This had to be the worst camping experience I have ever had and I've I camped on an island with no toilet/outhouse, running water, electricity or connection with the outside world while seabirds crapped on your head (oh, those were the days).
We were greeted by someone who must have been the owner (that's what we'll call her from now on). She immediately pulled out the contract and got us to sign it, charged us for the remainder of the stay, then came out the list of fees and rules most of which were not listed on their website. From what I recall, it's illegal to make someone sign a contract before you present it in it's entirity. This is when we saw the list of additional fees, other reviews have been quite extensive on this point so I won't drone on about that. We were already starting to feel like the straws were piling up and we hadn't even left the office.
We got to our site and could not believe that we were being charged $40/night for a strip of half dead grass that was no bigger than three parking spots, and afforded no view of the ocean. Before we were to set up we decided to take a bathroom break and discovered that for the whole campground there were only two showers and you had to pay to use them. This was the straw that made us take a trip to the office.
The owner greeted us again, and we voiced our displeasure with the size of our site, lack of view and the cost of hot water. Her reply was that we could change sites but our complaint about the showers was somehow irrelevant because it was only $0.50. She was very smug and made it sound like we were cheap to complain. We told the owner it wasn't the price but the principle pf the situation. To charge us $40 for the site was one thing, but to nickle and dime us for showers (and all of the other fees and expenses), that was rediculous. We asked if we could get our second night refunded and she got a look on her face like the Grinch when he was stealing Christmas, and pointed at the sign behind us that there were no refunds. Deciding to make the best of a bad situation, we went back to our site and broke out the tent. That is when were realized why the grass was dead, the place where we needed to put out tent had a hole in the ground, out of which was pouring hundreds of drone ants.
That was enough for us, we packed it back in with a plan to tell the owner exactly what we thought. We met her speeding into the campground on a golf cart, we pulled her over and told her how we did not appreciate the light that she was portraying for Nova Scotia, that her smug rude attitude and nickle and dime policies were shameful for my home province. She asked me where I was from and proceeded to tell me to go back there and sped off before we could inform her why we were not staying. I can't believe that in this day in age someone would try to pull this kind of racket and still stay in business with all of the accolades they claim.
- Also Known As:
- The Cove Oceanfront Campground Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia