Coolest Tents Around

I wouldn’t give up the comfort of my trailer but it would be great to bring this out for the kids!

Always wanted a VW van. This tent sleeps 4 sand has 2 rooms.

Always wanted a VW van. This tent sleeps 4 sand has 2 rooms.

4 man tent  with an inflatable floor. No more fussing with air mattress fitting and the mattress is removable for cleaning, repairs or if you are short in space.

4 man tent with an inflatable floor. No more fussing with air mattress fitting and the mattress is removable for cleaning, repairs or if you are short in space.

Otter Lake Provincial Park – Tulameen, BC


Otter Lake Provincial Park is located about 30 minutes northwest of Princeton and is well marked. It is a paved road but is has lots of twist and turns and when the signs say, “watch for rocks on road” or “no stopping due to falling rocks” they are not kidding.  Watch for wildlife too; we have seen deer and bears along the way. Although it is not the greatest road once there it is worth the trip. The lake is pristine clear and the campground is truly a get away.

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Reflective Camp Rope.

Never trip on tent or awning ropes again! Genius!!! A must have for campers and only $12 USD

Reflective rope lines.

Reflective rope lines.

Okanagan Lake Provincial Park – Summerland, BC


View from double site 48/49

You’ve got to love the Okanagan in the summer:  sun, wineries, lakes. Granted, you don’t get the famous British Columbia mountains and trees, but the weather and warmth are so nice for us Lower Mainlanders. We try to head there at least once every summer. Okanagan Lake Provincial Park is located between Kelowna and Penticton, on the west side of Okanagan Lake… 11 km north of Summerland. This is on the side of the lake that gets shade in the afternoon so that can be both a good thing and bad thing. Continue reading

Chilliwack Lake Provincial Campground – Chilliwack, BC

Chilliwack Lake

Chilliwack Lake

Located about 45 kilometers down a rural, sometimes bumpy road,  east of Chilliwack  lies Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park.    Due to its remoteness, and its beautiful mountain valley location, its a true “Beautiful BC” provincial park camping experience.  Most sites cannot be reserved ahead of time, which means they don’t fill-up 3 months in advance like nearby Cultus Lake Provincial Park.  This makes Chilliwack Lake often the only option for spontaneous camping trips for summer weekends. Continue reading

Cultus Lake Provincial Campground – Chilliwack, BC

View from double site 38

View from double site 38

Could a Lower Mainland-based campsite blog not include Cultus Lake?   Cultus is one of the few lakes in the region large enough to water ski, and its just inland far enough to escape Vancouver’s cool marine climate.  As such, its a very popular day trip and camping destination.

Cultus Lake is only a 20 minute drive from the TransCanada Hwy at Chilliwack.   A small village hosts a good waterslide park, a public wharf complex designed into a great swimming area, ice cream stands, a putting golf course and other tourist activities.   If Cultus’ weather does get wet, then that 20 minute drive finds Chilliwack’s shopping malls, indoor municipal pools, movie theaters or restaurants. Continue reading

Magna Bay Resort – Shuswap Lake, BC

Magna Bay Resort – Shuswap Lake, BC

Magna Bay Campsite
Magna Bay Campsite

For 2 years now we have camped at Magna Bay Campground in July to kick off summer. I have family with a cabin nearby and it is a tradition for everyone to head there for the long weekend. The campground is not right on the lake but it does have piece of property across the highway that has a small beach and dock.

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This campground drastically changed from the first year we went in 2013 to the next year. It appears Magna Bays main business is selling RV lots or long term rentals so the set up is geared to get the maximum number of trailers into one space. You can see by the resort map that it is no longer a campground but a RV resort. At this time you can still rent a campsite for a night or two but as they sell more and take on long term rental I am sure the selection of sites will get slimmer and slimmer. When we stayed last year we had sites 70 & 71. Each site has a gravel pad that backs onto another gravel pad so when you are parked the back of your trailer is only feet away from the trailer behind you. You also get a small grass area with a picnic table and another gravel area for your fire pit.

