Camping near Parksville with horseback riding

Camp with the family in this beach holiday town on the east coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island.

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Dashwood Meadows

3 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Qualicum Beach, BC
Welcome to Dashwood Meadows! We are located in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. This is a hobby farm with sheep, mini goats, donkey, dog and cat. We grow berries, plums, cherries, nuts and wildflowers. Child-friendly and family friendly environment. You can walk the labyrinth of forest trails nearby. There is a beach 9 km from the farm. Lakes, rivers, waterfalls, provincial parks, caves, golf courses, children's playgrounds and country markets, all within less than an hour's drive. In Qualicum Beach, you will find amazing sandy beaches, picture-perfect views, world-class biking and hiking trails, salt-tinged ocean air, and the small town charm of our communities. Seeing goats on a roof, exploring underground caves, strolling endless beaches at low tide, and walking among ancient old-growth forests are just some of the experiences you’ll be able to tell your friends about back home.
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3 sisters ranch

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Parksville, BC
Close to all the amenities the Oceanside area of Vancouver Island has offered. Quick access to Parksville, Qualicum, Coombs, The amazing beaches of. Qualicum. Parksville and Rathtrevor 15 and 10 minutes away. 1:45 minutes to Tofino and our amazingly rugged and world renowned West Coast experience surfing amazing scenery. Epic Mountain biking at your doorstep. DH At Hamerfest is a 10 minute drive or a 45 minute pedal away cross country. Fine dining and all amenities including urgent care after riding is only 10 minutes away. Great hub to experience Vancouver Island from. While the fire ban is on, it is generated towards open fires. Propane fire pits and cook stoves are always welcome.
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Sunshine Coast Green Zone

3 sites · Lodging, Tents2 acres · Gibsons, BC
This property was purchased nearly half a century ago. For the majority of this time the forest section you will be camping in was left undeveloped, apart from a few mountain bike trails. Recently, as a family, we have seen a large increase in the people traveling to the Sunshine Coast to escape the city limits. Unable to rock up to a campsite and pick our spot like we used to, it was easy to see a growing demand. We have taken everything we love about camping and done our best to give you a sense of what life on the Coast is really about. Please note: By entering onto the property you release all liabilities towards us as hosts. You are choosing to camp in a forested area that contains many hazards as well as potential threats. These include but are not limited to; Wild life (bears, bob cats, cougars ect), Fire is a serious threat to this region during summer months strict no smoking policy is in effect. Care should be taken walking around uneven surfaces. All campers are required to stay within camp boundaries fail to follow these protocols will result in being asked to leave. Please respect this piece of land as much as we do. ~Hope you enjoy your time on the Sunshine Coast
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Moon Gate Farms

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Roberts Creek, BC
We are now open for reservations. Please call to book and will open sites per request. Moon Gate Farms offers an unique glamping and camping experience with eco campsites in Roberts Creek, BC. Located in a remote part of Roberts Creek, the property is just a 10-minute drive from beaches, restaurants, and hiking trails. Moon Gate farms is an ideal getaway for family holidays, mountain walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers, or couples looking to escape into the wilderness. Communal outdoor kitchen with camp stove, prep tables, toaster, microwave, are provided. Friend canine campers are also invited. We have two resident Bernese mountain x golden retriever dogs who love to bark when campers arrive! They are friendly and settle quickly when told to sit and chill. Best way to get directions is to use Google Maps and put in Moon Gate Farms in Roberts Creek. We are pinned to the map and on the East Wilson Forest Service rd.
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Wild Coast Parksville Campsite

1 site · RV, Tent8 acres · Nanoose Bay, BC
Learn more about this land: We have a clean, open, level and private CAMP SITE ready to go! You must have your own trailer or tent. We’re a 5-minute drive to Rathtrevor beach/Parksville, Englishman River. We are right in the middle of an extensive trail network perfect for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding.  There is plenty of space for RVs and trailers - we can accommodate vehicles up to 45ft in length. 30 amp Electrical and potable water hookups are available. WI-FI onsite as well. Private site yet close to all amenities. Local favourite Rocking Horse Pub is a quick walk and a must-stop for dinner and drinks!  Centrally located on Vancouver Island, it’s a perfect spot to set up the rig and day trip out to Rathtrevor, Little Qualicum, Coombs, Port Alberni valley and Nanaimo, or go for an overnighter in Victoria, Tofino, Mount Washington and the Comox Valley. Campfires are permitted as long as there is no fire ban and we have dry firewood for sale onsite and pets are welcome. PLEASE NOTE that this is a campsite and the trailers in the photos are not for rent.
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weed canary farm

