Camping Reflections of 2015

As we enter the last day of 2015 it seems fitting to feature the highs and lows of my blogging year. This brainchild started just over a year ago and has done so much better than I expected. Here is quick summary of my blogging year.

  • 108 countries
  • Over 98000 views.
  • 200 blog post on various camping topics.
  • Most important I have met so many interesting people with similar interest. Thank you all for reading.

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Favourite Family Attractions When Camping In BC

Finding fun activities while camping often takes a bit of research. I have put together my 5 favourite  family attractions when camping in BC. It was very hard to get this list to 5 and there was no way I could rank them so I took the easy way out and I will list them in alphabetical order. I have selected activities that are unique to BC and represent our landscape and environment. Continue reading

B – Beaches, Top Five Beach Campgrounds!

Day 2 of the A to Z Challenge brings me to “B”. What makes camping better than a great beach and we have camped at some great beaches. I will do my best to give you my top 5 campgrounds based on the beach alone.

#1 Park Sands Beach Resort – Located in Qualicum Beach which is famous for the miles and miles of sandy beach. Visit when the tide is out and you can walk out as far as the eye can see. That coupled with great summer weather put any campground in Parksville or Qualicum Beach a top choice.

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#2 Bella Pacifica Campground – located just outside of Tofino on the South side of Vancouver Island, Bella Pacific Campground is right on the Pacific Ocean. This beach has endless views and miles of Sandy beach, perfect for beach combing or peaceful walks. Famous for the storms, whales and beaches makes any ocean front campground in Tofino or Ucluelet a safe bet if you are seeking beach time.

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#3 Nahalem Bay State Park – yes another ocean campground but it is impossible to beat the power of the sea. There are several campground along the Oregon Coast and any of them would be a great choice. Fog might be the only deterrent for a successful summer stay along the coast but either way an ocean front campground is worth booking.

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#4 Jessie Honeyman State Park – the only fresh water beach on the list. It makes the list because of the sand dunes it is located on, the great weather of the area and the spectacular views of the area. If you climb the dunes you will still get the views of the ocean while enjoying the comforts of a fresh water lake.

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#5 Montague Harbour Provincial Park – On one of the Gulf Islands, Montague Harbour Provincial Park can be found on Galiano Island. The beach combing is what makes this one of my top choices. It has a unique shell beach which offers hours of great walks

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Bella Pacifica Campground – Tofino, BC

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Bella Pacifica Campground is located just minutes outside of Tofino on Mackenzie Beach. It offers walk-out beach front sites, ocean view sites, as well as forested sites. Tofino is a 3 hour drive from Nanaimo and 5 hours from Victoria, but it is well worth the trip.

This scenic town is located near Long Beach and the Pacific Rim National Park. The area is know for its great surfing, pristine beaches, old growth forest, whale watching and spectacular hiking. If you are looking for a trip the exemplifies the “Great BC Outdoors” then Tofino has it all.  The small town of Tofino also offers several great restaurants, local shops and guided tour operators. Whale watching tours, surfing lessons, kayaking excursions, fishing expeditions and hiking treks can all be booked through local operators on the streets of Tofino, or booked online ahead of time. Continue reading