My family has been camping at Brannen Lake for over ten years now and we love it. We spend much of our summer there each year, our most recent stay was this past Easter. It is family owned and operated. The go out of their way to make guests feel like family. My kids especially love the weekend hayride and Sunday pancake breakfasts. There are even themed family dances on summer long weekends, making for many great memories. The facilities are clean and well maintained, the beach is private for campers only with a large grassy area, sandy beach, large wharf, swimming dock and roped area as well as the lake is stocked with trout for fishing. There is night staff/security that stay on site as well as as no dirt bikes or atvs are permitted (there is a campground a couple miles up the road with a track for such use). We can't say enough about this quiet haven and can't wait for this summer. There is something for everyone from sunny, grassy, and shady sites and tenters to large motor home owners. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were here over the Labour Day weekend and it was a non-stop party zone. There is apparently no limit to the number of people or vehicles who can occupy a site. There was no enforcement of Quiet Time. There were ATVs and motorcycles riding through the campsites to reach a nearby motocross track. WiFi is limited to the office area. Most sites are on dirt. There is lots of stuff to do in nearby Nanaimo. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We liked this campground very much. It was very rustic, but very friendly. Lots of large beautiful trees and a lake nearby. Evening hayrides, swimming in the lake, trails nearby, fishing, hosreshoes. Quiet and a country setting -- not your typical "sterile concrete" campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Owner of 13 years has strong Japanese accent. Several beautiful Japanese garden type plantings and flowering plants everywhere. Feeble Wi-Fi close to office. Very close to Nanaimo Ferry Terminal. We would stay here again. Mostly permanent residents. Water pressure 40 PSI. Tables and fire rings. Moderate highway noise. Steep incline at entrance. Single stream recycling program; leave bagged recycling next to trash dumpster for pickup. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We chose Living Forest as our home for an extended stay (May-Oct) in the mid-Island area. Nothing around compared to this place. Our site is well treed, quiet, well away from neighbors. We were looking for a quiet forest location, and we sure found it here. There are many sites that will easily take a big-rig, like our 40 footer. We have lots of room on the lot and a fire pit! It's been a great summer here! There are sites here with ocean views, but not ocean side. Those are more tightly packed and much noisier on weekends. There are also good tent sites and a group camp. Internet service (Wi-Fi) is Tengo - low speed and so-so coverage. There is a charge for it. There is lots to see and do in the area. Groceries and other shops very close by. Wife and I highly recommend this place. We are booked back in for a few months next year. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wide paved streets make parking easy. Young, friendly, helpful staff. Spacious, level, heavily shaded, well maintained, sand/gravel sites. Table & fire ring at each site. Two bar Verizon signal, good cable TV. Feeble Wi-Fi. Full & busy in August. Water pressure 50#. Robust recycling program: cans & glass, plastics 1-7, mixed paper, compost bin. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A family campground which is heavily used. We had a site overlooking the estuary and into the strait, which was quite scenic. It would appear that this is a family vacation spot for many. As a result, it can be a bit loud with crying/screaming children. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We are currently winter camping here and so far, it's been nothing but great. The staff was very friendly when we came in at about 5:30 a couple of weeks ago, so after sundown. They told us to find any vacant spot and then look around in the morning for available spots we would prefer. We had already looked over their website and with photos of nearly every individual space available (we stopped looking after seeing a whole bunch) we had already set our sights on two. One was available and we parked in it. The next day, we strolled around and decided we had picked the best one for us. There is a dump station at every serviced spot as well as cable TV, water and 30 amp service. There are also spots with less services for those who don't need that. We were told right away that the Wi-Fi was less than dependable; the abundant trees make for great obstructions to the radio waves. I think I'll keep the trees and forgo the internet. We love this place, are amazed that, with their 53 or so acres, they didn't just cram RV and tent spots on top of each other which they could have, like most RV parks like to do. There's good separation, often with mature trees between most spots and you do feel you are in a forest, not merely next to one. There are a LOT of dogs here, we see plenty of them when we walk ours. But there's little barking if any and I've seen no signs of people not being responsible cleaners. Since we walk the dogs around the perimeter anyway, the previously noted lack of garbage cans on the far end of the campground is a very minor issue. Based on our 2 week stay (so far) I would absolutely and readily recommend this campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice campground but the advertised WiFi hardly ever worked. There are permanent tenants that stay in an area of the park designated for them. Most are run down, with items laying around. The Games room is equipped with broken and unusable items for patrons to use. It's too bad about these items, as its a beautiful looking campground once you are past the permanent tenants. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 7 / 10 ]
A great place for a base camp to explore the Island. The campground is are very well maintained, and a very nice staff running things. We had a great camp site that overlooked the bay. Saw a few eagles and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Not a lot to do here, but plenty of things to do on the Island. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park has steadily improved since it opened. My only small complaint is the lack of receptacles for dog deposits. All garbage is located at the park entrance, so one must store one's garbage and dog deposits until passing out of the park. Sites are well maintained and roomy, hookups are in good order and the views of the the ocean are spectacular. Lots of bird life and the park was quiet in spite of heavy usage while we were here. Great family setting. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The park is OK; however, there are reasons we only rated it a 6 out of 10. First they advertise Wi-Fi, but it only worked 1 day out of the 30 we were there. Second when we booked we specifically asked for a site that could handle our 38' fifth wheel, but they put is in a small site with the back end overhanging a drop off. (We moved after the first week to a larger site.) Fourth the main facilities were older and there was a disappointing discussion with an older gentleman at their office whose comments were "if you do not like it you can leave and get your money back." Fourth there are a number of permanent units near the club house. A number of them look run down and in need of some maintenance. This really takes away from the RV park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very large campground with a tone of different types of sites. We chose a site near the playground, as we have a small son. The sites near the playground are tiered and quite large. We were in a shady forested site and loved it. The staff were great and the facilities were nice. We found the walk to the beach area a little long with a 3 year old so would suggest bikes or strollers for families with small kids. We would go back to Living Forest for sure! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed over 2 months. Very nicely shaded, quiet with little activities saved for walking. Our site (205) was brand new, in the forest; very spacious and private. All services were excellent, including cable. Wifi was sporadic and still needs work. Few mosquitoes. A new 'coffee shop' adds a good social focal point with a great view on the Nanaimo river estuary. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is on our list of "guaranteed return". Every year we return to find more improvements to the park. Some of the oceanside sites are simply spectacular. On this visit we had a dozen or more bald eagles playing in the wind currents and landing in tree tops above our site. For a private campground it certainly has a national forest feel. Majority of sites are in nicely wooded area and sites are well spaced. Although this is not "waves crashing ashore" kind of oceanfront, there is access to a beach. Wildlife watchers will find this to be a great place to do their thing. Eagles, deer, whales, sea otters and heron. Campground office maintains a local notebook with menus and other local attractions info. Close to the ferry too. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Large well run family campground. They have been expanding in recent years. Firepits at every site and firewood can be purchased at the general store on site. Very friendly staff, but store is poorly stocked. Many sites have excellent ocean views. This campground is located right in Nanaimo, but you would never know that once you were inside the campground. All amenities are just a short drive away and there is lots to do in Nanaimo and surrounding area. This is one of the nicest privately owned campgrounds on all of Vancouver Island. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A very nice park, lots of trees and well-spaced sites. The location is very good and the views are excellent. A well run park. The only black mark is the poor WiFi. Of the several days I've spent there over the past two years, I've only managed to connect once. Even being right below the antenna didn't help. Other than that, it is an excellent RV park. But the lack of WiFi means I'll be elsewhere next time I stay in Nanaimo. We camped here in a Motorhome.