Camping in the Alberni Valley

family of five people camping and having fun cooking over fire

 

Check out this list of Alberni Valley Camping Sites for Family Friendly Stay-cations

The weather is getting warmer, the end of the school year is approaching, and we are thinking about summer vacation plans. Considering the current COVID-19 restrictions, camping local is a great opportunity to take a break and escape in our own beautiful backyard. We are fortunate to have plenty of campground options in the Port Alberni region, and we have scoped out some of the most popular below. Camping is a fun way to make memories and explore the outdoors, and can feel like an adventure even if you are only minutes from home! Here is a quick guide to camping and campground options in the Port Alberni region.

 

Arrowvale Campground

The Arrowvale grounds has scenic riverside camp-sites and two luxurious cedar cottages. It is also located in close proximity to Collins Farm, which produces grass fed beef, local polyfloral honey, as well as fresh pumpkins and delectable Maple syrup seasonally. If that wasn’t enough, Collins Farms also keeps a beautiful team of Canadian horses.

Ideal if you are looking for… Peace and quiet with a family atmosphere.
Location: 12 minutes from Port Alberni
Type: Private
Sites: 40 Tenting/RV (power, water), 13 Tenting, 2 Cottages
Amenities: Washrooms, showers, power and water hookups to most sites.
Reservations:  call 250-723-7948
Rates: $34 – $42
Covid-19 Policy     Cancellation Policy

“Arrowvale Campground is a very calm place where you can discover little Trails, go fishing on the river side, take a riding lesson with Ann, buy delicious pie or syrup (self made) and and and! You have the nicest hosts and in the morning, if you get up at the right time you´ll have the most amazing view on the arrowvale mountain when the sun rises. I´ll definitely come back to enjoy another adventure at this amazing place!”

 

China Creek Campground

China Creek Campground offers an immersive Vancouver Island RV camping experience. Relax in one of our 250 tent or RV campsites with beautiful forested or beachfront scenery. We have sites that offer full service hookups or authentic wilderness camping experience in un-serviced sites. Camping is available either nightly or seasonally.

Ideal if you are looking for… Family atmosphere and watersports.
Location: 19 minutes from Port Alberni
Type: Private
Sites: 70 Tent/RV (power, water, sewer), 100 Tent/RV (power, water), 80 Tent/RV (basic)
Amenities: Washrooms, showers, laundry, marina
Reservations:  Online | email hidden; JavaScript is required | 250-723-9812
Rates: $31.50 – $47.25
Covid-19 Policy    
Cancellation Policy

“My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at China Creek Campsite. The weather was beautiful and the bathrooms and showers were very clean, especially for a campground. There are plenty of trails that extend from the grounds so you can venture out watching all the kiteboarders from the beach was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Everything was pretty quiet at night time which was nice as I am a light sleeper and the staff were incredibly sweet and helpful (shout out to Selene in the office who went above and beyond to make our stay memorable!) We will definitely be coming back.”

 

Macktush Campsite

A 30-km drive from Port Alberni along Canal Main is the only motor route where you can access the north shore of the Inlet, which also takes you to Arden Creek, Nahmint Lake, Gracie Lake and the back side of Sproat Lake.

Ideal if you are looking for… Off the beaten path, great fishing and a rustic setting.
Location: 1 hour from Port Alberni
Type: Private (Managed by Mosaic Forest Management)
Sites: 72 Tent/RV (basic)
Amenities: Pit Toilets, Water, Hot Showers, Boat Ramp (Note: No power and no garbage removal available)
Reservations:  Online
Rates: $29 – $33 ($5 reservation fee, 2 night minimum )
Covid-19 Policy     Cancellation Policy

This place is absolutely awesome, its location on the Port Alberni Canal makes for great fishing and kayaking.  The Hot Showers here are two thumbs up all the way.  The playground area for the kids will keep them busy for hours, and there are some fantastic places to swim in the river just a short ride farther.  If you haven’t been camping here, you should come out, its worth the bumpy ride!!!”

