Living Forest Oceanside Campground

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6 Maki Rd
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
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GPS: 49.1306, -123.9118

Last Price Paid: $45
Weekly Rate: Yes
Monthly Rate: Yes
Number of Sites: 302
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 63 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

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Kent, WA
GMC Sierra
10 reviews
Nightly rate: $45
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 300

ericaberry2001 would stay here again

“Great location, amazing views”

Reviewed Jun 28, 2018

Overall Rating

Well maintained park really close to Nanaimo. Sites are large and flat. Easy to park and not too close to other sites. Because this park is built on a hill, it's terraced so that lots of sites have amazing views of the water. It was amazingly quiet, considering it's summer and the park was pretty much full. The little cafe is a great place to get a mocha, latte or a hand-scooped ice cream cone. The beach is small, but nice.

We were able to hike upstream from the swimming beach to let our dog go swimming, which was nice. The trash area was limited to the dumpsters by the office, but they had recycle and composting trash bins, as well.

Shower facilities were clean and you could buy tokens for the showers ($1 for 5 minutes). They have wifi by the office and cafe for free, or you could buy wifi for $4/24 hours. I wouldn't waste my money on the wifi, it was crap.

We would definitely go back and next time I'd spring for one of the "ocean side" sites - but the "ocean view" sites were pretty awesome, too.

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28 Airstream
7 reviews
Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 40
Site Number: 179
“One of the nicest private campgrounds we've stayed in.”

Reviewed Nov 06, 2017

Overall Rating

We stayed at Living Forest for one week in October, 2013. We had such a good experience that when we needed a place for an extended stay on Vancouver Island in October-November 2015 the choice was easy.

Living Forest is located on the edge of Nanaimo but with 53 acres of well forested land you wouldn't know the city was there. Most sites are well forested with the exception of the sites overlooking the Nanaimo River estuary (note what are called Oceanside or Oceanview are really the estuary). It's a large park with over 300 sites but with 53 acres in the park, the sites are well spaced. The sites are generally level with a combination of back-in and pull through (there are even some "nose in" sites for class A's so they can enjoy the view of the estuary). Most sites are full hook-up including basic cable a minority of sites are electricity only or unserviced (for tenters).

Staff have been incredibly friendly and helpful - this may be in part due to the fall season when the park is only partly full and most residents are staying for the winter so there is a real camaraderie between people. Twice the park management organized events, an outdoor movie/BBQ night (OK it got rained out) and a pot luck dinner in the lounge. The lounge has laundry facilities, a kids playroom and an adult area. This lounge has free Wi-Fi; otherwise you must pay for Wi-Fi in the park from Tengo. Clean restrooms are scattered throughout the park and the main ones were kept warm (we were there in the fall); the showers are coin operated.

There are several thoughtful touches in the park, one of which is a free air compressor to adjust tires pressure on your vehicle or RV (the first time I've seen that). Any maintenance issues were dealt with promptly. There is a nice grocery store at the intersection of the road to the park plus an excellent coffee shop (Serious Coffee). Propane delivered to your site is also available.

The rate quoted above is the daily winter rate; the monthly rate we paid was $395 plus electricity. The high season daily rate for our Forest Back-in would be $45 per day.

We had good Bell Mobility cell service.

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • sewer
  • Full Hookups
  • wifi: yes
  • basketball court
  • game room
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
  • volleyball
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • dump station
  • laundry
  • recycle
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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