1 site · RV, Tent5 acres · Courtenay, BC
6.6 acre property that is a small farm, still lots of trees, a small seasonal creek in the back, a duck pond with a boat to paddle around with or just float around. we raise layer hens so there are fresh free range eggs available. we also raise pork and broiler chickens periodically throughout the year. there is easy access to logging road for mountain biking or hiking. this property is a small piece of wilderness yet only 4km to town. The camp sites surround the pond and there is a choice of lots of sun and light or shaded under the trees. The sites can be used by R.V or tent. there is an outhouse onsite for your convenience.
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Bunkie Glamping in Cowichan Valley

2 sites · Lodging6 acres · Duncan, BC
Welcome to Glamping in Glenora. Discover one of the sweetest secrets in the Cowichan Valley: the perfect place to unplug and unwind. Re-wild yourself in nature by exploring the region's rivers, lakes, trails, vineyards, cideries and farms. The Glamping Bunkies are nestled within our 6 acre property amongst, Dogwoods, Maples, and wildflowers. Marvel at the stars while frogs serenade you, enjoy a drink next to the fire pit, listen to the river flowing below, or simply cozy up inside your bunkie.
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Riverside Mini Goat & Pony Farm

2 sites · RVs20 acres · Parksville, BC
Enjoy the tranquillity of our 20-acre farm, surrounded by the Little Qualicum River and old-growth forest. We have 2 riverfront campsites that feature their own beach, the remaining 2 sites are along a stunning tree line of old growth forest. These sites offer more shade than our river front sites and are a short walk to the river. Several of our sites can accommodate up to a 40 foot trailer. We are an RV site only as we currently do not offer rest room facilities. They are under construction currently. We will soon be able to offer an our door shower and flush toilets! The farm is a 5-minute walk to the beach, a 5-minute drive to town, as well as 5 minutes to the local golf course. The river has many wonderful places to float along, as well as some incredible swimming holes. It is a favourite place for river fishing during the fishing season. Our farm has mini goats, lambs, pigs, ducks, chickens, cows, turkeys and rabbits. we are happy to take you on a tour upon request. Our farm is on a natural breeding ground for bald eagles so it is near certain that you will see several of them each day. Our campground is for those who appreciate nature, enjoy private campsites, and support local farmers.
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Sensational de paradisio

2 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Duncan, BC
Learn more about this land: Hello we have 1 new cabin available for stays which we just added at 125.00 per night 6 rv spaces and a large tenting area Come and enjoy a quiet camping experience near Cowichan River. A perfect getaway from Nanaimo (45-minute drive) or Victoria (1-hour drive). We are pleased to offer cabin and tenting sites as well. The cabin is 140.00 per night. We offer 24 extremely private campsites that can accommodate 35 people and are easily accessible by car. While camping with us you’ll have access to a fire pit, firewood, cedar gazebo koi pond and the tranquil sound of our west coast frogs at night. and a picnic table to comfortably enjoy your meals. We also have a wood bbq and basic cooking utensils for your stay.  We’re a family-friendly camping experience and have plenty of activities on our property including hiking, swimming, mountain biking and more. Nearby you can explore the world-famous Cowichan River and Lake Cowichan. Within a short drive, you’ll find even more hiking and biking trails and tubing and swimming options.  Other amenities we offer include: a shower and toilet, access to electricity for charging phones and other devices.  Come and stay with us for an unforgettable camping getaway.
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Longleat House Spirit Return

15 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Nanoose Bay, BC
Three open sites-each private, possible power, house water, vehicles with trailers up to 35 ft maximum as 90 degree right turn past horse stable required immediately - bucolic 8 acres cleared acres with mature trees for shade, equestrian zones, rare wood chip covered path to creek-THE GLEN. One night stay is fine, day visits to THE GLEN welcomed....entry to garage wash room next to tool shed. 600 yard path through forest to running stream "the "Path" to "Whinny The Poo's THE GLEN".....John Howard Society Members admitted free with Children wishing to view THE GLEN. .....excellent biking , forest bike trails, one site with power site for large Motor Home, exterior bathroom facility. NO HOT TUB Learn more about this land: Bicycling "Old Growth" forest trails, walking path to flowing all seasons creek with respite sitting, paved road walks around large properties, Eagles, Plenty of foraging Deer, ( rarely Bears, Lynx, Cougars), Many Rabbits, Canada Geese, Trumpeter Swans, numerous bird species,Turkey vultures No effluent connection, WiFi is good, iPhone service is ok , Longleat House is free range camping , dispersed camping sites with three designated sites. Only Site #1 may reach for power and water connection, washroom in garage for all guests. Is no hot tub for hipcampers . Closest Sani-Dump is located at RATHTREVOR Provincial Park just 3 Km . Day visits to "THE GLEN" Ok.. No minimum number of nites. Registered overnight visitors welcome to explore Foot Path to "THE GLEN" OLD GROWTH FOREST. MAXIMUM 30 FT Length tow trailer as 90 degree right turn next to horse corral required to enter camping zones, registration of all persons is manditory at front door.
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Sassy Gardens

