Camping during the summer makes me happy but off season camping is like getting a present for no reason! There are so many spectacular days in September and October that it always seems such as shame to pack things up for the season following Labour Day. With this in mind we headed out to Eagle Vista RV Resort & Campground with friends last weekend, taking advantage of decent weather and the kids’ Pro D day to get in at least one more weekend of camping.
Eagle Vista is a centrally located, easily accessible family-owned and operated campground in Squamish. They are open year round and boast spacious (60 x 30 feet) serviced sites nestled in a partially treed environment next to the mountains. With 30 & 50 amp service, available pull thru sites, picnic tables and fire rings, you have a great spot to settle into for your camping adventures. The bathroom, shower and laundry facilities are airy and clean and best of all (for this addicted to the internet mom), they have free Wi-Fi!
Amenities that the kids will love include a small playground at which our kids spent hours, flat gravel roads for biking around and since summer 2013 Whistle Punk Hollow Adventure Golf. My husband immediately noted that it has a similar look to Cultus Lake mini golf and it turns out it was dreamed up by the same designer. A leisurely course, without the kitschy clowns and cartoonish feel that many adults don’t like, we spent a fun morning competing boys against girls on the immaculate course. With reduced rates for guests at Eagle Vista, it was a hit with the kids (especially the proud hitter of a hole in one!) and the parents!
Eagle Vista’s rates are very reasonable for the amenities they provide. To compare, just down the road at Porteau Cove Provincial Park (another family favorite), the sites include power and cost $38 per night. For an additional $4 per night at Eagle Vista you get water and sewer too! (summer rate of $42 is from May 15 to September 30 while off-season rates are $32 per night) And did I mention the free Wi-Fi? They also offer a great “Winter Seasonal” package for people that camp in the off season. It allows you to camp up to 10 days a month (weekends) leaving your RV hooked up on your spot all for $330.00/month (+ GST + electricity consumption.) If you enjoy many of the active pursuits available in the area such as skiing, hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, fishing or scuba diving, this is a tremendous way to have a home base away from home for far less than what a room at Whistler costs! My husband brought up his scuba gear and nipped out for 3 dives at sites nearby. Usually this entails a 90 minute drive from our home in the Tri-Cities but he was able to hit the water within minutes of leaving our trailer and was ‘home’ in time for dinner to boot.
No RV? No problem! They have Yurts available! At present there are two spacious tricked out yurts with kitchenette (full sized fridge but no range), large BBQ with side burner, bathroom, one bedroom, loft and living room with TV and two smaller “bare bones” yurts with beds (you supply the sleeping bags and the rest of your camping gear) with picnic table and communal fire ring. A centrally located community yurt used for kids’ activities and movie nights in the summer can be booked in advance for larger groups or parties.
A little bit of rain was not enough to dampen our spirits or enthusiasm for this camping trip. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows before it got really wet, then retreated indoors for some rousing card games, snacks and cocktails. The kids are already asking when we’ll be back so they can continue to play in the fort they created in the trees next to the playground, and we grown-ups are also itching to go back to our home base on the Sea to Sky at Eagle Vista, a great family campground.
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A big thank you to Eagle Vista RV Resort & Campground for hosting our family on this trip!
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