Bella Pacifica Campground
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Bella Pacifica Campground

400 Mackenzie Beach Rd. P.O. Box 413, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0 Canada
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#5 of 6 campsites in Tofino
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Open from March to November, Bella Pacifica Campground is located on the western shore of Vancouver Island and offers both an oceanfront and wilderness setting.
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Free internet
Public wifi
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ocean view
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400 Mackenzie Beach Rd. P.O. Box 413, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Car recommended
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Tofino-Long Beach Airport
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HarVeeW wrote a review Oct 2020
Shawnigan Lake, Canada47 contributions23 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I loved Bella Pacifica. We were in a 25 foot class B+ motorhome in the sea view terrace area. Sites up there are conventional parallel trailer/Rv parking, not huge but adequate. Most sites could use a new dose of road-base (fine gravel) to reduce the dirt/mud, but it was a bit exacerbated by a huge rain/windstorm we had.

It was a short walk down to the beach but next time we’ll try to get a spot at beach level. Most of those have full hookups and many are long enough for our unit. A few positive comments (besides the incredible beach and old growth forest.) 1/ the wifi was great. Admittedly we were near the washroom where the wifi transmitter was, I could aim my ubiquiti receiver directly across the road at the antenna. One of the days was very stormy, a Netflix kind of day, so we were happy to be well connected. 2/ the (half km?) road in was freshly graded when we were here so the campground must have listened to other reviews. 3/ some of the tent sites made me wish we were still tenters. Wow the variety of twisty roots and trees, with tent pads in amongst them was so cool, and a few were also a hop,skip from the beach.

The beach is a good one for walks, ocean watching, bike riding, and surfing, though I think avid surfers know of better breaks than this one. Tofino is a bike-rideable distance about 3 km, with a multi-use path so you don’t need to ride on the road.

We think this campground is a pretty solid 4/5 though we haven’t experienced it in the busy period. But as recent retirees, we camp mostly in shoulder season...we’ll definitely be back.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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RedRanger2005 wrote a review June 2015
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 7 nights in May '15. 5 nights at a site in their beachfront area, 2 nights at a site in their Forest Loop area.

I would've liked to have given this campground/business a 3.5/5 rating but this Tripadviser site doesn't give you that option.

Generally, this campground is a bit on the rustic side, but, it is the west coast of Canada, so, if you going there you're, likely, looking for a rustic adventure. If not, there are hotels and motels in the area.

ATTENTION: If you're pitching a tent, and your tent is the type that needs to be staked to the ground, bring heavy-duty steel stakes (6" - 9") and a heavy mallet. Unlike Provincial and Federal campgrounds, this campground doesn't have crushed rock camp pads in the various sites. The ground is natural...soil, sand, gravel, and larger stones. Standard tent pegs won't do the job!

At the beachfront site, you don't get much - if any - visual privacy from your neighbours...unless you make your own (tarps, RV, etc.). You won't get audio privacy from your neighbours, either...but that's common to most campgrounds. Also, in the beachfront sites, you're a bit 'cheek-to-jowl' with your neighbours. The beachfront sites vary in size, and, with no info on a particular site's dimensions, it's helpful if you've camped there, before, and are familiar with the site you're booking.

That being said, the view from the beachfront sites is lovely, and hearing the waves crashing on the beach really puts you in holiday frame of mind.

Most of the Forest Loop sites give you decent visual privacy from your neighbours (much more than I've ever found at a provincial or federal campground), but, there again, it helps if you're familiar with the particular site you're booking. Like the beachfront sites, the size and dimensions of these sites vary. Though you don't get an ocean view, and - depending on the site you get - you might not be able to hear the ocean waves, the Forest Loop area has it's own charms. The flora in these rain forest sites can be quite amazing!

***Be aware that at both the Beachfront and Forest Loop sites, the ground in your site may not be perfectly flat or well levelled. If you're tenting, you might have to assess the site to determine where you're going to place your tent, etc.

