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GlenfordA

A place to come again

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 24, 2012
A good friend of mine, Cory, brought me to this place. Since this was his 8th trip here in only a couple years, I thought it must be nice. It was May long weekend We walked into the office and Rick, the owner, was standing there and remembered my friend by his first name. That says a lot. We stayed in a cabin and although there is an electric stove, we cooked all our meals over the fire. The cabins have a kitchenette. Small fridge, two burner stove, and a sink. They have a bathroom as well which is a bonus. The one I stayed in has a bed room with a queen bed and a futon in the "living room" area. It was a cozy little cabin. It over looks the lake(at this time of year you see the lake bed but there is a river running through we're I caught 3 fish. Also, you are surrounded by mountains. There is a train that goes by like most camps in BC and really you quickly get used to it. The idea is that I am away from the city and in the middle of the Canadian Rockies. It was perfect really.
I hiked a lot and fished and just relaxed by the fire and enjoyed it all. I do recommend this place to others and I will e going back in August this year. Possibly earlier too. All the other campers were respectful and above all else, Rick was working long hours to enjoy a pleasant stay for everyone. I should mention, many of the visitors were there many times before. That also tells you something. I'm sure like any place you go, there will always be somebody who can't appreciate the finer things in life and they get off by complaining. But if you like nature and an all around friendly and respectful camping experience, this is the place to visit. Thanks for everything Rick. Much appreciated. Cheers.
Date of stay: May 2012
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

My first trip to Kinbasket was last summer. We were looking for a place to spend a few nights on our way back from the coast and came upon the Kinbasket sign so we headed down the gravel road. The first thing we see are these signs indicating we are getting closer, almost there, well worth the trip, etc. These made the gravel road enjoyable, we couldn't wait for the next sign and it gave us a chuckle!!!

The campground it's self was awesome, the sites are closer together but we still had lots of room and it gaves us an oppurtunity to meet our neighbours. The view is just amazing, sunset over the lake was breath taking. The first night was a bit of a shocker with the trains going by but we got use to it pretty fast and was able to sleep through the next night. We went for a couple of nice hikes through the trails (there are lots of them just down the road) and swam in the lake, was a little chilly when first entering the water but you adjust quickly and the cool water on a hot day is very refreshing.

I have to say it was one of the best campground discoveries I have made and we are heading back again this year. I would (and have) recommend this campground to anyone and if you have trouble sleeping just bring some ear plugs, you should be fine.

Cheers
Mike

Date of stay: August 2011
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

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The lake was incredibly cold, crowded with logs and other debris, fishing was not great my cousins caught more small "white fish" as we called them then anything. The campsites were close together ; not allowing much privacy. one last MAJOR thing: THE TRAIN!!!!! this train comes 4 times an hour and blares its horn 4 times getting louder each time.

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I abosolutly loved the playground though, my cousins and i had so much fun there as it was right across from our site. The general store was also a hit among us ; we wouuld get money and walk up to the store and walj back and swing while eating our chips or chocolate bar or freezie.

Although it had its problems this campground is quite fun. We have a once a year family camping trip and this was our spot last year. We will not be coming back to this one as the rv and tent trailer and tents wouldnt fit into 2 sites. I loved this campground except fore the train and lake.

Date of stay: August 2011
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kinbasketlakeresort, Owner at Kinbasket Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2012

We certainly appreciate the candid thoughts of this customer however there are a few misconceptions and discrepancies we'd like to address.

The first being the train which does run nearby, but will at its maximum capacity run only 30 trains per day or less than 1.5 per hour, not 4. There is no regular schedule for the trains so sometimes there may be 3 in an hour and then 2-3 hours without any going by. On the busiest of days you'll hear a train horn for a combined total of about 1 minute per day.

The lake has its seasons. The spring through mid-July is cold to cool. The typical August long weekend sees the water temp average about 21-23C and the water cools as fall comes on. Its not bath water but hundreds swim regularly each summer from the docks and beach. Last year, which this customer experienced, no one in the west had much sun so it was a cooler year than most . There is debris experienced at times depending on the wind direction but we had over 100 customers bring their boats last summer.and use them throughout their vacation.

Speaking to the campsites, you'll find larger as in provincial parks and then many campgrounds with much smaller. Over the past two years we've re-modeled the yard and combined campsites so you'll find the sites have plenty of room. The majority of our RV sites easily accommodate the largest trailers, tow vehicles and have nice area for seating around the picnic table and fire pit.

This is however a campground and you will be sharing it with others, so if total privacy and seclusion is of primary importance then you should look elsewhere, and if crowding as many tents and trailers onto a site as possible is the aim, we don't allow it so as to preserve the open space and privacy we do provide.

A majority of our customers each year (2,500+ camp nights) are returns and referrals so it must be a reasonably positive experience. All in all, it is a truly unique location and a nice place to visit. I just wish all the positive reviews we hear each year were posted as easily as the negative ones.

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Reviewed November 10, 2011

We were on a three week trip through Canada from germany in 2004 when we stayed at the resort first time.
It is such a great place for people to enjoy the nature that we came back in 2005.
Now we have two little boys and can`t afford to visit Canada again.
But we always remember the time in Kinbasket. And one day we come back.
We stood in several hotels and motels with pool and spa in Vancouver, Kamloops,
Calgary or Lake Luise. Maybe Sultanofsmacks ask me for a listing.You better stay there.
Think about what you are searching for before you decide to stay at a place.
Stan, we loved it.
Sandra and Frank from Germany

Date of stay: December 2010
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

Stayed with family here recently and loved it! Great vienws, helpful staff, very clean washrooms, nice hot showers, wheel barrow of good wood for $8. Train came by once every two hours or so but wasn't overly annoying at all. The lake was very high this time of year so swimming was fine, driftwood here and there, you just have to navigate around it sometimes. Read the negative reviews and totally disagree. Rick and his staff take good care of the place and do keep it peaceful for everyone. Judith and Darrell

Date of stay: August 2011
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

Firstly I've got to say that this site is 5km off the main road down a winding sandy road! Something to bear in mind for rental RVs who mightnote take kindly to using their vehicles for off paved highways! Ours was covered in dirt mainly due to the rain making the drive muddy.

That aside the view is WELL worth the drive, even in the rain! Staff were great, nice and friendly! Yes there is a train, yes it is noisey, but following an 11 night, 10 site tour of BC & AB train lines, roads and campsites tend to end up in the same places. People would sure complain if they were hit by a train that didn't sound it's horn. toilets and showers were clean but lacked some privacy. Other slight niggles could be excused due yo the remote location - such as no sanidump for single night stay and wifi charges, seriously seclusion comes with certain costs! Most of the RV sites didn't have the best privacy with perhaps less than ideal separation between them but enough to sit with a fire and not feel overlooked!

Date of stay: August 2011
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