Kinbasket lake resort sounded fantastic and just what we wanted.
Firstly, I would like to say the positives with the campground:
- The scenery is breath-taking
- We found the campsite clean
- All the staff were friendly, Rick is a personable host
- Although a little rustic, the washroom were always clean, and had plenty of hot water
- There were no Mosquitos
Their website indicated:
- The road is a 5 km Forestry Service Road with switchbacks
- indicated there will be a combined time of horns of about 90 seconds per day, and the low rumbling of the trains for about an hour in total.
- Quiet Time is 10PM until 9AM - conversation level only, no music or excessive noise
- vigorously enforce rules about conduct & noise
What we encountered and experienced:
- the Forestry road was "extremely" hard to manouver on motorcycles (with a trailer)
- the condition of the road is beyond the resorts control, however road condition should "really" be identified as realistic possible concerns for all campers (as i did have verbal communication w/Rick when booking the camp site).
- The mountain and lake view is amazing
- for such a beautiful lake, there is no swim area
- the dust on the raodways and around the campground was extreme, again this is out of control of the resort as it hadn't rained in 6 weeks
- 27 trains/day travelled through the campsite 24 hrs/day, blowing it's horn and making noise.
- the noise from the train & tracks sounded like the train was at your doorstep, making it very difficult to sleep
- the train noise (occuring all nite long) should "really" be identified as realistic possible concerns for all campers and not a combined total of 90 seconds. (This is another insult as to not identify it as it really is.)
- there is no beach ! (calling anything around the campground a "beach" is an insult)
- the shower/bathroom house is maintained, but should really be upgraded for hygienics and better privacy for changing and showering.
- the campsites contained no grass, no pads, just dirt and no privacy
- the campground caters to "ATV's (Quads)"
- the quad operators all obeyed the speed limits and rules
- the campers mostly obeyed the rules and did not disturb others
- however, the loud partying noise from a neighbouring campsite was unbearable (till 4:00 am)
- the party animals had no concern about respecting any rules w/ noise and alcohol
- when requesting the partiers to quiet down in the middle of the night, I was told to go tell Rick (This tells me they didn't have any concerns with when breaking the rules (quiet policy)). I don't mind campers staying up all night quietly drinking & talking, but this was an all out party !
- when explaining to Rick the noise and behavior concerns from the night before, he indicated he is very tired after a 16 hour day and there is nothing he can do. Obviously, no one is walking through the campground making sure the campground is reasonably quiet.
- I later find out the noisy campers are avid ATV'ers and return yearly to the campground
To summerize, this is an "ok" campground, but the negative encounter we had with noise from partyers and the trains, really have turned us off from ever returning. We feel almost misled from the discriptions on their website. I would definately look at somewhere else to camp, you couldn't do any worse.
Poky & Gumby
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kinbasket Lake Resort sits alone on a 240 kilometer long lake in the BC mountains. It consists of 6 self contained cabins, 45 serviced campsites, 8 unserviced campsites, boat launch, docking, and seasonal beach. Hot showers, flush toilets and sinks are available to all guests. It is a semi-rustic location meaning you are not glamping and you are not roughing it, and a great many of our customers refer to it as "paradise". Our clientele is mature adults and families and of the 3,500+ camp nights we host each season a great many are returning customers. A number of those were just bumps in mom's tummy the first year, I've seen them every year since, and now they are teens. And then there are some you will read from that have a different idea of camping than we do or different expectations and will never again be a customer. C'est la vie! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kinbasket Lake Hotel Beavermouth
- Kinbasket Lake Resort Beavermouth, Canada - British Columbia