It’s no secret that Vancouver Island has some of the most stunning land and seascapes around, and we’re so lucky to be privy to such luxuries that we don’t even need to leave the rock to experience the perfect vacation – and that’s where a staycation comes in!
In light of continued physical distancing and travel restrictions currently still in place, many have opted to stay on the island this summer and explore all the majesty it has to offer – and what better way to do it than from the comfort of an RV?
RV Rent Vancouver Island gives people the rustic camping experience they’re after along with all of the luxuries and amenities of never even leaving your home; talk about a win-win!
Even better than this, we’ve partnered with them to give away a FREE week’s RV rental, just in time to book that highly coveted campsite you’ve had your eye on – contest details are below!
Though it’s certainly hard to choose, here are our 9 favourite places on Vancouver Island to visit in an RV – and who knows, you could be visiting one in a FREE rental!
If you’re looking for a quiet and peaceful area to camp, where you can hike and enjoy long walks along the beach, China Beach Campground is the perfect destination.
This 78-site campground is open from the middle of May to the middle of September. You can reserve sites but first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Rathtrevor Provincial Park campground in Parksville attracts families who come to enjoy the seemingly endless beach.
Campsites are sheltered among tall pines and large enough to accommodate families with even large amounts of gear – including RVs!
Extremely popular in the summer, this campground’s sites are reservable during this time frame, but first-come, first-served sites are available in the shoulder season.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy getaway not too far from Victoria, but still feels like you’re miles away, French Beach has got you covered!
Not only does it offer an inviting stretch of beach, but also incredible views over the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic Mountains, and amenities such as a children’s playground, picnic area, and a couple of kilometers of walking trails.
The campground is open year-round, and sites are reservable from May to the start of September. All sites are vehicle access, and facilities include pit toilets and water.
This is a large campground in Nanaimo that has around 300 sites, spread over 53 acres of beautiful waterfront and forest property.
Sites range from oceanfront and riverfront to forest, and if you like to walk, the resort has many kilometers of paved trails available that wind their way around the property.
They also offer beach volleyball, bocce ball, and a games room on-site for tons of family fun.
This is a full-service resort with 30 and 50 amp service, sewer and water, and showers.
Located on the picturesque shores of Lake Cowichan, just north of Duncan, Gordon Bay is the perfect destination for families and solo campers alike.
In the summer the lake is warm and the sandy beach makes for great family swimming, and as it’s set as one of Vancouver Island’s sunniest valleys, this area boasts the highest average annual temperature in Canada.
The park is open year-round with limited services in the off-season.
Less than an hour from Victoria, Jordan River Regional Park Campground is set up along Vancouver Island’s west Coast.
The shallow beach there is a kiter hot spot, and the campground looks out over the ocean, offering immediate and unfettered access to the beach.
All sites are first-come, first-served, and the campground is open year-round. Facilities are limited to pit toilets only.
Visiting Island View Beach feels like you’re stepping off the island into paradise, with its long, sandy beach for exploring, picnicking and swimming and its close proximity to Victoria.
With panoramic seascape views of Haro Strait, James Island and Mount Baker, they also offer a loop trail for an easy and scenic walk, separate self-contained RV and tent campgrounds.
The Island View Beach Regional Park RV & Tent campground operates seasonally from the Victoria Day long weekend in May to the Labour Day long weekend in September.
Telegraph Cove is a small, hidden cove off Johnstone Strait. It’s a key access point to the Broughton Archipelago marine park, the inside passage marine route and near to the famous orca rubbing beaches of Robson Bight.
Their premium sites have a stunning ocean or cove views, and they even offer amenities such as full power hook-ups and wifi!
Located half way between Courtenay and Campbell River in Black Creek, Saratoga Beach has been a favoured choice of beach vacationers for decades.
The resort sits on 200 feet of sandy beach, and is perfect for skimboarding, sandcastle building and kite-flying as well as laying in the sun with a good book.
Their beachfront RV park has new washroom and shower facilities as well as laundry. Wifi is available throughout the resort. 30 amp power, water, cable tv and sewer are also available at each site.
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