I camped at Bates Beach Resort this August with my family, this review is based on my visit at one of their campsites. We were located on the "greener" side with ocean front.
This was our first visit to Bates Beach and to this campsite. I will review as detailed as I can as I know how important campsite information is to people before they arrive :) This is very important as well due to the fact that here you must prepay for your entire visit upon arrival and refunds are not permitted.
Part of the campsite is concrete stalls, the other is what I call the "greener" side with tree's, grass and rock. All sites are very cramped together and allow for little privacy but on the flip side all the ocean front sides boast beautiful views.
The campsite seems to be divided by yearly and loyal return campers and the first timers, the overall atmosphere of the camp is comfortable.
The campsite areas are kept very clean and the bathroom is kept immaculate but we disliked having to use a key to access it. There is only one shower in each the women's and men's bathroom but that being said I never had to wait to use the shower.
It is good to note that you should be well prepared in shopping before your arrival as the store here does carry tackle and assorted goodies, but the selection of what is available is very limited especially regarding food choices.
The best experience for me here was the seals we sighted, it was great :) The kayak rentals are more than reasonable as well. There are trails close by to access with in a small drive at Seal Bay Park that hikers such as myself might enjoy.
The staff are very friendly and will do what they can to make your stay enjoyable.
All in all we enjoyed the stay and only were discomforted by the very cramped spaces, we personally just like larger sites with more natural surroundings.
We ourselves will not return just because of our particular need for space and natural surroundings but do recommend it to others who do not have concerns in that area or who will spend little time relaxing back at camp :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Courtenay, BC's most beautiful resort location - Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort. Located just north of the town of Courtenay, on Georgia Straight, Bates Beach boasts beautiful rocky beaches, great fishing, and a gorgeous natural atmosphere. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort Courtenay, Vancouver Island, Canada