2 Parks near Saanichton, British Columbia
Aug 2014 - $44.00
We reserved a spot for two nights as there was nothing else available in the area. Reserving is a two part process. We filled out the on-line form and then had to telephone during business hours to confirm and pass along our credit card info. The on line form was a waste as we re-did everything via telephone. The road to the park is a very narrow two way road that is also shared by bicyclists and equestrian users. The horse traffic was not an issue but the bicyclists, I’m sure, wished the internal combustion engine and all of us users were dead. That’s not the RV park's fault, just part of the process of getting there. The last lap is a steep curvy descent with amazing views of the ocean. When you reach the RV park you will notice that the office/owner’s residence is a dump. As well, you will see about four port-a-potties across the road. That is the wash room. No showers or laundry. No store, no facilities what so ever. There is a single rope swing for kids to play on. Check-in was easy. She took our money and gave us a site number and a point in that direction. Sites are not numbered. There were three vacant sites where she pointed. I asked a camper what number they were in and counted back from them to find my designated number. We had a “Nature Setting” as opposed to Oceanside. Our site was long but very narrow. It is pretty much slide to awning all the way along. Oceanside is just as cramped. There is one fifteen amp service shared by two sites. I tried to microwave 6 oz of liquid and discovered it took two minutes. Normally it takes 20 seconds. We used the power for lighting only after that. There is no sewer service but you can borrow a portable honey wagon if you want. The dump station is on a hill so it is a waste of time trying to empty your tanks there. There no cable, no Wi-Fi, no nothing except the gorgeous view of the ocean. The “miles of beach” as listed on their web site are all rocks. Very hard to walk on. The pictures with sand on their web site do exist. They are just very small isolated pockets. In a nut shell, if the fee was $25.00 I would have a hard time considering returning but at $44.10 including taxes, not a chance. This is one place that is just pillaging and plundering ‘cause there is such a shortage of RV parks in the area. We will never return. - BC Wanderer
Sep 2015 - $28.00
We originally planned to stay at this campground for 3 nights, but a medical issue extended our stay to 10 nights. The rate shown is the single night rate and is in U.S. dollars, as requested. We found the park to be excellent in all respects. Our level pull-through site had foliage on both sides for some privacy from adjacent campers. Seasonal users, which were a large majority of the park, were in a separate section from transient users. All camping units, including seasonal ones, were in excellent condition and very well maintained. Campground maintenance was excellent. There was little shade on sites, but the cooler weather of fall meant rigs did not get hot. Wi-fi, even with an external wi-fi adapter, was marginal. Victoria was about 12 miles away and the Sidney-Anacortes ferry was conveniently close. We would definitely stay here, were we to visit Vancouver Island again. - Jay Rutherford
Sep 2015 - $39.00
We're catching Sidney ->Anacortes tomorrow so this was a good choice to overnight. Super efficient in the office, very helpful. Site is nice and large with decorative plantings between sites. Peekaboo view of ocean from our site.
I couldn't find the cable outlet so went to office. A person came by 1/2 hr later and showed me where they'd put it - inside a waterproof duplex plug outlet - duh, why would I look there??!! He said that that and the breakers right up under the top of power "tower" caused him the most call outs. Park is looking at labels to tell people where things are - good idea!
Showers and bathroom in general were spotless! 1 loonie for 5 minutes!
Communal fire ring just outside washroom complex with benches around look like a nice place to sit on a summer evening. We didn't use it. - DCM/JMB
Aug 2015 - $59.00
The price likely reflects proximity to Victoria, otherwise it would be over priced. However, one is still a bit out of town and Victoria is not a place to drive about in a motorhome. Therefore, you need another vehicle for tourism. That said, it is a great location for catching the ferry to Anacortes from Sidney or for a first night coming from the U.S. on the Anacortes ferry, if you are continuing further north on Vancouver Island. The park is on Indian land and one drives through it about 3/4 mile to get there. We had no problems with the locals, as were mentioned previously by other reviewers. The park staff was friendly and efficient. Maintenance personnel were much in evidence and the park was pretty well maintained. In this light, it is as good as any local RV park and much better than most. Sites were reasonably spaced and separated by shrubbery. The one complaint I had was that the gravel used was of a poor quality and included a large percentage of ground, grey dust. Overall, the park was well laid out and included a decent playground near the non-seasonal sites. Seasonal sites were in a separate area but appeared well maintained. Other reviewers have praised the view, but I found it not at all special. Beach access was inconvenient and in general one should come here for proximity to local attractions. WiFi was good, when it worked. We kept being kicked off and it became very irritating. All in all, we will stay there again when taking the ferry or when vacationing in the Sidney area. - BMonk