One of the nice things about this campground is that the picnic tables and firepits aren't cemented to the ground as they are in federal and provincial campgrounds. Therefor, you can set up your site the way that best suits you and your gear. I really like this feature!

As others have mentioned, the shower facilities are as rustic as the rest of the campground. No heated washroom/shower facilities. The water temperature in the showers wasn't hot, hot...but sufficiently warm. If it's a cool and windy day, be prepared to cover up quickly after your shower.

Just so you know, we'd heared from others that the firewood that you can purchase at the campground isn't always dried, sufficiently, and can it can be a bit of a pain to keep your fire going. We brought our own wood, so, we were ok.

We didn't have much interaction with the staff...other than a couple of telephone calls to make our reservation, and checking in and checking out. In the interactions we did have, we found the staff to be helpful and friendly.

Yes, we'd camp here, again. Now, knowing a little bit about the campground and the various sites, and if we were able to get the sites that we liked, we'd definitely camp here, again.

P.S. It would be nice if, similar to provincial campgrounds, Bella Pacifica provided site photos and measurements on their website.
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Date of stay: May 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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RandHVacations wrote a review Aug 2015
Edmonton, Canada677 contributions138 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
A little expensive for beachfront but I guess you have to pay a little more for the best views. We had an oceanfront campsite which was a little rocky, there was running water and a power source. Equipped with a fire pit and picnic table (You need to buy your own wood). The beach is 1min walking distance from the surrounding campsites so if you plan on staying a couple days it wouldn't matter if you had a beachfront site. Clean campground, coin operated shower and laundry services like a washer and dryer. Washrooms are clean. A great place to stay but a little pricey.
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Date of stay: June 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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citylovers2015 wrote a review May 2021
Parksville, Canada16 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for a week at Bella Pacifica which has a rule on their website which states “Maximum of 4 persons per site “.I wrote the following letter to Bella Pacifica detailing our concerns observed during our stay which has not been responded to .

We just finished a 7 day stay at Bella Pacifica and for the first 5 days enjoyed our stay. It appeared that the Covid regulations were being adhered to . Limited number of people in sites and only one vehicle per site. Masks were worn in the washrooms.
On Saturday we moved into site 6 and directly beside us in site 7 a large group set up their site . There were anywhere from 5 to10 people in the site and at times people walked in and joined the group. This was a group of young people with 3 dogs 2 of which were never tied up or on a leash . There were always 2 cars and a times 3 . As the vehicles changed we assumed that the people in site 7 were local to Tofino.I phoned the office on Friday at 8:30 to express my concern about the size of the group and the visitors. I was told that there would be a patrol at 9:30 but when I questioned the visitors to the site I was given no explanation.
My husband stepped in dog feces on the gravel trail to the bathroom and we had another pile of feces in our site beside our fire pit which we stepped in and tracked onto our outdoor mat and into our vehicle.These dogs walked throughout the campground all weekend and were never leashed.
I am copying the relevant sections of your Covid policy and general policy.
“ A strict no visitor policy has been implemented.All guests must be registered at office prior to entering campground.”
“Security sweeps will be increased throughout both day and night.”
“Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Pets must not be left unattended.”
I would like clarification of the number of people and dogs permitted in a site .

If campground management had wanted to allow a young group to party on the weekend during Covid they could have placed them in one of the sites at the back of the property and not in the smallest most expensive sites on the beach. The campground had only half of its sites occupied.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Aleesha J wrote a review July 2023
Williams Lake, Canada25 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the worse campgrounds I've ever been to. If you like camping directly beside 5 other people with ZERO privacy and listening to dogs bark all day, you'll love it here. Honestly, I did notice other sites that wouldn't be as bad as what we were given. I had reserved a site back in March and was able to pick any location, and ask for a site route. I asked for one that was somewhat private, but was given this. When I called he said it's usually all booked out by October and this was likely the last they had., but that doesn't make sense because as I said, I had my pick of any of the site routes. Tin wis sucks. People complained of the ocean sites, but I think they would of been a lot better than this trash. I've camped all over BC, obviously prefer the rec sites that are first come first serve so you can pick your location. But even in Banff AB being one of Canada's hot spots for tourism has sites aimed towards a real camping feel with privacy. So don't be deceived by the pictures and try and actually see this site if possible before making a reservation so you know what your wasting your money on.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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T M wrote a review Sept 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Camped here in the Spring and Fall for 15 years in the forested sites. Never had any complaints and always enjoyed my stay.

