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Cabana Beach Campground & RV Park

2231 Lakeshore Dr, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V6 Canada
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Operates approx May 15 - Sept 15 each summer. A small, family-run campground located on Osoyoos Lake, near the Town of Osoyoos in BC Canada. Established in the 1960's this campground has always catered to families, seniors, couples and single travellers. The campground accepts tents, small/medium-sized RVs and also offers to those needing a simple budget sleeping unit several camping cabins and bedroom cabanas - these rooms comes with beds, mattresses, lights, electricity, a fridge, sink, mini-stove, and outdoor patio (weekly stays only in summer). Although an older park, Cabana Beach Campground has unique features that you will not likely find at older/rustic or provincial campsites : the 3-sided "kitchen cabana" shelters come with a picnic table, sink, light, and elec outlet and are included at most of the tent sites, with optional fridge rental available. Some modern amenities are also:fully tiled, coin-op showers, free use of central wifi, free use of air-compressor hose to quickly fill up your air-beds, bike tires, and all your floating water toys. Park owners live on-site. This park has strictly enforced common-sense campsite rules - No noise or behaviours which annoy or disturb other campers. For this reason, radios or tv's must be off by 10 pm, and "quiet time" is at 11 pm . There is one (perhaps) unusual rule - No Dogs are accepted. No fires either - but the main reason is there is often a complete regional fire-ban all summer long. Campers can still bring a propane fire pit. Also a campstove or barbecue for grilling!
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While camping at cabana has a really good experience with the resort, along the lake shore of osoyoos lake , which is very warm as well as the staff of cabana.Helpfull with suggesting a shady spot for our tent and accommodating us was very pleasant...
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The campground is just across from the lakeshore. There are a few spots for rent on the beach. If compared to others, the place is very affordable but cramped. Showers are coin operated. You can stay for a few days if on a road.
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This campground was very nice, and the staff was wonderful! It was $40 to stay in a no service site, which is pretty expensive but it’s Osoyoos. Showers are 24/7 and that’s always nice. Pretty close to the beach too!
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This is the worst campsite I have ever stayed at in my life. And I have done a load of camping. The minute I drove into this place I wanted to pull out and leave. Unfortunately, staying the night in Osoyoos was a last minute situation and so we didn’t have many other options. As we drove in it was literally impossible to tell where one campsite ended and another started. They are crammed together with absolutely no privacy. There are no trees or bushes or anything dividing the sites. People are practically on top of each other. The “cabanas” are lined up in rows about three feet apart and are three sided falling down sheds with old refrigerators that look like they were picked out of dumpsters and yet you actually have to pay extra to use them. The RV’s are lined up so close together it looks like a parking lot at a storage facility and the kids running around the place in hoards (and I have two young kids of my own with me so I am not one of these people who usually complains about kids) are just screaming and running through everyone's “Campsite”. We were literally given a piece of grass right up against the office building to pull our car onto and find a spot to throw a tent down. Kids kept running inches from our tent while screaming and siting at the picnic bench that was apparently supposed to be for our “site”. It was awful. It is supposed to have a game room but not a single arcade game was plugged in and there was dusty old furniture piled up against them. There were so many people crammed into such a small space I honestly felt like It was a scene out of the news with people crammed into refugee camps. I honestly can’t understand any of the good reviews on this website unless these people have just never done real camping before. Even my kids said “ What is this?” when we pulled into the site and “Are we really staying here?”. They are 3 and 6. If I could give it no stars I would. Absolutely awful unless it is a totally last resort as it was for us.
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Response from Ownersince1992, Owner at Cabana Beach Campground & RV Park
Responded Jul 31, 2018
Lorna your review is quite cutting considering that our campground website does describe and has photos of our RV sites and our tent sites, and there is a photo showing the cabana dining shelters (which come with the convenience of a countertop, sink, light overhead, a power outlet, picnic table, plus the optional fridge rental as well). Regarding the fridge rental - No the fridges are not brand new every year , they are good used fridges, obtained at local charities and yard sales, and we clean them every time between rentals, and they are maintained so that they all work. It would not be possible to get new fridges for the campsites every year, - if so can you imagine the cost to our tenting customers? The minor charge of $8/day for using the fridge helps to cover the cleaning and the very high cost of electricty we pay for them running 24 hours on a 35 degree summer day. Fridge rental is just an option, you dont have to rent/use one. Our store has a big ice chest right in front of it where you can buy ice in cubes or blocks from our store assuming when you go camping you bring a cooler. Next: The RV sites are not "lined up side by side like in a storage facility", this comment is totally false. Each RV site is 25 feet wide, and I will try to post a photo or two on trip advisor if i can. As far as "real camping" goes, this campground (and most others in osoyoos) were built in the 1960s so they were used by generations of happy campers, therefore to say this is not "real " camping, is also questionable. All 10 of the original campgrounds that started in Osoyoos (besides the one provincial on the spit) were built almost the same way as Cabana Beach, with sites a bit closer than provincial sites, and with more amenities than provincial sites to make up for that to attract the thousands of customers they did. Cabana Beach was actually one of the first campgrounds (was called "MacFarlanes originally ) and so we know the history. Just for other readers: all those provincial campsites are highly secluded sites, with lots of unused space between, due to them not having to make a net profit, due to the land and operators are subsidized by your tax dollars. You are also wrong we do have about 80 tall shade trees between all the sites and all over the park and their large tree trunks can be seen between all of the sites. If you did a bit more research before coming to stay, you may have realized this type of campground was not your style. You may next time prefer to head to a government provincial campground or a forestry campground with your family .
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The owners name is Gary, he is extremely rude and is constantly looking for a fight. He has no problem with kicking young girls out of their own site and telling them to pack their stuff up for making dinner and having one visitors over for two minutes. Even if you only have one person on your site. They have clear signs that visitors over 15 minutes have to pay, except if you have family or friends there for more then two minutes he will come up screaming and yelling out you even with young ones around. How this man has been able to run his business for this long amazes me.
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Response from MTNester63, Owner at Cabana Beach Campground & RV Park
Responded Jul 1, 2018
Three females booked a campsite over the phone. They arrived one day late without notice, and we still held their site. They were welcomed in without being charged for the missed day. Within hours these women and their unregistered male guests (who were not expected by management) , and the all spoke and behaved in ways that were not conducive at all to our family camping guidelines. The management attended the campsite and their visitors were asked to leave the campsite - but the visitors refused and challenged the owner to call police instead. The police came and the visitors were told to leave by police. The presence of police is very very rare at this campground and all of this did upset the nearby family campers. To help the women who also decided to leave make things easier and no hard feelings management refunded the three female occupants in full and they left, but not before coming to the main desk to berate staff and the wife of the owner , she apologized that this had to happen, in return they informed her they were going to write terrible reviews about the campground on TripAdvisor and others. Note: These women were only here at this property an hour in the daytime and never actually spent a night. There is another equally false negative review of our property posted by one of the other occupant females who were together with this reviewer at the same site. PS Further to the comment by the reviewer, as we do not rent to persons under age 19, these were not underage and they were not "young girls".
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