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The best camping near Gulf Islands National Park

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Ohana Farms

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents46 acres 路 North Pender Island Trust Area, BC
Ohana farmns is a 46 Acre produce and flower farm. We are located on Pender Island in the beautiful Gulf Islands. Accomodations can be hard to find on the island, and if you do, they can often be expensive....we hope to change this by offering up the authentic experience of setting up a campsite right here on the farm!
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Surrounded by Nature!

3 sites 路 RVs2 acres 路 Victoria, BC
We live on 2 private acres completely surrounded by Elk Lake Regional Park. There are 3 generations of family living here as well as 2 dogs, a one-eyed cat, and 19 chickens!Our campsite is in a beautiful location situated 20 minutes from the Swartz Bay Ferry terminal and downtown Victoria.聽PLEASE NOTE: we are an RV-only campsite! NO tent campers as there are no bathroom facilities on site.Access to great hiking just out your door at Elk Lake Regional Park (a 5 min walk to the beach for a swim, paddle, or fish at the nearby fishing dock) and Bear Hill Regional Park (20 min hike through fir and arbutus trees with beautiful views of the peninsula from the top). 10 minutes to Butchart gardens, with Butterfly Garden on the way.聽Ideal spot for campers looking to stay 1-2 nights. Great as a stopover to Tofino. Perfect for couples or groups of two, with a maximum of 4 campers.There are many wonderful farms and stands, wineries, coffee shops, and restaurants close by. Your site is a semi-private flat gravel area surrounded by fir trees. Easy access and plenty of turnaround room.
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CA$30
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Rejeanne's Land

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents5 acres 路 BC
Gorgeous forested 5 acre property at the top of Eagle Ridge with a rugged walking trail throughout our land. See ocean glimpses from our trail, walk to Long Harbour in 20 minutes, drive to Ganges in 4 minutes, or cycle to town in 10 minutes. Enjoy all Salt Spring has to offer, by car, by bike or by bus. Come stay with us!
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Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat

47 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres 路 Tsawwassen, BC
Welcome to Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat 鈥淚magine if you will, the setting sun, orange, huge, resting atop the Gulf Islands. The breeze is blowing inland today, bringing along scents of salt air, and all is well. A bald eagle glides overhead, nearly close enough to catch you up to soaring heights. Even before the sun falls out of the sky the luminescent moon rises opposite. Prepare to embark on a remarkable journey where nature and luxury seamlessly intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat is located in sc虛蓹wa胃蓹n m蓹stey蓹x史 Tsawwassen First Nation Traditional Territory. Conveniently located just minutes from the BC Ferries, easily accessible for travelers seeking a unique stopover. Directly behind Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat is Splashdown Water Slides, Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course, Tsawwassen Mills Mall, one of the largest malls in Canada. Tsawwassen is surrounded 6 beaches, one of which you can wind surf. There are many other amenities nearby for your added convivence. Bordered by the Fraser River to the north; Boundary Bay, Roberts Bank and the United States border to the south; the Salish Sea to the west. Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat is a private intimate retreat situated on ocean front property, to gather with friends, family, groups, or a beautiful quiet getaway by yourself to recharge. Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat also offers space for *Retreats *Weddings *Festivals *Birthdays* Holiday Parties* Corporate Parties* Receptions* Business Meetings* Bridal Showers *Family Events * Engagement Parties * Anniversary's (inquire for more details, pricing etc.) The Glamping Tents are located on a large wooden deck, you'll find a sanctuary of opulence, wood burning fireplaces, plush bedding, and carefully selected decor to create an ambiance of tranquility. Each tent has a private fire pit on the back of tent. You can unwind and reconnect with nature while indulging in the modern amenities and conveniences we've thoughtfully incorporated into every aspect of your stay. We offer luxury glamping tents, that are nestled in nature underneath a eagles nests, that you can view from the luxury and privacy of your own glamping tent. There is a nearby wooden boardwalk that takes you to the beautiful beachfront where you can have picnics, bike ride, paddle board, bird watch, nature photography, and watch some breath-taking sunsets. Book your stay with us today and embark on a remarkable retreat that will leave you refreshed, renewed, and forever transformed. Welcome to Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat, your gateway to tranquility and personal growth.
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Red Bell Farm

