Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

 

For a relaxing and fun vacation, families cannot go wrong in choosing Rathrevor Beach Provincial Park located 3 km south of Parksville on central Vancouver Island. This park’s 2-km long white sandy beach perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing is one of its most attractive features. All campsites are located in a forested area of mature Douglas firs and are within a 5-minute walk from the beach. Other activities that can be enjoyed here include hiking, canoeing, cycling, and birdwatching, as well as exploring the many attractions and recreational pursuits of the Parksville area. This park is very kids-friendly: it has two adventure playgrounds, and each day, the Rathtrevor Nature House offers a Jerry’s Ranger program aimed at fostering conservation in children between the ages of 5 and 12. In the evenings at 7:30pm, there is an amphitheatre program suitable for all ages on a variety of Natural History topics. Due to this park’s immense popularity, reservations are required between the last week of June and Labour Day in September.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping Group Camping - - Picnic Areas Campfires Flush Toilets Pit Toilets Showers Drinking Water RV Sani Station - Playground - Wheel Chair Accessibility Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - Wind Surfing Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching - - - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 165, reservable: 165, nearest town: Parksville (3 km), Nanaimo (30 km)

Additional Information

Location

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is located 3 km south of Parksville on Hwy 19A, on central Vancouver Island. Take exit #51 from the Inland Island Highway (Hwy #19) and follow signs to the park.

Contact Information

R.L.C. Enterprize Ltd.
E-mail address: office@rlcenterprize.com
Phone: (250) 474-1336
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $24.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $12.00 per senior couple / night.

Winter Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night.

Walk-in / Cycle-in Frontcountry Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night.

Operation Dates

This park is open for camping year round, but no amenities such as water and firewood are provided during the winter season.

Campground dates with full fees and services: March 13 – October 15. Campground reservable dates: May 8 - September 15.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites, set in the wooded upland. All sites are within a 5-minute walk to the 2 km stretch of sandy beach. Rathtrevor Beach is very busy during the summer months and reservations are required between the last week of June and Labour Day in September.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

There are 25 walk-in campsites, located southeast of the Gatehouse. These sites are situated in a large open field. Pit toilets and two picnic shelters are located nearby.

Group Camping

Group Camping

There are 4 group campsites at this park, located off Rath Road, before you reach the day-use parking lots. These sites are situated in an open field, with picnic tables, fire rings, flush toilets/change building and fresh water. Group campsites can be reserved by calling 1-250-474-1336. Group Camping Fee: $24.00 per party / night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a large day-use/picnic area near the beach with 5 parking lots, 150 picnic tables, 2 picnic shelters, pit toilets, 2 flush toilet/change buildings, walking trails and an adventure playground. Day-use Area Vehicle Parking Fee: $1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per day. Group Picnicking Fee: $50.00 per group.

Campfires

Campfires

Campfire rings are provided at each campsite and communal rings in the day-use area. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator.

Showers

Showers

There are 3 hot shower buildings at this park, located in the main campground.

RV Sani Station

RV Sani Station

A sani-station/dump is available during the collecting season. Sani-station Use Fee: $2.00 per discharge.

Playground

Playground

There are two adventure playground areas in the park - one in the campground and one at the day-use area.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

The campground roads are paved for easy access. Campsites, shower stalls, flush toilets, beach access, many walking trails and parking stalls in the day-use area are all wheelchair accessible.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

This park offers limited opportunities for saltwater fishing. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations.

Hiking

Hiking

The park offers 5.5 km of easy walking trails, most of which are wheelchair accessible. Trails meander along the beach, weave through mature forests of Douglas fir, Western red cedar, hemlock, balsam, spruce and a variety of deciduous trees, including arbutus and maple. A variety of short trails link the walk-in, group and main campsites to the beach. Another trail loops from just before the main parking lot around a pretty heritage farm field.

Swimming

Swimming

This park offers excellent ocean swimming opportunities. On a low tide the ocean recedes almost a kilometer, providing an ideal place for youngsters of all ages to play. When the tide rolls in over the hot sand, the warmed water is unbeatable for swimming and saltwater fun.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking is possible from the beach. The tide can be very low; check the local tide guides for details.

Wind Surfing

Wind Surfing

Opportunities exist for ocean windsurfing in this park.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways; bicycles are not allowed on trails.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park offers spectacular panoramic views of the ocean. From March 15 to April 15, visitors can view the impressive Brandt Geese migration.

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