Mussel Beach Private Getaway

Mussel Beach Private Getaway

Clayoqot District Section 54, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0 Canada
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great views from the bed and little fire in the corner.
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One mile of south facing pacific ocean front for your glamping enjoyment near Ucluelet,Tofino and Long Beach park on the west coast of Vancouver Island B.C. Canada. We are a remote off grid Private Getaway. We have 5 glamping huts with great ocean views. Also be aware we off an 8km logging road a YouTube clip is attached to our website. If you wish to slow down and enjoy the best the west coast has to offer this is the place to relax and enjoy the view and wildlife.
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Bec wrote a review Sep 2021
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I loved our stay here, rain and shine. It is down a bumpy dirt road making it feel very secluded. My husband and I are use to driving on forest service roads, but do take the road slow and your car will be fine :) The outdoor kitchen and views were the highlights! We saw a mumma bear and her two cubs further down Muscle Beach (There is a bear bin provided at your site, make sure to use it!). The tent was lovely and cozy with the little fire place with wood pre cut. Everything and anything you could think of was provided and just made our stay so relaxing. We didn't have to worry about a thing, except making sure we had enough delicious local food and beer to enjoy while watching the sunset from the hammock! So Damn Lucky Glamping is a must! We will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Deeeee wrote a review Aug 2011
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada23 contributions33 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This hidden gem is something I stumbled on by accident. I had booked 2 nights at the Bella Pacifica Campground with a very rude receptionist who rushed me through booking a campsite 6 rows from the ocean and was not willing to answer my questions. So because customer service is important to me I began looking elsewhere and stumbled upon this. I called and the lady I spoke to was amazing. She answered all my questions picked out an amazing oceanfront site for us because we have young children. I was a bit nervous because it is wilderness camping and we have young children. They do not have running water/power or garbage cans. You either burn your garbage or take it home with you, they do have pit toilets as well. The road in took us about 30 minutes because it is on a forestry road. But once we got there it was well worth the drive. We had a TRUE oceanfront campsite!!! It was site #7 and has a driftwood shack on the campsite with your fire pit underneath it and a picnic table under neath as well for when it rains. Our kids played all day on the driftwood beach right in front of our campground, our daughters favorite part was hunting for seashells all day! We didn't have any bear/wildlife sitings but you do need to be very cautious about leaving food/toiletries out for this reason. They sell firewood for $10 per wheelbarrow full. We really did love this place as it gave us a very different experience from a lot of the other campsites we stayed at on our trip. Definitely recommend to all looking to sleep right by the ocean. Enjoy!
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Date of stay: August 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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JessicaSp2013 wrote a review Oct 2013
Calgary, Canada2 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Loved the campground, a long drive but well worth it.
Very friendly owners.
Even in the rain! We started tenting but they let us stay in the cabins....
Beautiful beach... we will be back!
It was rainy but still great, found lots of treasures on the beach.
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Date of stay: August 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Martyn1111 wrote a review Aug 2014
Montreal1 contribution10 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is like 30 min of Gravel and really bad road. When we arrive, we not feel welcome ( the owner was impolite). If it was not of the 30 min road we have turn around. DONT GO THERE.............camping site rocky, bad indication, smell toilet on the site, no drikable water
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from MusselBeach_13, Manager at Mussel Beach Private Getaway
Responded Aug 17, 2014
Sorry to hear your experience at Mussel Beach was not a good one. To respond to some of the issues you mentioned. We are a wilderness campground and unfortunately to get to us we are down a 8km logging road which we try to maintain. We post in on our website and brochure the fact that we do not have drinking water and also remind people when they book their site. We do supply rain water for washing and showering and sell drinking water at the office. Our toilets are outhouses and are cleaned daily and treated weekly but they are pit toilets so some odor is expected during peak times. We try to ensure good customer service to everyone so sorry if that was not your experience.
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kates120685 wrote a review Aug 2019
20 contributions16 helpful votes
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful location, views for days. Very jagged rocky beach, but full of lively little tide pools. Contrary to the information and pictures posted on their website, the beach is not ideal for launching kayaks. Pit toilets smelled strongly of chemicals mixed with waste but were kept tidy (not clean, but not messy). True to the warnings on their website, the road is very rough and not recommended for low riding cars, or people with no patience as it is mostly one-way with not enough pull outs for passing traffic. During the day, the campground is polluted with noise from power tools, table saws, weed whackers, & leaf blowers. There is a "walking-speed" speed limit for driving through the campground, and they have dug trenches every 10 feet or so instead of installing speed bumps to enforce this - but apparently the groundskeeper is exempt from this rule as he drives his golf cart and side-by-side around the grounds at full speed - don't get in his way, it is an accident waiting to happen!!!

