Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV

Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV

6 Maki Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6N7 Canada
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53 waterfront acres, 300 sites. Open year round. Rated as one of the two best parks in BC, and in the top 25 in Canada! Located 5 minutes to downtown Nanaimo, a waterfront city of 80,000, and only 10 minutes to ferries. Perfect base camp to explore Vancouver Island. Summer swimming in a pristine river, oceanside full serviced sites, kayak rentals, walking trails, WiFi - even a gourmet coffee deck overlooking the ocean! Reserve online.
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HarVeeW wrote a review Sep 2020
Shawnigan Lake, Canada47 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I recently moved to the island and just revisited living forest, last time a couple of years ago when we were still ‘mainlanders’. We were reminded about what a fantastic park this is and we will be here more frequently. My wife tends towards full service RV Parks, I tend more towards wilderness sites, river running through it, etc. Living Forest ticks both our boxes. Even though they have hundreds of sites, each one is kept extremely clean, freshly raked, many are even bordered by hand-placed river rocks. Virtually all sites are in the woods with spacing similar to provincial parks, maybe just a little tighter. And there are dozens overlooking the beautiful Nanaimo River Estuary. Also, A small number of sites down at River level have kayak/canoe access to the estuary, though there is a small boat ramp and beach area for all campers to use. There are quite a few river view tent sites too for the tenters or smaller trailers/motor homes, and many even have their own electric and water hookups.

The only wish/suggestion we had is that Tengo Wi-Fi doesn’t have a great signal on some of the River-facing sites and it does not support RV hotspot setups (ours is Ubiquiti). Rather you need to connect each device directly to the Park wifi, a bit of a pain when you have 6 devices and there is a charge for each one unless you swap them out. Tengo was one of the best a few years ago, but many of us have moved on with hotspots and multiple devices.

Gary and Deb
Shawnigan Lake, BC
08 LTV Libero class B+ motorhome
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TheBunker69 wrote a review Jul 2020
Summerland, Canada710 contributions133 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Camped here in early June it was a very nice Campground probably holds over 200 sites most of the sites when you get near the ocean are tiered. This allows everyone to get it View at that location they also have an on-site Cafe that serves great coffee as well as a variety of Island Farm ice creams attach to the building is a lovely deck that overlooks the ocean.
We stayed at a full service hookup the site pads are level you can purchase firewood while at the campground.
There is a boat launch also a lovely Inlet off of Jace River with many areas to kayak safely without going into the open ocean many trails attach near the campground that seemed to go on for quite a distance.
The only issue I had with this campsite is you can hear a slight flow of the highway traffic the only way you would get away from this noise is if you park at a campsite that's located near the ocean because of this you kind of drop down a bit over the hump that is within the park or if you were parked at one of the sites that's for smaller trailers or tents it slower and because of that you probably would not hear the constant hum faintly.
If you've never stayed I would definitely check it out it's a lovely place besides of what I said above cheers.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Sarah L, Owner at Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV
Responded Aug 2, 2020
Thanks so much for your review, TheBunker69. We are indeed a large park, with over 300 sites over 53 acres. We’ve done our best to do our stunning piece of property justice, keeping as many trees as possible by limbing branches to take advantage of our beautiful ocean and river views. As you mentioned, we have tiered our sites to take full advantage of our sweeping views. Our cafe offers guests the convenience of onsite coffee, ice cream, paninis and snacks, to be enjoyed as you stroll around our park or sit on our large oceanview deck. With a variety of sites, we have something for everyone, from unserviced tent sites to 50 amp full service sites that will fit the largest rigs, and everything in between. We are situated where the Nanaimo and Chase Rivers meet the ocean, and our quiet waters make for lovely paddling at higher tides. Bring your own, or rent one of our canoes or kayaks for a fun and safe adventure. Our boat launch is most suited to canoes and kayaks, but can be used by small boats at high tide. We are conveniently located within walking distance of a large grocery store, pharmacies, and several restaurants, and are a five minute drive from downtown Nanaimo, a beautiful city of 90,000. While our proximity to so many amenities is great, it also means we do get some traffic noises. Thanks again for leaving a review, and we hope to host you again soon.
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MistyFischer wrote a review Aug 2020
Kitscoty5 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent four nights at the RV campground and found that the staff were regularly cleaning the washroom and shower house. Our site # 172 was quite exposed, however; offered some beautiful views. The fire pits seemed to be oddly placed or at least ours was. The campground overall is very well ran and COVID friendly. We greatly appreciated. We had to pay for wifi but seemed decent.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Sarah L, Owner at Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV
Responded Aug 27, 2020
Thanks for leaving a review, MistyFischer. Keeping our park clean and tidy has always been a top priority, but this year we’ve stepped it up with increased sanitizing and more frequent cleaning of our washroom buildings and laundromat to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thanks for your feedback about site 172. The site you stayed in is at the corner beside one of our satellite washroom buildings, so definitely isn’t as private as some of our other sites. That said, it does have mature fir hedges on both sides. The front of the site has been left open to maximize views, and the fire pit has been placed at the front right of the site to allow for large rigs to fit. This does leave the fire pit in an exposed area, so I’ll speak to our site crew manager and see about adding some hedging at the front corners of the site to increase privacy. It has always been important to us to keep our property as forested as possible. In the beginning, guests would occasionally ask us to limb a tree to improve their satellite dish’s connection (we would politely decline). These days, wifi is what most guests want, but with so many trees, this too was proving a challenge. We began with a cheap and free-to-guests service, but it was frustratingly slow and unreliable. Instead of upping our rates when we installed our new (much more reliable but also much more expensive) system, we chose to charge per device, so guests can choose to pay or make use of the free wifi at our office and at our cafe. Thanks again for your review, and we hope to host you in the future.
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David J wrote a review May 2022
Rocky Mountain House, Canada235 contributions51 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Located minutes from the heart of Nanaimo in a beautiful wooded, oceanside setting the Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground leaves me with mixed feelings.
This is a large (300+ sites), well established and well maintained Park. All sites are of a good size, gravel surfaced, level and supplied with a picnic table. The services at each site vary from no services at all up to 50 amp power with water and sewer.
There are a lot of trees throughout the Park and most sites offer some privacy. Some sites are tiered up and down the hillside, some have great ocean views and a handful are right on the ocean.
The Park has their own hiking/walking trail system and there are other trails available right outside of the Park. There is a small, seasonal café overlooking the ocean as well as many green space and playground areas.
The Park provides shower and laundry facilities. The Office is open extended hours; 8 AM to 8 PM daily.
The biggest issue that we had at the Park was power. We had booked a 50 amp site, however only 30 amp sites were available when we arrived. We can make do with 30 amps, provided that there is a good 30 amp service. In this case, the electrical backbone of the Park just wasn’t up to the challenge. We seldom had 120 volts available and as soon as we put any draw on the system the voltage began to fade away. Our EMS cuts out at plus or minus 10% so whenever we got below 108 volts we lost power. It was very seldom that we could draw even 20 amps, let alone 30, without losing power.
There is a Wi-Fi service available, at a reasonable price, which is supposed to be adequate for handling email, etc. but not streaming. At it’s best the service could handle email and possibly even short videos. Usually, the speed was painfully slow even with plain text email and often the service just did not work.
If you are going to be staying long or need reliable high speed internet Shaw cable is available at most, possibly all, sites and you should contact Shaw to have high speed internet made available at your site.
Finally, both good and bad comes from the forest. The views, the privacy and the atmosphere are all great. However, there was a constant dropping of leaves, twigs and branches. It was a steady job to keep the site and the vehicles free of tree debris. You could not retract your awnings or slide toppers without first cleaning them off. Also, there was a yellowish, dust like material that constantly settled on everything. It was necessary to wipe off tables and chairs prior to use and the windshield of the vehicle had to cleaned every morning.
Overall, the physical Park is very nice and would normally receive a 5-star review. However, the inadequate electricity, woeful Wi-Fi and constant cleaning made our stay a bit frustrating.
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Jhutty wrote a review Sep 2020
Surrey, Canada28 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lots of amenities and many different sites to choose from. We had family in the tent sites while we were with our Winnie drop in site #155. Site offers a very partial ocean view and is located on a corner lot with bathrooms nearby. Cleanliness of bathrooms was good. Rented kayaks for the day with a reasonable price and shallow stable water which was great for beginners. Full hook ups and clean levelled sites made our stay comfortable. Can get veg busy but has a good community feel.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Sarah L, Owner at Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV
Responded Oct 2, 2020
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, dadmomn2boyz. We are a large, family owned park that has been built in stages over the last 26 years, so we do have a large variety of sites to accommodate everything from tenting cyclists to the largest RVs. While we do get busy in the summer months, we are known as a family park and we have a loyal group of regular guests. Combined, these two factors give our campground that community feel. Keeping our park clean and tidy has always been a top priority, but this year we’ve stepped it up with increased sanitizing and more frequent cleaning of our washroom buildings and laundromat to keep everyone as safe as possible. Maintaining our park is also important to us, and our year round site crew stays busy in the winter months doing everything from refinishing picnic tables to regravelling and leveling sites. The estuary is indeed a great place to try out kayaking for the first time. We do get up to 3m changes in tide, but there is never much current and the water is clean. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your paddle! Thanks so much for your review, and we hope you choose to stay with us again in the future.
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Jane B wrote a review Aug 2023
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
We have heard amazing things about this campground and managed to score an ocean view spot for 4 days in August. Our site was dirty when we arrived rubbish and used dog poo bags in the bushes which was unexpected. The women’s bathroom was disgusting - moldy, dirty, etc. there was more hair in the shower cubicle at noon than on my dog. The wifi was $10/day for multiple devices (3 max) and was inconsistent at best. We saw several people arrive and leave neighbouring sites over several days and many of the sites weren’t cleaned between guests. The bugs were awful and the noise from the youth groups on the beach below out site was extreme. (Bugs are to be expected but having to shout to each other in our own site to be heard over the yelling, cheering and singing youth group on the beach was a bit much). Walking the garbage all the way to the entrance every day is a pain and the big dumpsters were literally overflowing with garbage. Our general impression was not great and we won’t be back. Didn’t hate it but not quite my cup of tea either.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Joan wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I look forward to my annual visit to Living Forest. This year I stayed for two weeks. It started with a problem: my propane tank wouldn't feed to the unit and I could only think that I'd be without stove or hot water. A passing by person helped me switch the tanks, but that wasn't it. I messaged the office and asked if anyone was available to help. Bob was there in minutes, fixed my problem and gave me a bit of advice for switching the tanks. My hero!
The staff all think they work at Disneyland: they smile and wave and offer friendly comments when you run into them. It does keep you smiling through the day.
My site, which I chose from the excellent pictures given online of every single site you can choose from, suited me perfectly and I enjoyed the view and changing tides every day,
Covid protocols were in place. I even got my second dose nearby at Beban Park.
Everything went perfectly and I want to thank LF staff for everything they do to make this a special holiday every year.
If you have trouble with WiFi, go near the Cafe and use their password to get online.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Cass M wrote a review Jul 2020
Victoria, Canada3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Had heard about the great views at this park (and they are great) but that is the only great thing about it. Self check in (due to Covid19?) which saw a large group of people gathered around a picnic table to fill out their own forms waiting for the one pen provided and trailers and campers all bottle necked in the driveway. Then take a map and try to find your site on narrow roads with no room to pass. Very poorly designed park layout. The internet is $4.00 per day and only good on one device.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Response from Sarah Littlejohn, Marketing at Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV
Responded Jul 27, 2020
We're glad that you enjoyed the views from our park, Cass M, and are sorry that that was the only thing you appreciated. We feel that we have a lot more to offer than just good views, and the vast majority of our guests agree. Like many businesses, we have made continual changes to the way we operate over the last few months, and we cannot thank our staff enough for rising to the occasion and working with us through the uncertainties of these unprecedented times. Keeping our family, staff and guests as safe as possible is our top priority, which is why we have made the change to self check-ins. We are doing our best to mitigate line-ups and wait times at check-in by calling each guest several days before they are due to arrive and asking if they’d like to pre-pay for their stay. If they choose to do so, they are able to bypass the office and quickly fill out a registration form at a separate check-in tent, before dropping it in a box and heading to their site. Outside of our office, we have a second check-in area for those needing to pay and speak with a staff member. While guests cannot enter our office, our wonderful staff are working inside and helping guests through separation panels and new windows we have installed. While we always make sure that there are lots of pens at the table every morning, as is often the case, a guest will inadvertently pocket a pen. If it’s been particularly busy, our staff may not have the chance to replenish the pens. If we’re low, please ask! We’re right there, ready to help. We are unable to sanitize pens between use, so if you are concerned, please feel free to use your own, or use one of the two wall mounted hand sanitizers near our office doors. There is a large sign outside our office asking guests to give each other space, and we have put lines on the pavement so guests can keep 2m distance while waiting to speak to a staff member. We expect guests to give each other space, and hope that they do. We have gotten very used to saying “step back, please,” when someone gets too close, and encourage others to do the same. Our family of five started out with a strong work ethic and a lot of hope. The first few years we were open, we lived in a trailer and had one showerhouse, gravel roads, and 120 sites. We never expected our park to get as large and busy as it is today, and are forever thankful for its success. As we are now a large park, the entrance area can get busy. Unlike government parks, where there are sufficient funds to build an entire park all at once, we are family owned, so our park has been built bit by bit over the last 25 years as we had funds to do so; we didn’t have a grand vision as we couldn’t have anticipated how much we would grow. The entrance area is the biggest example of this, but without moving buildings or taking out large trees, there isn’t a lot we can change about it. We understand that if it’s your first time staying with us, it can be hard to navigate. If you are having trouble and don’t want to wait to speak to an office staff member, stop one of our many friendly site staff members, any of whom will be glad to help. It has always been important to us to keep our property as forested as possible. In the beginning, guests would occasionally ask us to limb a tree to improve their satellite dish’s connection (we would politely decline). These days, wifi is what most guests want, but with so many trees, this too was proving a challenge. We began with a cheap and free-to-guests service, but it was frustratingly slow and unreliable. Instead of upping our rates when we installed our new (much more reliable but also much more expensive) system, we chose to charge per device, so guests can choose to pay or make use of the free wifi at our office and at our cafe. We understand that these are stressful times for everyone, with many changes taking place. We know that the way we’re doing things isn’t perfect. It certainly isn’t ideal from our end either, and we miss welcoming guests face to face trememdously. We don’t know what the future will hold, but we do know that we’ll continue to work hard and be as flexible and understanding as possilbe in these challenging times. We wish you all the best.