Then they turn it into just another price gouge fest…. more than doubling the rates by extending the their “high season” while increasing the rates overall. Last year it cost me $44 to camp here late Sept-early Oct and the campground was half empty. This year the minimum is $105 for the same dates / same sites + extra for showers and firewood. I won’t be returning.
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Date of stay: October 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Local food lover wrote a review June 2023
30 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Resort inaccessible by road b/c wildfire. We learned of the closure from friends in the area. But, no calls or email messages or anything from the resort about the problem 2 days before we were scheduled to depart and despite being a 2 day's drive away. Daily calls to them went unanswered/not returned. Emails same. Finally got thru on the new reservations line, which they are answering! Insisted on charging cancellation fee b/c we didn't cancel 7 days in advance. Egregiously unprofessional outfit. Used to be a nice place to stay. Now you're treated like a mark & insulted with fees for things they could have easily prevented but didn't bother to.
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Date of stay: June 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Get ready to lose your money if anything happens
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Randy H wrote a review Oct 2023
Parksville, Canada27 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Still one of the nicest sites on the west coast (Tofino) and I believe the only place you can camp just steps from the beach. We have now been staying here for over 25 years, 1-3 weeks a year. It can be very full through most of the year but tends to be less busy in the late fall due to unpredictable weather but that's just the nature of the west coats. We always stay in site 8 which is the largest and nicest site on the waterfront but they do limit the waterfront sites to 18 foot trailers or smaller. It can be loud on weekends but that's why we carry ear plugs. :>)
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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LindaLinda888 wrote a review July 2021
Toronto, Canada41 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked this site half a year ago (insane) and it was worth the wait :) What better than having the beach as your backyard. The camping site is divided by trees so that there is privacy. The bathrooms and showers are clean for camping standard (I didn't take a shower here b/c I was too cold). During the summer, there is campfire ban due to forest fires so pls respect the rule! This site is huge. Dont bother setting an alarm - the ravens and steller jays will do the job. Next time, we would to get the ocean view spots ..maybe booking 2 years ahead?
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Date of stay: July 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Mike W wrote a review Apr 2023
6 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed at multiple campgrounds in Tofino and this is by far the lowest end campground of them all. The staff is brutal to deal with all the way to management. Once they have your money they do not care at all about ensuring you are satisfied with your dealing with them. I would recommend Surf Grove by far over this resort, It might be a bit more money but you get what you pay for.
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Date of stay: October 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Fern R wrote a tip Sept 2023
1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t come here, it is garbage!"
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Dreamer512781 wrote a tip June 2023
1 contribution4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Beware of them trying to keep your refund. Even if you cancel well ahead of the required 7 days. "
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Local food lover wrote a tip June 2023
30 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get ready to lose your money if anything happens"
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Edsia wrote a tip Apr 2022
Westbridge, Canada399 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very, very busy in high season. Go before the crowds arrive."
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Christina L wrote a tip Aug 2019
8 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Forested sites off the beachfront have a bit more privacy!"
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183
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bella Pacifica Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Bella Pacifica Campground?
Nearby attractions include Tofino Botanical Gardens (0.9 km), Henry's Carving Shed (1.0 km), and Raincoast Education Society (0.9 km).
What are some restaurants close to Bella Pacifica Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chocolate Tofino, wildside grill, and Tacofino Cantina.
Are pets allowed at Bella Pacifica Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Bella Pacifica Campground have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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