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Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground

Nanaimo, British Columbia


6 Maki Road
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6N7
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 300
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 49.13070
Longitude: -123.91180

Elevation: 53' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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51 Reviews

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We camped here in a pop-up camper with our cat. Sites are very large, surrounded by trees. It's a large park spread out over a hill on the shore of the inland sea, but sites are far enough apart to provide a feeling of privacy. We saw a harbor seal and a bald eagle and nest from the small beach. All facilities were clean, in excellent condition. Large laundry. There was a large recreation area with a living room area with kitchen, library, and TV area for grownups. The staff was helpful and professional. Located minutes from the Nainamo ferry terminal, half way up the east coast between Victoria and the charming fishing towns of the north island. We plan to return and explore more of enchanting Vancouver Island. From this idyllic base camp. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 572
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 75

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

Quick and efficient check-in at the office. During past stays I was given a card and nights stayed filled out. In the Off Season I was able to get 1 night free for a previous 5 night stay. We proceeded to site #164 which has an ocean view. It was quite level, plenty of shrubs and trees on either side giving privacy, and all the hookups worked. The cable TV needs a converter box which requires a deposit. The free Wi-Fi has a couple of hotspots at the cafe and the office. Paid Wi-Fi available for the site. I didn't bother with either as I was too busy with offsite activities. This park continues to be one of our favourites. Whenever we are in Nanaimo, we will continue to stay here. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
164
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Cocos Cafe on Cedar Rd makes great wraps and sandwiches. The seafood flambe at The View Oceanside Grill is fabulous. Nearest groceries and gas at shopping centre 1/2 mile away.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Great large family park for rigs of all sizes. Great panoramic view from our site. Believe we got lucky as it was the only water view site for the 3 days we requested. Park and facilities were clean. Kids rode there bikes around the park and had ice cream from their, very cool, and patio cafe. There were neighbors down the road that felt everyone want to hear the theme song to Frozen and other Disney movies, even though outside music is forbidden and staff drove by. All and all, great park. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
221
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

Great spot very quiet and spacious sites. Everyone was very friendly including the permanent residents. Roads were a bit tight for our fifth wheel but we were able to make it through fine. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
194
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for one night, nice place. Online reservation without any issues. Friendly and helpful staff. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
203
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

One of our favorite places on this trip. Plenty of privacy surrounded by a living forest. Great view of the estuary. Each row of RV spaces is terraced to provide a good view along the side facing the waterway. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Right outside of Nanaimo for plenty of shopping. Short trails within he park itself worth exploring.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

Very rustic lots of trees beautiful ocean view spacious sites We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 572
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 75

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Registration was quick and efficient. Staff was friendly and helpful. Park roads are paved and the sites are gravel. Our site was a level back-in with a view of the ocean. Trees and shrubs provided plenty of privacy. Hookups are well placed, although the sewer did take an extra extension. All utilities worked fine. Didn't bother with the cable TV this time and the OTA TV brought up 3 channels. Wi-Fi is pay from Tengo. It's good enough for e-mail and browsing and the more you use it the speed slows down. Garbage and recycles are near the exit and have one of the best setups I have seen around. We have been staying here quite frequently and will continue in the future. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
164
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent sites. PLENTY of room and privacy too in a generous pull-through site. Amenities were okay, but the sites really shine. Full service and firepits too. Plus walking distance to shopping. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
73
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Great location for a park on the oceansize. Some of the sites are treed/shady/dark and others are a little more open with views. Very friendly service and efficient checkin. Cable box for TV is extra ($1 per day) and there is a charge for internet at your site, but free at the clubhouse. Nice laundry facilities. This is a popular campground and rigs are coming and going frequently, particularly on weekends. Kid friendly. Dog friendly. Sites are gravel and are quite level, and wide. Easy to park RV and extra vehicles. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
73
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Very close to shopping and services. If you want sun and views, get one of the outer sites on the ocean side. Otherwise, the others are wooded/shady! Make reservations early.

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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

This park is in dense forest so navigating the tiny windy roads was a challenge since we are 58 feet long when hooked up. I had to trim some branches over the 5th wheel as well. Not much viewing of the water unless you get some of the upper hill spots nearer to the lake. Otherwise, if you like a serene RV spot where you don't even know your neighbor is there, then this is the place for you. We were in site # 186 which is one of the few pull thrus that had 50 amps. The plug ins are the same as the US plug ins. No adapters needed. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
186
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 125
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 43

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

RV living with the natural feel of a state or national park, including hiking trails with lovely views of the estuary and water fowl. Paved roads make navigation easy, and our gravel site was level and very spacious for our 38' MH and car with hedges for a private feel. Water, sewer, and 30-amp electricity hookups were convenient. At an extra cost of $4/day, the WiFi should have been both more reliable and faster. We are glad we didn't have to use the bathrooms because they were quite a hike and showers cost extra. We didn't use the laundry. Overall, we thought the price was right and a good value. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park. Loved seeing all the bald eagles. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

From the Oceanside sites the view was spectacular. We saw five golden eagles circling overhead, also two bald eagles and a couple of Canada geese families, plus a sea otter who entertained us. Each site is surrounded by hedges, so privacy is fine. All sites were immaculate and the staff worked hard to keep them that way. Lots of families and some older people, but no party hearty groups (in June). There was a small group of Girl Guides having fun. The beach is tiny, but nice for paddling and there's a good off leash dog walking area along from the beach, quite separate from the Campground. Good wifi and basic cable, good phone signal. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Oceanside 137
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Good base for exploring Vancouver Island's East Coast. There are many choices for sites, some in the forest, others high up above the ocean/estuary and ours was right overlooking the ocean with nothing but a few natural trees to obscure our wonderful view. There's a little cafe onsite, open during the summer season. The staff were particularly helpful and friendly. I can't remember the exact site fee, hence the $1 entry above!

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Review Count: 572
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 75

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We have been here many times in the past and know the routine fairly well. First thing is we get there early enough in the afternoon, so we aren't in a line up with other campers when registering in the office. Since we always reserve, registration goes fast. If you come to this park often, get a frequent camper card. I was able to save one night's fee for this stay. The one annoying thing that I found was that the office doesn't inform you about having to get a cable TV box for the digital TV. So I end up having to go back to the office for that. To loan the cable box you have to leave credit card information. The best sites for viewing the harbour and estuary are the ocean front or ocean view sites. These get reserved well in advance. I was lucky to get my spot back in October last year. Our site was a level, gravel back-in with a picnic table and fire ring. There were plenty of trees and shrubs on the sides for privacy and in the back was an open view of the lower sites, the harbour and estuary. It was hot during our stay and the shade helped keep the heat out of our motorhome. Hookups were in a good location. The Electric, Cable TV, and Water were in the rear corner while Sewer was towards the middle. All utilities worked fine. Wi-FI was paid Tengo at the site. There was free Wi-Fi at the cafe and around the office and lounge. The free Wi-Fi was good enough for e-mail and browsing. The cable TV needed a box to get the signals. No HD channels available. I tried OTA TV, but only got one poor signal from my antenna. There are plenty of trails around the park and down to the estuary. The laundry was fairly clean and no problems with washing or drying. The cafe had just opened up during our stay. Good place for breakfast or a coffee. It has tables on a viewing deck. Garbage drop off mainly down by the exit near the office. Some places for bottle or can recycle or disposal of small garbage bags. We will be back again next year. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
164
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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