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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.…
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.
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!
Family friendly. Great spot by the ocean if you want to relax, hang out, comb the beach, this is your spot It's central in a lovely spot in the countryside. We've been back for years. Don't take our spot. Ha.
For the last 8 years we have gone to Bates. Over these 8 years, for the most part it has been a positive experience with only a few issues. However, our 2018 year was horrible. It started even before we arrived. We got a phone call as we are traveling from Alberta to the campground, the owner informed us that the first night at the camp, we wouldn’t be in our reserved and prepaid for site. This is the same site we book each year in advanced ( usually before we leave to go home). We ended up spending one night, not in our pre-booked site, and then had to move the next day to our actual site that we had paid for. That was the beginning of this trip.. The night of our arrival we needed some firewood for the night so I went down to the office to pick some up but the office was closed. Like I have done on multiple other occasions I pick some up and would pay in the morning. It became an issue when I went down to pay for the firewood and get some change for the showers. I paid by debit the $10.00 in wood I took the night before and $20.00 cashback for the showers. I was charged tax on the 20.00 cashback and the wood. I let that go as well. The next night I found that our 6yr old had filled our toilet up with water by pressing on the button, it was too late to ask if I could use another site to dump (the site we normally stay at only has water/power) the next morning when I got back from an appointment with my surgeon (I had my shoulder replacement done a few months ago) I stopped at the office and spoke with the owner and he reluctantly agreed to let me but for a charge of $20.00. If I had a power, water and sewer site the cost would have been $10.00 more per night not the $20.00 he charged me. I didn’t have much choice as setting up and tearing down is challenging with my shoulder still in recovery. My other option was to hook up and take the trailer into Courtenay to dump. I was in a bind to say the least. The next issue was when my 8.5 month pregnant daughter showed up and parked at our site. It wasn’t even an hr before we were told she had to park at the office. When we said she was pregnant and walking distance was an issue the reply we got was “Her vehicle still needs to move”. I understand why he needs parking control, my issue is in how it was done. My other daughter decided to come camp with us over the Canada Day weekend. She had her own trailer and was put in the overflow. She with her dogs came to visit our site but she drove down to unload her chair, dogs and other things for our visit. The dogs were off leash for a short time and when asked were immediately put on a tie out. But again the parking was an issue for the owner. Again being rude we were told she had to move her car. A night or two after that we had a large family in the next site that had multiple vans and cars. Not once were they told to move any of them but I was blocked from getting my truck into my site. When we were leaving I asked what did we do that he didn’t want our business again, this is where things got fun....... I went over the above issues with him and had to ask him several time to let me finish what I had to say as he kept interrupting me. I told him the he might as well put up neon signs the we aren’t welcome back after 8 years. At one point I had to ask him 3 times to step back and stop with the finger in my face. He was trying to make the point that he is on his own sewer system so he has to charge more and I wasn’t paying for a site with sewer included. My point was everywhere else is $2.00- $4.00 dollars and he was charging me $20.00 for one dump and I felt that I was being taken advantage of because I was in a bind. Keep in mind, I have always dump there for free every year previous. I didn’t know till now that it was an issue. I guess I shouldn’t have asked and been honest. I was shocked he got in my face. I didn’t think I was being aggressive. But apparently, I was pissing him off because I was pointing out the price difference. I refused to pay it. As far as I’m concerned it’s compensation for being bumped out of our booked site the first night. The first clue for me should have been the year I got called back to work early. Bates gives a 10% discount for over a certain amount of days stayed. But the policy is no refunds for leaving early, that I understand. However, I was asked to pay for the 10% discount as I was no longer staying for the amount of days to qualify. But I didnt get a refund on the days not used. His attitude was oh well and definitely not one of a business owner trying to keep a happy repeat client. This year was a sad year because we do like “our site” each year. I can’t justify giving them more of my hard earned $$ with the attitude we got this year. I’m still shocked he got in my face doing the finger in the chest thing. Wow who acts like that when a good repeat client is bringing you issues. We would consider going back if an apology was given and a attitude change from the owner. It would need to be one hell of an apology.…