19 RV Parks near Gabriola, British Columbia
Oct 2017 - $26.00
Very friendly owners. Campground is a meadow in a forested area 100 yards from the ocean and marina. There are secluded tenting sites as well as an open area that can accommodate small groups and RV's up to 26 feet. RV's over 26 feet may have difficulty accessing the campground because of tight turns to enter the camping meadow. Be prepared to level your RV because you'll be parking on grass. The meadow runs east west so you can find a shady spot under the trees to the south or more sun on the north side of the meadow. There are 4 duplex 110 volt 15 amp plugs in one spot. You'll need a converter plug to 15A. The camping fee is $20 Canadian and for $6 more you can have electricity. The plug ins are all in one spot so be sure to arrange a spot close by, and have a heavy gauge cord, to avoid voltage losses over long power cords runs. Complimentary high speed wireless Internet, weak in the picnic grounds but strong in reception area. Local cell signal is 2-3 bars out of 5. Washrooms with coin operated hot showers ($2 for 3 mins - water is precious on the island) and coin op laundry room Picnic tables On site kayak, scooter and mountain bike rentals Store selling ice, ice cream & snacks, select groceries, pharmaceutical items, fishing bait and clothing Tents, tent trailers, small campers & RV's are welcome. Pets on leash and picked up after are welcome. - User3527
Jul 2017 - $50.00
Beautiful park. Loved seeing all the bald eagles. - Rosie the dog
Jun 2017 - $1.00
From the Oceanside sites the view was spectacular. We saw five golden eagles circling overhead, also two bald eagles and a couple of Canada geese families, plus a sea otter who entertained us. Each site is surrounded by hedges, so privacy is fine. All sites were immaculate and the staff worked hard to keep them that way. Lots of families and some older people, but no party hearty groups (in June). There was a small group of Girl Guides having fun. The beach is tiny, but nice for paddling and there's a good off leash dog walking area along from the beach, quite separate from the Campground. Good wifi and basic cable, good phone signal. - Visitor from Canmore
Jun 2017 - $38.00
We have been here many times in the past and know the routine fairly well. First thing is we get there early enough in the afternoon, so we aren't in a line up with other campers when registering in the office. Since we always reserve, registration goes fast. If you come to this park often, get a frequent camper card. I was able to save one night's fee for this stay. The one annoying thing that I found was that the office doesn't inform you about having to get a cable TV box for the digital TV. So I end up having to go back to the office for that. To loan the cable box you have to leave credit card information. The best sites for viewing the harbour and estuary are the ocean front or ocean view sites. These get reserved well in advance. I was lucky to get my spot back in October last year. Our site was a level, gravel back-in with a picnic table and fire ring. There were plenty of trees and shrubs on the sides for privacy and in the back was an open view of the lower sites, the harbour and estuary. It was hot during our stay and the shade helped keep the heat out of our motorhome. Hookups were in a good location. The Electric, Cable TV, and Water were in the rear corner while Sewer was towards the middle. All utilities worked fine. Wi-FI was paid Tengo at the site. There was free Wi-Fi at the cafe and around the office and lounge. The free Wi-Fi was good enough for e-mail and browsing. The cable TV needed a box to get the signals. No HD channels available. I tried OTA TV, but only got one poor signal from my antenna. There are plenty of trails around the park and down to the estuary. The laundry was fairly clean and no problems with washing or drying. The cafe had just opened up during our stay. Good place for breakfast or a coffee. It has tables on a viewing deck. Garbage drop off mainly down by the exit near the office. Some places for bottle or can recycle or disposal of small garbage bags. We will be back again next year. - Onemoretrail
May 2017 - $25.00
Excellent value. Beautifully cared for park with lovely gardens and spring flowers. Owner very friendly and helped us to our site. Close to highway for convenience and noise not really a bother. A real treat to see an RV park that is surrounded by greenery and so well cared for. Sites were close together for transients but no problem. - Bonnie396
Jun 2016 - $40.00
Great Park close to trails and close to highway. Great club house. Locking containers for garbage. - 13rvliving
Aug 2011 - $38.00
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. - meanderingman
Jan 2018 - $50.00
The showers were broken for over a week.
When it was icy the ramp and walkway to the showers was always slippery and unsalted.
The office hours are very short in the winter. Sometimes only open for 2 hours a day. Closed other days.
The wifi was so bad it didnt even work as far away as our campsite.
The dirt turned to 6 inches of mud in the winter.
The raging water behind our campsite wasn't fenced off and the ledge was falling away with more rain.
The staff and manager don't agree on policies and pricing.
When the manager disagreed with her staff....we got kicked out. No refund given on payment already made for the month...kicked out 10 days early with no place to go.
Needs a new nicer, kinder manager.
The staff was great. - Keeyans
Jan 2015 - $38.00
Manager was fantastic - very helpful and accommodating. We requested privacy and she delivered. Unfortunately washrooms and water were shut off for the season to prevent pipes freezing. Conveniently located between Ladysmith and Nanaimo. - I Like Heat
Sep 2014 - $38.00
There are lots of kids in this park. Families seem to come in groups so it is very noisy and crowded. No grass; 30 amps. Tight turning radius for 45 footer. Close to Duke PT ferry is a plus. - Freedom Bus
Jun 2016 - $30.00
Nice state park like campground under tall pine trees a couple of miles off highway. Most sites shaded, and usually tens of feet of spacing between sites. We found it convenient to the ferry terminal.
