This is an update to our last review from August 2013. This time we stayed in the lower loop. This is closer to the road and you can hear it. Most of the traffic dies down at night but we would recommend the upper loop for more quietness. Ohter than that all we have said in the last review is still true. We will be back. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
Very nice Provincial Park. We stayed in the upper loop, which offers some sites suitable for big rigs. We are 51' combined length and had no problem backing in. Very level sites. Excellent privacy in our site (#2). There are no hookups, but water spigots throughout the park. No Wi-Fi, very weak cell phone reception. The camp host was friendly and had a few stories to tell. Nice trails right off the park. Though Hwy 4 is only a few hundred metres away it was completely quiet at night. Lots to do in the area. Coombs and Parksville are only a short drive away as is Cathedral Grove and Cameron Lake. This time it was only a stopover for us, but we will be back for a longer stay. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Quintessential Canadian Provincial Park. Large, shaded sites in forest, lots of privacy and spacing between sites. Some hiking trails and stream through the park. Level back-in sites, always clean and raked. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I have had the pleasure of staying at this rv park for the last 5 months. Rate reflects the monthly winter rate. If you have any interest in spending the winter on Vancouver Island, Parksville is the place to be and this RV park is the best deal around. $570/month including taxes and unlimited, un-metered 50 amp service. The winter sites are concrete pads with picnic tables. The free WiFi was excellent, free cable TV with lots of channels to chose from. Close to almost everything so the dog and I did a lot of walking and played on the beach every day until March when dogs are banned due to the bird migration. I can't comment on the bathrooms as they are closed during the winter so you have to be self-contained. The laundry was cheap ($1.50 to wash and $1.50 to dry). Only 2 washers, 3 dryers so you have to pick your times. There is a huge playground next door in the municipal park for the kids. I highly recommend Park Sands for the winter. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Lovely setting/ocean view if you're lucky enough to get a spot where you can see it!! A fellow came in with a motorhome, tried to park, couldn't manage the angles and had to leave. To our dismay, they charge $8.00/day for wireless internet!! Yikes!! The price goes up by $10.00/day on June 25th for the summer. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
An older park, aging washrooms,gravel roads and grassy parking, on scenic Englishman River. Mature fir and cedar trees for nice broken shade. Quiet with full-timers and park models in a totally separate area. Wifi was strong. Both Telus and Roger cell were strong. We will stay here again. Fifth wheel We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Well-kept middle of the road campground. Friendly staff. Mostly grass sites and gravel roads. Quiet and relatively spacious sites. Suffers in comparison to nearby ocean view parks, but only regarding location. Will stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rathtrevor Beach is the best campground that my family and I have had the pleasure to stay. The sites are spacious, the people that manage the campground do a excellent job. The activities in the park for kids are amazing! The best campground in BC! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We have camped here for the last 5 years and will continue to go back. The beach cannot be beat! It is a bit of a jaunt to get to it depending on where you are in the park but it is worth it. The bathrooms are the cleanest anywhere and the park staff are amazing. They have free daily programs for kids called "Jerry's Rangers" that our son loves to participate in as well as evening educational activities at their amphitheatre. They have a nice nature house with ice cream treats, coffee, and gifts to purchase if you choose. The sites are large and tidy, and are mostly partial sun/shade. The town of Parksville is cute with a very impressive park/water park at the city center and possibly the best mini-golf ever. The towns of Coombs and Qualicum are close by too. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Let me start by saying that hookups are not available in any Provincial Park in British Columbia. This Provincial Park is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, adjacent to the small city of Parksville. Parksville/Qualicum is known for it's beautiful beaches, restaurants, shops and festivals. The sandcastle building contest every summer is a major draw. This is the most popular Provincial Campground in all of BC. If you plan to stay for an extended period during July/August, you will need to make your reservations in February. It is a beautiful campground with large, level sites. The interior roads are all paved. There is a variety of shaded and sunny sites in several loops. Flush toilets and hot showers. Every site has a fire pit and wood can be purchased on site. There are hiking trails and a beautiful sandy ocean front beach in the park. Coombs, Nanaimo and Courtenay are all within a short driving distance. Rates run from $9.00 to $22.00 per night. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a nice park. The ocean front sites are nearly all permanent residents. It is very close to town, but quiet at night. There is some wind due to the openness of the campground and proximity to the ocean. The RV park is adjacent to a large park so walking is readily available. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is located between the ocean and an estuary, making the viewing of birdlife spectacular. Most of the units are permanent and beautifully maintained. A few sites are saved for transients. Only small complaint, is the location of the garbage at the entrance of the park with no repository for dog refuse at your site. All garbage must be saved and dropped on the way out of the park. It is always a pleasure to stay at this high end location. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very expensive park through the summer season (about $ 1,500/mo !), drops to $ 650/mo after mid-Sept. Legitimate to call itself a resort - nice heated outdoor pool, access to a great city park, lots of beach-front for walking, and nice multi-laundry and club house/lounge facilities. Also has tennis, billiards, etc. Windy at times in the Fall, but welcome in the summer, when the area can get warm (80 F or so). Staff won't win any warmth awards, but they work for the park, not the guests ! Biggest complaint is the lack of any trash disposal within the park - you have to drop it off on your way to the gate. Also, watch for goose droppings everywhere - they like the park's well-kept lawns. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Treeless and mostly long term 'members'. This park has a great swimming pool and spa, but little social activities if you are not a member, i.e. you own a site. Very clean; nice friendly staff, but a tad expensive. Shopping close by. Good security. No 'real' beach but a beautiful view of the cruise ships passing every week-end. A number of nice attractions around, like Little Qualicum Falls. We stayed 2 months. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a great park to stay in if your over 65 and just got out of prison. You will feel right at home with security cameras pass cards for doors etc. Camera in washrooms, not kidding. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very good RV Resort on the east side of Vancouver Island. Sites are on long term lease and you rent on a nightly basis a site that is not occupied by the owner for the time you plan on staying. Sites by the ocean are great if you can get one. Words of caution: Water pressure is 100 PSI, bring your water pressure regulator. Wind can sometimes pick-up, watch your canopy. Even though this RV Resort has several rules to make your stay more pleasant, they have trouble enforcing them. A rig pulled into the site next to ours the wrong way which put their door opening directly into our campsite. Their door was open all the time and they played their TV very loud making it impossible to sit outside. We complained to the management, but the offenders did not move their rig and we had to deal with the problem for 5 days. Even though they have security patrolling the grounds, they totally missed the fact that several dog owners were not picking up after their dogs in the dog walk area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.