The best of West Coast Camping

Our kayaks on the beach at dodd Island.

Our kayaks on the beach at Dodd Island.

Growing up on on the West Coast of Canada, I was lucky enough to visit so many amazing place.  For the ultimate West Coast camping experience one stands out over all the rest.  It was my second trip to Pacific Rim National Park.  The first trip was to the West Coast trail, an amazing trip in itself.  The second was to the Broken Islands.

Traveling by Kayaks we reached two of the most amazing campsites I have ever seen.

Camp 1, Willis Island.

Every tree seemed unique around camp.

Every tree seemed unique around camp.

The camp on Willis Island is on a small bay.  Like the rest of the island the ocean here is alive, with more of everything than I have ever seen any where.  At low tide we got to watch Bald Eagles and Otters picking food out of the tidal pools.  Occasionally a deer would wander by forging on the beach.

An otter taking advantage of the low tide to catch breakfast.

An otter taking advantage of the low tide to catch breakfast.

The camp was free of wind and the water calm, however just around the corner was often windy.

The beach had many tidal pools to explore, and tucked into the dense rain forest we were camped in where huge trees, always an impressive sight.

Big beautiful trees.  Brady is standing in the lower right corner to help give the picture scale.

Big beautiful trees. Brady is standing in the lower right corner to help give the picture scale.

 

Camp 2, Clarke Island

Beach on the West side of the Clarke Island Camp.  Beautiful spot.

Beach on the West side of the Clarke Island Camp. Beautiful spot.

I have yet to camp here, but while touring in the kayaks stopped here to check it out.  The camp site is on a point, that when were where there was windy, on side a little sheltered offers frequent whale sightings, the other side is open ocean.  Sandy beaches with shells, and the stone fireplace remains of an old cabin where both fun to check out.

Fireplace left over from when the ranger cabin on Clarke Island

Fireplace left over from when the ranger cabin on Clarke Island

We stopped on our way to a Native Site, and learned about Caves and Sea Arches in the area, both of which we also checked out that day.

 

Pacific Rim National Park in my mind stands out among the best of Western Canadian Parks, with so much to see and experience I am sure I have only begun to experience this amazing place, and is why it is my favorite campsite.

Faun on the beach.

Faun on the beach.

Mike is off to check out the Cave.

Mike is off to check out the Cave.

Huge waves from the open ocean crashing against the shore.on Benson Island.

Huge waves from the open ocean crashing against the shore.on Benson Island.

For other Favorite Campsite through out North America check out these other great blogs;

Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies – The Best Provincial Park Campgrounds in Southern Alberta

AKontheGO – Alaskans Share Their Favorite Campgrounds

Kid Project – Sandflats Recreational Area, Moab, UT

Brave Ski Mom – Best Campgrounds in North America: Western Colorado Edition

Climb Run Lift Mom – Camping at the City of Rocks

The Campsite – Top 5 Backcountry Campgrounds in Banff National Park

TravelingMel – Yellowstone Campground Review

Adventure Parents – Classic Campsites: Murphy Hogback Campground, Canyonlands National Park

Mommy Hiker – West Coast Campground Review – Sweet Summer Spots to Relax & Recharge!

Val in Real Life – North Americas Best Campgrounds: Elkmont

GA Family Camping – Best Campground In American Cloudland Canyon

Our Boler –  The Best Of West Coast Camping

AdventureTykes – My Top 5 Favorite Campgrounds in the Moab Area

 

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  3. That place looks awesome! We just got an inflatable kayak but I think we are a long way from doing anything that cool.

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  5. Thanks 🙂 Before this trip I had spent only an hour siting on a kayak in Maui, this was my first real kayaking experience. Although this feels remote we could text from our phones and someone stopped by daily to check on the campers (and collect the camping fee). There are lots of rental options (I would not use an inflatable for this), and we all rented kayaks. The people we met where half experienced and the other half newbies just here for the experience. I want to return with the kids next.

    GPS made everything a lot easier and comfortable.

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  8. Love your blog. Can’t wait to get to get “up north” to camp in Canada.

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      Thank you. So many amazing places to camp it is hard to find time to visit them all 🙂 I look forward to reading about your Northern Adventure.

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  12. That first shot had me aching to get out the kayaks! BTW… saw my first Boler last week. Made my 22 foot van look big. (grin) We were camping on the Oregon coast and a woman from BC had a tiger striped Boler. Really cute.

  13. One bed but it’s king size. Guess if we were really friendly, a couple more people could be fit on the bed. (grin)

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  15. Looks like fun! I’ll be going down to Salt Spring island for 3 months this summer to live in a tent. Maybe we can learn from each other’s experiences 🙂

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