The best camping near Pacific Rim National Park

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Lot4.Caycuse

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Youbou, BC
***This site is currently being upgraded to a larger tent and adding more amenities for our guests. We will reopen on April 15th this year*** Welcome to our magical property nestled in a semi-remote temperate rainforest on Vancouver island. The 5 acre property is filled with wonderful trails to explore, a nearby lake, and a custom Sauna & Ice Plunge to take the stress of the day away. You'll wake up to the calmness of the forest, the sounds of the birds, and the sun shining through the moss covered trees.
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Red Bell Farm

7 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · 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’s 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’re 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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Beautiful Rainforest Camping Along the Cowichan River

28 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · 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. 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’s outdoor recreation you’re 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’re bound to find something to do in this “recreation corridor” south of Duncan.
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Portal Retreat

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Port Alberni, BC
The "Portal Retreat" is here: Unplug, relax, and unwind! Bonus: A 3-minute walk to the lake! Come and explore the glamping " Portal" style. We offer a unique experience just steps away from beautiful Sproat Lake. This is a retreat-type space and is specifically set up to help you get away from your busy life. There are books, games, hummingbirds, deer, and all that nature has to offer including the Lake, a stone's throw away for a quick dip to rejuvenate the mind and body. The Portal is 18 feet long and 8 feet wide and is your very own private space. Featuring a beautiful deck for relaxation, reading, star gazing, yoga, or alfresco dining, with the interior offering a queen bed, sofa, and artisanal water - Oh so cozy and romantic. There is a fancy new outhouse that flushes water and is equipped with a sink. This space is best suited for a single, a couple, and possibly a fur baby and/or little one. We are located on a quiet residential street 20 minutes from Port Alberni and en route to Tofino or Ucluelet. We have walking and mountain biking trails minutes from the house. The Portal has limited internet and spotty phone service. There is an outlet for charging, etc. There is no fridge, but we can provide a cooler on request. Private parking is on-site. We can provide a camp stove if required. Please bring your own white gas. Outside food options include the "The Fish & Duck Pub" which is just a short walk away. Call Doordash to deliver a meal from one of our local restaurants or bring a picnic to enjoy. If you are bringing a fur baby, please let us know. It must be on a leash at all times. Please bring your fur baby's favorite blanket or bed to sleep on. We can also provide a comfy hound bed in the room at your request. We kindly ask that you keep your fur baby off the furniture and bed. Additional Extras: Kayak rental $40.00 per day ($200) Canoe $40.00 per day ($200 deposit) Please bring your own PFD, helmet, and any personal protective gear you may require You will have to sign a waiver and leave the above deposit for the equipment. Provided on request: Towels, Cooler, Coleman Camping stove BYO Ice. white gas for cooking, pots & pans, and utensils. We understand that life happens, but please try to arrive no later than 8:00 p.m. for check-in. We do need our beauty sleep.
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Poplar Grove Family Farm

1 site · RV, Tent10 acres · Qualicum Beach, BC
Welcome to our secluded and peaceful camping spot nestled on our 10-acre family property, formerly a Poplar Plantation. Located just 1 minute from Alberni Highway in Qualicum Beach, our site offers over 1 km of trails to explore, with the opportunity to wander through lavender or sunflower fields depending on the season. We provide 50 amp and separate 30 amp hookups, filtered potable water, and a grey water dump (no black water) along with Wi-Fi access. Your trailer or RV can enjoy a spacious 50 x 15 area, with room for one additional vehicle and multiple tents on grass. We also provide a picnic table for your convenience. Additional options include: Propane fire pit or full-size BBQ rental ($5 per day including propane) Porta-potty rental for tenting ($5 per day) SUP or kayak rental with deposit (please inquire) Mountain bike rental with deposit (please inquire) PMBIA certified instructor available for guiding at Hammerfest or Cumberland trails (please inquire) Enjoy the convenience of being just 10 minutes away from the ocean in beautiful Qualicum Beach, as well as 10 minutes from Little Qualicum Provincial Park or Cameron Lake. Additionally, you're only 5 minutes away from the world-famous Goats on the Roof in Coombs. Our location also serves as a great stopping point on your trip to Tofino, just 1 minute off the Alberni Hwy.
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Sea Change Farm and Nursery

1 site · RV, Tent10 acres · Shirley, BC
Enjoy the simple wild private campsites with gravel pads, on the edge of a creek ravine with second growth forest and the regeneration of the forest around you. A big beautiful pond hosts lots of wildlife and you will hear our chickens making their happy noises on the wind. Sheringham light house and Shirley Delicious Cafe are within walking or biking distance and The Stoked wood fire pizza is also just down the road beside French beach. No shortage of sights to take in here on the west Coast of Vancouver island. For more information look in our descriptions.♥️
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The Rad Shack

1 site · Lodging3 acres · Jordan River, BC
Aloha, Brah's, Wahine's and all those in betweeny's! The Rad Shack is a most excellent west coast cabana. Surrounded by incredible forests, spend your day surfing, exploring the Juan de Fuca trails, hiking along the local beaches or just chillin in The Rad Shack. We are within walking distance of Jordan River and China Beach. The immediate environment is a beautiful, lush, west coast forest with a creek, a froggy habited lagoon, and all kinds of birds, raccoons, salamanders, and bears, oh my!
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"Island on an Island" Billy Goat#4

1 site · Lodging4 acres · Nanaimo, BC
Tenting/Done Amazing one of a kind private Island in the heart of Youbou, BC, minutes away from amenities Including a pub, grocery and liquor store. The island is completely private, yet it is only 250 meters from the mainland. There are a couple of kayaks you can use and the waters are teaming with fish! It truly is a piece of paradise! And needs to be shared…. We are building two more domes and a 24 foot yurt this spring /summer… But for now we have one 16 foot dome with a wood stove. As well as two platforms set up for tenting. It is probably one of the most beautiful places you will see on Lake Cowichan. There is a double bed and three fold out foam bed cushions in the dome. We ask that you bring your own bedding and towels. We provide a bbq and Blackstone cooking grill and an outhouse (we are working making improvements and should be ready by June 1st). I guarantee you will make life long memories, it is a very special place. We are not set up to provide transportation to and from the Island yet, but we are working on a solution for this summer. We do have a large dock for your boat, as well as there are plenty of places to simply put your boat on shore.
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Forest Hideout Tiny Cabin

1 site · Lodging14 acres · Duncan, BC
Our Property is located on a 14 acres property in the middle of the woods in the Kinsol Valley. You will enjoy complete privacy and use of your own area on the land. Located 2 min, from the Transcanada Trail, 20 min. walk to the Kinsol Trestle, a World Heritage Site with beautiful swimming holes right underneath the bridge. 20 min. to next Grocery store and 22-25 min to Duncan. Approx. 50 min- 1 hr to Victoria. 20 min. to Cowichan Bay or the Cowichan River. The Tiny Cabin is an ideal getaway for couples or good friends, and a perfect getaway for solo reflection and artist retreat. We have a fully equipped pottery studio on the property and the kitchen is stocked with our handmade dishes. By request I can teach pottery lessons if you have always wanted to try it out. There is a massage therapist on the land that offers Esalen Massaga, as well as Foot Reflexology and Craniosacral Therapy. Pleas inquire for cost of sessions. The Cabin is brand-new and has a big deck as additional outdoor space with a patio corner including a table and an outdoor shower with forest view through a glass wall. We provide biodegradable organic soaps, shampoo, conditioner and cleaning products as well as fresh towels, wash cloths and a hair dryer. An on-demand propane tank will provide hot water for the shower and the kitchen which includes a new small propane cookstove. Apart from that the kitchen is stocked with all new appliances such as a fridge with freezer, a toaster oven that fits a 12” pizza, a toaster, an electric water kettle, an espresso maker and a french press for coffee. We provide organic tea and coffee, organic sugar, salt, pepper and oil. We also have seasonal availability of farm fresh eggs from our free range chickens. There is everything you need to cook a meal and clean up after plus store your leftovers in the fridge. The eating table can be folded up to create more floor space. The sleeping loft is accessed by a ladder with extra safety bar to hold on to and support you climbing up and down from the loft. Physical ability to use ladder is a requirement. There is enough room to stand in the middle of the loft but not under the slanted ceiling areas. Our mini wood stove warms the place quickly and we have firewood onsite to use. Drinking water comes in excellent quality straight from the tap from a 250 ft deep mountain well. The composting toilet has a great view of the pond and is supplied with toilet paper and peat moss. It’s a stone’s throw away from the cabin and there are flashlights available plus solar lights and torches along the way. Beside the pond you have the opportunity to relax in a family sized hammock under big trees and enjoy the sounds of nature. The land is shared by a handful of people but we all respect each others privacy.
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Longleat House Spirit Return

8 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 turn past horse stable required - 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. 1000 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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Goats and Boats

2 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Parksville, BC
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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Forest Hideaway

