I realize this will open me up for all kinds of ‘Glamping’ shots, but it’s a day that had me in tears laughing so it’s a story that must be told.
During our annual family and friends camping trip the females decided to treat ourselves to a Girl’s Day Out at The Hills Health Ranch.
When “The Hills” opened several years back it was touted as a luxury resort. None of us thought to check Trip Advisor for current reviews… Mistake #1
As a large group, we called ahead and were advised they could accommodate two groups of 3. They were pleased to offer the rest of us use of their facilities (pool, hot tub, sauna and workout facilities) for just $10. Excited for a day at a mountain retreat, we headed over. Continue reading →
Another big group camping trip is in the books. The memories, laughter and stories will live on forever, only improving with time. We received an email to advise the campground we pre-booked for 2015, Moondance Bay Resort, was closing. It was difficult to find another campground that could give 7 families totalling 26 people lake front sites without a year’s notice. After calling several resorts I stumbled upon Cariboo Bonanza Resort which is also in BC’s Interlakes area. We were so happy they could offer us 5 lakefront sites with 2 more just behind.
This week was so full of stories and events that I will break it down to a few posts and focus this one solely on the campground. Cariboo Bonanza Resort is located less than 15 minutes from 100 Mile House on Horse Lake. It is best known as a fishing lake but big enough for swimming and boating activities.
Here are my thoughts on the campground.
If you plan to camp at Bonanza remember it is a private campground and the layout is that of an RV park. The sites are very close together and offer no real privacy, but we sought this type of layout for our large group.
We were in sites 39 to 43, which are lake front sites with fantastic views. FYI, we have booked them for 2016. There are some considerations for these sites along with site 44: they are only 15 amp power, and are quite short and narrow, so won’t work for bigger units
If you are traveling as a group or wanted a more treed private environment then head to the back of the campground in sites 2-6. They back onto the forest and are grouped in a small cul-de-sac area.
Sites 29-32 are also lakefront but overlook the tent sites so do not offer the same lake view feel as 39-45. They are a bit wider and, I believe, offer 30 amp power which might be a consideration.
There is an overflow camping area which offers full hookups. It is an open field areas so keep that in mind if you select this area. Large units fit nicely in these large spaces
The campground offers several cute cabins. I did not look inside any of them but several are right on the lake and a few along the creek. They were fully booked during our stay so I have a feeling they are hard to get.
The Management/Owners: These people were so friendly and really set the tone for this trip. As soon as we arrived we could feel the hospitality. The sites we were in had a narrow entrance road and right away they offered their tractor to park the RV’s in the site.
The campground was spotlessly well maintained
Clean washrooms, shower house and laundry room
Lakefront sites and access
Full hook up options
Onsite activities including fun archery targets, and a very impressive children’s playground
Several docks & a boat launch
Basic supply store
Limited privacy, no different than what you expect in most RV parks
Showers were nice and clean but all of us felt they lasted less than their advertised 2 minutes, perhaps because even the cold shut off without warning making it impossible to rinse off.
Bathrooms only have 1 toilet so people have to wait occasionally.
Power and water on every second site so cords and hoses had to be run across on some sites
Forest trail behind the campground leads to a smelly sanitation pond.
Things to do:
Swimming and boating activities
Kayak, paddle boat and pontoon boat rentals
Volleyball, bike ramps, a dock slide and a large playing field.
This summer our family and 6 other families are booked for a week at Bonanza Resort near 100 Mile House in BC. It is right on a great fishing and swimming lake and we were lucky enough to get lake front sites. I can’t wait for camping season to start. I will write a review but here is the link if you want to check it out. Let me. Know if you have stayed there and if you have any tips.