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“This place exceeded all expectations.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Karibu Park Cottages & Campground

Karibu Park Cottages & Campground
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Karibu Park Cottages & Campground
5730 Cedar Creek Road | Winlaw, British Columbia V0G 2J0, Canada   |  
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“This place exceeded all expectations.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I attended a retreat here, intending to stay for 2 days, but ended up extending it for 3 weeks, . I chose to commute to Nelson & Castlegar, in order to stay there. (It's 35 minutes to both)

Other participants at the retreat said they'd had the same experience, which is why they continue to hold it there annually. The grounds and facilities are beautifully maintained. The owner/managers are attentive, hands-on 24/7. There was both neighborliness and privacy. We held our meetings and workshops in the gazebo, and met up with other travelers around the communal fire pit. We walked the dogs along the trails and paths. We found rivers, community events, small-town friendliness. This place has sound ecological practices. The prices were surprisingly reasonable. We didn't have time to try the sauna, though.

For camping under the stars or fully-equipped cottages, with all the courtesy touches, this place rocks! We'd go back in a heartbeat.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kimberley, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

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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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

We just got home from a disappointing stay at Karibu Park. We were directed to the rental trailers and in my honest opinion, those need to go to the scrap heap. It was late and pouring rain so there wasn't much option, but to sleep there for the night. There was no working bathroom in our trailer and our friends trailer smelled like the holding tank had never been emptied. The stove was disgusting and I wasn't going to touch it. It was old, run down and to be honest uninhabitable. The campsites themselves looked nice and we didn't see any of the cottages, but do yourselves a favour and don't stay in the rental trailers. She was nice enough to only charge us for one of the two nights. I wasn't expecting a class A luxury trailer, but I was expecting way more than that trailer. We drove home to Kelowna and just got home at 1am.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

When traveling the South-West Kootenays, give Winlaw a chance! The village is just 47 km from either Nelson or Castlegar (if you must do some mini-City activities in Nelson or big-box chores in Castlegar), and either route is a lovely drive along the Kootenay or Columbia Rivers, with spectacular mountain vistas. You can use the Pass Creek cut through as an alternative to access Castlegar, where you’ll find a well-developed trail network and more water sport options on the Columbia River and Arrow Lakes. The Castlegar golf course is awesome – even if you are not generally into golfing, with its mountain location and beers and deer as part of the “hazards”! Karibu Park Cottages & Campground is a good choice for accommodation; you can chose from well-stocked, comfortable cottages or cabins, or bring your own tent or trailer for a stay in the adjacent campground facility. The Cabin, camping, beach and common area grounds at Karibu are a delight. Mature trees and a naturally wooded site are welcome features to the campgrounds when one considers how hot it gets in a typical Kootenay summer. Each site is tucked away with plenty of privacy between and generous set backs from the campground’s drive-through. Washroom and outdoor wash-up area are quaint and clean. The common area for fire pit, hot tub, sauna, gazebo and children’s play area is lovely, with rolling grass hills slopping toward the river valley. Again, the facilities structures are quaint, fit well within the natural landscape, and are well maintained. Special touches like showers at the hot tub and sauna, and insect screening and an electric fan in the gazebo are commonplace. The Slocan River is fab for floating, and there are also some challenging Kayak options, especially in the Spring. The short walk to the Slocan River swimming hole and beach meanders down a gentle slope in the woods and crosses the restored railway trail. This accessibility to the rail trails is an extra bonus because you can literally park your car for the duration of your stay, using the foot trail for your grocery, banking, and artisan shopping needs. With a bicycle to explore the area, you could go to Slocan City, Silverton, or New Denver for a meal or even an overnighter “mini vacation” while making Winlaw and the Karibu Cabins your home base. Bonus: the trail network is always a “stone throw” away from a dip in the Slocan River or Lake. If you want a more challenging work out, the Peak hikes of Valhalla and Kokanee parks are very near. We’ve stayed in both styles of cabin or cottage and they are well appointed. Kitchen appliances and furnishings are all reasonably updated and kitchen well stocked for meal preparation and dinning. The bathrooms are also updated and well maintained. The linens are top of the line and beds comfortable. Facilities are very clean, quiet, and make for a nice “home away from home”. You can enjoy your own front porch or make free use of the common areas. A Few quibbles: (1) a better use of space in the Cabins could be obtained by ditching the interior swing doors in favour of hung, barn-style doors as there is a bit too much “door clash” in the hallway between bed, bath, and closet. And, as is often overlooked, more hooks in the entry, bath, and bedroom would make it easier for guests to access their belongings and keep their swim and hike or bike gear out for use and drying. A drying line on the deck would be fantastic! (2) I don’t like the long-stay sites that have crept into the campground over the years. Lacking “building bylaws or restrictions”, the result are jumbled, squalid encampments with a “Deliverance” undertone. It’s an incompatible use with the vacationers, as you feel you are intruding on the resident’s privacy while walking along the campground paths. Some of the encampments are just plain eyesores that lack the structural respect for the natural surroundings that the owners have applied to their own structures. I understand the financial motivation to take on some long stays, and respectfully suggest that a balance could be achieved if longer term residents had to abide by a strict building and grounds code that was in keeping with the minimalist and sympathetic structures that compose the rest of the facilities. These private, mishmash sites need a second look.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5730 Cedar Creek Road | Winlaw, British Columbia V0G 2J0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia
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Ranked #566 of 984 Specialty lodging in British Columbia
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Karibu Park Cottages & Campground Canada/British Columbia

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