Camping Vancouver Island

Why should you go camping on Vancouver Island? Vancouver Island is one of nature’s treasures. It has spectacular ocean views, miles of rugged coastlines, beaches, forests and an abundant amount of campsites. Whether you prefer rugged, wilderness camping, provincial parks or private campgrounds, Vancouver Island has it all. It is the ultimate place to go camping!

It is not unusual to see pods of whales frolicking off the the Pacific coast or to see eagles soaring high above you. There are B.C. ferries that can take you to some of the surrounding smaller islands where more adventure awaits. Vancouver Island offers you peace, tranquility and an awesome dose of nature at its finest.

There are over 120 provincial parks on Vancouver Island as well as hundreds of privately owned campsites. It is really hard to pick a favorite, but the Living Forest Campground and Osbourne Bay Resort for me are both beautiful and close to home.

Camping at the Living Forest Campground

Camping at the Living Forest is a real treat. It is located minutes away from downtown Nanaimo. Just a short trip to shopping, restaurants and gas stations. It is nestled on 53 acres of land with amazing views of the ocean. It boasts walking trails, an outdoor café in the summer months and over 300 campsites.

The campground offers tenting sites as well as full service sites. There is a Sani dump that is adjacent to the campground. They have an office store that sells ice, snacks and firewood. You can even get your propane tank filled there! It is complete with a laundromat, adult and kids games rooms and Wi fi service. If you like camping with some creature comforts, this place is perfect!

The staff here are pleasant and helpful. It is quite clear that these owners take pride in their facility. The grounds and outbuildings are constantly being monitored, they are clean and well maintained. The grounds offer outdoor kitchens, firepits, play areas for children as well as group camping sites.

Plan a trip with family and friends and stay in the group campsites. You won’t be disappointed!

Kayak rentals are available at a very reasonable price. You can relax in a kayak and meander down the Nanaimo River that runs alongside the campground. Volleyball and a full size basketball court are conveniently located on the grounds with balls available at the office.

Walk the trails, sit on the river or make use of the volleyball and basketball courts. Better yet, just sit and relax and take in the views!

Camping at Osbourne Bay Resort

Camping at Osbourne Bay

Osbourne Bay Resort is located in Crofton. It is located about midway between Nanaimo and Victoria. As well as full service camping sites this resort has 5 log cabins that are available to rent year round.

There is an extensive boardwalk along the waterfront, with a pub and a store nearby. While this resort does not have all of the amenities of the Living Forest Campground, it makes up for it in the fabulous ocean views.

It offers showers, laundry and a games room. Wi fi is not available at the campsites, but if you hold your head right you may be able to get it at the office!

Eagles and blue herons are a common site here, along with the occasional whale and seal sightings. Deer are often seen walking along the beach, seemingly oblivious to the people around them.

There is a ferry dock situated on the waterfront that can take you on a short jaunt across the water to Salt Spring Island. It is a quaint island full of character and charm. Spend a few hours enjoying the crafts of the local artisans and then head back to camp! The ferry runs every 1/2 hour from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

More Adventure Awaits

These are just two of the beautiful campgrounds on Vancouver Island. Do some online research on camping on Vancouver Island. You will see that there are many spots just as spectacular as these.

Check prices, areas you would like to be in and what amenities you want. No matter which one you choose, I would recommend booking ahead with a reservation.

The peak of the summer brings many visitors to beautiful Vancouver Island. To get to the island you will need to travel on a B.C. Ferry. There are terminals at Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen. You can find the B.C. Ferry schedules online.

Plan your vacation now and book early! You don’t want to miss out on this adventure!


“Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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