6.3 Average
     
Golden, British Columbia

Whispering Spruce Campground

Golden, British Columbia



1430 Golden View Road
Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H1
Phone: (250) 344-6680

Sites: 135
Recent Rate: $42 8/2016

Latitude: 51.301401232826
Longitude: -116.9481754303

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

22 Reviews

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We were greeted by an upset unprofessional manager because we arrived 45 minutes before check in time of 1pm. We looked at our assigned site and found trash and basically a spot in the dirt. They advertise 50 amp but only have 30 amp electric.

Because of the way we were treated and the overall run down condition of the park, for the first time since we started RVing, we asked for our deposit back and left for another park in the area. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Management, owner at Whispering Spruce Campground responded to this review

The RV'er must have been thinking of another campground that is open to people coming onto private property and demanding we serve them ahead of other duties. OFFICE HOURS are posted clearly on the office door, and neither the outdated webpage nor anywhere in any documentation online or in print does it say we are 50 amp service.

Hours of operation are 9am to 10am for coffee hour at the office to get feedback and share coffee with our registered guests. The office is closed from 10am to 1pm to allow us to clean up after guests that occasionally misuse the private campground and make a mess. The office reopens at 1pm and stays open later until 11pm mountain standard time to allow travelers with reservations time to arrive from distant places.

Terms of service are clear and so are the rules and regulations on arrival. These items are emailed as part of a Confirmation Email sent to all our guests. The RV'r in question wandered the property and was rather ignorant when told of the policies. The RV'r demanded service that was not an option at the time and expected me to drop everything to serve his special needs. He was instructed to park until I knew where he was going by checking the computer registration system, and then came in and paid for the site. He later came back and complained and was given a full refund and told to leave. The RV'r is blacklisted and not welcome to return. For outsiders to come in and cause a scene is not acceptable

Note that this "run-down' park is an old KOA campground from the late 60's that is undergoing a renovation after years of neglect and it will take time to get things in order. Our management team puts in 16 hour days to endure things are getting done and the positive reviews speak for themselves. For recent photo's since we took over management in April please go to Google, YouTube and other social media

David
Site Operations and Security Manager

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

So much to dislike and we were there 7 nights. Very old park which has been neglected for a long time. The good: excellent WiFi, easy in/out, new laundry equipment. The bad: site was mostly dirt. No gravel for years. Door opened to a tree a foot away. Park is 100 feet from Canada's Highway 1, main east/west route across Canada. Park is on a grade of the highway: eastbound 18 wheelers in low gear at max RPM; westbound trucks are on their exhaust brakes 24x7. Noisiest park I have stayed in.

Showers/washrooms are very old, not very clean.

Should be considered a desperation one night only park.

Park apparently has only 2 employees; one is friendly, the other should find another line of work. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

A small herd of goats roamed around the park for some time.

Lots of trees, surrounded by mountains, excellent wifi

Staff went way above expectations. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E2
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice tree coverage and shade. Gravel sites. Some are more level than others and it might take a little back-n-forth to find the level spot but they are OK. Solid Wi-Fi in space D2. Extra charge for dump station if you don't ask for a site that has the sewer connection, which costs a bit more then a site without. They offer No-Hookup, Water only, Water & Electric, and Water, Electric & Sewer hook-up sites. They have laundry but did not use. Would stay here again. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 90
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

It was quiet. It was pretty. One of the two bath houses is shut down (forever). WiFi did not extend to site F10 on a Mac but did work with a PC. The maintenance man has changed F10 to 20 amp, but did not tell the front desk staff. Office staff is cheerful. The main breaker for the F "lane" is only 100 amps. That is a bit light for 11 spots. The main breaker for the "lane" did trip. Beautiful trees, but that may limit folks who have slides. Washrooms are old but were clean. The are closed from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Check out time is 11 a.m. I would stay there again. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 107
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

