beach right up so hard to get to clear water. Cafe is overpriced; Wi-Fi is free at cafe, which is awesome that they have that. They have that terrible Tengo available through most of the campground. Oceanside, and then Ocean view sites are staggered up (10-20 ft for each level) as you head towards office. The lower your site, the more noise you'll hear, so in some ways ocean view are better that way. They are real serious about quiet time, so plan on going inside or shutting down at 11p. The nickel and dime stuff really bugs me but I suppose I'd still recommend it as it is otherwise a great place and very well run.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
I can't understand why this site charges a premium price. We ended up in a large gravel parking lot. We aren't members, but the members I talked to said they were up there as well. They were also embarrased that this was part of the membership sites. We had a lot of problems with this site, as follows. A tiny site, barely could get the awning out and we had no tip-outs. Half the bushes were missing. $3/day for internet, which you had to pay twice if you had 2 laptops (or in our case, a laptop and an ipad). the back is open into another campsite (i.e. the gravel goes from our site directly into site behind us with nothing between). Firepit is shoved at the back in the corner, next to neighbor'[s site. Plus it was sloped one could only get 3 chairs by the firepit. It's a long walk to nearest washroom or garbage. The site was so unlevel, raised our jacks so high our front tires were 2 inches off the ground and still not level. There is not a view around, except for the water tank on the hill. A constant smell of sewer. Found out later they were overlooking the septic tank. Many bushes were dead. The gravel is impossible to walk on without shoes. We had stayed here 2 years prior and asked if it was still a gravel lot, and they assured us it was all finished and beautiful now.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
We've been going to NkMip for 13 years and have had ups and downs with it. We used to be able to book sites on the beach, but RVing has become so popular, its hard to get these sites anymore. That said, there are so many services offered (restaurants, horse-back, helicopter, proximity to Rattlesnake canyon, etc), that its impossible to not keep busy. Being up the in the C lot puts you very far away from the beach, which has been slowly eroding over the years. However, I still highly recommend this site as the people and the services they offer are second to none. We had friends join us that stayed up in the condo area and they had spectacular rooms.