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Goats and Boats

· Parksville, Nanaimo, British Columbia
40 acres hosted by Brandalyn And Jesse M.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Best in British Columbia: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Welcome to Goats and Boats, 40 acres of poplar trees planted in straight(ish) rows about 25 years ago. Since then the alders and the evergreens have started to join the party in a big way. The property is a work in progress with a little more space opened up each year. We don't have a lot for amenities, but we have quiet space in nature and animals to visit on your way to/from the outhouse. If you are wanting quiet spaces in nature, that is what we have. We have some grassy areas for tents and RVs. Pets are welcome, but they need to be leashed in respect for the goats' peace and freedom. We are on a gravel road about 2 km from the popular Coombs market (with goats on the roof!). We are a young-ish professional couple with an ever increasing number of very friendly Nigerian dwarf goats, some rabbits, some ducks and two pigs. The number of animals is subject to vary without notice! So ask us before booking if it's important to you. But there are always goats roaming the yard, rabbits running about daily. Deer show up occasionally. As you can see in the photos, our property is more wild. It is not a manicured park but we do try to take good care of it and we hope you will too. There are a lot of activities in the area including go-karts, hiking in provincial parks (Englishman River Falls Parks, Qualicum River Falls Park). Mt Arrowsmith is a challenging hike about 30 minutes drive away. Cathedral Grove is about 20 minutes away. There is lovely swimming and great beaches at Parksville and Qualicum, and much more.
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66 ratings · 57 reviews
James S.recommends
April 10, 2024
Meadow Down the Road
Great experience.
Our stay at the Goats and Boats camp site was great. Despite the land being quite wild and riddled with Rv’s, pallets and bunnies… we felt quite at home. And received a very warm welcome. The goats are definitely a highlight! The only downside was a walk to the outhouse. But surprised to see running water and a heat lamp! Will be going back.
Andrea L.recommends
September 8, 2023
End of the Road
My kids LOVED the end of the road campsite and farm .... Brandalyn and Jesse are so friendly and welcoming and invited the kids to help with feeding the animals too! Access to wifi and drinking water was a huge plus too
Hannah C.recommends
September 7, 2023
Meadow Down the Road
Brandy and Jesse were super welcoming. They came out to say hello when we first arrived, took us on a tour to see all their animals once we were settled in. Our daughter loved meeting the goats, bunnies, ducks and pigs on their property. Their property was quiet and our spot was secluded from their house, making it feel very private. It was perfect for a quick overnight camp before we headed home early the next day
Bernard S.recommends
September 4, 2023
Meadow Down the Road
Brandalyn is a welcoming & hostpitable, the goats are cute as all get out, and the land is nice. The sound of the wind through the poplars is calming, and we heard a great horned owl calling. The site is pretty be a basic but it's a good distance from the other one and from the house.
Jessica H.recommends
September 3, 2023
Meadow Down the Road
Thank you so much for having us! This was such a unique experience for my family! My daughter loved the goats, rabbits and trampoline the most! We appreciate how friendly and accommodating you were! I would definitely stay here again and recommend to friends!
Lily D.recommends
August 30, 2023
End of the Road
Adorable Goats!
The host was extremely nice and friendly! My favourite part was meeting the goats!! They are soooo adorable, I had no idea goats were so sweet and friendly. I didn't feel comfortable going to the bathroom during the night because it was a bit too far from the campsite (I stayed at the end of the road site). Overall, it was a fine camping spot and the goats made it well worth it.
Parksville, Nanaimo, British Columbia, CanadaTraditional, ancestral territory of K’ómoks, Te’mexw Treaty Association, and Snaw-naw-as First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Brandalyn And Jesse M.Joined in May 2021
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