Lori, who works in the office, was nice to talk to. We visited her a few times during our stay with no problems and there was never any mention of any problems relating to us.
The bald-headed round-bodied man who works there (may be an owner, but sure doesn't act like it so I will refer to him as the groundskeeper) has an extremely short temper and is unable to have a professional, respectful, mature conversation.
This groundskeeper made the place unbearable and extremely uncomfortable, basically forcing us to pack up and leave a day early.
WARNING: If you leave your campsite, be advised that he WILL invade your space and go through your personal things.
I'm sure the hosts will reply to this review with an exaggerated story turning the blame around on us, making us look like we intentionally broke the rules, as I see that is how they have replied to all other negative reviews.... but here's our side of the story, for whatever it's worth.
I want to start off by saying that we are experienced at off-grid camping all over Canada and northern USA, from coast to coast. We consider ourselves to be diligently "bear aware", as we have lived for years in bear country (we literally had bears living on our property). We have NEVER before been accused of luring a bear nor have we been treated with this level of rudeness and disrespect - anywhere. We are quiet, non-partying professionals on a weekend getaway.
There is a handout with a campground map and a long list of Rules & Regulations (see pic attached) provided at check in, which we made every effort to respect and abide by. Apparently there is also a list of unwritten rules, and the groundskeeper will treat you with complete disrespect if you don't follow those UNWRITTEN rules.
The issue with us started when we had to make an emergency supply run into Ucluelet. We loaded our car up with all obvious bear-attractants (cooler, garbage, & food items; as outlined in the rules & regulations handout) and went on our way. When we returned to our site, we saw a note taped to our tent (see pic attached) and we were surprised to find that our "Bubba-Keg" water dispenser (see pic attached) had been confiscated by the groundskeeper. We later found out that he had also confiscated one of our our plastic bins (see pic attached) that we used to store dry firewood.
As he was speeding past our site on his golf cart, he noticed we were there, jammed on the brakes and, before we could even say anything, he rudely stated "we made it VERY clear about totes" (keep in mind, we never spoke to this man once during our stay up until this point), and then he sped off before we could even comprehend what he was saying, let alone reply. We even tried to call him back to talk to us and he completely ignored us and drove on.
As if that wasn't bad enough, he couldn't even pull himself together to have a respectful conversation with me when I went to the office to collect my things. He even went so far as to call Conservation Officers to the office to personally "have a talk with me". Seriously? It was so petty and over dramatic, blown completely out of proportion. After having a respectful conversation with the officers, it became clear that the groundskeeper lied to them to make himself look better.
I am the most non-confrontational person you will meet, I avoid conflict at all costs - but this man made me so angry with his completely uncalled for, childish, disrespectful attitude, that he managed to bring out the complete worst in me. After I returned to the campsite in tears because of the way I was treated, my boyfriend decided to go have a word with the bully of a groundskeeper. That's when things got heated, names were called, and we were told to pack up and leave.

In full disclosure, we were advised about bear safety when we checked in and were told to keep all food items (specifically coolers and garbage) in the vehicle, which we did at all times. We asked how bad the bear problem was, to which Lori replied "not bad, the bears usually stick to the beaches, but we have had issues with one of the juveniles who got into some tin foil the other night". There was not one mention about bears being attracted to 'totes' or water jugs - huge miscommunication on the camp hosts's end, especially if they are going to enforce this unwritten rule so strictly. Unfortunately, we later found out from the Conservation Officers that the bear had to be terminated.
She flashed a laminated picture of an occupied campsite next to a picture of an empty campsite - and I thought she was demonstrating the condition that we were expected to leave the site after we checked out. It was not explained that it was actually a pamphlet issued by Parks Canada about bear safety - it seems that this pamphlet is so important that it should be given to every visitor to take with them and review, not just for a quick peek at check in.

