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12 RV Parks near Balfour, British Columbia
Jun 2017 - $32.00
I can't add much to the other reviews, except to say the prices have gone up. The unserviced spots are $32 per night and the ones with power are $39. It's still a very nice park with good sized spots and not too far from Nelson which is becoming a busy little town! - cachencouple
Sep 2016 - $35.00
We stayed in the Friends Camprground which is right next to the lake and the sandy beaches. The sites are open and don't provide much privacy but have electric hookup. Sandspit Campground is more shaded and private but have no hookups. The lake is one of the most beautiful lakes that one will ever camp near. Great for kayaking and swimming and does have a boat launch. There is also a spawning channel for the Kokanee salmon that is within the campground. We were there during spawning season which is a neat thing to see. There are lots of trails within the campground but many were closed due to bears in the area because of the spawning. They also have a dog beach very close to the campground. We will return. - trump5
Aug 2016 - $35.00
We stayed at the Friends Campground, within this park, and it was wonderful. The site was large and level, and it was quiet. There was a grey water dump (not for RV dumping) next to the drinking water tap that largely solved the no sewer problem. - Htt_AB
Jul 2016 - $50.00
Owner is very sweet and this campsite is a quiet, beautiful,hidden little gem. We had a fabulous view of the lake and the setting was very relaxing.
Lots of massive trees
Swings, but no playground
Small beach like area for swimming and lake assess.
All sites full hookup, but bring a long sewer pipe.
Filtered water tap for drinking water at the washrooms.
Two tent sites right on the waters edge.
Perfect for 26ft trailer, but not big rigs. - Kelly plus 3
Jul 2012 - $36.00
We stayed here for 3 weeks. View of the lake is incredible. Sites are well situated for access to confident drivers. Lots of wood available for fire pits. Each site has a steel picnic table. Hot showers are great and bathrooms are clean. 30 amp service is available so air conditioners can be used. Boats can be launched here and kept in a large marina. There is a back for kids to play and the lake is clean and cool. Tall trees provide lots of shade. A new UV filter was added this year to take care of the "boil water" advisory the entire district seems to have this year. - Calgarynorm
Oct 2011 - $35.00
This park is inappropriate for big rigs. It is also mainly for permanent residents and seasonal homes with very few overnight spaces. We stayed there in a 36 foot motorhome, but it was tight. We lost power several times in a one-day stay. We were warned not to drink the water. The bathrooms are ancient with toilets that move when sat upon. - cuervo
Jul 2011 - $35.00
Great RV park. Lots of space, very quiet, and the huge Cedars all over the park are beautiful. Mosquitoes are bad, and there is standing water nearby, so if it is a mosquito year, this place will be swarming. Also, when booking, make sure you ask for a great site, or a specific number or they may stick you with an unpopular site. I would suggest site 50, or 52. If those are not available, then 28-31. - Lindo7777
Jul 2011 - $25.00
Excellent. Staff friendly. Cabin well stocked. Comfortable. We loved it! - mserious
May 2011 - $30.00
We love this area of British Columbia and we have stayed at many places around here. We would not camp here again as the mosquitos were swarming by the hundreds. The view was nothing to look at, and there was dog excrement everywhere you walked, on your way to the beach! - mjw13
Jun 2018 - $40.00
We stayed at this lovely, full service park with our dogs for two nights. The owners are very nice and helpful and the sites are large and grassy and our site was very level. This park is fairly new with showers, washrooms and laundry facilities which I didn't see but assume were clean and nice. There is a playground and large grassy area as well as tether ball, which our dogs had a quick game on and a dunk tank. Oh ya, there is a ice cream store on site. - DarlaGirl
Apr 2016 - $30.00
