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Camping experiences make for life-long memories on Vancouver Island's hidden gem

Golf, swim and fish at scenic family-friendly Rondalyn Resort

Looking for a relaxing escape to Vancouver Island? The simple pleasures of camping are easily accessible at Parkbridge’s year-round Rondalyn, RV and Camping Resort.

Imagine a typical day comprised of relaxing in nature's tranquillity. Perhaps you indulge in an afternoon enjoying the fresh pine air and scoring your best round on the 9-hole-pitch-and-putt, the perfect activity to reconnect with friends and family. Or, maybe, a hike or bike ride (be sure to mind the deer) traversing the countless trails and backroads. All capped off by a refreshing dip in the pool.

Later, you might tuck into some gooey s'mores around your campfire under a canopy of stars while being regaled by the family angler with the trout story of the day—the catch that seemingly gets bigger (as do the laughs) with each retelling.

These are just the type of memories waiting to be made at the resort's amenity-rich accommodations, including overnight voyageur RV camping, rustic tent camping, seasonal RV sites and ready-to-camp cabin rentals.

Sheltered two kilometres off the Trans-Canada Highway between Ladysmith and Nanaimo, the resort is situated on 35 acres among towering Douglas fir on the banks of the serene and scenic Haslam Creek, where salmon spawn every fall. An easy drive from both Duke Point and Departure Bay ferry terminals makes this an ideal and convenient family-friendly camping getaway.

Abundant amenities and recreation

The additional convenience of a five-minute drive to urban amenities, like restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and other attractions, ensures plenty of options for whatever you need.

"The wonders of Island weather draw many guests year-round who are ready to have fun, hang out with family and enjoy their peaceful stay surrounded by nature and the sound of the running creek," says Rodrigo Teran, resort manager.

"Afternoon campfires begin, where both older and younger guests begin to gather," says Teran. "Some with a good read and glass of wine, while others are still watching their kids riding bikes, or enjoying a walk with their pets."

Many guests convey feel-good stories of their experiences. Some come for the tranquillity, wildlife and exceptional location, noting the proximity and short drive on the island. Still, most are quick to say they return year after year to spend quality time with family and friends and build new memories.

Further amenities and recreational activities on the resort include a clubhouse, horseshoe pits, road hockey, children’s playground, beach volleyball and basketball courts (doubling as pickleball courts), and the fully-stocked catch-and-release trout pond.

"Many guests find Rondalyn the perfect destination for any family,” reveals Teran. “If you like riding your bike or quad, you'll find access to several local dirt roads. For golfers, there are four local courses, or if you enjoy fishing, clamming, or crabbing, you can explore a few options nearby."

To further elevate your heart rate, there are nearby adventures to experience, including the Trans Canada Trail, Haslam Creek Suspension Bridge and Nanaimo's WildPlay Element Parks with Bungy Jump.

The resort is a perfect addition to anyone taking a scenic road trip from Victoria to the north of the island, particularly up the coast through Coombs, Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach and Cumberland.

Those on such a journey should check out the Fanny Bay Seafood Shop for farm-fresh oysters and live crab, take a guided public tour through the Morrell Nature Sanctuary and stop by White Sails Brewing's taproom for their award-winning Snake Island Cascadian Dark Ale.

Special 3FOR2 discount

The scenery and amenities should be enough to entice you, but if you need additional incentive, you won't want to miss the opportunity to enjoy more for less with the 3FOR2 spring promotion, three nights for the price of two.

When you buy two nights at the base rate, you'll receive the third night free when arriving on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday from April 18, 2022, to June 21, 2022, with no maximum stay limits.

The special discount applies to new reservations at the resort for ready-to-camp rental accommodation or overnight/voyageur bookings, with considerations. Guests must use the promotion code 3FOR2, whether by phone, online or walk-in, to benefit from the promotion and is not to be combined with any other offer(s).

For more information or to book now, call 250-245-3227, email or visit