We just got back from another staycation camping trip. This one didn’t turn out the way we had originally planned but turned out great nevertheless. So I thought I would post a quick review of the site we went to. We recently discovered Rec Sites. The ones we have been to so far have been on logging roads north of Campbell River. We had been told about one at Stella Lake which is about an hour north of here. It reportedly had a wonderful sandy beach with 14 camp sites. We decided we would go on Wednesday because the weekend was a long weekend and we wanted to get there early so as to beat the crowds and ensure we get a site. Well it was an adventure! Armed with our book “Backroad Mapbook of Vancouver Island” we set off mid afternoon on Wednesday. Our daughter was to meet us there on Friday after she finished work and spend the long weekend with us. There are 2 logging roads that will take you there. One is Rock Bay Rd which is the longer route and the other is Elk Bay Rd which is considerably shorter. We had been told that Rock Bay Rd is in better shape and Elk Bay has been quite bad. So we opted for the longer route. It has to be up there with one of the worst roads we had every been on! Perhaps it just seemed that way as we were in a motorhome which was being shook to death. Road was very washboardy to say the least. If you are driving a truck you might not find it so bad. So it took forever to get there. We find this stunning lake with an equally stunning beach. All 14 sites were full. There were a few other ones along the road but they were also full. Oh, oh, what to do now?
We looked at our mapbook and find that there is another camping spot at Elk Bay which is on the ocean and not too far. Well might as well set out for there. Road is now worse! We did find the last site available there out of 7 sites. The sites all look out onto discovery passage and the view is stunning. Wow, we couldn’t believe how stunning it was. The beach is rocky but with that view, who cared! There is a boat launch there and there were lots of people out fishing. There were lots of cruise ships going by and they are fun to watch. No fires of course due to the fire ban. There are no amenities there other than pit toilets. So strictly off grid.
One other thing that this area does not have is cell service. Our daughter thinks we are at Stella Lake. We walked all over trying to see if there might be a spot where we could pick up a bit of a signal. No go. We lucked in and one of our neighbours at the campsite was driving in to town and agreed to call her and tell her where we are and how to get there. A great example of the good people you meet in the RV community.
We spent 5 nights at Elk Bay Rec Site looking out at Discovery Passage. You can’t ask for a better view and all for free. Wow how great is that? And we got lucky as road crews graded Elk Bay Rd while we were there so we took that route coming home and it was so much better and a lot shorter.
So while we didn’t get to camp at Stella Lake this time, we got a huge reward at the end of the really crappy road at Elk Bay Rec Site. Go check it out!