First off before I get into our experience at The Cove let me first say that we are a couple in 30's and early 40's who wanted a relaxing weekend away together. We love the outdoors and thought that we would like a change of scenery and camp by the ocean.
Upon booking at the campground we were told that as well as our $39.95Cdn fee per night to stay there would also be a $7.50 reservation fee. I have seen reservation fees when calling a 1-800 to reserve at a National or Provincial park but never one that was privately owned. When I asked if we could reserve a specific site they indicated that it would be an additional $5 fee. We opted against this. The $7.50 reservation fee and first night is automatically charged to a credit card.
Upon arriving the young girl at the desk was helpful and the additional second night was charged to our credit card. When we reached our site (which was a tent trailor site) we found the site to be very wide but not deep although the view was beautiful and looked out over the Bay of Fundy. We did find however that the sites were not laid out properly and one was directly across from another which didn't allow for alot of privacy. We set up and decided to enjoy our first evening there.
We walked down on the "very rocky" beach and did some exploring and watched the sunset which was also very nice. The tides at this place are crazy. They rise and fall very quickly and come up or go out very far.
Our troubles began when we returned to our site. Upon walking back to our site we noticed kids and adults hollering, running around everywhere and pretty much taking over the park. The sites directly across from us that were vacant when we left for the beach was now like something from "Daddy Daycare".
When checking in you are given two pages of rules that are to be adhered to. What we were witnessing was far from that. We tried to ignore the kaos going on around us but it was impossible to do. At 10:30pm that night the kids were still running around everywhere screaming and there was no campground employees to be seen anywhere enforcing quiet time. The adults were loud and obnoxious as well as drinking heavily and yelling at all the kids. This party occupied seven sites within our area.
We decided enough was enough and walked up to the office in hopes to find someone to complain to. One of the owners was there and told us that this party had already been spoken to twice and that she would again. The owner did speak with the party again but they didn't listen nor did the owner or any other employee of the campground make rounds to ensure that things had quieted down. At almost one in the morning we were still hearing horns and car alarms being set off as well as profanity from the adults. What was suppose to be a relaxing stay turned into a horrible experience.
The next morning at 9am sharp when the office opened we went back to the office to request a refund on our second night because we did not want to continue being subjected to this nonsense and have management do absolutely nothing about it. An employee at the front desk said to us with complete assurance that the owner's would not give refunds. She said that the only thing that may happen would be a possible credit towards another night's stay (well that won't happen).
We were very, very upset after spending over $100 up front for two nights but only received one very crappy night's stay. With all the rules and regulations they have in place none were enforced and in the end the rowdy campers within the seven sites won over and were allowed to stay and us who just wanted some peace and quiet and a relaxing weekend lose our money and were treated like we were the bad guys. We believe what it came down was that the owners felt they would make more money off keeping the rowdy bunch there then having to worry about us.
We cut our loses, packed up our site and left first thing that morning and headed to Keji National Park where we spent our second night and enjoyed ourselves immensely.
By the way, be sure to bring quarters if you do decide to stay at this campground. Along with your site charges, if you want to stay clean they charge 0.50 cents for a 6 minute shower and go early because there is only one of them.
On the upside Annapolis Royal is beautiful and just down the road from The Cove is a fish market where you can purchase lobsters, scallops and other fish. The prices are very reasonable and we enjoyed the best lobster and scallops we have had in a long time. All this while sipping our wine in a secluded wooded site at Keji.
My recommendation would be to skip this place all together and spend your money somewhere else. The scenery here is beautiful but who knows what you might encounter while staying there.
- Also Known As:
- The Cove Oceanfront Campground Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia