Karibu Park Cottages & Campground

Karibu Park Cottages & Campground

5730 Cedar Creek Road, Winlaw, British Columbia V0G 2J0 Canada
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Beach/river spot about a 5 mins walk from the cabin
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Mid-range
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Free parking
Hot bath
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Spa
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Kitchenette

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5730 Cedar Creek Road, Winlaw, British Columbia V0G 2J0 Canada
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Brenda W wrote a review Jul 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 5 nights in a cabin . The cabin had everything we needed including AC during the heatwave . It is situated by a beautiful 50 km old rail trail and even my touring bike fared well on the trail. It is right on the river and has a dock for taking a dip. The proprietors, Chris snd Brian work very hard at maintaining their lovely land. They also provide very knowledgeable information on the local area. The comfortable bed has my name on it for a return visit
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Yvonne R wrote a review Jul 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved staying here! Chris and Brian are such friendly, wonderful hosts. The little cabin was great and for such an affordable price. It even had air conditioning, a full bathroom with shower, satellite TV and the bed was very comfy. The cabins are nestled in lovely trees so it was nice and cool for sleeping at night even without the AC. They have a delightful swimming area on the beautiful river. We had two young grandchildren with us and they loved it too. Lots of room for them to run and play and they had fun swimming in the river. We stayed for three sleeps and Chris and Brian offered us as many towels and linens as we needed. Looking forward to next summer as we are planning to make it an annual trip.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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snowpass wrote a review Jun 2021
Rossland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The host/owner was very accommodating. He was generous and great with our grandkids. I’m sure he works morning till night ! The campground is beautiful. Farm fresh eggs! There was loud music late one night but very peaceful otherwise. We look forward to returning.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Curioustourists wrote a review Jul 2023
Vancouver, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is a hidden gem, quiet and away from the nearest major road. We stayed in a cabin for three nights. Nothing fancy but comfortable and clean. The spacious property is well laid out, lots of tree cover with access to the beautiful Slocan river. The Slocan Rail Trail is a few minutes away. The camping site looked excellent if you have a tent or RV. Our host Chris was very friendly and accomodating.
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Date of stay: July 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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CarOlita1_12 wrote a review Aug 2012
Kimberley, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We had our family reunion here July 28 2012. There are stairs leading off the gazebo, and that is where we planned on having our family picture take.
I was on the second last step, with 6 young children on the step below me, and about 6 adults above me.
Then the stairs collapsed !
I was thrown forward, knocking all the children down,seriously injuring my knee. Above me , our month old granddaughter, and her parents nearly ended up falling thru the stairs !
There were many bumps, bruises, and very scared people.I spent the evening in the Nelson Hospital.
We had 2 master carpenters in our family there, that could tell the stairs were improperly built, and were a disaster waiting to happpen.
What was dissappointing was the owners never came to see how we were doing, offer any explanation, support, or restitution.
I can only say, it could have been much worse, and thankfully we are all safe now.
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Date of stay: July 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nadejda I wrote a review Jul 2021
Richmond, Canada
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for a week, July 01-07. Cottages are located right on the main road that leads to the campground/RV site. Every vehicle going by raises clouds of dust that blow right in your face. And on a busy day you notice it, trust me. Once, when I was sitting on the patio trying to breathe the fresh air, I counted 21 vehicles that passed the cottage in 1.5 hours! As the cottages are located very close to the main highway, you can hear everything that goes on there. For example, one day workers were laying asphalt, and for 4 hours we were listening to the car signaling non-stop while moving back and forth. Patio came with 2 chairs but no table. Kitchen offered a set of pots but no frying pan. A good thing: there was an AC and 2 fans in the cottage, it helped a lot with the heat. Bad thing: this place doesn’t have an emergency power generator. When the power goes out, you don’t have lights or AC, which is already bad enough. What is much worse: the water depends on power, too. No power – no water, neither in the tap, nor in the toilet. We had a storm, and a tree fell on the power lines cutting off the power. It took the authorities 4 hours to fix it, so there was no toilet use for 4 hours. What are the owners planning to do about the toilet if the power goes out for 10 hours??? Web-site advertises WiFi. It doesn’t say, though, that streaming is NOT allowed, so if you are hoping to watch Netflix, like we were planning to, - you are out of luck. WiFi signal was very weak, the devices kept losing it all the time, and wifi itself was extremely slow. Access to the river is quite a hike downhill, not very easily accessible. There is a sign at the entrance to the site “Dogs must be on leash”. Barely any guests followed that rule, so the dogs of all sizes and breeds were running all over the place which seemed pretty dangerous. Web-site promises fresh towels for multi-day stays – we haven’t been offered any in a week. Hostess, Christine, needs to work on her guest services skills.
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Date of stay: July 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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oom-papa wrote a review Aug 2015
Langford, Canada
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
As I write this, I am sitting in the large gazebo approximately 20 ft x 20ft, in the most serene setting we have experienced yet on this 5 week RV trip. The grounds here are lovely and Chris, the manager is very pleasant.

This is a small privately run campsite with several cabins, tent sites, and RV sites close to the village of Winlaw. This is NOT a fancy, paved, updated location with all the latest conveniences so don't expect that. Much of the charm here is that it is secluded, inexpensive and rustic.

Be warned, there is no cellular coverage in this area of the Kootenays! It works about 25km North and 25 km South, but this campsite is right in the middle of a no coverage area.

The water at the sites is potable. There is 30 amp and 15 amp service at the campsites but no sewer hookups and no sani-dump so plan accordingly. The wifi does not reach the campsites but is strong in the vicinity of the gazebo where the router is located.

There are numerous walking trails in the area, some of which take you to the river just a few minutes away, and one takes you to a nearby bakery.

There is a gas station and convenience store and a health food store and a hardware store 1/2 a kilometre away and the bakery is about 1km away.

Our RV site is nestled in among the trees as are most of the sites, yet not so buried in the forest as to be oppressive. There are open areas all around the campsite that allow the sun to shine through and you can barely hear the traffic on the highway 1/2 a kilometre away.

All in all, a most enjoyable stay in a beautiful campsite at a most reasonable price..... around 23.00 with water and electrical hookups.

I would have given 5 stars if wifi worked in the campsites rather than only near the gazebo.

I highly recommend this beautiful location and hope to return for a longer stay in the future.
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Date of stay: August 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Coonhounds wrote a review Sep 2014
Vancouver, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Congenial host (when she was there) and nice setting on the river in the forest but time to sell the property to someone with a passion for maintaining the integrity of the original business model.

There is a world of difference between a landlord who is subdividing their land for commercial and tenant residential use and a vacation property. Karibu Park Cottages & Campground is trying to do both and frankly from the vacationer's side of things it does not mesh. The place is advertised as 8 cottages and a camp ground but some of the cottages have been re-purposed for business use (an ice form distributor with a sign in the cottage window and a bunch of inventory on the front porch who is also parking a trailer of materials in one of the camp spots) . Other parts of the land have been hived off for long stay encampments of trailer clusters with the occupants parking their cars and trucks and equipment on parts of the former recreational fields.

Cottage maintenance is going down hill and so are the grounds. Some walks were missing the mortar. Nails are poking out. There is a lot of half-finished projects laying around ... pipes laid out and not connected, stacks of boards weathered where they were put down, and then other projects completed and then forgotten.

Our cottage was not clean. When we stayed here the first time in the early 2000 our cabin was spotless. This time we had to clean the stove, fan, taps, cupboards, sides of the appliances, and the inside of the fridge. I mean had to. Not wanted to. Grease was thick enough that bugs had adhered to the fan hood. And the wall over the sink in the bathroom was spotted with someones shaving mishap (blood splatter). I had to mount a spider extermination exercise in the bathroom. Sweeping out, down, and catching with toilet paper more than a dozen spiders from the ceiling, tub, and area around the toilet. There were coffee stains on the wall in the bedroom. Food crumbs all over the loft. Rocks, pine needles, dirt, sand piles in the corners and along the kitchen kicks.

The kitchen was poorly stocked. No lids for the pots. Haphazard utensil collection. The stoves timer and clock were broken.

Something was also amiss with the Wi Fi meaning we had about a half hour connection per day for the first three days of our stay.

We arrived late and spot cleaned just to get through the night. The next morning I went to the office with a cleaning request list, plus asking for some pot lids so that we could cook. These items were addressed but not until day three because they also didn't have a spare key for our cottage.

We did receive a sorry about the cleaning and the pots and were charged a lower room rate on departure, so it isn't as if they were awful about the problems. It is just that the problems are clearly building up and becoming insurmountable in terms of being able to deliver on the promise to a vacation traveler.

You have to have tidy, orderly, clean and well maintained grounds and facilities. Otherwise, just turn over the whole place to tenants and lower monthly rentals.
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Date of stay: September 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Lower your expectations.
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Shawson5939 wrote a review Jul 2014
Castlegar, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Karibu has very private treed sites . The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Stayed in a camper trailer. The owner Chris is very friendly and accommodating .,A real camping experience in the Kootenays.
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Date of stay: July 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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PNWsnowbird wrote a review Aug 2013
Puyallup, Washington
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 2 nights here while attending a wedding at nearby Areca Gardens. Our cabin (#3, Spruce), while tiny and rustic, had everything we needed (fully furnished kitchen, satellite tv, frig, microwave, stove). We had difficulty making a reservation as the owner was hard to reach and failed to respond to emails. Weeks after giving up we finally got a call saying they had a cabin available .On our first night there was a loud party in the gazebo, about 150 feet from our cabin, which went on until after 1 AM. Next morning we found smashed cans and cigarette butts all around our car. The second night was quiet. Couldn't find anyone in the office at 9 AM when we left so not sure how available the owners are. Seem pretty laid-back. There's not a lot to choose from in this area but this should suit most people looking for a "cabin" experience.
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Date of stay: August 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Cabins are smaller than they look online. If you have more than 2 in your party you might want to...
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solobean wrote a tip Aug 2015
Calgary, Canada3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you plan to cook to save on eating out expenses don't forget to bring your bakeware. (ex. pizza pan)"
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Coonhounds wrote a tip Sep 2014
Vancouver, Canada84 contributions87 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lower your expectations."
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delpilar wrote a tip Aug 2014
alberta9 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Closer to river, pagoda, and not at back (noisy road)"
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PNWsnowbird wrote a tip Aug 2013
Puyallup, Washington32 contributions47 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabins are smaller than they look online. If you have more than 2 in your party you might want to choose a "larger" cabin. Also, bring mosquito repellant: you're in the woods!"
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Julie M wrote a tip Aug 2012
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Tell the owners what you need in advance. They'll find the best match for you. But they were also very flexible about moving us when our needs changed."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Karibu Park Cottages & Campground
What are some of the property amenities at Karibu Park Cottages & Campground?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a spa, free parking, and a hot tub.
Is parking available at Karibu Park Cottages & Campground?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Karibu Park Cottages & Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sleep is for Sissies, Mama Sita's Cafe, and Fomi's Bakery.
Is Karibu Park Cottages & Campground located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Winlaw.
Are pets allowed at Karibu Park Cottages & Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.