BC - Living Forest RV Park, Nanaimo

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  1. Hutch85

    Hutch85 Member

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    Jul 30, 2012
    6 Maki Road, Nanaimo, BC Canada V9R 6N7 (250) 755 1755

    We spent 4 nights last weekend at Living Forest, and everyone seemed to love it (wife, myself, and two pre-teen daughters). The staff were friendly and helpful every time we talked to them, the grounds and facilities seemed clean and well-kept (they even had someone checking the trails for trash pickup), the scenery is nice, and there were enough things to do and see to make it a very enjoyable time.

    They have about 300 sites to accommodate all types of tenting/trailers/motorhomes, unserviced to full service; you can pick from shady sites to almost full-sun sites. Some sites are more private with hedges or trees in between, while others are more open. Each seems to have a fire ring and picnic table, and we had more than enough room for our pup and vehicle, with plenty of space for camp chairs and the dog to walk around on her lead. Every site seems to be checked and raked after check-out.

    Quiet time is from 11 PM onward, and campfires should be put out then as well. The washrooms and showers seemed clean, given we were there during a long weekend and consequently there were lots of visitors. Showers are $1 for 5 minutes, we found that to be more than enough time.

    You can rent a canoe or kayak for a decent price and paddle up and down the river/estuary, and get a chance to see eagles, herons, or geese - we rented 3 kayaks at $20 each for 4 hours, and found we were tired out after 2.5-3 hrs. We probably paddled 3-4 km around the area, and could have spent more time if we weren't hungry (and the tide was going out anyway, so some spots were getting shallow). There's a small beach if you want to swim/wade (the water was quite warm, actually - not too cold). If you're into geocaching there are 8-10 caches within walking distance around the campground, and some trails where you can check out the scenery overlooking the estuary or along the river.

    WiFi is available for a fee at the sites, or free near the office and the cafe - I found it nice to sit on the deck by the cafe and check out the view while updating email. The cafe offers coffees and ice cream, and the portions were decently sized. A games room with two foosball tables, air hockey, and ping pong tables is located next to the office, as well as laundry machines. There's a playground for younger kids, and a couple of group camping sites with covered tables and washrooms. This is a true family-type campground, so expect a normal degree of kid activity & sounds (but no partyers carrying on late at night!).

    The campground is close to a small shopping mall and hardware store (yet far enough off the main road to still be pretty quiet), we found the grocery store ("Country Grocer") to be decently-stocked and handy to have so close. The campground office has a few essentials if needed, like ice, propane, firewood, snacks, and some odds & ends. There are a number of attractions in and around the city of Nanaimo to keep you busy if you wish to check it out, but since we live an hour away we were content to stay in camp.

    There is a mill not far away and some light industrial activity across the bay, and a couple times you could hear machinery operating but really it wasn't overpowering and easily ignored, and not noticeable during conversation. Light sleepers who might be easily bothered by that may want to pick spots away from the north/northeast edges of the grounds. You can book online if desired, and the online map is 'clickable' to see a picture of the site.

    We're heading back with some friends next month, and have already booked our August 2013 long weekend there. :)
  2. Shuswap

    Shuswap New Member

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    Jan 15, 2012
    Thanx for the report - can't get more central to everything wonderful on Vancouver Island than Nanaimo.

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