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Margo H wrote a review Oct 2020
Mission, Canada259 contributions72 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were returning guests as we had a good experience several years ago, but this year was not good. We had site T118 which is a small site with a tree off to the side making it impossible to put the awning out. The site beside was also a very small site and no barrier between the sites is the same price as much larger sites, so be careful when choosing your site. Our neighbors had a party that lasted several hours and was loud. There was no attempt to keep the sound down and seem to have no regards for the other campers, and no enforcement of camp policies or covid concerns regarding group gatherings.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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EHol wrote a review Sep 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This campground is fantastic, the showers and washrooms are spotless, staff are great and friendly! There’s a beautiful beach that offers kayak/canoe rentals. We are staying here for a couple of months and already feel so welcomed by the other campers.

I highly recommend!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Sarah L, Owner at Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV
Responded Oct 2, 2020
That's so great to hear, Enhol123! We are very fortunate to have a fantastic team of staff that welcome guests and assure that everything runs smoothly. Keeping our park clean and tidy has always been a top priority, but this year we’ve stepped it up with increased sanitizing and more frequent cleaning of our washroom buildings and laundromat to keep everyone as safe as possible. We are located on the Nanaimo River estuary, which is particularly interesting to explore this time of year as the salmon are beginning their migration upstream. All kinds of bird and mammal life come to feast on these amazing fish, and we love to observe them. Thanks so much for your recommendation, and we hope you enjoy the rest of your stay with us.
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Answer from ScottOTheForest
Nanaimo, Canada14 contributions2 helpful votes
Hi Karlee S, I just saw this now, so sorry about the delayed response! Tents can stay in any site in the park, but typically, tenters book the partial service or unserviced sites, since there are tenting amenities closer to those sites, such as group picnic shelters with dish washup sinks, more bathrooms, lower site fees, and much larger, more private sites. If you visit our website, you'll see the 'PARK MAP' link which has an interactive map that will not only show the different sites and their service category, but also by clicking on any site number an up to date photo of each site will open, so you can see the site and its size and attributes. Below the map is a 365 day availability calendar to show what sites are currently available to choose from. Hope this helps and thanks for asking! - Scottotheforest
Letong asked a question Jul 2015
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Is there a laundry facility inside the campground?
Answer from Betty D
40 contributions17 helpful votes
Yes, the laundry is right beside the office.
stayin’ Anon wrote a tip Aug 2023
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All site are fantastic"
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InComfortWeG0 wrote a tip Mar 2020
Edmonton, Canada7 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This campground has sites with different views, some terraced, only short walks to view the ocean all within the park setting."
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InComfortWeG0 wrote a tip Sep 2019
Edmonton, Canada7 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"let them know what you truly desire in your heart for a camp site, they will recommend what just may be one you come to love, like we have!"
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Ewok22 wrote a tip Sep 2019
Medicine Hat, Canada418 contributions391 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"anything with an ocean view"
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HROxon wrote a tip Aug 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom877 contributions222 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ocean view sites"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV
Which popular attractions are close to Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV?
Nearby attractions include Petroglyph Provincial Park (0.9 km) and Dove Woollery (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include kids activities, paid wifi, and self serve laundry.
What are some restaurants close to Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV?
Conveniently located restaurants include Maggie's Seafood Market - Fish and Chips, Hearthstone Artisan Bakery, and Sushi Wara.
Are pets allowed at Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Bastion (4.2 km).
Does Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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