Vancouver Island has some of the most beautiful campgrounds in Canada, and camping is one of the most popular recreational activities on the island. There are many private and public campsites to choose from. Whether you’re pitching a tent or pulling in with an RV or trailer, here are some of the highlights of the island.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (a 45-minute private flight from Vancouver or a 30-minute boat transfer from Tofino) is the ultimate in glamping (glamorous camping), a perfect retreat for those who like the wilderness without the “roughing it”. Fine dining and spa treatments meet luxury tents with 5-star finishes, giving you an outdoor experience to remember. Spend your morning kayaking on the ocean, go bear watching in the afternoon, and follow your gourmet dinner with an in-tent massage. Bliss!
Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV Park (a 10-minute drive from Nanaimo) has beautiful views and water on three sides, since it’s located where Nanaimo River and the Pacific Ocean meet. Living Forest has a plethora of family-friendly features including a playground, laundromat, games room, flush toilets and hot showers, and wifi. The campground has a variety store on-site, and is close to a mall and grocery store for added convenience.
Pacific Playgrounds RV Park (a 30-minute drive north of Courtenay) is a must for water enthusiasts because not only is there a heated swimming pool and a tot pool, you can also take a dip in the river or ocean. For those who prefer land, local trails and tennis courts will feed your need for an active lifestyle. And the cherry on top? You have a choice of three beautiful settings for parking your RV: near the beach, along the river, or by the trees.
Mussel Beach Campground (near Ucluelet) is a great destination for those who want to fully enjoy the untouched outdoors. At the end of an 8km gravel-road drive, Mussel Beach Campground boasts a solitude that’s breathtaking. Explore the beach caves, take in the local wildlife, and immerse yourself in water activities including kayaking and boogie boarding.
These are certainly not the only campgrounds to choose from though! Follow these links to find the perfect camping spot.