We got 5 off air TV channels, the WiFi signal doesn't reach more than 150' from the office but there is a nice open air shelter with picnic tables next door to use, we had a 2 bar AT&T cell signal.
Very family friendly with a playground and activities for the kids, especially on the weekends. We didn't see any direct access (or even views) to the lake from the campground although their website does show a small beach and dock. For anyone concerned about such things, you do pass a small prison about halfway to the campground from the highway (but the prison does have great views to the lake!). - readontheroad
Apr 2013 - $31.00
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. - VICampers
Sep 2011 - $32.00
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. - gtogrl1
Sep 2011 - $38.00
Access to park entrance difficult if driving in from the north as highway is busy and turning left into park may take awhile. Park road gravel. Most sites dirt with grass. Our site was gravel and level. Only 1 full hookup site with stream view; the rest were tent sites. The swimming pool was closed for the season. Cable TV had good channel selection and clear picture. Okay for an overnight stay, but I wouldn't want to stay much longer. - Onemoretrail
Sep 2017 - $58.00
Dusty, no wifi even with tango net. Very unflat sights. - GNG
Oct 2016 - $36.00
We stayed during a stormy wet weekend so did not use too much of the facilities. Lots of trees to drop needles and leaves on your unit. Overall it is fairly nice. Didn't like the fact that they charge a $6 reservation fee and will not accept Passport America discount without a reservation. No tv or internet. - Nahidik
Sep 2015 - $44.00
This Holiday Trails park is in a valley removed from traffic and railways so it is quiet. Access from the south is difficult because you have to drive past about 1 km, make a u-turn, and come back to the park entrance. This park was an overnight stop for us so we asked for a pull-through site with full service which was fine but difficult to find. The sites are randomly placed within the resort and there are few directional signs so finding your site is difficult. We met another RV that checked in before us and they were having problems finding their site. The only problem we encountered was the smell of sewer gas which hung in the valley. Not sure where it was coming from. There is no TV or WiFi but our Telus phone worked fine. There is a clubhouse but the large television was broken so there was. no reception. We would return to this park. - Living Skies
May 2015 - $35.00
The camp site was right on the water! Very clean and you can always have a fire! Love this camp site! I will be going back with the family for sure! - rosiemp
Jul 2012 - $32.00
Bathrooms were disgusting!!!! Campsites were small and look like they were never maintained. Paid for 3 water and electrical hook ups, and only had 2. If you wish for a place to take a lot of kids it might be all right as there is a play ground and the river access is ok. Does not seem to have a responsible adult running the place. Just a young girl in the office and some older man driving around on a golf cart. I am not sure what the RV sites are like, but the 5 tenting sites we had were not pleasing. Doesn't take much to grab a rake and someone really needs to learn to clean the bathrooms. Apparently the men's had human waste on the walls, the womens smelled like urine and the floors (in the showers as well) were awful. I'll take an outhouse any day. At least you expect some sort of smell and I have been in ones way better than these. Could be a great place with a little attention. - Island Camper
Jun 2008 - $25.00
Don't know for sure who runs this place, as we simply phoned a given number upon entering to check in and left payment with the young girl at the store. Very low key and low maintenance! - H&G Adventures
Oct 2017 - $35.00
This is a very large and well used park but it is in a great location, with a huge beach (at low tide). There are flush toilets and free hot showers. It's quite close to Parksville which has most things you could want. The campground is in the trees so it's not the best place for solar power or satellite TV but there is good cell service. There are no hookups but there is a dump station ($5) and water at the dump station and throughout the campground. We would stay here again. - cachencouple
Sep 2016 - $18.00
BC Provincial Parks are over priced at regular rates, but are ok for seniors of British Columbia in the off season. Park is not as clean as some (like Miracle Beach Provincial Park), but passable. Lots of nice walking trails and great beach areas when the tide is out. This is a very busy park even in the off season, so come early. - Snoet
Oct 2015 - $18.00
We stayed two nights in this provincial park. Our site was clean, level, separated from our neighbors, and close to the bath house. Also, a short walk brought to a gorgeous ocean beach which looked out over Georgia Strait. With timely generator use, a water tap nearby, picnic table, fire pit, and the bath house we had everything we needed. We stayed in a travel trailer and would stay here again. - Living Skies
Aug 2016 - $35.00
Quiet and wooded and close enough to walk to Riptide minigolf and close to Rathtrevor beach and area - has its own lovely little private beach on Englishman River. There are cottages, yurts and tenting sites along with the RV sites - office and community room with complimentary morning coffee & lending library - playground for littles and horseshoes & small playing field
Family oriented - quiet hours from 10pm to 8am which is strictly enforced (loved it! No loud partiers!!!!)
Would have given full marks had we not had one day of little to no water pressure (and multiple sites near us had same issue) they tried to find leak but we couldn't shower that day and doing dishes took awhile -fixed next morning though.
Wifi is stronger near the office - we had spotty reception at our site
NOTE PRICE in US $ at exchange rate at the time - price is actually $46Cdn - KRBayr