Absolutely adore this campground. We have stayed here several times and have recommended it to several friends who also loved it. Tons of trees give plenty of privacy and make you feel like you are actually camping not just hanging out in a field like other campgrounds. The bathrooms are clean and serviceable. Showers cost a dollar for 5 minutes but this is in line with other places we have stayed. the campground is right across hwy 3a from the lake, quick 2 minute walk to the public beach. The campground also has laundry facilities which for anyone with kids is a huge convenience. The owners are very pleasant and helpful and quite often host campfires that anyone can join. Firewood is by far the cheapest we have ever found. $5 gets you a key to a locker filled with wood. You load it into the provided wheelbarrow and take it to your site. I was blown away with how much wood you get for 5 bucks. The roads are gravel (no idea what the person who said they were mud is talking about) and the owner waters them during the day to keep the dust down. Overall this place is a hidden gem and we will continue coming back for years to come! - Dee786
May 2015 - $14.00
I have to question if the previous reviewer actually went to this park. I wouldn't want to maneuver a big rig in this place. The park road is on a slope with a few turns. The road and sites are a mixture of gravel, sand, and dirt. There were only 3 transient sites available as the rest were occupied by seasonals or permanents. Our site (#6) was a pull-through and long enough for most rigs under 40 ft without a toad. It had a picnic table in good condition and a fire ring made out of a wheel rim. The adjacent pull-through was about the same length and the one back-in site was for short units around 20 ft. Utilities worked fine except for a leaky water tap. No cable TV and with trees all around no satellite either. Wi-Fi access point was in the office and there is a picnic table nearby where one can connect there although it was slow. Good value with the Passport discount. Staff were friendly and helpful. We might decide to check out a newer park in Crawford Bay next time we pass through the area. - Onemoretrail
Sep 2013 - $35.00
Without question, the worst campground experience I've ever had. Pull-through site I was originally assigned was occupied so I ended up in a back-up site that was difficult to get into. Park is all mud-- no gravel or asphalt in sight. Electric turned out to be only 15 amp for a DP motor home. I was told by the owner/host (who had obviously been drinking), "you'll get by on 15 amps. I got out of there as soon as it was light enough to get out of there. - Phaeton40AH
Aug 2018 - $30.00
I have stayed at Woodbury's in August 2018 and in July 2017 for a week each. Many people here are seasonal and some are year-round (all I've met are friendly). The sites can be tight for long RVs, but the staff is helpful and polite. I don't think there are pull-thru sites, so if that's a deal breaker, beware. The restrooms (complete with showers and flush toilets) show their age, but are clean. The pool is heated. Canoes or power boats are available for rent. This campground has a nice rustic feel, so if you are looking for a 5 star RV Park, this may not be for you. I have a small teardrop trailer (13 feet length) and pull it with a Toyota FJ Cruiser, so I never have an issue with backing in. You will meet a bunch of really great Canadians, and it is not like a 5 star resort parks in Canada where only the US vacationers can afford to go. The residents serve a pancake breakfast on Sunday mornings (8-10) for $6 per person and it is an opportunity to 'meet and greet'. The restaurant on the property (JB's) has great food at reasonable prices. I'm not sure why previous reviews rated this campground so low, it deserves a solid 7-8 rating. Next time in BC, I plan to stay here again. - Prospector 46
May 2016 - $28.00
Unless you are coming for fishing and the view, you would probably be better off going somewhere else. There is no Wi-Fi unless you have signed up to a local service, there is no TV, no showers, and no sink or toilet tissue in the little wooden washrooms. Sites are crude and not very level, and our sewer hose had to be run uphill (as did one of our friend's). All the picnic tables are in bad need of repair. We came to meet up with friends from out of province. - Snoet
Jul 2013 - $28.00
Nice spot by the lake. Pub has great food. Pool is terrific. Sites are a little rustic with tall weeds and muddy spots but concrete pads and picnic tables are clean and in good repair. Kids loved the pool. I would go back. - User3107
Sep 2012 - $21.00
