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Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

5726 Coral Rd, Courtenay, British Columbia V9J 1W9 Canada
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Courtenay, BC's most beautiful resort location - Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort. Located just north of the town of Courtenay, on Georgia Straight, Bates Beach boasts beautiful rocky beaches, great fishing, and a gorgeous natural atmosphere.
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J&J wrote a review Sep 2023
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Wonderful location! On the ocean and the staff are excellent! Great location for kayaking. Saw seals, herons and of course lots of sea gulls. Cruise ships sailed by in the evening. Clean and apparently great fishing although we didn't do that.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Seaside48142258349 wrote a review Jul 2023
25 contributions2 helpful votes
Truly the best location we’ve stayed at. The view is spectacular. We had an ocean front location. Our dog was very happy here. A good mix of shade and sun at our campsite. The beach is rocky, but there are Sandy areas for the dog when the tide is out. Lots of starfish. Really friendly people to deal with. We will definitely come here again.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We were lucky to get a spot here due to a cancellation. You have to be very good at parking your...
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Mr Q wrote a review Jul 2021
Vancouver71 contributions67 helpful votes
Several of the "resorts" in this area have the same issue; you can't book a site. They have 95% of their available sites pre-booked for returning guests from previous years. While this is good business for them, it is unfortunate that they continue to adverstise as viable destinations. From what we could see, the sites are crowded and minimalist. If you have a larger rig (26+) don't bother driving down the hill unless you have a site...you may never get out again.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Jody Fairweather wrote a review Aug 2020
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While we liked the general location of this campsite, the proximity to a public sandy beach was both great and terrible. Sleeping below a public parking lot was difficult due to car noise all the time, however on our last night a group parked, played loud music and partied from 11-3:30 am. The sites are small and not private. There is no place to wash dishes for tent campers. Facilities are generally clean but a needle was found in the bathroom on our last night.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Marja B wrote a review Aug 2020
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Maybe I should not write this, the more of you discover this gem, the less likely I am to get the spot I like! We have visited here for more than 10 years, at least a few days every summer. If you have a big rv you end up on what we call the tarmac. Lots of room on the grass to sit but not much room between the units. We have a small unit and book on the far end in the woods, on the ocean side, beautiful view! Do bring a jacket, the breeze can be cool. Sandybeach just around the point, great for kayaking, reasonable boat launch. Bathroom building starting to look tired but gets claned well.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Dave wrote a review Mar 2020
Black Creek, Canada24 contributions1 helpful vote
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What a beautiful place to spend a couple of weeks. Spectacular mountain views, amazing sunsets, seals barking in the distance, waves rolling in on the beach.RV spots right on the water! Sitting at the table and looking out the window to our oceanview and the fresh breeze. Clean bathrooms and showers with great water pressure. On site laundry is a bonus as well! Just a few minutes from town it's quite a nice little hideaway!
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Wade157 wrote a review Sep 2019
Osoyoos, Canada10 contributions8 helpful votes
Awesome family run campsite on Georgia Strait. Small but cozy campground where many campers know each other from having camped there for decades. There is a boat launch on site for use by campers who want to fish for salmon, halibut & ling cod nearby. Bates have kayaks & boats for rent. Seal Bay nature conservatory is a short walk away. You’ll need binoculars for viewing the various sea mammals in the bay, fishing boats across the strait and the many cruise ships that frequent the strait on their way to and from Alaska. The owners are strict on noise controls so late night partying around a campfire is non-existent. We stayed for 3 weeks and had a totally relaxing time.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Spyhopper12 wrote a review Oct 2018
Sooke, Canada258 contributions128 helpful votes
It was our first time here. Great oceanfront sites but they are somewhat narrow. Beautiful view and so enjoyed watching a Humpback Whale feeding along the coastline. A couple of drawbacks noted are for starters the resort is rather antiquated and tired looking. Also as previous mentioned the sites are very narrow. We had an issue with the cable for our site that did not get rectified when we asked for help until later on when my husband got John Bates to help. He had it solved in mere minutes so we did have one night with cable. Washrooms are very clean but I couldn’t get hot water out of sink tap. Another issue to watch out for, the toilets are very low to the ground and if you have issues getting up due to replaced knees (like me), there are no grab bars to use. All in all it was good but people with big rigs need to be careful due to lack of turning areas.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bernieb526 wrote a review Aug 2018
Athabasca, Canada65 contributions12 helpful votes
We stayed in the campground at one of there oceanfront sites. We were only a couple hundred feet from the water. The view from the tent was incredible. The bathroom was nice and clean. They had boats and kayaks for rent. I would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Roger B wrote a review Aug 2018
Vancouver Island, Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
Set up camp right by the beach! Wonderful experience with evening ocean breezes and a campfire to share with friends! Walked along the beach and searched for sea life in tidal pools, watched cruise ships go by while dreaming of being aboard. Recommend this place to everyone!
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort?
Nearby attractions include Seal Bay Nature Park (2.4 km), Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens (2.0 km), and Comox Valley Farmers' Market (7.9 km).
What are some restaurants close to Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Griffin Pub, Courtenay Country Market, and Timber Room Bar & Grill.
Are pets allowed at Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.