No outdoor adventure is complete without a little camping in Tofino and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, BC. Which of their campgrounds would suit your needs? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular campsites.
Bella Pacifica Campground
Drive 3 kilometers south of Tofino and in under 10 minutes you’ll find the Bella Pacifica Campground tucked in a tranquil cove on MacKenzie Beach. Of the more than 180 sites here, 18 are right on the beach, open to those camping in tents or small RVs. You can also enjoy the spectacular ocean views from some of the forested sites on the campground’s terraced hillside, which accommodates RVs, fifth wheels, and tent or large trailers. Roadside sites designed for tents and hilltop sites suitable for vehicles no longer than 20 feet are available as well.
Whichever site you pick, you get your own picnic table and fire pit, plus access to three washroom buildings (with pay showers and flush toilets) and laundry facilities. Firewood and ice can be purchased at Bella Pacifica’s main office. Dogs are allowed, but should always be kept on a leash.
Crystal Cove Beach Resort
At the Crystal Cove Beach Resort, you can camp in one of 69 fully serviced RV sites that are just steps away from MacKenzie Beach. Well-sheltered by ancient cedar trees, all sites come with a picnic table, fire pit, and 30 amp powered water and sewer hookups. The bonus: complimentary firewood, Wi-Fi and morning drip coffee.
You’re also free to use the on-site shower house, which has flush toilets and running hot-and-cold water for the sinks and showers. In addition, the resort includes a playground, a dog wash station, a Starbucks, and log cabins with hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and fireplaces.
Long Beach Golf Course and Campground
Interested in wilderness camping just minutes from the local attractions? Try the Long Beach Campground along the Pacific Rim Highway. Strategically located between Tofino and Ucluelet, this family-friendly campground is set in an ancient rainforest and houses more than 75 secluded and spacious sites.
Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. There are also shared washrooms with flush toilets plus a coin-operated laundromat and running drinking water. Firewood is available for purchase. There is also the adjacent golf course with an 18-hole driving range, a mini golf course, and paintball facilities.
Surf Junction Campground
By the entrance of the Pacific Rim National Park, there’s an 18-acre forested campground with private RV and tent sites, a small pond, a covered cooking and dining area, an espresso bar, and a playing field. The Surf Junction also offers surf lessons and rentals to surfing enthusiasts as well as a wet-suit washing stand.
The campground’s 15 and 30 amp RV sites can accommodate any type of RV as well as tent trailers. The sites include picnic tables, fire pits, and in many cases a tent pad that lets you set up a tent next to your vehicle. The 16 regular tent sites also come with picnic tables and fire pits. Hot shower and flush toilet facilities are available, but you can also pamper yourself in the campground’s hot tub or sauna.
Green Point Campground
In the Long Beach Unit of the Pacific Rim National Park lies the Green Point Campground. One of the longest-running Vancouver Island campgrounds, this sits on a bluff above Long Beach, which you can easily access thanks to a well-marked trail leading to the beach.
You also get to choose from drive-in or walk-in sites and a group camping area, all set on a forested terrace. The 94 drive-in sites have flush toilets, sani-dump stations, fire pits and picnic tables. The 20 walk-in sites also include cold-water taps and food storage facilities. If you reserve an equipped campsite, you get a lantern, stove, tent, and sleeping pads too.
The Ucluelet Campground hosts 125 sites spanning more than 15 acres. Its waterfront sites offer gorgeous harbour views, while the forested sites are partly secluded. There are also full hook-up sites for 15 amp RVs.
Campground amenities include clean showers, flush toilets, and water stations, plus a fire pit and a picnic table at each site. Firewood is also available and pets are welcome here.
With such a wide range of Vancouver Island campgrounds to choose from in Tofino and Ucluelet, you’re sure to find one that suits your trip itinerary, budget, and lifestyle, so go on and experience the great outdoors with ease.
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