7 sites 路 RVs, Tents3 acres 路 Duncan, BC
Access the Cowichan Valley Trail system right from our back yard! Easy access to either enjoy a leisurely walk, hike, bicycle, or horse ride along the trail to many destinations including Lake Cowichan, Shawinigan Lake, Duncan & more... or simply take in the beauty of the private pond area and picnic for the day with access to our Kitchenette with many extras! This is peaceful enjoyable tenting at its finest We have 4 pond tent sites, 1 RV site is situated away from the pond, and 1 camper-van site within a few steps to the pond for visiting your tenting friends; there is a shared bathroom, municipal water, fire-pit, and kitchenette a relaxing sitting area. Enjoy seeing what鈥檚 available at our small working hobby farm which includes eggs, chickens, and fresh berries, fruits, vegetables. 15min. to Lake Cowichan or travel 5min. to Duncan, Saturday is Farmers Market all year round and entertainment. Check out the "Duncan Showroom" or other venues for nightly live entertainment! Explore the many side streets for unique stores & food that is unique to Duncan. Did you know Duncan has 40 totem poles to find throughout the town? Visit local wineries, breweries, distilleries, Raptors bird Sanctuary, Hand of Man Museum, or many other sights! We鈥檙e also an easy drive away from Ladysmith, Cowichan Bay, Maple Bay (warmest ocean water on the island), or look for one of the largest Trestle bridges in North America... Just provide us with an idea of what you'd like to see and we can help with your adventure! Only 1hr from Victoria or Nanaimo.
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Prospect Lake View

1 site 路 Tent1 acres 路 Victoria, BC
We have 1.5 acres of views through the trees of beautiful Prospect Lake. It is a very quiet and peaceful community set on the shores of the lake and surrounded by magnificent trees and greenery. There is limited bus service about a 20 minute walk away so a car is most helpful. We are about a 25 minute drive away from Sidney, where most people will arrive by plane or ferry from the mainland, and also about 25 minutes away from downtown Victoria.
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Beautiful Rainforest Camping Along the Cowichan River

28 sites 路 RVs, Tents50 acres 路 East Sahtlam, BC
In the heart of the Cowichan Valley and along the pristine Cowichan river this breathtaking acreage offers nothing short of an incredible experience.聽Explore our endless rainforest trails, with multiple beaches, tubing, fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, campfires, volleyball, swimming in the famous Robson pool and kicking back and enjoying nothing but the sound of water and birds.You may catch a glimpse of many of the local resident animals including semi-wild horses.We have 10 campsites available for tent campers. Amenities include a toilet, potable water and a picnic table.Campfires are permitted as long as there is no fire ban, pets are welcomeCowichan River Provincial Park is a 15-minute drive. If it鈥檚 outdoor recreation you鈥檙e after, Cowichan River is the place to go. Whether you want to go swimming, canoeing, white-water kayaking, tubing, camping, fishing or hiking, or just want to take it easy in the sun, you鈥檙e bound to find something to do in this 鈥渞ecreation corridor鈥 south of Duncan.
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Raylia Cottage Farm Stay

2 sites 路 Lodging12 acres 路 Mayne Island Trust Area, BC
Available all year round!聽Located at the center of beautiful Mayne Island. Raylia cottage is situated聽on a聽12-acre organically run farm, overlooking pasture and gardens, and backing on to one of the Gulf Islands' most spectacular parks.It offers tranquillity, peace and total privacy. Our cottage has an old fashion feeling -聽 along with modern conveniences.聽聽 It's perfect for a romantic getaway or a country farm experience with the family.聽聽The cottage is centrally located, 5-minute walk to an organic grocer, spa and shops. Self-Catering, quiet, private and peaceful, 20-minute walk to the beach.Beautiful self-contained cottage with total privacy. Fully equipped kitchen. South facing deck for afternoon siestas. Cozy wood stove. Great for a family. Private and secluded for a couple. Four overly loving golden retrievers and lovey cats to make your stay feel like home.Close to all amenities, organic food store, bookstore, spa, restaurant. Backs onto National Park for great hiking. 20-30 minutes聽walk to 2 beautiful beaches and town.We want to make your stay on Mayne Island a beautiful one!Learn more about this land:Available all year round!聽 Located at the center of beautiful Mayne Island. Raylia cottage is situated聽on a聽12-acre organically run farm, overlooking pasture and gardens, and backing on to one of the Gulf Islands' most spectacular parks. It offers tranquillity, peace and total privacy. Our cottage has an old fashion feeling -聽 along with modern conveniences.聽聽 It's perfect for a romantic getaway or a country farm experience with the family.聽聽 The cottage is centrally located, 5-minute walk to an organic grocer, spa and shops. Self-Catering, quiet, private and peaceful, 20-minute walk to the beach. Beautiful self-contained cottage with total privacy. Fully equipped kitchen. South facing deck for afternoon siestas. Cozy wood stove. Great for a family. Private and secluded for a couple. Four overly loving golden retrievers and lovey cats to make your stay feel like home. Close to all amenities, organic food store, bookstore, spa, restaurant. Backs onto National Park for great hiking. 20-30 minutes聽walk to 2 beautiful beaches and town. We want to make your stay on Mayne Island a beautiful one!
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Maple Heart Ranch - Homestead

