Posted by: cherylyoung | September 28, 2012

Rathreover Provincial Park one of the premier vacation destinations on Vancouver Island


The beauty of majestic old-growth trees, ocean sunsets

and a wide sandy beach with campsites nestled

amongst Douglas-fir trees makes Rathtrevor Beach

Provincial Park one of the premier vacation destinations

on Vancouver Island.

Rathtrevor received its name from a gold prospector

and pioneer, William Rath, who settled in the area

with his wife and family in 1886.


William died in 1903, leaving his wife with the farm and

five children.


She developed the land and eventually operated it as

a campground, adding ‘trevor’ for lyrical effect.


Rathtrevor Campground became Rathtrevor Beach

Provincial Park in 1967 and though much has changed

since William and Elizabeth first arrived, its beauty and

importance will be preserved for our continued



The warm ocean water and sandy beach makes the

park a family camping favourite.


At low tide, almost a kilometre of sandy flats are exposed,

perfect for beachcombing.


When the tide rolls in over the sun-baked sand, the

warmed water is unbeatable for swimming.


Bird watching is good, especially in early spring when

large numbers of seabirds congregate for the annual

herring spawn.


The beach is one of the best spots on the island for

viewing migrating Brant Geese in March and April.


This lovely park has 174 serviced camping spots and

25 walk-in campsites, within 5 minutes walk to the beach.


The campground is fully equipped with a sani-station,

showers, flush and pit toilets and wheelchair



Reservations are mandatory between the last week of

June and Labour Day.


The park is open all year, and fees for the drive-in

campsites and walk-in campsites are collected from

March 16 to October 15.


A winter fee is charged with nil services provided from

October 16 to March 15; campers must be self-sufficient.


A sani-station/dump is available during the collecting



If the park is full, you may find alternative camping

facilities at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, 8 miles

(13 km) away, or Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park,

15 miles (24 km) to the west.


Follow the network of trails on a self-guided nature tour.


There are two adventure playgrounds and, during the

summer, an open-air amphitheatre is used for

interpretative park programs.


Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is located off Highway

19, south of Parksville on south central Vancouver Island,

British Columbia





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