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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $46.00
Sites are flat, clean and spacious. We had a lovely pull-thru site but could have easily backed our unit into one of the water-front sites. Beautiful walking trails. They even have a little snack bar with a patio overlooking the water. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $34.00
We have stayed here many times and have never been disappointed. Fast check-in and fairly easy access to our site. It was a gravel back-in and considered a forest view. That meant no great view of the ocean, but plenty of trees. That was okay with us as it was definitely cooler in the trees than in the open. The one disappointment and it was a minor one was due to the site being very unlevel and I had to use up all my boards to bring it level. There was a table and fire ring as well. The hookup connections are in the middle which worked out well with our rig. The sewer connection was not threaded so used a large rock provided to anchor it. Otherwise all utilities worked fine. The cable TV didn't work because the office neglected to tell me that a cable box was now needed so I had to leave my credit card number with the office in order to loan one. After that the cable TV worked fine and all channels were clear. Basic package with about 30 channels. There was free Wi-Fi near the cafe, but wasn't accessible from our site. Otherwise the park offers Tengo for $3 a day up to $20 for a month. Some great walking trails in the park and access to the river estuary where boats are available for rent. We will continue to stay here while in the area. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $37.00
Big park. Lots of vegetation everywhere. Spots are pretty close together and not very big rig friendly. Some spots are not very level. Utilities are good and work as expected. There is a small cafe down by the water that has free wifi that works well. The wifi on site is paid and doesn't work all that well. We took our laptop down to the cafe and did our internet business while looking out over the water while enjoying an ice cream. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 41
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
This is a hard campground to review because it is so big and the sites so different depending upon where you are located. Most sites are forested and shady, although they have some tent sites on the beach or on a bluff which would get more sun. The same goes for privacy - some sites have very little and some have more where you can't see your neighbors. They charge extra for showers, which I find annoying in a private campground where you are already paying more for than a public campground. The staff in the front office was always helpful and friendly despite being non-stop busy, as you can imaging in a 200 plus site campground. This is a very family oriented place with lots of kids, especially in the summer there were big groups around. Quiet time isn't until 11PM, which is a bit later than I prefer, especially when the sites are so close together and voices/noise carry easily. Interior roads were narrow and should be one-way or better delineated for traffic flow as there is a lot of speeding, despite the signs warning of "kids everywhere - slow down." Sites mostly level. WiFi OK, but don't expect to download or stream, they will bounce you to dial up speed, even though you are paying extra for WiFi in the first place. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.
Take the BC Ferry to Gabriola Island for an easy day trip or to Salt Spring Island for an overnight jaunt. The bakery in neighboring Ladysmith on the main street is yummy as is the ice cream at the Sweet Shoppe.
Review Count: 62
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 7
Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $18.00
I would love to give this park a ten. We have started our travels early this year. We spent 3 weeks at Living Forest. We were charged for a month at "off season" rates because it worked out less expensive for us. This was decided by the staff at Living Forest. We did not ask for a discount. We noticed that there were plenty of folks who were spending the winter hwere. This is not uncommon as the weather on Vancouver Island is very warm compared to the rest of Canada. These long term folks were made to keep the sites neat and tidy. Has I not known better I would have thought them to be short term. There were a few units that had tarp covering their roof. We thought that they were leaky but it turns out these people just wanted to keep moss from growing. This is a rain forest climate. The sites are well spaced, gravel based (for drainage), clean and very easy to access. The park is close (but not walking distance) to all kinds of shopping and restaurants etc. I have only one complaint. We paid for Wifi that was terrible. I mostly could not even log on. We used our own internet service. When checking out I made sure that the operator was aware. They did remind me that I was told it was basic...pretty much for e-mail only. I told them it was even good for that. We paid $17.75 per night Cdn inc tax and I feel we received good value. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.
Be sure to take in the Water front Walkway in Nanaimo. Great place to spend a Sunday afternoon....or any time actually.
Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: October, 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). We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 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. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.
Take the ferry over to Gabriola Island to see the miniature horses and alpacas at Paradise Island Alpacas, Silva Bay, petroglyphs, and Brickyard Beach.
Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $49.00
I am really mixed about this campground. They only have a few 50 amp sites and we originally had one reserved but had to change dates so we lost that option. The power seemed to be sketchy at the time but since we noticed we had a loose connection at our battery so it might not have been the camp at all. We paid for WiFi but even that was almost impossible to connect to. we had several problems with off leash dogs. I am not sure if this is just a Canada thing or what. But ever since we have been in the country we see off leash dogs everywhere. The park states it is required to be on leash and when we reported the off leash dogs they made a small attempt to contact the owners. The forest area we stayed in was gorgeous and secluded on Hemlock street. It was very quiet even though you could hear the group camp off in the distance. There were plenty of bees. Not the aggressive type, these you could shoo away easily. The cable was clear but had a lousy selection of channels. We didn't know it at the time (we thought it was because of the trees) but we could not get DirectTV in this area because US service providers of DirectTV are legally prohibited from transmitting the DIRECTV signal outside the United States. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.
