I have long thought that BC was beautiful and we’ve always loved spending time here so when we had the opportunity to move to Vancouver we held our breath and jumped in.
Since moving here and exploring a bit more of the province I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s more than beautiful, it’s freaking spectacular! Camping however, has been a little bittersweet partly because we haven’t gone as much as we’d like (hoped) and partly because the friends we camped with are still in Alberta.
But last week my husband had a business trip that took him to one of our favorite places; the Shuswap. We’ve spent lots of time here camping and house boating, and it’s a great area. Since he’d be gone for almost a week, we decided we’d go with him, take the trailer and stay at a campground near his job site. That’s how we ended up at Sunset Bay RV Resort and Campground on Blind Bay, a quiet bay on the NW arm of the lake.
This was a smaller private campground, about 65 full hook up, gravel pad sites, but it had spots available right on the beach. As in 20 steps from the door to the water! Awesome! It also had free Wi-Fi (which I needed if I was going camping mid-week while my husband worked and the kids played) but no playground. But really who needs a playground when you have a beach, lake and dock to explore! Other amenities included boat dock, restaurant, washroom, coin shower and laundry facilities (although I didn’t use any of these so can’t comment about them.) Full service sites are always more expensive, and these were $60/night, although we got an off season rate of $40/ night. Tents are charged about $25 which is reasonable.
As with some other private campgrounds, the spots way too close together for my personal preference. There was practically no privacy and with it being full serviced the adjacent sites sewage pipe was only about 6 feet from our door. I think this would be great place if you are camping with friends or family, but not so great if you have strangers on both sides.
And I will admit, camping on the beach is romantic in theory but very sandy in practice. An outdoor mat, sturdy broom and the outside shower kept the mess in check however. The kids loved it though so it was worth a little mess.
Would we go back here? With a group of friends – maybe; by ourselves – maybe not. If a full service site and beach access are what you want, this is a great place for you.