Frequently Asked Questions

What are office hours?

Winter 9am - 8pm daily, summer 8am -10pm daily. In case of any emergency, there are a number of family/staff on site 24/7.

What are the hours for the showers and bathrooms?

24/7- All bathrooms onsite are quality flush toilet, tiled and heated. Showers are token operated, $1/ 5 minutes and cleaned daily. Our facilities are top rated in B.C. (Camping Select).

What are laundry hours, facilities, and costs?

Winter 9am - 9pm daily, summer 8am - 10pm daily. There are 6 washers and 4 commercial dryers. $2.50/wash load & dryers are $.25/ 5 minutes. The laundry room is connected to the games room and lounge and also has an ironing board and iron, TV, book exchange, and wifi to check e-mail on your laptop. Change, soap and drier sheets are available in the adjoining office (during winter office hours).

What are the lounge and games room hours?

Winter 9am - 9pm daily, summer 8am - 10pm daily - no extra charge.

What about security?

The gate automatically closes at 11pm and re-opens at 5:30am. Living Forest will always allow exit from the park and we can provide you with an entry code if coming in late. Several family/staff members live onsite in several locations of the park, so in the rare event of any disturbances or problems, help is close and immediate by telephone.

When can I stay monthly?

Living Forest offers monthly stays of up to 8 months year round (after 8 months guests must vacate park for at least 4 months). We do limit the number of sites available for monthly rentals at busier times of the year.

Is there a minimum winter stay?

Yes - one night!  We do have daily and weekly rates. 

Can I reserve a particular site?

Absolutely!  For monthly reservations, we require a $100 deposit made on your Visa or MasterCard (or debit if in person).  Just call or email. Be aware that for 'no penalty' cancellations, two months’ notice is required on monthly reservations.

How early should I reserve?

Just before the site you want gets taken!  Our reservation software looks far into the future - but we only take reservations 1 year in advance. That makes it fair for everyone to get 'first crack' at their favourite site. Reserve as early as you can for best selection.  All of the sites are nice, but everyone has favourites. If you come up with any other questions (could happen :-), just call or email. The only dumb questions are the ones you don't ask.

How do I get more online information about things to do, updated weather and tides, area shopping and up to date events for our stay?

Right here on our website, or visit and bookmark our micro website, where you will find tons of useful information to make your stay with us more enjoyable and informed. Updated daily!

Can I receive mail during my stay?

Yes, we hold mail delivered to the office in your name, and there is a post office close by.

What about medical care and facilities in Nanaimo?

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is the major medical treatment centre north of Victoria, and has extensive and updated treatment facilities. There are also several walk in clinics in Nanaimo, including one at the medical arts facility next to Southgate Plaza, 1km away from the Living Forest. Medical professionals of all types like to make Vancouver Island their home, so we are proud to have many excellent health care professionals in Nanaimo.

What's the water like in the park?

The river and ocean are much warmer in the summer... Just kidding. We're supplied by the City of Nanaimo, where the drinking water quality is better than any other place we know of!

What about garbage and recycling?

We ask folks to pack their garbage and extensive recycling list (now including compost and kitchen scraps) to a central location near the park entrance.  Nanaimo is one of the top recycling towns in the country.

Are you pet friendly?

Are your pets friendly?  Non aggressive, quiet, leashed and picked-up-after pets are most welcome - any other type, not so much.  We can also direct you to off leash areas.

What about heating costs - is propane delivered?

With current rates for electricity and propane, many folks find electricity to be a bit more economical, and also more comfortable (propane heat creates condensation and dampness). Propane is sold and external tanks refilled onsite - just come to the office during office hours. Winter monthly electric bills are generally between $25 and $80 for people heating with propane, and $50 - $200 for people heating with electricity. Rig size, age, and temperature heated to all affect the range,
but that gives you an idea.  The electric meters are read at the end of each month and added to your site rental, which is due on the first of each month.

Is telephone and hi-speed internet available?

Times change! Land line telephone service is no longer available to your site - cell service only.  Hi-speed internet is available, with our extensive Tengo WiFi available for a fee in all full service RV sites - contact the office for details. FREE WiFi is available at the office and the Living Forest Cafe, overlooking the beach area.

Will my satellite dish work there?

Too many trees in a lot of the park, but we do have a small selection of waterview sites that seem to work just fine - let us know if that's a priority.

Are there sites with 50 amp electrical service?

32 sites have 50 amp service, many with oceanview, some are pull thrus - including 4 oceanview 'nose in' sites for motorhomes to enjoy the view out the front windshield.

Are campfires permitted?

Otherwise it just wouldn't be camping!  Every site has a picnic table and fire ring and dry firewood is sold at the office.