Set up camp at spots near the lake, beach and rivers
Just in time to start planning a quick summer getaway, here’s a list of local camping options in and around the Comox Valley. Not exactly roughing it (there’s hiking in Strathcona if you want more of a challenge), this list gives a nice variety of locations from which to choose.
So, pack up the chocolate and marshmallows and get ready to hit the road!
Miracle Beach Provincial Park
Miracle Beach is located about 20 km north of downtown Courtenay and is the perfect campground for families looking to get away. Campers of all ages will enjoy nice facilities and a beautiful sandy beach. More than 200 large family-oriented campsites offer plenty of room for trailers, tents and campervans. As with most provincial campsites, reservations are required and can be done at the provincial government website.
For the self-sufficient, Miracle Beach offers drastically reduced rates in the off season. If you’re fully prepared to camp without amenities you may want to check it out.
Cumberland Lake Park Campground (Comox Lake)
Another family-oriented park, it has 62 sites both with and without hookups. The nice lakeside location offers a concession and boat launch, as well as great swimming with an enclosed swimmers-only area.
Located in the Comox Valley and overlooking the Strait of Georgia, Kin Beach Provincial Park offers a large day-use area with picnic facilities and a playground, as well as an 18-site campground. Visit the website to get more information on making reservations.
Bates Beach Oceanside Resort
Full RV hookups as well as cozy and peaceful tenting sites on a truly unique oceanfront setting, Bates Beach makes for a nice and convenient camping trip. Have a look at their website at www.batesbeach.bc.ca.
Pacific Playgrounds Resort and Marina
This beautiful Saratoga Beach RV park can accommodate everyone. With 201 fully serviced and spacious sites, there are both family- and adult-oriented areas. Tenting sites are also available with power and water only. Choose from spots that are shaded, sunny and/or on the river.
Puntledge River RV
Just a five-minute walk from downtown Courtenay, this park is located in the traditional territory of the Comox First Nation and provides a safe, natural family camping experience that incorporates the historic and cultural traditions of the Comox People. Located adjacent to the Puntledge River, the campground includes the Nim Nim Interpretive Centre and I-Hos Gallery Kiosk. Check it out at www.puntledgerv.com.
Saratoga Beach Resort
This resort is on the lovely sandy Saratoga Beach about halfway between Campbell River and Courtenay. With a store, children’s playground, sandpit, large campfire pit, covered gathering place with fireplace, 31 fully serviced RV sites enjoy both its beauty and comfort.
Seal Bay RV Park
Offering a choice of 70 natural, spacious sites in a peaceful setting, all Seal Bay sites have full hook-ups, hydro, water, sewer and cable, as well as picnic tables and firepits. And there are now 12 new wilderness tenting sites available from April to October, each with their own water tap.
Whether you’re from out of town or just looking to get out of the house for a few days, there’s plenty to choose from on this list. And make sure to share it with your friends and family!
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