I was recently contacted by ParkBridge Lifestyle Communities and invited to stay at one of their many resorts located across Canada. It was a way of thanking me for a previous review I had put together about the Oceanside RV Park near Victoria BC. We’ve spent many months camped there during the last five years of full-time RVing and love it. We even stayed once for a 5 ½ month stretch.
While looking through their properties I noticed another Vancouver Island RV resort called Rondalyn. I had never really heard of it before but it was situated in a perfect spot for us just south of Nanaimo, BC. We are spending the summer further up the island and it would make a perfect little stop over spot, so I booked us in for 3 days in early May.
Getting to Rondalyn RV Resort
The resort is located approximately one hour from Victoria heading north and less than a half hour south of Nanaimo. Access is by a turn off the Trans-Canada highway then a couple kilometers of a paved country road leading right to the RV Park entrance. No problem for even the largest rigs, The highway turn off has a controlled light and the country road is fairly straight and wide enough.
If coming over from the BC mainland I’d advise taking the Duke Point ferry from Tsawwassen. This route avoids much of the city traffic found when taking the Swartz Bay or Horseshoe Bay routes and lands you very close to the Rondalyn Resort.
Money saving tip for RVers headed to Vancouver Island – Check the BC ferries promotion page – Traveling with your RV on off-peak days can yield big savings.
Rondalyn RV Park First Impressions
The sign at the entrance says “A Woodland Park Retreat” and it is definitely that with tons of greenery and trees. The first thing I noticed was the large clubhouse with a heated swimming pool next to it. A swimming pool! We were excited as it’s sort of a novelty on Vancouver Island for an RV Park to have one and abnormally warm spring weather was on the way.
The staff was friendly and we were promptly checked in and directed to #46, a forested back-in campsite with a little creek running behind it, very pretty indeed. One minor annoyance was the back-in sites were all on the blind side of the RV and a few hanging tree limbs brushed the roof of the RV at one narrow point on the road in. Low tree branches are always a bit of a concern with the solar panels up there but this time, no harm was done.
The campsite itself was fantastic with more than enough of space for our 30-foot trailer and large dually truck plus plenty left over. It was like being in a forest cave. We even had a little path back to a small deck perched above the babbling, Haslam Creek. Between campsites are some privacy plants, trees or shrubs making it more like a provincial park than a typical RV resort. Too many of them try to maximize space and you end up with barely enough room to open the awning without hitting the neighbors rig. The Rondalyn RV Resort has plenty of elbow room.
Our creek side site came with power, water, sewer and cable TV. The hookups are a bit low to the ground and the sewer quite far back in the site requiring 19 feet of hose to reach but are fairly modern and work well. Also included was a picnic table and fire ring. The free WiFi signal was strong and for the most part very usable.
A Walk Around the Rondalyn RV Resort
The resort is split into several areas and because of all the trees is larger than it looks at first glance. Once we got out for a walk we found several rows of large pull thru sites, some tenting loops, cottages and even a long-term residence area. Some of the long term sites were park model homes and some were trailers.
One resident, we spoke with snowbirds down south in the winter months but leased the site for the whole year as a home base. He even gets mail. He owned a Cougar trailer much like ours and gave the resort high marks. Another fellow camped beside us had spent the winter in Rondalyn and gave it a thumbs up too.
Being that is was early May and off season the resort wasn’t very busy with a lot of empty campsites but I bet it is a going concern in the summer months. With amenities like the heated pool, hot tub, large clubhouse, playground, basketball court, fishing, hiking trails and even a small pitch and putt golf course it appears to be a very family friendly park.
Day Trip from the Resort to Nanaimo Harbor
One of our favorite places to hang out and grab a bite to eat is the Boat Basin in Nanaimo’s harbor area. Anne is originally from Nanaimo so we made the ½ hour trip one day to meet up with several of her family members for a nice walk and a yummy brunch. Check the photo gallery below for some snapshots from the day.
Nanaimo harbor is a bustling place with boats and float planes coming and going. With its long causeway and dock access, it’s a great place to stretch the legs. You’ll find restaurants; coffee and ice cream shops along the way and can even buy fresh seafood right off the boats. At one end is a large public park often playing host to musicians, buskers, native wood carvers and art shows So if staying at Rondalyn definitely make a point of checking it out.
My Rondalyn RV Park Likes and Dislikes
- Large wider than normal campsites
- Lots of beautiful trees and plants
- Water features such as the creek and several ponds
- Small pitch and putt golf course
- Free WiFi that worked pretty well
- Heated pool and hot tub
- Large nice looking clubhouse (A new wrap around deck was being built during our visit)
- On-site laundry facility
- Friendly staff and residents
- Peaceful atmosphere
- Only 2 KM from the highway and close to city conveniences
- Arbutus RV parts and service location just across the highway
- Good security with a night time locked access gate
- Hookups were very close to the ground
- Sewer hole was way at the back of the campsite
- Back in sites along the creek were angled on the RV blind side
- A few low branches brushing the RV roof on the access road
Photos from our Rondalyn RV Resort Visit
I hope you found this review of the Rondalyn RV Resort on Vancouver Island helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our brief time there and it will definitely be on the radar when choosing a Vancouver Island RV Park destination in the future. Thumbs up from Love Your RV!
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