3 Parks near Nanaimo, British Columbia
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
Jul 2006 - $27.00
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. - flutrbi
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
Oct 2015 - $25.00
We stayed here for 3 nights with our two labs. Stayed in a pull-through, heavily treed, so lots of shade. Will stay in ocean view or oceanside next stay, to get some sun, especially in October.
Park is in a very natural setting, very lush vegetation. Sites gravel/ crushed rock, roads are paved. Beautiful setting on coast. Great to have WiFi and cable TV. No street lights, need to take flash light. Easy walking paths, roads, trails. Short drive to shopping (groceries, drug store, restaurants, gasoline,etc). 15 minute drive from ferry (Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay/ Vancouver). - Live Life
Sep 2015 - $27.00
The entrance near the office was jammed with parked vehicles as there wasn't enough room to park and register. However, registration went smoothly and I was able to get a free night due to my frequent camper card given to me last year. Park roads are paved and campsites are well graveled. Our site (#157) was fairly private due to the trees and shrubs surrounding it, but we still had a good view of the ocean. Sites have tables and fire rings. Hookups were mid way and actually worked well with my setup. All utilities worked fine. Garbage had to be taken down to near the entrance and sometimes there were lineups of RVs making it challenging to get around them. Cable TV was fairly basic with plenty of music channels. Most of the time the channels were clear, but occasionally spotty. WiFi at the site costs extra and I didn't have time to use it so didn't bother getting it. There was a Shaw Go Wifi hotspot near the office that was free for registered devices. Most of the time it was quiet, but some of the "weekend warriors" could be heard late at night. There are some nice trails to hike. We missed out on using the small restaurant down the lane from us as it closed after Labour Day. All in all still a pretty good place to stay for awhile. - Onemoretrail
Aug 2015 - $45.00
As the name says, the park is located is a lush forest. Very nice level sites. All hookups are in great shape. Inner roads are paved. Back-in sites are long and spacious. Front of the park is for permanents and some sites are left in need of clean-up and maintenance.
Wifi works well, with some downtime during peak periods.
Lots of nice trails nearby.
The oceanview sites are a bit misleading as the "ocean" is actually a marsh and a bay, and the view is when the wind blows hard enough to move the branches so you can see the bay. Other than that, great campground.
Staff in front office are extremely friendly and helpful. They recommended an awesome restaurant, among other things.
Note that the main gate closes at 11:30pm, but they will give you the code if you tell them ahead of time. - Merveilleuse