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Campbell River Camping, Cabins & R.V. Parks

The Campbell River and Strathcona Region is the perfect spot for a camping getaway, take your pick from scenic BC parks campgrounds, convenient and comfortable RV parks or remote and rustic recreation sites.

The region is surrounded by 5 Provincial Parks; Miracle Beach, Elk Falls, Morton Lake, Loveland Bay and BC’s oldest park Strathcona Provincial Park. There are also several private campgrounds, RV Parks and glamping opportunities. If being rustic and off the grid is more your style, the Campbell River region is also home to over 100 Recreation sites.

*During the summer months, camping is a popular activity, if you are travelling during peak season we recommend making reservations where applicable.*

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Provincial Park Campgrounds

BC Parks has made changes to its reservation system for the 2020 season, with BC residents being given preferential access. For detailed information, changes click here.

Reservations can be made at www.discovercamping.ca or by calling 1.800.689.9025

MIRACLE BEACH

*20min from downtown Campbell River*

202 SITES:
✔︎Sandy beach, fire pits, water, firewood, adventure playground.
✔︎Flush toilets and outdoor washrooms, public showers.
✔︎Sani-station $5,
Reservations recommended.
192 sites are reservable May 10 – Sept 3. 
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Summer Rates (Mar 28 – Oct 10) $33/night. 

❄️Winter Rates (Oct 11 – Oct 31, Mar 1 – Mar 31) $13/night (no services provided).
Gates closed Nov 1 – Feb 28.

ELK FALLS (QUINSAM CAMPGROUND)

*10min from downtown Campbell River*

122 SITES:
✔︎Fire pits, water, firewood, hiking.
✔︎Outdoor washrooms, 2 flush toilets 
✔︎Sani-station $5. 00
Sites reservable May 10 – Sept 3.
☀️
Summer Rates $22.

❄️Winter Rates (Nov 1– Mar 31) $11 (no services provided).

STRATHCONA (BUTTLE LAKE)

*1hr from downtown Campbell River*

86 SITES:
✔︎Water, outdoor washrooms, firewood, fire pits. 
Gates open April 1 – October 31. 
Sites reservable from May 11 – Sept 2.
Rates $20/night. 

STRATHCONA (RALPH RIVER)

*1hr and 20min from Downtown Campbell River*

75 SITES:
✔︎Water, outdoor washrooms, firewood, fire pits.
Gates open April 1 – October 31.
36 sites reservable from May 11 – Sept 2.
Rates $20/night.

LOVELAND BAY

*30min from downtown Campbell River*

*only accessible via logging roads*

31 SITES:
✔︎Water, firewood and outdoor washrooms.
✔︎Swimming, fishing and hiking.
28 sites reservable May 11 – Sept 3.
Gates open with full services May 11 – September 30.
Rates $22/night.

 

MORTON LAKE

*40min from Downtown Campbell River*

*only accessible via logging roads*

24 SITES:
✔︎Water, picnic and day-use areas, swimming, fishing and boat launches.
✔︎Outdoor washrooms.
12 sites reservable May 11 – Sept 3.
✱Please note that there is 20km of gravel road.

☀️Summer Rates $18 (May 11 – Sept 30)
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❄️Winter Rates $11 (no services provided). 

SMELT BAY (CORTES ISLAND)

24 SITES:
✔︎Oceanfront location, fishing, swimming. Pets on leash. Dry toilets.
Day use Park, open year-round.
9 sites reservable May 11 – Sept 3.

☀️Open May 11 – September 30
Rates $20/night. 

✱No camping in the off-season.

 

 

Private Camping Accommodations

Campbell River is home to a number of comfortable and convenient private campgrounds that offer full-service RV pads, cozy cabins and glamping experiences. If you’re looking to stay close to town Thunderbird RV Park and Driftwood by the Sea are both great options featuring all the amenities for RVs as well as cabins. Or if you’re looking to get out of the city Browns Bay Resort is located about 19km north of town, this scenic campground is located on the entrance to the Seymour Narrows take your pick from cabins, glamping tents, RV pads or tent sites. Check out the list below for a full rundown of private campgrounds in the Campbell River and Strathcona Region. 

