The best camping near Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

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Juan de Fuca Provincial Park offers a front-row seat to Vancouver Island’s west coast.  

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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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Surrounded by Nature!

3 sites · RVs2 acres · 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. 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. 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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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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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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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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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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Maple Heart Ranch - Homestead

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres · 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 “King Solomon Mine”. Restored in 2011, it is an engineering feat, even by today’s standards and remains one of the loftiest wooden railway trestles in the world.We look forward to hosting you!
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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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Prospect Lake View

1 site · Tent1 acres · 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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Pacific Ranch

5 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Victoria, BC
On a hillside property in the heart of Vancouver Island’s west coast, Pacific Ranch offers amazing views, stream-side forest walks, and private tranquillity. Driving in along the winding and steep driveway, you will arrive on our unique property and find rocky, moss-covered bluffs, and fern-carpeted forests. Across these settings are two private campsites for one to choose from.There is a lot to do in the area for outdoor adventurers, including walks along the Galloping Goose Trail, many local beaches, as well as biking and hiking trails right off of the ranch. You can visit picturesque local villages close by, as well as head to one of the local lakes for a day of swimming.Bring your own tents and van/truck campers. We can accommodate vehicles under 26 feet (water hookup available). You will be parking on loose gravel and the site requires levelling. Campfires are permitted as long as there is no fire ban. Pets are welcome!
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Woodlands Rd Campsite

1 site · Tent5 acres · Sooke, BC
This is a 5 acre property with multiple houses. I built a campsite that is about 200ft from the house, so it is close, but private. Sea to Sea regional park is one block away for amazing hiking and mountain biking opportunities. This site is a decent size, but a tight turn into it. We have gotten a tent trailer in there...it was a just tight! Porta Potti Rental is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. It's available for a flat 15$ fee. Please empty and clean it when finished. There is a sani dump at the back of the near-by RV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f163Lei3-oA&t=152 Site contains a picnic table and fire pit (if no fire ban in effect). If needed, we can provide Electricity via extension cord & Water via Hose, Free of charge! No loud music that can be heard outside the campsite, ALL attractants must be secure (this is bear country), all garbage must be cleaned up on check out, fire must not be larger than fire ring and is subject to provincial fire bans. ONLY FRIENDLY PETS WELCOME! We have 4 to 5 dogs also children free ranging on our property.
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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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The best camping near Juan de Fuca Provincial Park guide

Overview

About

Clinging to the edge of Vancouver Island’s Wild Coast, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is a wilderness wonderland. It provides a mix of outdoor activities, from hiking through ancient cedar forests and swimming off white-sand beaches to exploring deep tidal pools and surfing ice-cold breaks. China Beach Campground has 78 drive-in campsites, but overnight vehicle camping is also permitted at the China Beach (Juan de Fuca East), Parkinson Creek, and Sombrio Beach trailheads. Beach and forest camping are available along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, a strenuous, multi-day, 47-kilometre hike featuring rugged coastline, rushing rivers, and untouched forests.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for families: Since China Beach Campground is the only vehicle-accessible site with taps and pit toilets, this is the one to pick if you’re bringing young kids.
  • Best for waterfall lovers: Mystic Beach is the first campsite along the eastern section of the Juan de Fuca Trail and features a creek cascading over a sandstone cliff down to the beach.
  • Best for surfers: The surf at Sombrio Beach is a well-kept local secret—1.4 kilometres may seem like a long way to haul a board and a tent, but it’s worth it.

Tips for snagging a campsite

1. Reservations for the China Beach Campground are open from May 14 until Sept. 5 through BC Parks’ Discover Camping website. They also set aside some first-come, first-served (FCFS) sites, with check-in between 7am and 10pm, but get there early—this is a hotspot for locals and visitors.  

2. For FCFS sites, you’ll need to self-register and deposit cash envelopes (bring exact change, as cards aren’t accepted) into safes at each trailhead.

3. If hiking in and camping along the Juan de Fuca Trail, you can buy your backcountry camping permit from the BC Parks Backcountry Registration System and prepay for the trip.

When to go

China Beach Campground is only open in the summer months, which isn’t a bad thing because the winter weather on the west coast of Vancouver Island is really wet and cold. That being said, the Juan de Fuca Trail is open year-round, so if you’re brave (and an experienced hiker), there’s nothing stopping you. July and August are peak season, so if you can go on either side of these months, you’ll avoid trail bottlenecking.

Know before you go

  • Bears roam these areas so use the food caches provided at the Mystic Beach, China Beach, Bear Beach, Sombrio Beach, Little Kuitsche Creek, and Payzant Creek campsites. If they’re full, you will need to rig up your own, so don’t forget rope.  
  • There are pit toilets at the China Beach Campsite and along the Juan de Fuca Trail. If you can’t make it to one, you’ll need to dig a hole 100 metres away from water sources, trails, and people. Bring a trowel and paper!

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