(Living Forest Oceanside Campground and RV Resort)

Vancouver Island has some of the most stunning land and seascapes around, and luckily for us, 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 travel restrictions still in place, staying on the island this summer and exploring all the majesty it has to offer is the best and safest choice for many – 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 the list is endless, here are just 11 of our favourite places on Vancouver Island to visit in an RV – and who knows, you could be visiting one in a FREE rental this summer!

1. Gordon Bay Provincial Park

Located on the picturesque shores of Lake Cowichan, just north of Duncan, Gordon Bay is the perfect destination for families and solo campers alike.

The park is open year-round with limited services in the off-season.

2. Island View Beach Regional Park

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.

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.

3. China Beach Campground

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.

4. Saratoga Beach Resort

Located half way between Courtenay and Campbell River in Black Creek, Saratoga Beach has been a favoured choice of beach vacationers for decades.

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.

5. Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park

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!

6. Jordan River Regional Park Campground

Less than an hour from Victoria, Jordan River Regional Park Campground is set up along Vancouver Island’s west Coast.

The campground is open year-round, and facilities are limited to pit toilets only.

7. Living Forest Oceanside Campground and RV Resort

This is a large campground in Nanaimo that has around 300 sites, spread over 53 acres of beautiful waterfront and forest property.

This is a full-service resort with 30 and 50 amp service, sewer and water, and showers.

8. Salish Seaside RV Haven

Located right on the harbour, this spot is only a short drive to all Victoria has to offer. In the summer, regularly scheduled harbour ferries stop right at the park and take guests to locations all around the town.

9. Elk Falls Provincial Park

Elk Falls is located on the Campbell and Quinsam Rivers in the heart of a world-renowned fishing area.

This park provides riverside sites and large well-spaced campsites in a stunning forested setting and opens with full services from March 29th to November 1st – after that, open year round, but no services (water, firewood, security).

10. Rathtrevor Provincial Park Campground

Rathtrevor Provincial Park campground in Parksville attracts families who come to enjoy the seemingly endless beach.

Extremely popular in the summer, this campground’s sites are reservable during their peak season.

11. French Beach Provincial Park Campground

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!

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.

Stop by RV Rent Vancouver Island’s website to book your summer ride today!


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RV Rent Vancouver Island is following all guidelines set by the BC Provincial Health Officer. At this time, they are practicing safe distancing, face coverings and sanitizing procedures to protect both their customers and staff. Until such time the PHO recommends the opening up of travel within the province, their motor homes are restricted to Vancouver Island.

As recommended by BC’s health officials, indoor gatherings of any kind and non-essential travel in the province are not recommended at this time. Currently, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted people are urged to use COVID-19 layers of protection and maintain physical distancing.

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