5 sites · Tents25 acres · Duncan, BC
We welcome nature lovers to our raw land outside the town of Duncan on southern Vancouver Island near Lake Cowichan. Come and meet our famous Sasquatch "Sassy" the Guardian and get your picture taken while you stay. This is no-frills camping with no power or water hook-ups, but we do have a brand new outhouse and a potable water source to fill your containers. Bring your tents, your coolers, your pets, and your vehicles right up to the site, and wake up surrounded by trees. The property sits near the Cowichan River, and a variety of activities are available including fishing, biking, off-roading, hiking, swimming, and paddling. With drive-up parking available at the property, you can bring everything you need to be comfortable in the woods without having to hike in and out. Enjoy the proximity to the shops and restaurants of Duncan while still getting an off-grid camping experience. Firewood is available for purchase. Duncan is located midway between Nanaimo to the north and Victoria to the south, and there are many nearby scenic spots along the Cowichan River for outdoor activities. In town, Rotary Park is a great choice for kids and dogs; heading west out of town, you can find hiking, swimming, kayaking, picnic areas, and more at Sandy Pool Regional Park, Glenora Riverside Park, and Cowichan River Provincial Park, about 15 kilometres west of Duncan. For a more cultural look at the area, take a tour of Duncan’s renowned collection of totem poles. Firewood is available for purchase when fires are allowed.
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Orchard Forest Getaway

4 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Roberts Creek, BC
Beautiful 3 acre property with over 100 fruit trees in our orchard Learn more about this land: Pitch your tent amongst the trees overlooking our orchard. Our property is located on the Sunshine Coast in Roberts Creek, BC. 2 hours from Vancouver, BC - take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale. We encourage you to relax and unwind enjoying the peaceful sounds of nature. We offer an undercover cooking area, outdoor composting toilet and seating areas. This beautiful property is located only a minute's drive from the beach or enjoy a stunning 10-minute walk down the trail. Also located only minutes away is an amazing trail network for all your hiking and mountain biking needs. You can also take advantage of our onsite massage, daily yoga and home-cooked meals. Pets are welcome, all poop must be picked up, our 2 dogs Rolo and Nala have their own fenced yard but love making new friends. We also have two chickens and one rooster, if you would like to buy eggs just let us know. We (Brent and Tina) look forward to meeting you.
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Camping near Parksville with horseback riding guide

Overview

For a campers’ getaway to the beach on Vancouver Island’s eastern shore, Parksville, British Columbia, Canada, is popular with families. Broad, sandy Parksville Beach seems to stretch for miles, while Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park has hiking trails along the ocean and through the forest, plus a 275-site campground a short walk from the beach. Other Parksville camping options include riverside, lakeside, and oceanfront campgrounds and RV parks, most with full or partial hook-ups, washrooms, hot showers, and wi-fi. Parksville isn’t the most secluded place for campers, but all the services you need are nearby, and the beaches are undeniably beautiful.

Where to go

Qualicum Beach

Parksville’s “sister town,” this community of about 9,000 has art galleries, cafes, and independent shops. Yes, there’s a beach here, too.

Cathedral Grove

Some of Vancouver Island’s biggest trees grow toward the sky in MacMillan Provincial Park. Highway 4, 30 kilometres west of Parksville, runs directly through the park, and you can follow short hiking trails beneath the giant firs.

Denman Island

For an easy island escape, catch the 10-minute ferry to this expanse of dense forests, rocky beaches, and small local shops. The ferry to Denman Island departs from Buckley Bay, 30 minutes north of Parksville.

Tofino, Ucluelet, and the Pacific Coast

On Vancouver Island’s west coast, the towns of Tofino and Ucluelet feel completely different than Parksville—more secluded, quirkier, yet with top-notch restaurants and striking natural scenery. Take time to explore Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, with its beaches, hiking routes, and oceanside camping spots.

When to go

A short trip from Vancouver or Victoria, Parksville BC is a popular weekend getaway year-round. Both the town and the Parksville campgrounds and RV resorts are busiest during the warm summer months. Campground reservations are required at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park from late June through early September. Parksville campgrounds are less crowded in spring or fall, with mild if sometimes drizzlier days. Expect rain in winter, but temperatures rarely drop below freezing, so you can hike or explore the beaches all year.

Know before you go

  • From Vancouver, take BC Ferries’ car ferry from Horseshoe Bay (north of Vancouver) to Nanaimo’s Departure Bay. It’s a 35-minute drive north from Nanaimo to Parksville. Reserve a spot on the ferry for your car or RV in summer, or on holidays or weekends year-round. 
  • No vehicle? You don’t need reservations to walk onto the ferry, and you’ll save on your ferry ticket. Regular buses travel between Vancouver and Horseshoe Bay. While bus service between Nanaimo and Parksville is less convenient, you can manage car-free once you reach your Parksville campground.
  • You can find most anything that you’d need for a Parksville camping adventure in stores around town.

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