We are just finishing a 4 night stay at Living Forest. We had a nice view of the ocean but our site was only dirt with no gravel which was disappointing. Some sites had gravel but were randomly spread throughout the campground otherwise they were mostly dirt sites. One of the reasons we stay in private RV parks is they are generally cleaner than Provincial campgrounds. This park however is very similar to Provincial sites other than the power, sewer & cable sites offered and the cost is high in comparison. We also have an issue with the additional $10 charge for WiFi for the 4 nights which isn't mentioned anywhere on the website. There is only one garbage area & in such a large park there is quite a distance from most sites which is very inconvenient. There was a recycling area for cans located at the washroom near us and there didn't seem to be any problem with staff emptying it everyday yet there was no garbage pickup from the same area...oh yes but the cans of course are worth more $'s!! There seemed to be mostly local people although there were others from out of province as well. At $44 a night + the $10 we're not sure it was worth it compared to many other parks we've stayed in adjacent to the ocean. We would not stay in this park again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 53 waterfront acres, 300 sites. Open year round. Rated as one of the two best parks in BC, and in the top 25 in Canada! Located 5 minutes to downtown Nanaimo, a waterfront city of 80,000, and only 10 minutes to ferries. Perfect base camp to explore Vancouver Island. Summer swimming in a pristine river, oceanside full serviced sites, kayak rentals, walking trails, WiFi - even a gourmet coffee deck overlooking the ocean! Reserve online. ... more less