Yes, there is FREE on this Island


Lets start first with Chemainus....

 There are 10 designated RV parking spaces, 5 parallel spaces on the east side of Victoria Street between Victoria Street and Mill Street and 5 angled off-street spaces Croft Street just north of Mill Street. The spaces on Victoria Street have painted RV-Only along them, the Croft Street spaces are signed for RVs but have less restrictive markings. These spots have unrestricted time restrictions.  Pretty quiet street with a short walk/drive to an oceanfront park with bathrooms, trash cans and a boat ramp.

Arden Creek near Port Alberni

Port Alberni, British Columbia
GPS: 49.141383, -124.81341


The road in is dirt. Arden Creek is open Year round. There are 6-15 campsites at this location and the maximum RV length is 25 feet. You may stay 14 days at Arden Creek.


  • Boat Ramp
  • Fire Ring
  • Near Water
  • Pets Welcome
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms

Oyster Bay Rest Area

On the East side of the Island

GPS: 49.89527, -125.14654

Rest area. Picnic tables,toilets. By the ocean. Great spot to stay for a night.


Strathcona Dam Campsites

GPS: 49.998802, -125.583122

Fantastic wonderful location. Toilets, fire pits (watch for firebans however), swimming, boating and walking. Do be bear aware though we saw two bears on the road above the campsite in just 2 days. It is patrolled by a ranger who does an excellent job keeping place clean and tidy.

Mount Washington

 GPS: 49.74559, -125.31964

During the summer season without snow there is a parking lot where you can stay overnight for free, its used by hikers and daytrippers going into the Paradise Meadows Trails


So there you have it,   these are only a few of the terrific places you can stay for free.

Please be kind to the enviroment and respectful of other campers. 


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