Daily updates and Living Forest info you can’t live without!

   Our “Point of View”

Living Forest Office Phone: (250) 755-1755

After Hours Emergency: (250) 618-8705 or 911

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THREE MAIN RULES: PLEASE call the office at 250.755.1755 if folks aren’t following these easy rules!!

— NO music that can be heard outside your RV or tent (headphones baby!)

— Dogs MUST be leashed, quiet and picked up after

— Fires OUT and QUIET by 11 pm

Security gate: Closed from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am. To exit, pull up to gate and it will open. If you need to return to the park between 11:00 pm and 5 am, PLEASE get the code from the office during office hours!

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Office Hours: 9 am – 8 pm Daily

Laundry Room Hours: 9 am – 9 pm Daily

Adult Clubhouse Hours: 9 am – 9 pm Daily

Kids Games Room Hours: 9 am – 8pm Daily

Living Forest Cafe: Closed for the Season

Firewood: $8/ Bundle of Firewood. $3 for Kindling. Pick them up at the office during our office hours!

Propane: Fills available at the office, during office hours. Current price: $1.05/lb.

  • Starting October 1 2017: 100 lb tanks can be picked up to be filled on Mon-Wed. Please make arrangements with Front Desk Staff.

Showers: 5 minutes for each $1 coin; 2 shower buildings, see map for locations

Cable: TV has changed for campgrounds! No more ‘plug in the cable’ at campsites in Canada- the full change to digital took effect June 16, 2016, and we didn’t have much say about it.  Even though our 200 serviced site still have a cable hookup, they no longer work without a digital box to go with them – at Living Forest that means a Shaw digital box.

Shaw has given us 60 digital boxes that are available for use by longer stay campers (a week or more). No charge to use one during your stay, but a refundable security deposit will be required. But remember, the really big screen is outside your RV window when you’re camping. For full details contact our front desk 250-755-1755

Today’s date: Dec 10, 2017

Sunrise: 8:00 am Sunset: 4:16 pm

Today’s Weather: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 9.

Tonight’s Weather: A few clouds. Fog patches developing this evening. Low zero.

Tomorrow’s AM Weather: Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 8.

Tomorrow’s Night Weather: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low plus 2.

CANOE & KAYAK RENTALS: Closed for the Season

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Looking for incredible Island daytrips? Visit our video channel at Livingforest.com/islandvideos.We’re always adding more videos with driving direction links to our camper’s favourite daytrip parks and special places. They’re filmed with a steadicam system that shows you what’s there so you can see if it’s right for you and your family.

 

 

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Our LivingForest.com/IslandMap is a Google Map and has placemarks for tons of great places to visit, so clicking any placemark on the map will open video(s) and written description of each special place and of course it’s a live map, so it shows you how to find it!  And we are always adding more spots!

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Festivals and Events HarbourLiving.ca see what’s going on around the Island

City Bus to town info: 0.5km walk/drive to PetroCan gas station bus stop at South Parkway Plaza  Hours: 7am – 10pm Daily

Bus Schedule TO and FROM:

– South Parkway Plaza  (labelled SP near Country Grocer) pickup at PetroCan Gas station bus stop

– Port Place Centre (labelled PO and adjacent to downtown)

 Prideaux & Fitzwilliam Streets which is ‘The Old City Quarter’ (labelled which is a few blocks from downtown).

— Android phone user? Visit the PLAY STORE for the new free NANAIMO BUS app- no WiFi needed to use it. iOS coming soon.

