Large park that is easily accessible from the I-5. Large grassy and treed sites. Washrooms and laundry room were maintained to a high level. Wi-Fi is good, but expensive @ $7.00/day. Office closes at 6pm. No store on site, but there is a 7-11 and other businesses just across the busy street. Nice walking path just off the property that follows the river. Definitely big rig friendly. Almost all seniors staying there. No one left their rigs. No one sat outside in the evening. We don't have kids, but if you do, don't stay here because there is nothing for them to do. There is no pool, no hot tub, not even a park to play in. Lots of rules and lots of signs posted telling you what you can't do. They allow pets, but judging from the rules and signs, they would rather not. For example, they have a rule that says you cannot let your dog urinate on the grass of another site unless you have the permission of that site's occupant. Don't get me wrong, I always pick up after my pet and have no tolerance for people who don't, but try to explain to a dog that he can't lift his leg and even pee on a tree at the edge of someone's site? Please!!!
Laundry room was only open for a few hours in the evening. It cost three dollars for a load of wash and two dollars for 25 minutes dry time. Hot tub was only open for a few hours in the evening. It had a fish pond, but it was so full of algae that we couldn't see the fish. Sites are fairly level, but consist of a very fine silt like dirt, which blows around and easily tracks into the trailer. We were constantly sweeping to control it. Staff was friendly and eager to assist. Pool was nice. Is no longer a KOA. Now known as Salmon Arm RV Resort as of April 01, 2008.
Let me start by saying that hookups are not available in any Provincial Park in British Columbia. This Provincial Park is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, adjacent to the small city of Parksville. Parksville/Qualicum is known for it's beautiful beaches, restaurants, shops and festivals. The sandcastle building contest every summer is a major draw. This is the most popular Provincial Campground in all of BC. If you plan to stay for an extended period during July/August, you will need to make your reservations in February. It is a beautiful campground with large, level sites. The interior roads are all paved. There is a variety of shaded and sunny sites in several loops. Flush toilets and hot showers. Every site has a fire pit and wood can be purchased on site. There are hiking trails and a beautiful sandy ocean front beach in the park. Coombs, Nanaimo and Courtenay are all within a short driving distance. Rates run from $9.00 to $22.00 per night.
First let me say that hookups are not available at any Provincial Park in British Columbia. This is a large campground located within a Provincial Park along the east coast of Central Vancouver Island. The sites are large, very level and most are shaded by large trees. Each site has a firepit and firewood can be purchased in the campground. In addition, staff will come around with firewood during the evening and you can purchase same right at your site. Staff are friendly, there are flush toilets and hot showers. Lots of kids. Great hiking trails and access to the beach. Paved roads throughout, so the kids can enjoy riding their bikes. The villages of Merville and Black Creek are close by, there is a golf course nearby and also a restaurant/pub.
Large well run family campground. They have been expanding in recent years. Firepits at every site and firewood can be purchased at the general store on site. Very friendly staff, but store is poorly stocked. Many sites have excellent ocean views. This campground is located right in Nanaimo, but you would never know that once you were inside the campground. All amenities are just a short drive away and there is lots to do in Nanaimo and surrounding area. This is one of the nicest privately owned campgrounds on all of Vancouver Island.
We had to travel down several kilometres of gravel road sprinkled with washboard and potholes to access the campground from the main highway. There is only one road in an out. This road is narrow, dusty and we could not travel faster than 20 kph. Upon arriving at the campground, we found it to be well maintained and on a beautiful stretch of the coast. Many of the sites are ocean front and all have a beautiful view. There is a large fish processing plant next to the campground, but there was no odor coming from the plant and it was quiet during our stay. There are no hiking trails in the area and no shops or businesses. There is no swimming pool, but there is a nice hot tub and recreation room on site. There is a small restaurant on the pier, but it's hours of operation are limited. The food was OK, but the decor leaves much to be desired. Not much to do when you get there except to sit in your lawn chair and enjoy the view.