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Duncan, BC
Hi! We’re your hosts, Seth, Jodie, and Megan Williams. Recently we decided to share our property that we love and have enjoyed so much for two reasons: to give others the opportunity to enjoy it and to put money away for university. Our parents, Mark and Sarah, got behind the vision and are excited to be part of this project with us. We would describe our property as: home…and a really fun place to grow up! Our parents thought that wasn’t descriptive enough for Hipcamp so they’ve helped us describe it more. We live in a quiet neighbourhood in a forest that has been a source of peace, relaxation, and fun for us in our growing up years. We’ve noticed that people who visit here say they feel the same way. With plenty of space for kids to explore and adults to relax, our 3 acre forest is perfect for down time with a book in the hammock or a nature walk before dinner. Amenities and service: A single, tidy campsite with picnic table surrounded by mature and gently manicured forest, as well as a hammock, and a new construction outhouse. (Go dad!) We love hospitality, so though we won’t always be around when you’re here, if we are and you need something you can simply ask and we’ll do our best to provide what you need. To help you feel welcome we provide a fresh, cool jug of drinking water and large container of fresh potable water as well as access to an outside tap to fill water containers if needed (upon request) , power to charge devices (upon request), and a campfire ring with firewood (sorry about the frequent fire bans. Huge bummer. We will post current fire ban status while you’re here.) Surroundings and local attractions: Our property is situated in a low traffic rural residential area within ¬ 3 km to Sandy Pool Regional Park (5 min) A family favourite! ¬ 10 km to the Cowichan Valley Museum (Duncan Totem Tour) (13 min) ¬ 14 km to the Pacific Northwest Raptor Center (15 min) ¬ 19 km to the Hand of Man Museum (20 min) ¬ 20 km to Lake Cowichan (16 min) for swimming, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, etc Note: Lake Cowichan is also home to ‘The Tube Shack’ where you can rent tubes to float down the Cowichan River and catch the Tube Shack Bus back to your car. We do it every summer! Fun fact! It’s a 10-minute bike ride from our house to the Cowichan Valley Bike Trail. *(All destinations calculated from our dining table by Google maps) There are multiple well known hikes within 20 minutes (we suggest googling Stoney Hill Trail, Mt Tzouhalem, and Mt. Prevost.)
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The best camping near Pacific Rim National Park guide

Overview

About

Ocean swells crash on the sandy coastline of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the only vehicle-accessible national park on Canada’s west coast. While over a million visitors flock to Tofino each summer, everyone is somehow able to carve out some solitude here. The park contains three units, each with its own camping areas: the West Coast Trail, a rugged backcountry hiking track that takes the better part of a week to complete, the uninhabited Broken Group Islands near Ucluelet, and the Long Beach Unit, a short drive from Tofino’s surf and by far the most visited section. It’s reached by taking a ferry to Vancouver Island and then driving the dramatic (though sometimes white-knuckle) drive along Highway 4 through the Beaufort Range. The park’s Kwisitis Visitors Centre pays homage to the Coastal First Nations pre-colonial history.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for experienced hikers: All of the ocean-facing campsites on the 75-kilometre West Coast Trail are supreme.
  • Best for families and surfers: The frontcountry Green Point Campground is wheelchair accessible and an easy hike to the rollers of Long Beach.
  • Best for sunsets: Bella Pacifica Campground has a broad, sandy beach with fire rings for s'mores.
  • Best for kayakers: The Broken Group Islands offer remote, yet relatively safe, oceanfront camping on seven islands accessible via sea kayak or canoe.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Campsite reservations are required at all campgrounds and typically become available by phone and online with Parks Canada in January of each year.
  2. Bounded by deep evergreen forest on one side and a driftwood-littered beach on the other, Green Point Campground is the only one located in Pacific Rim. The campground is open from May 1 to mid-October and operates near capacity for most of the season, so reservations are mandatory. Walk-in clifftop sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. When reserving a spot in the Broken Group Islands, have preferred dates, locations, and starting access points chosen in advance.
  4. West Coast Trail camping areas, including Keeha Beach, Tapaltos, and all other locations in the Cape Beale region, and the Nitinaht Triangle are open from June 4 to September 30.

When to go

May and June and September are the best time to visit for fewer crowds, but the weather may be a little more stable in July and August. In summer, the rainforest gains ocean fog that drifts in overnight and evaporates into sunshine. The forest brims with a thousand shades of green and emits deep, earthy smells. Each spring, massive gray whales breach and slap the ocean’s surface as they pass enroute to Alaska. The Green Point campground closes from mid-October to May 1, but campers who love solitude and don’t mind a bit of rain will be generously rewarded with stellar surfing waves if they can safely make a winter trek.

Know before you go

  • All stores and services—including groceries, gasoline, and retail—can be found in Ucluelet and Long Beach, almost a half-hour drive in either direction.  
  • Permitted backcountry camping is available in the West Coast Trail and Broken Group Islands areas.
  • There are no shower facilities or sani-stations at Green Point Campground.
  • A valid park pass is required to camp in any Canadian national park.
  • West Coast Trail hikers need to be prepared for difficult hiking: climbing over 100 ladders, trekking through deep mud, fickle weather, and wading through hip-deep swift rivers.
  • All food and toiletries must be used in designated areas and stored in wildlife-proof lockers before getting packed out with all trash.

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