The grass areas are lined with cedar trees but at this time they are very small and offer no privacy. I was in site 70 and my sister and her family were in 71 but now that we have seen the new set up we should have booked her into site 25. This way when she backed her trailer in we would have shared the same green space area. It was interesting because her families site had a very wide gravel trailer pad and fellow campers would just walk through her site as if it was a path. I found it interesting to see the typical camping etiquette not followed here, I am thinking because it was more of a resort community than a campground. Either way I was not a fan. All the sites from 2 to 79 are pull through sites so they back onto another site. If you are traveling with other families keep that in mind when booking. Also keep in mind there is NO privacy. When you go to bed you can hear the full conversations of the site behind you and next to you. Because this is a vacation resort and many campers own or are long term rentals there were a lot of group campfires and loud music so I found it to be a very noisy campground. There was also a problem with the hook ups. This was really the first weekend the campground had a big test of the septic system and not surprisingly there were problems. The trailer behind my sister had septic issues so the smell coming from the ground was terrible. Understandably they needed to work on this and often had to trek through her site to do that. Not once did they come and talk to her about this, apologize or offer to move her. They just ran hoses and made noise as if there was no one around.

The dock at Magna Bay with the beach in the background
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Celista Winery

Like I mentioned there is a beach but it was very small and it is squished between two privately owned cabins so there is no way to get away from the crowds. There is a grassy area just above the beach but it is small and right on the main road so not relaxing. If you have one of the back sites in the campground the beach is also a bit of a hike but not more than your typical campground. Magna Bay resort also offers boat and kayak rentals, this is an added bonus if you have it in your budget. They also have a great dock which is nice to swim off of or float from.

Cliff jumping off Copper Island

Shuswap Lake is a warm lake and even in early July we were able to take a dip. Other than the obvious lake and beach activities there is plenty to do in the area. That trip we visited Celista Winery, it is the most northern winery in BC. There is also Anglemont Golf Course which is a fun course with some challenging sloped greens. Scotch Creek Provincial Park is only 10 minutes away and it offers great beaches, bike rentals and bike riding trails.Shuswap has always been one of my favorite lakes to visit but unless you like the very close, pull through RV style camping I cannot recommend this campground. There are many campgrounds around this area so if you are looking for a private outdoor experience I would say, keep looking.

Here is my advise for this campground

  • Recommended Site: If you can get any site that don’t back onto another site that would be the best. 61 to 78 would work best. If you are camping with another family be sure to get sites that back onto each other like 70/25 or 71/22. Avoid 67/26 because there is only a row of shrubs between the site and the washroom walkway and there are lights on all night.
  • Campground Highlights:
    1. Located in the sunny Shuswap providing great weather.
    2. Beach access with a grassy area for tanning
    3. Great dock for swimming off and docking from
    4. Boat launch and boat storage
    5. Boat rental at office
    6. Laundry facilities and clean washrooms
    7. Full hook ups
    8. Grass area at each site makes for very clean camping
    9. Pull through sites.
  • Campground Lowlights
    1. Sites are very close together with no trees or foliage for privacy
    2. Playground was not built nor was the club house.
    3. Beach is very small for the number of sites
    4. No dog beach
    5. Pull through sites mean you are backing onto another trailer.
  • Things to do
    1. Swimming and floating in the lake
    2. Boat rental for ski boats, pontoon boats and sea-doos along with all tubing and skiing equipment.
    3. Winery
    4. Golf
    5. Hiking
    6. Biking
    7. Fishing nearby
    8. Cliff jumping at Copper Island but boat access only.
  • Links 
    1. Celista Estate Winery –
    2. Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Course –
    3. Adams River –
    4. Scotch Creek Provincial Park –

Alpine Canyon RV – A Clean And Simple Rest Stop!

Canyon Alpine RV Park and Campground – Boston Bar, BC


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!

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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Pull through, level, gravel sites with full hook ups. We were only staying the night so we did not even unhook.
    4. 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.
    5. 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:
    1. No lake or accessible water option near by. It was 41 degrees, we would have loved a way to cool down.
    2. Washroom had very small showers and were very dated.
    3. 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
    4. 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
  • Links

Moondance Bay Resort and Campground – Bridge Lake, BC

Moondance Bay Resort – We have camped at this resort as a group for 2 summers. It was a great place for group camping but sadly they are closing as of December 2014.