We rented a car and traveled over to the other side of the island to Ucluelet. Long drive but beautiful. I found a beach called Rathtrevor on the last day in Parksville that was very nice and not crowded.
Review Count: 23
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: August, 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. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.
Nanaimo is a good base to go visit Tofino and MacMillan Provincial Park (giant trees). Quite a drive, but both places are a must. You'll never forget!
Firehouse Grill in Nanaimo is an awesome restaurant with great service and an amazing menu.
Review Count: 45
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 10
Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $32.00
We were a bit apprehensive when we entered the park...pretty dark, an awful lot of trees. However, when we found our site we were delighted! Big, wide, level spaces, lots of privacy, and very quiet. The grounds were immaculate, no mean feat given the size of the park. Staff was friendly and very helpful. Wish we could have stayed longer than 2 nights! We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 53
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 8
Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $28.00
This park is not like your common RV park where awnings almost touch the neighbours units. It is more like a Provincial Park, with large private sites. The perimeter is full of walking trails that take you out to wonderful view points of the estuary and the diverse sea bird life. When we were here, we could count 14 bald eagles within 50 yards of each other, swans, ducks, and a ton of seagulls. The nights were very quiet, the staff friendly, and all services worked well. The roads are paved and sites level. The washrooms are heated, but have an unfinished institutional look (clean but awful). There is an adult lounge with big screen TV and pool table, plus a games room next to the laundry. TV channels are limited and none are available on a roof top antenna. We would have given this park a 10 rating if TV channels were better, and washrooms more friendly. However, this is the most desirable RV Park we have ever stayed in. Be aware that there are gun shots during hunting season, if you have pets that might be affected. Yes, we would stay here again. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.
The Park has great information on their internet site about things to do, shopping etc. including a great grocery store called "Country Grocer" which is nearby.
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $40.00
Our site was a nicely gravelled and level back-in. As it was an end site it had privacy on one side. A table and fire ring were included. This park lives up to its name as many sites are surrounded by tall evergreens. All the hookups including the cable TV worked fine. Cable TV was basic with about 25-30 channels. Wi-Fi provided by Tengo and it cost $3 a day or cheaper rate for longer term. It worked well enough, but I didn't use it much as family visits took up most of our time. This is the best park in Nanaimo and we will continue to stay here whenever in the area. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $45.00
We have stayed here a number of times over the past 3 years. It is close to Nanaimo, located on the south side of the city, thus you are close to restaurants and grocery stores. Despite being near everything you feel as though you're far away, being very quiet at night. We enjoy staying in one of the ocean-view sites. These sites are in tiered layers facing the ocean so everyone gets a view. This park also has shaded sites which don't have the view but appear quite large and private. All the sites we've stayed in have been level, large and well cared for. The park is extremely well maintained and the staff are very friendly, courteous and helpful. Pay showers and bathrooms are basic but clean. There is a a playground for the kids and a ramp so you can put your kayak in the water. They even rent kayaks if you don't have your own. You can also play beach volleyball. We'll be back, if we can manage to get a reservation at this popular spot. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 37
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 9
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $48.00
This park has large sites that overlook the ocean. Here you can watch the tides and ferries come and go. A short stroll down the beach took us to a great off-leash area for our dog. Our site was clean and level and only a short walk to the shower building ($1 showers). We had a quiet site that was separated from our neighbours by a large hedge. There is a small store on site with a small mall just a few kilometres away. Wi-Fi signal was OK. We would stay here again. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 24
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $14.00
We stayed here for a month. The reception staff are excellent, kind, courteous, and most helpful. The sites are private, wide, and well maintained. The whole campsite is clean and maintained well. We had an internet problem and was resolved it within 10 minutes. We had a lot of rain and there were some puddles where the truck was parked. Within half an hour new gravel was brought and the area leveled. Excellent service. This is a great park for kids and wildlife lovers. I will recommend this park to everyone. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
The Park has great information on their internet site about things to do, shopping etc. including a great grocery store called "Country Grocer" which is nearby.Snoet • November 2014
We rented a car and traveled over to the other side of the island to Ucluelet. Long drive but beautiful. I found a beach called Rathtrevor on the last day in Parksville that was very nice and not crowded.beach89bum • August 2015
Take the ferry over to Gabriola Island to see the miniature horses and alpacas at Paradise Island Alpacas, Silva Bay, petroglyphs, and Brickyard Beach.Onemoretrail • September 2015
Nanaimo is a good base to go visit Tofino and MacMillan Provincial Park (giant trees). Quite a drive, but both places are a must. You'll never forget! Firehouse Grill in Nanaimo is an awesome restaurant with great service and an amazing menu.Merveilleuse • October 2015
Be sure to take in the Water front Walkway in Nanaimo. Great place to spend a Sunday afternoon....or any time actually.BC Wanderer • March 2016
Take the BC Ferry to Gabriola Island for an easy day trip or to Salt Spring Island for an overnight jaunt. The bakery in neighboring Ladysmith on the main street is yummy as is the ice cream at the Sweet Shoppe.gtogrl • August 2016
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