RV Camping in Nanaimo

RV Camping in Nanaimo
Nanaimo, British Columbia, is a mid-sized community on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. The region is part of the Pacific Northwest Coastal Temperate Rainforest. Sea-kayakers can paddle the many bays and coves around Nanaimo keeping an eye out for orcas, sea lions and harbor seals. Hiking can be found in the forest surrounding the village. Visitors should be prepared for rain as the region is known for grey skies and lots of precipitation. There are several options for RV parks in the greater Nanaimo region.

Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground

Living Forest RV Park is on 53 acres of oceanfront property. Large RVs have a dedicated section for camping. Smaller RVs and tent campers have a section reserved for them in the park. All RV sites have water, 30- or 50-amp electric, sewer and Wi-Fi connections. Pets are allowed. Fishing, sea-kayaking, bird-watching and wildlife observation can be done from the campground. Orcas, stellar sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, harbor porpoise, osprey and pacific white-sided dolphin can be spotted from the campground. Hikers can head inland for trails through the rain forest. The campground has bathrooms and showers for guest comfort.

Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground
6 Maki Road
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada V9R 6N7
(250) 755-1755


Mountainaire Campground and RV Park

Mountainaire Campground and RV Park has sites for most RV sizes. The park is nestled into the conifer forests of the rain forest. There are hot showers, bathrooms, guest shelters, barbecue grills and fire rings on the property for guest use. Site hookups include sewer, water and 30- or 50-amp electric. Pets are welcome. Food preparation and storage should be done according to posted rules because of frequent bear activity in the area. The Nanaimo River is within a 30-minute drive where visitors can fly-fish, raft and canoe.

Mountainaire Campground and RV Park
1094 Spruston Road
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
(866) 311-2267

Brannen Lake Campsite

Little Qualicum Falls, the Nanaimo River Fish Hatchery and the New Castle Island and Rathtrevor Provincial Parks are all within an hour's drive from the Brannen Lake Campsite. Hiking, mountain biking, sea-kayaking, rafting, fly-fishing and backpacking all can be found in the parks near Brannen Lake Campsite. The campgrounds can accommodate most RV sizes. Showers and bathrooms, a coin-operated laundry and a guest room are on the property for guest use. Pets are allowed if leashed. Site hookups include water, sewer and 30- or 50-amp electric. Guests should check for posted fire bans and restrictions before starting open campfires.

Brannen Lake Campsite
4220 Biggs Road
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada V9T 5P9
(250) 756-0404


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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