 

Stamp River Provincial Park

Relax by the waterfall at this peaceful riverside park or explore the area by foot on hiking trails that weave their way through the lush forest, past waterfalls and river rapids. Named for the pioneer who built Port Alberni’s earliest sawmill, this park is an amalgamation of Stamp Falls and Money’s Pool provincial parks.

Ideal if you are looking for… Hiking, nature and relaxation.
Location: 23 minutes from Port Alberni
Type: Public (Provincial Park)
Sites: 23 Tent/RV (basic)
Amenities: Pit Toilets, Water (Note: No electrical hookups, see campsite brochure for details)
Reservations:  Online
Rates: $18 ($6 reservation fee)
Covid-19 Policy     Cancellation Policy  Note: Contact Tracing and Boil Water Notice in effect

The parking lot isn’t very big and the hike to the river is very brief, but the majestic vistas and rushing water more than make up for this. This is a great place for a picnic or just for a fun walk. The roaring water is spellbinding and, if you watch closely enough, you see the salmon make their runs upstream. I had a great time at the Stamp Falls and I recommend the park to everyone.”

 

 

Sproat Lake Provincial Park

Fresh water adventure seekers will not want to miss a visit to Sproat Lake Provincial Park in the Alberni Valley on central Vancouver Island. Located 15 minutes west of Port Alberni, Sproat Lake is a favoured location for swimming, fishing, waterskiing and, when the wind is up, windsurfing.

Ideal if you are looking for… Fresh water swimming and watersports, family atmosphere and close to town.
Location: 15 minutes from Port Alberni
Type: Public (Provincial Park)
Sites: 58 Tent/RV (basic)
Amenities: Pit Toilets, Washrooms, Showers, Water (Note: No electrical hookups, see campsite brochure for details)
Reservations:  Online
Rates: $25 ($6 reservation fee)
Covid-19 Policy     Cancellation Policy Note: Contact Tracing and Boil Water Notice in effect

“Sprout Lake is a beautiful place to enjoy – hiking, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding – whatever water sports you enjoy – you’ll love doing them here. I was fortunate to stay at a friend’s home on the lake, we could see the famous “Martin Mars” water bomber across the lake…

 

McLean Mill

McLean Mill National Historic Park’s campsite offers a mix of open and wooded [un]serviced RV sites and simple/rustic tenting.

NOTE: At the time of this publication (April, 2021) the McLean Mill Campground is currently not open for use. They are expecting to be open by the end of June, 2021 and encourage potential visitors to call 250 723-1376 or email hidden; JavaScript is required to inquire on reserving a site during the summer months.

Ideal if you are looking for… Something different, local history.
Location: 15 minutes from Port Alberni
Type: Public (National Park)
Sites: 7 Tent/RV (power and water hookups), 2 Tent/RV (basic), 5 Tent (Walk-in)
Amenities: Portable Toilets, Water
Reservations: Call 250 723-1376 | email hidden; JavaScript is required
Rates: $18 – $39
Covid-19 Policy     Cancellation Policy (not available)

 

Camping during COVID-19

Although each campground has it’s own COVID-19 policy, here are some general guidelines on what to expect when enjoying nature and staying safe.

  • Campers are responsible for their own health and safety, including complying with all Provincial and Federal Health Officer orders and guidelines. Though disinfected regularly, campground outhouses and common structures cannot be guaranteed disinfected for Covid-19. Campers must be prepared to clean and disinfect facilities prior to and after use to maintain hygiene.
  • Only one group is permitted on a site from the same household.
  • Expect to
    • Bring a sanitization kit
    • Sanitize your campsite when you arrive, when you depart and during your stay.
    • Sanitize your hands before and after you enter a washroom or pit toilet.
    • Maintain social distancing from other parties at all time. This includes at common areas, outhouses, on trails and other.
  • Playground areas and picnic shelters may be closed.
  • Do not allow outside visitors or unregistered guests.
  • Campers that are ill must stay home.
  • No campers residing outside of the Vancouver Island Health Region (In effect until May 24th, 2021)
  • Maximum 8 people per single site and maximum 16 people per double site, from a single household.

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