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Services at (or on the way to) South Parkway Plaza across the highway (0.5 km):

Rona building supplies, Coastal Community Credit Union, Daily Dollar Plus, South Care Chiropractic, Anytime Fitness, Salvation Army Thrift Store, Curves, Lifelabs, Gallery South Hair Design, Rexall Pharmacy, Sushi To Go, Canada Post, Sun’s Noodle Bar, Pizza Mia, Tim Hortons, Chase River Veterinary Hospital, Chase River Dental Centre, Pharmasave, Be Beautiful Day Spa & Salon, Liquour Store, Serious Coffee, Buckerfields, Film Buff Video, Island Emerald Medical Centre, Petro-Canada, Subway, A&W, Smittys

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Link to the Tourism Nanaimo Events page searchable by category, location and week or month

Nanaimo Bar Trail Find your own favourite version of this world famous Nanaimo treat at one of the 34 stops on the Nanaimo Bar Trail, including our own Living Forest Cafe, which serves amazing Nanaimo Bar Milkshakes during the summer season– and remember, ALL profits from our Cafe are donated to one of four charities– and you get to help decide which one!

There’s classic versions of Nanaimo Bars, as well as cheesecakes, deep fried, cinnamon buns, cupcakes, fudge, spring roll, cocktails, latte- you can even get a Nanaimo Bar pedicure!  The link will give you a map with all of the restaurants and businesses on the Nanaimo Bar Trail.

Check out this blog where you can follow a couple’s experience with the Nanaimo Bar Trail!

 

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MORE LINKS for Great Stuff to See and Do

Link to the Nanaimo Cultural Map which includes listings of Artists, Cultural Organizations, and Culinary Arts & Food

Link to the City of Nanaimo Activity Guide 

Link to the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre

Link to the Nanaimo Ice Arena

SIGHTSEEING TOURS within 50 KM!  Top 7 area tours from GoNanaimo.com – just click the link above, for the following detailed driving and walking tours, with details of the sights and sounds to be seen from: – Nanaimo Waterfront Walking Tour/– Nanaimo Downtown Walking Tour/– North Nanaimo Driving Tour/– South Nanaimo Driving Tour/– Ladysmith Chemainus Driving Tour/– Gabriola Driving Bicycling Tour/– Oceanside Route Driving Tour (Parksville/Qualicum/Coombs/Errington

LOST? click for Living Forest Park Map 

Stand at our breathtaking ‘Point of View’ (short trail between sites 130 and 131) and this is what you’ll see!  Here’s a guide to tell you what you’re looking at.

 

 

 

 

 

Camper questions answered!

We get lots of questions at the front desk!.
Here’s a list of answers to common ones.  But you can always ask more!  Email us: reservations@livingforest.com or call 250.755.1755

And remember, LivingForest.com/Daily has tons more info and link that are useful when you’re onsite (directions/maps/phone numbers/free camping contests/office/cafe/laundry/kayak/propane info).

On Site Related Questions:

  1. What is the big steel wheel?
    • Just upstream from the Living Forest, the neighbouring property has an industrial history, having been a concrete plant, a pile driving/barge manufacturing plant, and a storage lot for a company that built docking structures.  The big wheel was a remnant of a docking structure called a dolphin.  If you look at many BC Ferries terminals, you’ll see them. Turned on their side, these wheels are the frame to hold concrete and timbers to help hold ferries in place at dock, to unload.  Who knew?
  1. How do you use the park WiFi?
    • There is free WiFi at two locations in the park: the office and the café patio overlooking the beach area. The first network is LivingForest Office 1 or Living Forest Office 2, password: livingforest. The second network is located at the cafe and is called LivingForestCafe, password:livingforestcafe (shared space so not the place for secure online activity).
    • If you would like WiFi at your campsite, visit the office and purchase an access code, which will require the usual login when you open your browser. There are many WiFi nodes throughout the park and our latest upgrade was done in 2017.  WiFi in a huge park with hills and trees and RV’s is very challenging for the tech providers, and some areas of the park have stronger signal than others. We currently have the highest upgrade and fastest internet option available. Please let our office staff know at the time of reserving if this is a priority for you so they can help optimize your camping location within the park.
  1. What coins are needed for the washers and dryers?
    • They take $2.50 (2 loonies and 2 quarters) for a wash cycle, which we have estimated at 30 minutes.  Dryers take quarters and run 5 minutes for each quarter.  Single load soap is available in the office for $0.50, and single load dryer sheets are $0.25.