Date of Stay: May, 2015
Rolled in here in the early evening on opening day for the 2015 season and found a nice park and friendly people who were eager to have me there. Spots were level, hard packed gravel with grass and small trees between them. Park is also surrounded on three sides by a spruce forest. Hookups worked well and they offer a 2-cent/gallon discount on gas at their station across the highway. They also offered a free RV wash on-site although I didn't partake. The park wasn't crowded so it was quiet and peaceful. Very nice experience, I would stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
This was the first time I ever drove out of a park that I had planned to stay in. I had driven by this park numerous times in the past in my bi-annual treks between Alaska and the lower-48 and from the highway, it looked like a really nice place. But in the past, I was just in the wrong place for me to overnight there since I'm usually trying to cover a certain distance every day. The spring 2015 trip though, I planned the day's travel to include a stop at this park since I had made a note the two previous trips to check it out. Mind you, I knew about the train tracks and had no issue with it. I am a railroader by profession so being around a little, occasional train noise was a non-issue. What I DID have an issue with was the condition of the place. I was told on the phone that for a late check-in to drive in, pick a spot, and they would find me later. No problem. When I got there I found the upper level 30A sites too crowded, so I opted for the 15A sites on the lower terrace, which were grass and near the tree line. But after I got leveled, which is a whole story unto itself, I discovered there was no running water. So then I walked up to the 30A sites to check the water and find a site. While the water was running there, the sites were all deeply rutted mud and not a single one was dry or level. I found the "best of the worst" and brought the trailer up only to discover I could not level it without unhooking, which I don't want to do on overnighters. In the process, both myself and my truck/trailer were getting covered in mud so I decided to move on. For an "all-year" park, I can't help but wonder if the owners have ever bought a load of gravel for the place. Then, the inability to level without unhooking was the deciding factor. So I moved on to a less pretty, but more functional site in Dawson Creek.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
I stayed here just overnight on my way through. It was a Sunday night, the camp hosts were very kind on the phone and set me up for a late check-in. Everything was in order when I got there and I quickly found my spot and set up. I was only one of about 5 campers in the place so it was peaceful and quiet. On the way in I realized I was driving into a moderate rain forest...literally. This campground is under the canopy of a genuine rain forest. As such, roadways and spaces are tight. I have a small TT, no issues. I can imagine it would be a nightmare for a large TT or 5er or a Class A. The overhang is tight, but that is part of the charm of the campground. I kept expecting a dinosaur to appear, clomping around the fern covered forest floor. If you have kids, their imaginations will run wild! Likes: Neat location under the tree canopy, decent size spaces, fire pit, picnic table, full hook-ups. Dislikes: Sewer hook-up was almost out of reach without an extension hose. For as wet a location as this is, more gravel in the spaces would be nice. Lot's of mud when it rains. Back-in spaces only. No cell service and no internet. I was traveling alone on this trip, with only my dogs, but I would have enjoyed this much more if I had my kids with me. For one thing, they love trains. There is a CN line right behind the campground along the property line. I could hear and see the trains from my space. None at night, thankfully, and the line is not heavily used. But the kids would have been thrilled to go camping in a rain forest and also be able to watch the trains from our site. This is also convenient to the West Coast Rail Museum in Squamish, the reason I took this little detour over the Sea to Sky Highway to begin with. It is a wonderful museum and would be a lot of fun for any kid, young or old, who loves trains. I will also add that I had a minor repair item on my trailer on the roof, but no way to get up there until I went to check out the next morning and the camp hosts were happy to loan me a ladder. They were very kind and overall, provided an excellent experience that I wish I had time to enjoy for more than an overnight stay.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
Overall, I found this place to be just OK. On the plus side, it is near Avila Beach and right next door to (walking distance) the Avila Valley Barn, which has fresh produce, outstanding baked goods, local preserves, honey and such, and a ton of barnyard animals for the kids to admire and learn about. It's one of our favorite stops along the central coast. The campground is pretty average though in my opinion. Spaces are tight even though I have a small travel trailer and requested and paid for a larger site. I like to have a little space around my rig so the kids and dogs have a little room to run around. Plus, I don't like opening up all the curtains in the morning only to find myself staring at a bunch of ugly RV graphics on the rig next door. That pretty much summed up the view we had out of three of the four sides of our trailer. Mercifully, we had a grass area off the back the provided a little "outdoor" scenery from our spot. What really annoyed me though was the lack of detailed information on the KOA web site. There was no site map or a list of the rules so having never been there before, I had to choose what seemed to be the best area of the park for our needs rather blindly. Upon check-in though, I was provided with a very nice printed park map. Why they can't post this to the web site so guests can review it in advance is beyond me. It's 2013 people! Then I was provided with a list of rules "as long as my arm" and it was then that I discovered that the grassy area behind our spot, which I paid extra for, did not allow dogs on it, at all. Not even if we were walking from the site to the pet area, which turned out to be about as far away from us as it could be. We did not use the on-site restrooms, showers, laundry or other services so I can't comment on these. We only stayed overnight before moving on so our needs were pretty simple. Overall, an average place for the price. More information on their web site to allow guests to get a better idea of the park's layout and rules prior to arriving there would have gone a long way towards a better experience.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Stayed here in late September for one night, when most parks in BC are closed for the season. Hosts were incredibly nice, waiting for my late evening arrival and providing a nice welcome after a long days drive from the Yukon. There was only one other motorhome in the park that night so no issue with crowds, noise, waiting for the bathroom, etc. It was below freezing so the water was turned off but the 30 amp worked just fine. Internet was slow, but that's to be expected in an area this remote. Since I had no running water at my site I used their restroom and shower. Restroom was big and spotless. Shower was coin-op, Canadian loonies ($1 coins). Worked just fine. Park is on a gentle slope with a lake and mountain view. Sites are terraced into the hillside and plenty level. Beautiful place overall although I was spoiled by the fact that it was very uncrowded. Overall, a very pleasant experience at a park run by super nice people.