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Retired mechanical technician, educator, and farmer enjoying the rv lifestyle including meeting new friends, travel, rv parks, and boondocking campgrounds.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

The Orchard RV Retreat, Lake Country, British Columbia

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

These sites are part of a five-acre orchard that grows several varieties of apples. Three of the sites are pull-thru, two are back in, and the last one is for a tent. There is a large NS area in the back of the farm yard for rvs, tents, and parking. Our site was FS with a gravel pad and a great view of the Okanagan/Woods Lake valley. We had one off-air tv channel and several radio stations. The wifi was weak at our site and the cell signal was also weak. This orchard is located on a hill so the road has a significant climb into the camping area. The single, private bathroom was clean but there was no heat so on a cool morning having a shower was cold. We were able to buy apples at a great price from this farm couple. We stayed three nights and would stay here again. We camped at The Orchard RV Retreat in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are many activities within a short driving distance. Some of these are a boat launch, beaches, world class wineries, incomparable golfing, fine dining, family restaurants, art galleries, museums, libraries, agri tours, farm markets, hiking and biking trails, two major ski hills, shopping centres, and an international airport. There is also fabulous views of the lakes and mountains.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Camper's Haven RV and Tent Park, Donald, British Columbia

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

This park is located off the highway and away from the train tracks so it is quiet. The sites are long pull-thrus with some space between your neighbour's site. Most of the sites are FS and there are tent sites and small cabins. The washrooms are clean and warm. There is no off-air tv or radio stations and the wifi is weak. There is a reasonable cell signal. We have stayed here before and would stay again. This is a handy one-night park. There are no services in the area including food, fuel, or supplies. There is a small store in the office that has some snack foods. We camped at Camper's Haven RV and Tent Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
46
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

There are some summer activities available in the area. For recreation there is a horseshoe pit and volleyball for families to play. Located only a six minute drive away from Marl Creek Provincial Park, families can spend their days hiking, cycling and wildlife viewing along the scenic trails. Also, enjoy swimming, canoeing or fishing in Waitabit Creek and Columbia River.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Whistlers Campground (Parks Canada), Jasper National Park, Alberta

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

Our stay at this campground began with cold temperatures (-5C), wind, rain, and snow. Fortunately we had FS so were able to operate an electric heater and our furnace to stay warm. After filling the water tank we disconnected the water hose and filter so it would not freeze. The sites are pull-thru with room between you and your neighbour and are fairly level. There is no tv but we had a CBC radio station and good cell service. A short drive from here takes you to Jasper town site. With the winter weather this campground was very quiet. We stayed in a travel trailer and would stay here again. We camped at Whistlers Campground (Parks Canada) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
55D
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are attractions and activities in Jasper National Park which will meet almost any desire. We took a train tour on VIA Rail from Jasper Station to Dunster BC where we were met by a bus which brought us back to Jasper. On the way back we stopped at Rearguard Falls and Mount Robson Visitor Centre. One day we had brunch at the Athabasca Hotel which is one of the oldest buildings in Jasper. The food and service were great.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground - Full Hookups (Parks Canada), Banff National Park, Alberta

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We were surprised to see how busy this park was for September. We were fortunate to get one of the last sites out of over 1000. Our site was a double site that shared full services from a single pedestal. As a result we had to back into the site which put our door on the road side and our service outlets opposite the pedestal. We did make this arrangement work. There was no TV but we could pick up one radio station. Our cell service was OK. Each row in this campground contains a heated bathhouse with showers, toilets, and sinks. Ours was very clean. This campground is on the edge of Banff town site. Campers are able to ride a free shuttle bus from the registration building to the town site. We camped at Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground - Full Hookups (Parks Canada) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
213
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Banff has many attraction depending on your interests such as guided tours, hiking, shopping, eating, drinking, and specialized attractions. The natural hot are relaxing and a visit to Bow Falls is interesting. Parking is limited so be prepared to walk from your parking lot to your destination.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Illecillewaet Campground, Revelstoke, British Columbia

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This park is located in Glacier National Park and is located 65 km east of Revelstoke BC. This is a NS campground located off the highway, away from the trains, and beside a river so it is quiet. At night it is extremely dark. It has flush toilets and warm water in the shelters and potable water taps around the campground. The roads are narrow, the corners are sharp, and the sites are short so RVs over 30 feet long have trouble moving around this campground. We were able to find a double site with a picnic table and fire pit that gave us enough room for our truck and trailer. There are many hiking trails in the area and hikers come for the day to test their skills. We stayed in a travel trailer and would stay here again. We camped at Illecillewaet Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
58
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Surrounding this campground are hiking trails of three levels: easy, moderate, and difficult. These trails also vary in length from a few km to overnight stays. A trail that is close to the campground leads to the old Glacier House Hotel that was operated by the CP Railroad until 1925. Some of the old foundations still remain. Next to the campground is A. O. Wheeler Hut which is operated as a hostel by the Alpine Club of Canada.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Chase Lions RV Park, Chase, British Columbia

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is a quiet, community park located beside the South Thompson River with E & W and NS sites including picnic tables and fire pits (there was fire ban when we were there). There is a dump station nearby. Our site was NS with a total view of the river and boat launch. This park is located on the edge of town so if you wanted you could walk to a number of services. Access to the shower house was with a coded lock. The interior was clean with a need for some upgrades. There was WiFi but it was too slow to be useful. We used our Telus data plan instead. We stayed here in a travel trailer and would stay again. We camped at Chase Lions RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
NA
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Many campers were using this campground as a base while fishing and using the boat launch. The dump station nearby also had a potable water faucet. Other local services are within walking distance.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Princeton Golf Club & RV Park, Princeton, British Columbia

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

This is a dusty, gravel parking lot with EWS at each site. Each site is long but very narrow with most awnings and slides touching. These sites are located beside a golf hole and near the golf clubhouse. Most people come for the golf and stay in the RV park. The park is quiet but most sites have a fire pit (free firewood) which allows your neighbours to have a fire and fill your RV with smoke. In these crowded conditions the fire pits need to be removed. The shower house was clean but each shower was $1 for some ? minutes. We stayed in a travel trailer and would not stay here again. We camped at Princeton Golf Club & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
32
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The main activity is golfing with its support services (restaurant, pro shop, cart rentals, and bar). This is located a few kms outside of town so you have to drive for other services.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park, Merritt, British Columbia

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

This provincial park is located east and south of Merritt BC and is next to a small lake. There are a number of small campgrounds in the area beside different lakes. Our site looked out over the lake and was a sunny spot so our solar panels worked well. Most of the sites are small and narrow so locating our truck and trailer was challenging. The only services are a water tap, garbage bin, and pit toilet. The main drawback were the hordes of mosquitoes. They were so bad that after one night we decided to leave even though we had planned to stay four nights. We camped at Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
51
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The only activities are boating, fishing, hiking, reading, and resting. There is no radio, TV, or cell service. This dry camping at its best.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Claybanks RV Park, Merritt, British Columbia

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

A quiet park located on the edge of town and beside the river has large sites with plenty of green grass and paved roads. It is a full service park with connections properly located for our trailer. The shower house is very clean with thoughtful amenities (tissue, flowers, paper towels, soap) and no charge showers. The office has a supply of DVDs which you can borrow. This is a nice service. We would stay here again. We camped here in a travel trailer. We camped at Claybanks RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

This campground is located next to the town so you can easily walk to the many stores, coffee shops, and grocery stores. There is a country music museum in the town and the streets have many murals of famous country music performers.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Pickard Creek Campground, Hedley, British Columbia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $6.00
Overall Rating:

This is quiet, rustic camping at its best with a pull-through site beside the Similkameen River. The only services are clean pit toilets, fire pits, and tables. The sites are large and removed from each other. You are expected to take your garbage with you and to leave the site ready for the next camper. We camped at Pickard Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

This is a place to relax, enjoy nature and the river, go for a walk, and do some fishing. If you want to spend money you will have to go to the local meat shop or Hedley.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Kootenay River RV Park (Formerly Kootenay River RV Kampground), Castlegar, British Columbia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

This is a 55+ park which is located on an old drive-in movie site and provides superior service to older travelers. Our lot was on the riverside so we had a great view of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. It was a large site with 30 amp power, water, sewer, cable tv, gravel parking area and grass all around. The services are located at the front of the lot so you may need extensions for cords and hoses. There is a community firepit and the bathhouse has two toilets and sinks and one shower. We would stay at this park again. We camped at Kootenay River RV Park (Formerly Kootenay River RV Kampground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
R5
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are many attractions in Castlegar including the Doukhorbor Discovery Center, Verigin's Tomb, Main Street sculptures, and the old walking bridge.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Kimberley Riverside Campground, Kimberley, British Columbia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This rv park is out in the country so you have to travel to Marysville or Kimberley for shopping and services. With a reservation our check-in was painless and we were directed to our site quickly. It is a large, secluded site at the end of a cul-de-sac with 30 amp power, water, sewer, picnic table, and firepit. It overlooks the St Mary River which is 50 feet below a steep bank. There is no tv or cell service but wifi is available down the road at the bathhouse. There is a nice shaded bench to sit on while you do your internet business. The clean bathhouse has several toilets and two showers (free) and two sinks. This park is built on the side of the mountain so there are many levels connected by a switch-back road. Our site was at the back of the lowest level. The office is at the entrance to the park. We stayed three nights and everything was fine but there were many mosquitoes. We would stay here again. We camped at Kimberley Riverside Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
92
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We spent one day at Fort Steele Historic Site which was a pleasant drive from our site. In Kimberley there is a visitor centre, library, museum, and many unique shops. The North Star Alpine Ski Resort is located above Kimberley. A section of the Cross Canada Trail called Rails to Trails Kimberley to Cranbrook with a wide, paved trail.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Arrow Mountain RV Park, Creston, British Columbia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a new park, located behind the Ramada Hotel, that opened in May 2017 with a mix of pull-through and back in sites. Each site has a gravel pad, grass, and power, water, sewer, and strong wifi. There are no trees in the park. The rear part of the campground is full of machinery and construction materials. The rates listed on the web site are high (our site is listed at $50) but for us there was a 30% discount. As a result, over three days we had three neighbours with each just staying one night. The last night we were the only campers. Therefore, this campground is quiet and uncrowded except for the one train passing by each day. The bathhouse consists of a room with toilet and sink and another room with toilet, sink, and shower. Neither room was cleaned during our visit. Unless the nightly price is reduced we would not stay here again. We camped at Arrow Mountain RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The laundry is located in the Ramada Hotel and there is a Rickys restaurant adjacent to the campground. There is small strip mall next to the restaurant. Down the street there is a Tim Hortons, rv repair, and Home Hardware within walking distance. Creston has a number attractions including the archives, museum, visitor centre, and Columbia Brewery Tours.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Kaslo Municipal Campground, Kaslo, British Columbia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is located near Kootenay Lake on the edge of town so it is easy to walk into town to enjoy the shops and services. Since we were staying only one night it was difficult to find a site that would accommodate our 43 feet of truck and trailer. The manager was quite helpful in finding us a level, grassed site with 30 amp power and water. The pay showers ($1 for 3 minutes) are clean and new. There is a sanidump nearby along with wifi, and radio but no tv. We would stay here again. We camped at Kaslo Municipal Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

In Kaslo there are a number of attractions including the SS Moyie, a local farmers market, visitor centre, and unique shops. There are a number of benches along the sandy shore looking out over the Kootenay Lake and the mountains.

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Burton Historical Park Campground, Burton, British Columbia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a quiet, grassy campground located 30 km south of Nakusp. It is beside the Upper Arrow Lake where trees surround the sites that are large, level, and convenient with a surface of flat rocks and grass and include 30 amp power and water, a firepit, and a table. The showers are clean and free and there is a $5 fee to use the sanidump. There is no tv unless you have a satellite, no radio, and no wifi. We would stay at this park again. We camped at Burton Historical Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are no services nearby so you have to go to Nakusp for shopping. The Nakusp Hot Springs are 12 km from Nakusp. There is a unique apple cider store next door to the campground.

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