Above is a photo of site 22
It was the end of July 2014 and we had been camping near 100 Mile House for a week. As we neared Boston Bar the thermometer was inching up to 41 degrees. We needed a place to stop, have a cold drink and break up the trip. Our internet search gave us Canyon Alpine RV Park. We were 3 families traveling together so we were hoping for sites near each other. We called and the owner was more than willing to accommodate us. I must say Canyon Alpine was a pleasant surprise. I am not sure what we were expecting, Boston Bar is not exactly known for destination camping, but we were not disappointed. The back of the campground is up hill so those sites have retaining walls between them. These tiers give you added privacy but because the sites run across the slop each site is very level. Most sites are pull through, which is great for all sizes of camping vehicles. If walking is an issue then pick a site on the lower part of the campground because it can be a bit of a trek to the back sites. All sites have full hook ups, a picnic table and a fire pit. We were put into sites, 15,16 and 17. It worked great for us and we were just thrilled to open our drinks and turn on the air conditioners. The campground also has a hotel and restaurant. I am not sure if it was the 41 degrees, the 5 hour drive or the 7 days of RV cooking but the restaurant alone made the moms decide this was where we were staying. We were told the restaurant caters to the fire fighters that arrive in the summer so the food is fresh, the portions big and the home made pies a must order. We found all 3 to be true. As for things to do in the area, we were just passing through, but Hells Gate Tram is 15 minutes away and there are several river rafting options in the area. Although we were happy with Alpine Canyon I would only stay in this area for a stop over or maybe a couple of nights if I was river rafting. If that’s what you are looking for this campground fits the bill!
Here is my advise for this campground.
- Recommended Sites: If you are okay with hill walking then I would recommend sites 6,7,8,15,16,17,20,21 or 22. If you are camping with other groups I would suggest you take sites in a row, so 8,17 and 22. This will give you a bit more of a community feel and added privacy. If hills are an issue then spots near the bottom would be better for you. There did not appear to be any bad sites but I would avoid the one above the washroom, 18, and I did not have a chance to check out sites 24 to 31 but they did seem to back onto the hotel.
- Campground Highlights:
- Restaurant on site, after a week of camping food this was a very nice treat. The restaurant was air conditioned and someone else did the dishes. A very good night.
- Being on a hill each site had the feel of added privacy and provided great views of the Canyon. The campground also had many huge trees so you really felt like you are camping in the outdoors.
- Pull through, level, gravel sites with full hook ups. We were only staying the night so we did not even unhook.
- Large, clean washrooms. The washrooms also made the con list because they were dated and the showers were small but they were clean so that trumps the cons in my books.
- If you are staying for more than a night there’s lots to do if you are able to drive. Hells Gate is only 15 minutes away and there several white water rafting options within 20 minutes.
- Campground Lowlights:
- No lake or accessible water option near by. It was 41 degrees, we would have loved a way to cool down.
- Washroom had very small showers and were very dated.
- The sites were nice and long but not really wide so if you have slides or want to put a tent on your site it would be challenging
- Helicopter Noise – we were in the peak of forest fire season so there was a lot of helicopter noise all day long. Not much you can say about that.
- Things to do in the area
- River Rafting – several choices within 30 minute drive
- Hells Gate – 15 minute drive
- Alexandra Bridge – 25 minute drive
- Canyon Alpine RV Park and Campground – http://canyonalpinervpark.com/
- Hells Gate – http://www.hellsgateairtram.com
- Kumsheen River Rafting – www.kumsheen.com
- Reo River Rafting – www.reorafting.com
- Fraser River Raft Expedition – www.fraserraft.com
- Beautiful British Columbia Guide to Boston Bar – http://bcadventure.com/adventure/explore/high_country/cities/canyons.htm
photos taken from Alpine Canyon Web Site