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Pachena Bay Campground
vancouver island
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24 reviews
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“we go every year:)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2009

it has become a tradition for all of us to meet up from all over to camp here. its one of our favorite spots and everywhere we camp we compare to pachena bay. so for anyone grouchy that feels the need to diss this piece of paradise... suck it up buttercup. its a campground in the middle of nowhere. the ppl do the best they can to keep up with weekend revelers who are the ones to blame for the outhouses by not following directions, just bring your own TP.. 2 ply is nicer anyway, and bring clothes for summer AND winter,, it is the west coast. stocking up our own firewood and booking our next trip there right now actually!

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
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  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2008

Pachena Bay is lovely. But this campground is a complete dump. The garbage is piled up 4 ft high outside of locked (!) dumpsters. The outhouses are over-flowing and they have no TP. The nice shower house photo the Huuayaht First Nations tribe uses on their website and literature was taken when it was new but now it too, is a dump. Broken showers and sinks. Water hydrants are mapped but not actually there for the southern half of the camp--it is about a 1500m walk for water if you are in the higher numbered tent sites. We were disgusted enough to turn tail and leave but the drive into this campground is so severe that we could not bring ourselves to turn right around and face it again. I don't understand--the West Coast Trail trailhead is only 100m away and yet they have clean outhouses, with TP, and the trash is removed regularly. Obviously Pachena campground is managed terribly. Stay on the beach and out of the campground or you will go nuts. Their stupid sign in the bathroom advises "No going to the washrooms in the bush--$200 fine if we catch you." I figure I owe them about six thousand dollars but those bathrooms are beyond gross. It doesn't have to become another crowded and over-run Tofino if it is sanitary! The effort to get all the way out there will keep that Disneyland bunch away. Very disappointing.

  • Liked — The beach
  • Disliked — Filthy campground
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2003

Great spot for relaxing getaway. Beach is about 2km long in sheltered bay. Really freindly locals live out here so be prepared to make freinds.

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Property: Pachena Bay Campground
Address: EmcHiss Way | P.O. Box 70, Bamfield, British Columbia V0R 1B0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Barkley Sound > Bamfield
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Ranked #3 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Bamfield
Number of rooms: 80
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Pachena Bay Campground Hotel Bamfield

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