This is just a basic forested campground near the east shore of Kootenay Lake approximately 40 km north of Creston and 19 km south of Crawford Bay on Highway 3A. Since it was a Provincial Park I expected more amenities (like a State Park) but it reminded me more of a National Forest Service campground like you would find in the States. The sites are large and fairly level with picnic tables and fire pits. There are vault toilets and no other "facilities". A water tap near the entrance had a sign stating that the water was not treated and could not be guaranteed safe to drink so we didn't use it. Although the campground sits on the opposite side of the road from the lake shore, there is a short trail that takes you down to a nice picnic area on the shore itself. While there's nothing fancy about this park, it was clean and peaceful and we'd probably use it again although the price seemed high for what you get. - BruceandKathyWA
Jul 2015 - $32.00
3rd time at this site. Lovely green space well maintained. Good access to campgrounds own beach (gravelly). Protected cove on Kootenay Lake Free limited moorage, first come first served. Pet friendly if you obey the rules. - bmap
Jul 2017 - $45.00
July 29, Saturday Nelson City Park, Nelson, BC $45, 37 sites many with hookups, Site 2 This is a City Park located on High Street in the town of Nelson, BC. The roads are narrow and the sites are unlevel located on a slope above the town which looks out to the lake. Large RV's are not recommended. We are only 25' and it was tight. Sites are narrow and close together. Checkin was easy and the girl was very informative. There are free showers here and bathrooms next to the office. Crowded park run by the town with the income from the park helping to support youth activities in the area. We stayed here because the historic district of the town is about a half a mile walk from the campground and there is a pathway down to the lake. The park needs some updating. Nelson was an old mining town for iron and silver then logging and sawmilling. There are over 350 historic sites in town left over from the boom days. Many are open to the public but not the private homes. Trucks can not drive in the historic section of town and dogs also have restricted zones. Looking out from our site, we could see the traffic of route 3A but also the lake. We had driven from Grand Coulee over 200 miles, and crossed through the border, so it was a good stop for us. There is also a Walmart about a half mile from the campground but it is the smallest one in Canada and very busy. Most of their shelves were empty. If you need to stay in town this is the place but if not I would move on. - gsnakehill
Jul 2017 - $32.00
They have tried to have as many site as they can get in a very small area. Many are back to back sites on a shared drive. That leaves no room to park a car or have lawn chairs or mat down. I was given dirty looks for being in my site because it ruined the other person's parking. Great location though. - merrygoround
Aug 2016 - $30.00
This is a city-run campground. The staff are very young but very helpful and run the place well day to day. There are very few full service sites but there are lots of unserviced tenting sites. Like historic Nelson itself, this is built into and up a hill/cliff with some of the tenting sites being on platforms on the hillside - very cool. Lots of younger campers some older folks might call tie-dye hippy-types but they were great company for we of the older type who actually grew up in that era. One central building with the bath/shower and a large covered area where the tenters sheltered and charged their phones, iPads and laptops. Great views across the west arm of Kootenay Lake from the site. Contact these folks by phone as they weren't very responsive by email. If you're booking a full service site be very sure the staffer has it right - it took us three phone calls and then when we arrived they still had it wrong, but they made it right in the final analysis. All in all a funky enjoyable experience. - User3527
Sep 2018 - $40.00
113 sites, Apr 15-Oct 15. All ages. Tents sites: 113, heater not allowed, 38 pull thrus, electric. 55 elec-water hookups, 15 amp, tables, grill, water, toilets, showers, dump, laundry, firewood, pet friendly, playground, lake beach for swimming Pros: Friendly, accommodating check-in. Only 15 minutes from Ainsworth Hot Springs. Lovely treed grounds, level sites, quiet, dark, nice swimming beach. Cons: Unfortunate "water boiling advisory" when we were there. Only 15 amp service, so had to be careful not to use more than one appliance at a time. No sewer hook-up, dump on the way out. Wifi only next to the office, none at site. OK for a overnighter. Looks like would be great for families in the summer. Nearest RV park to Ainsworth Hot Springs. - Tuxedoville