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

2022   Our “Point of View”

Living Forest Office Phone: (250) 755-1755

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



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: 8am – 8pm Daily

Laundry Room Hours: 8am – 8pm Daily

Adult Clubhouse Hours: 8 am – 8 pm Daily (free Wi-Fi around the office building) 

Kids Games Room Hours: Open 9 am – 8pm

Living Forest Café: Open on weekends.

Firewood: $9/ Bundle of Firewood. Pick them up at the office during our office hours!  

Propane: Fills available at the office, From 9:00am to 4:00pm. Current price: $1.20/lb.

  • Starting October 1, 2017 and onward: 100 lb tanks can be picked up to be filled on Mon – Fri. Please make arrangements with Front Desk Staff. 

Showers: Require Tokens. Tokens can be purchased from the office for $1 each for 5 minutes of water; there are 2 shower buildings, see map for locations. You may purchase shower tokens with debit, credit, or cash . 

Cable: Cable boxes are only available for monthly stays. 

Today’s date: March 2 , 2023

Sunrise: 6:57 am

Sunset: 17:59 pm

Today’s Weather: A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 8. UV index 2 or low.

Tonight’s Weather:  

Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of rain showers changing to 30 percent chance of flurries after midnight. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light late this evening. Low minus 1.

Tomorrow’s Weather:  Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early in the morning. Rain showers beginning in the morning. High 6. UV index 1 or low.

Tomorrow Night’s Weather:  Showers. Windy. Low plus 3.

Bus Schedule TO and FROM: Port Place Centre (labelled PO and adjacent to downtown) – South Parkway Plaza  (labelled SP near Country Grocer) pickup at Petro Can Gas station bus stop. 
How to use Google Maps (including ours!)
while you are driving without using precious cell phone data! Step by step instructions if you don’t already know how to do this! Click to read. ______________________________________________________________________ 
Bus to town info:
 0.5 km walk/drive to Petro Can gas station bus stop at South Parkway Plaza. Hours: 7 am – 10pm Daily Looking for incredible Island day trips? Visit our video channel at Livingforest.com/islandvideos. We’re always adding more videos with driving direction links to our camper’s favorite day trip 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. Our LivingForest.com/IslandMap is a Google Map and has place marks for tons of great places to visit, so clicking any place mark 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! 

CANOE & KAYAK RENTALS: Call the office to find out how to book!!
Festivals and Events 
see what’s going on around the Island!

 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 free NANAIMO BUS app- no WiFi needed to use it. iOS coming soon.


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, , 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, Liquor Store, Buckerfields, Island Emerald Medical Centre, Petro-Canada, Subway, A&W, Smittys


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!


MORE LINKS for Great Stuff to See and Do

Regional District of Nanaimo’s Park and Trail map link 

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.