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    Seaside Cottage

    Seaside Cottage

    Campbell River
    Beautiful two bedroom cottage on the ocean with a big furnished deck including hot tub and BBQ. Gas fireplace, queen sized beds, wifi, stereo, cable…
    We Wai Kai Campsite

    We Wai Kai Campsite

    Quadra Island
    Bordering Rebecca Spit Provincial Park, We Wai Kai Campground has 150 RV and Tenting sites as well as Laundry Facilities, Showers, a convenience store, and…
    Brown's Bay Resort

    Brown's Bay Resort

    Campbell River
    Welcome to Brown’s Bay Resort just North of the Seymour Narrows! Immerse yourself in nature and connect with the great outdoors on the rugged East Coast…
    Driftwood By The Sea Inn & RV Resort

    Driftwood By The Sea Inn & RV Resort

    Campbell River
    We look forward to your visit to our Inn and RV Park. We are located in the heart of Campbell River, a 15-minute walk South…
    Oyster Bay Resorts

    Oyster Bay Resorts

    Oyster Bay
    Oyster Bay Resorts is located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, between Campbell River and Courtenay/Comox on the Island Highway 19A. All our chalets have an…
    Salmon Point RV Resort & Marina Ltd.

    Salmon Point RV Resort & Marina Ltd.

    Campbell River
    A vacationing experience for the whole family just minutes from either Campbell River or Courtenay, BC. Salmon Point RV Resort is your gateway to everything…
    Pacific Playgrounds Resort and Marina

    Pacific Playgrounds Resort and Marina

    Black Creek
    Pacific Playgrounds Resort and Marina is located on the Strait of Georgia between the towns of Courtenay and Campbell River, B.C., on the eastern shore…
    Thunderbird RV Park & Cottage Resort

    Thunderbird RV Park & Cottage Resort

    Campbell River
    Thunderbird RV Park and Resort  has provided year round accommodations for over 40 years. Our resort is conveniently located close to all shopping amenities and…
    Nootka Marine Adventures

    Nootka Marine Adventures

    Nootka Marine Adventures operates three resorts on the west coast of Vancouver Island: two in Nootka Sound, and one in remote Esperanza Inlet. Each resort…
    Brown’s Bay Resort: Ripple Rock RV Park

    Brown’s Bay Resort: Ripple Rock RV Park

    Campbell River
    Do you love being surrounded by nature? Are you looking for that perfect vacation getaway that lets you enjoy all of the sights and sounds…

    Recreation Sites 

    Recreation sites (rec sites) are un-maintained and unserviced campsites that are typically free; however, if there is a site host, a small fee may be charged. Rec sites take a little bit of extra work to find as they are dispersed along logging roads (these roads are gravel and can be very rough). However, they are a really great and economical way to explore the region. These sites do not allow reservations so if you are traveling during peak times, be prepared to do a bit of driving (aka poking around) before finding an available site. If you are planning on rec site camping it is advised to buy a BackRoads Map Book which is available at the Campbell River Visitor Centre. You can also consult sites and trails BC for an idea of what is available in the region and what amenities the different sites have to offer (ie. boat launch, pit toilets etc.). It is especially important when using rec sites to follow Leave No Trace Practices, and leave them as pristine as you found them (remember they’re not full service or monitored sites) so that these rustic campsites can be enjoyed for years to come and remain accessible for the public. Click here for more rec site info! 

    Backcountry Camping 

    Strathcona Park is home to many backcountry campgrounds equipped with bear caches and outhouses. In the Forbidden Plateau area of the park Lake Helen Mackenzie, Kwai Lake, Circlet Lake, and Croteau Lake (group campground) all have backcountry campsites. Camping is only allowed in the designated sites in this core area of Strathcona. There are backcountry sites at Baby Bedwell Lake, Bedwell Lake, Arnica Lake (Phillips Ridge Trail), two spots along the Elk River Trail and on the Della Falls Trail. Pay your backcountry camping fees at the trailhead dropbox using cash or on the BC Parks Discover Camping website. Campfires in the Strathcona Park backcountry are strictly prohibited. Strathcona Park also hosts 4 marine access campgrounds: Rainbow Island (4 sites), Titus (5 sites), Wolf River (4 sites) and Phillips Creek (4 sites).     

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