5 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres 路 Shawnigan Lake, BC
Are you looking for a secluded camping experience with a lot of privacy? Bring your tent and stay at one of our wilderness campsites. Our basic Campsites have picnic tables, fire pits and an outhouse close by. And if you want, you can explore the farm and all our animals or one of the many hiking trails close by. Firewood is available for a charge.Our property is located in Shawnigan Lake, BC on Vancouver Island. The area is renowned for its rugged beauty and its 7-kilometre long lake that provides the opportunity for fishing, swimming and sunbathing in the summer.Nearby is the recently restored Kinsol Trestle named for the short-lived 鈥淜ing Solomon Mine鈥. Restored in 2011, it is an engineering feat, even by today鈥檚 standards and remains one of the loftiest wooden railway trestles in the world.We look forward to hosting you!
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The Hofmann's

1 site 路 Lodging9 acres 路 Cobble Hill, BC
We would love to offer our cedar hut as a beautiful glamping hut. Outdoor bathroom and kitchen are also provided, being situated about 20m from the hut which is nestled among trees overlooking our field. We are a family farm owned by Mike, Julia, daughters Emmy and Hanna who live with us when they are not exploring or working. Our farm dog Klaus, as well as our 2 horses and one mini horse also call our farm home and would be your neighbors. Ocean, rivers, lakes and hikes can be found nearby while centrally located in wine and farm country. Two bicycles are provided should you like to explore our area this way. Wifi is available and a dog as a companion is Welcomed if not aggressive. For more info on our farm please check out my little homemade website: hofmannsfarm.ca鈥
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Phoenix Farm

1 site 路 Lodging10 acres 路 Salt Spring Island, BC
Luxury Glamping at its finest, this Geodesic Dome tent feels more like a cabin with its chic wood-paneled interior, King Size driftwood log bed, Sink and Bar fridge. The large panorama window offers views of the orchard, with a swimming pond close by. An infrared heater will keep you cozy on chilly nights. A wood-fired Sauna is available at an extra charge. Take a tour of the farm and unwind.
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Duck Creek Farm

3 sites 路 Lodging, Tents13 acres 路 Salt Spring Island, BC
Duck Creek Farm stands as a family-operated organic farm nestled on Salt Spring Island. Spanning over an acre, our grounds boast a thriving market garden comprising three greenhouses and a 65-ft hoop house, along with 75 fruit trees, a yoga platform, a refreshing swimming pond, and a charming vintage farmhouse. This idyllic retreat offers a serene oasis where nature flourishes. Wildlife enthusiasts will delight in frequent sightings of eagles, owls, herons, otters, beavers, salmon, and more. The meandering Duck Creek traverses the property, creating a natural habitat for an array of creatures. Operating as a high-production garden, our dedicated staff is on-site Monday through Friday. Despite our productivity, we employ manual methods, ensuring a tranquil ambiance for our guests. In addition to our agricultural pursuits, Duck Creek Farm is an ideal venue for weddings and various events. For a comprehensive overview, please visit our website. Discover the perfect blend of nature, sustainability, and rustic charm at Duck Creek Farm!
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The best camping near Gulf Islands National Park guide

Overview

About

A quick ferry ride (or two) and you鈥檙e away from it all in the BC wilderness—surrounded by wildlife and among some of the best whale-watching in the world. Just off the coast of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands offer serenity and outdoor adventure, including hiking, kayaking, fishing, and diving. The 15 islands and numerous islets and reefs that make up the national park are idyllic for camping, whether you鈥檙e looking for a backcountry spot, pulling your camper behind your vehicle, or trying out overnight boat camping.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for families: Just a 10-minute drive from the Otter Bay ferry terminal, Prior Centennial Campground on North Pender Island is accessible by car and has just 17 sites.
  • Best for kayakers: Pitch your tent at the boat-accessible Sidney Spit Campground on Sidney Island for kayaking and beach time.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Reservations open in early January for reserved spots from May to September.
  2. Avoid long weekends if you missed making a reservation鈥攑eople show up bright and early for the few first-come, first-served sites.
  3. For summer weekends, book ferry reservations from Vancouver Island well in advance.

When to go

Come summer, the Gulf Islands are filled with visitors, and for good reason: whale-watching season runs from March to October. But thanks to the area鈥檚 climate, the islands are great for camping throughout spring, summer, and fall. Early May and late September are the best time to camp if you need a walk-in campsite without a reservation鈥攖his is also when everything is in full bloom. Backcountry campgrounds are accessible year-round, but they鈥檙e unmaintained from October to May.

Know before you go

  • Getting to any of the Gulf Islands requires at least one ferry ride over from the mainland to Vancouver Island, and then either a larger passenger ferry or small water taxi. Some islands are only accessible by private boats, with others only by kayak.
  • Licenses are required for all types of fishing in British Columbia and can be obtained from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  • Entry and service fees are charged to overnight visitors in the front and backcountry of Gulf Islands National Park.

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