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Pachena Bay Campground

EmcHiss Way | P.O. Box 70, Bamfield, British Columbia V0R 1B0, Canada
Pachena Bay Campground
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the Pachena Bay Campground for 3 days/2 nights at the end of May. It was a bit on the cool side (it's on the west coast so you must be prepared for this) at night but during the day it was warm and sunny. The first night we were there we were all alone in the campsite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This place is my new favorite spot. The beach at the campground is amazing, with whales breaching, ospreys fishing, fine hot sand, and big enough to have your own space. The campsite was reasonably placed; the thick forest breaks the ocean wind quite well and keeps the sun from cooking you out of the tent too early, and compared to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I still cannot believe how expensive it was for 1 person in a 1 man tent (no vehicle) .... $28 + extra $2 for 8minutes of shower time. I chose hot (turned out to be warm) - but you still have to pay for a cold one. Plus I was woken up at 8am by construction machines putting in a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My opinion of the drive out there is that it was not pleasant. It takes about the same two hours to drive here from Port Alberni as it does to Tofino, but the Tofino drive is quite pleasant. The drive to Bamfield is VERY bumpy, dirty and sparse. No views the entire way. Was real glad when it was over.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

For location, you simply cannot beat it...a little bit of a bumpy drive but the beach, trees, wildlife are the pay off. When we booked our camping trip we looked on TA and one familiar cord was campsites being overbooked, lost reservations etc...Lo and Behold...the moment we arrived the confusion began. We had booked two adjoining sites months in advance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Pachena Bay is def one of my fav places to camp on the island. The bay has an incredibly beautiful perfect white sandy beach and the camp sites are right along the water. Even better for people with dogs is that they are allowed off leash on the beach and there is enough room to be able to enjoy yourself... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

First trip to Bamfield. Spent three nights tent camping at the Pachena Bay Campground. July 30, 31, August 1, 2014. Took roughly 4 1/2 hours from Victoria, BC without any stops. Went via Lake Cowichan. Gravel roads from Lake Cowichan to the Nitinat Lake - Bamfield turn are a bit rough. Was impressed with the gravel roads there after -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Spent two nights tenting during the first week of June and the experience was absolutely magical. Beautiful quiet beach with an amazing view, almost completely unoccupied with a gorgeous ocean view right from the campsite. Great little oceanic bay for canoeing and kayaking and plenty of walking trails in Bamfield and down the West Coast Trail. The camping experience is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I just returned from four days of camping at Pachena Bay and I almost cried when we left this morning - from happiness. I think a lot of the good reviews must be written by RVers. My husband and I made the mistake of tenting at Pachena Bay. The people we were with had an RV. First, we were situation... More 

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Lethbridge, AB
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

This campground is in an idyllic location but the customer service leaves much to be desired. I showed up last week with a reservation and was made to wait 3 hours (until well after 4pm) to get a site as the previous guests has not yet vacated. i was told that they could not relocate me as they were "fully... More 

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