I gave this campground a slightly higher rating than it might deserve because of the view. The sites are not as out of level as previous readers may have submitted. The town of Golden is fine but use this campground as an overnight unless you really enjoy hiking the nearby mountains. That is about all there is to do. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

Site was level but sites were a bit close together. It was not an issue for us, however, if the campground was full, it would be a bit tight. Although it is fairly close to the #1 Hwy, the sound is not bad at all. Good overnight spot. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

This park appears to be a former KOA complete with an A frame office. I’ve found that these types of parks are mediocre at best. It is one of many such parks where the owners stopped maintenance and repair a long time ago. The laundry, showers and rest rooms were not clean. The rock on pad sites has pretty much gone away which leaves you with dirt. The WIFI is good sporadically but as the park fills up, the WIFI can’t handle the load. Also the park is about 50 meters off Trans Canada 1 so you get a lot of road noise. The south east sites in the park offer some great views of the valley below and periodically some big horn sheep make their way into the park. OK for over night but not much more. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Pricey for this place that is in dire need of TLC. The entrance looks fine, but looking around at the trailer where the manager lives, and the sites, you can see it needs work campers or something. Our site was tight, but manageable. Unable to put out our awning. Our firepit had not been cleaned and had the previous camper's fiberglass airfilter in it along with some other garbage. Our picnic table was broken and had a large nail protruding. The bathrooms appeared rustic. If you do not get septic, there is a charge to dump. There is traffic noise of large semis. So not a great deal. Not a destination park. On the plus side, there is good Wi-Fi. There is shade. The place is packed as it is located on the road to Lake Louise. Would consider a different place next time. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 112
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

A pleasant, modest park with a woodsy feel, close to a busy highway. Conveniently located to area sights. Wi-Fi adequate: faster than most. Friendly staff. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the oldest RV campground in Golden, BC, but the only one that has full hookups and sites to accommodate long rigs. (We stayed in a 34 foot Airstream). There is very little maintenance done at the park. The main thing this RV park has going for it is location. It is near six national parks. The price we paid was based on a monthly rate. The normal daily rate is $38. This RV park is way over priced for what you are getting here. Without satellite we only got one TV channel. Wi-Fi was not as strong or reliable as some reviewers have stated. We would probably make it a much shorter stay next time. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

Older park. Main roads were ok, but the side ones with some of the smaller sites were very tight and bumpy. Our site was not level, and it looked like a lot of the other sites were the same. Seemed very expensive for what you get. But the WiFi was the best we've had on our four-month trip. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an older campground and the owners are working to maintain it. Interior roads are gravel but decent with no potholes. Our pull-through site was level, another nice surprise. Contrary to what they advertise, they do have 50 amp service. The site we were given was fairly narrow, so I requested and got another one that was wider and much easier to navigate. At this time of year there are lots of empty sites so changing is no problem. The campground was dusty but that is not their fault. Washrooms and showers were clean. They have very strong Wi-Fi which worked very well. There was some noise from the trucks on the highway and from the trains but not enough to spoil our sleep. This is a good place to stop over. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 126
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

$42 was a bit pricey for what we had but the staff was very accommodating. We showed up with 5 large rigs at about 10 am. We all ended up in full hookup pull through sites. The problem was that the power at 2 of the sites didn't work. The staff worked on the pedestals and managed to get things up and working. This park's amenities are a bit on the rustic side but, they do have big horn sheep who appear to like tent sites! We used this campground as a jumping off point for a day trip into Glacier and Revelstoke National Parks, and headed into the Lake Louise section of Banff the next day. If you are passing through, I would recommend this park, but I don't think we would stay here again. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Had a nice reception. The sites were spacious. Wireless internet worked. Clean washrooms and showers. Needs a little landscaping around office and new sinks in washroom. Looks like an old KOA building that should be revamped. Good place for overnight stay. Good restaurant next door. We would stay here again. We camped at Whispering Spruce Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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