It is such a shame that these people are local representatives for the tourism industry in Ucluelet.
I have reached out to the campground via email, taking responsibility for our part in this, with the hopes that they would be more understanding and take some responsibility for this issue. I included a suggestion that they add a note about "Totes" and Water Jugs to their rules and regulations hand out, especially if they feel the need to enforce it to such a dramatic extent. I have yet to receive a response 2 days later.
Afterthought: I'm still confused about how we can get berated like that over firewood and water but it's acceptable for the long-term guests a few sites down from us to have an unattended tiki bar fully stocked with liquor in their beachfront site (very cute little bar, i might add), or for the "glamping tents" to have their own outdoor kitchens, complete with (yep, you guessed it) WATER DISPENSERS.
Now, I leave this open for a response from the campground hosts.... I can't wait to hear your justification for treating us the way you did.
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Date of stay: August 2019
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: go elsewhere
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Robin G wrote a review Jun 2015
Salt Spring Island, Canada46 contributions25 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I moved to Ucluelet a few months ago. We hadn't explored Mussel Beach and took a drive out yesterday. It was late around 7:00pm we looked for a place to park, there were lots of spaces around and we were just going to take a walk and check it out. We parked where there was a picnic table and a place that looked like it was o.k. to park. We walked out to the beach chatted with some folks who were camping. It was not crowded so we sat on a log for about ten minutes. We were discussing how it would be fun to camp out some weekend, a little getaway.
As we were walking back to the car, a woman was nosing around it so we called out to her,"hello" as we got closer she said "you can't just park here, it costs ten dollars to park." We were shocked. I told her we just came by to check it out, and we were sorry. "It costs to park, and you should have come to the office to check in". She went on standing there glaring at us, and telling us this is private property and it costs. She threatened to have us towed, and call the RCMP. Beyond greed and rude. I am from the California coast, we don't treat people that way, and no one OWNS the coast. She maybe needs to remember who's land that really is. It wasn't like we were taking space from anyone else. And literally there for twenty minutes. Any plans we had to visit, or recommend this campground to our visiting family and friends, were soured instantly be her attitude.I will never go back to Mussel beach again. I am saddened by someone who believes that because they "Own" and place they can just treat others with disdain. Beauty ruined by ugliness.
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Date of stay: June 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from MusselBeach_13, Manager at Mussel Beach Private Getaway
Responded Jun 10, 2015
We are a business that is true and we (like all other campgrounds) require that guest check in at the office. We do have signs as you enter the campground asking everyone to check in, whether you are camping or just visiting. One of the reasons we require people to check in is to instruct them where to park so do not occupy a reserved site. We have had paying campers come to us complaining that some one is parked in their site. The whole incidence could have been avoided by simply obeying the signs and checking in at the office.
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Megan S wrote a review Jun 2017
calgary61 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Came here on a road trip with my boyfriend. Road was okay, we managed well in a Mazda 3. Campground was BEAUTIFUL!! Spectacular spot!! It poured rain for two days but the view of the ocean was worth it! Owners were absolutely wonderful. Very helpful and we're very hospitable. Wonderful place to relax!!
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from MusselBeach_13, Manager at Mussel Beach Private Getaway
Responded Jun 19, 2017
Thank you for your review and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay even with the bad weather.
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Jeff E wrote a review Aug 2016
1 contribution3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The road in was terrible with little warning. Do not take a car. It would have been nice of them to mention you should have a 4 x4 lifted truck. It not just a few potholes like they say on their site. And for what it is the camp site was way overpriced.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from MusselBeach_13, Manager at Mussel Beach Private Getaway
Responded Aug 14, 2016
Thanks for your remarks ,but I do think there is enough warnings about the road on our website (which includes a youtube video of the road in) not to mention the remarks on trip advisor. Its true some people do not like our road ,but a lot of campers love the road and say it is part of the Mussel Beach charm and hope it never improves as they fear it would change the whole feel of the place. As far as being overpriced I will have to disagree. We are one of the lowest priced campground in the area . For $30.00 a night you can camp right above the beach looking out at a million dollar view.
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oegaboega wrote a review Jul 2016
Hasselt, Belgium19 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
THE ride to THE campground is not THE most relaxed one driving through one thousand holes for half an hour but iT is certanely worth iT

Fabulous views, super beach to explore , very relaxed and friendly
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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peter c wrote a review Jul 2015
Victoria, Canada6 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We started camping at Mussel Beach Three Summers Ago. It is the BEST kept secret on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Hosts are great and they have always gone out of their way for our family. They treat our kids great and will always offer to chip in when there is something awry in our RV or gear. I rarely write a review of pretty much anything but felt compelled to when I read the few negative comments on here. If someone has a complaint about this campsite then they either complete morons or have disrespected the quests or the rules that are just common sense rules anyways. THIS IS WILDERNESS CAMPING....be prepared, bring water, pack garbage and DONT SPEED in the camp site. I will bring my family back every year without question ! Thanks to the hosts Lori and Curtis for being so cool.
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Date of stay: July 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Get a waterfront site and make sure you book early !
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kates120685 wrote a tip Aug 2019
20 contributions16 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"go elsewhere"
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duster39 wrote a tip Jul 2018
Red Deer, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"drive slowly as you go in"
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Kathryn M wrote a tip May 2017
4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early!"
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kbeemz wrote a tip Jul 2016
North Vancouver, Canada67 contributions70 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Any beach front!"
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Richard Ewan wrote a tip Sep 2015
Calgary, Canada38 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check out their website where they have a site map"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mussel Beach Private Getaway
Which popular attractions are close to Mussel Beach Private Getaway?
Nearby attractions include Wild Pacific Trail (6.5 km), Ucluelet Aquarium (6.5 km), and Amphitrite Point Lighthouse (6.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Mussel Beach Private Getaway?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include barbeque facilities, an outdoor fireplace, and outdoor furniture.
What food & drink options are available at Mussel Beach Private Getaway?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Mussel Beach Private Getaway?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pluvio restaurant, Heartwood Kitchen, and Jigger's.
Does Mussel Beach Private Getaway have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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