The drive to Pacific Rim National Park is one of the most scenic drives in the world. I couldn’t help but rush any stops on the way there as I wanted to get to the park as soon as possible. After a few hours on the road, I pulled into the park, parked the car and settled in for a multi-day camping trip. Green Point campground is the only campground located within the park. With the campground selling out every night during peak season, reservations are highly recommended. You may get lucky with walk-ins but I wouldn’t risk it. In the off season, you may be able to stay without a reservation, if you are camping during the week. However, if you know you are going, why risk disappointment! I arrived at the campground early, and the friendly staff let me check in. You receive your permit along with information about the park including how to keep a clean campsite, and tips to keep yourself and the animals that live there safe. I parked the car and started to walk around, as setting the tent up could wait. As I planned this trip very close to when I went, I did not get one of the ocean view sites, but I could still hear the Pacific Ocean crashing into the beach below. My campsite was still very nice and I was surrounded by trees. I walked around and discovered the hut that I would be buying firewood from. It is only open at certain times so make sure to take note or no fire for you! I continued my walk and discovered the path down to the beach. I took a couple of moments to enjoy the view of Long Beach and take in its’ beauty.
After climbing on the logs, walking along the beach and admiring the patterns that the water leaves behind in the sand, I decided it was time to head up and start setting up camp. The campground was quiet, as I had no neighbours on one side and a surfing couple on the other side. With the tent set up, sleeping bag rolled out, it was time to make a quick dinner of sausages, salad with a cider before jumping into the car and heading further along Long Beach to catch my first sunset of the trip. After walking in the water, I took in the wonderful colours of the sunset: orange, red, pink and purple. After enjoying the sunset I fell asleep hearing the ocean and woke up rested and happy! One of the things that I loved about camping at Green Point is that it’s not a party campsite. Everyone I met was respectful of the noise level, no loud partying and no music blaring. As you walked around in the evening, you heard family and friends enjoying themselves, fires crackling, the wind in the trees and at times of complete silence. I enjoyed building my first campfire independently on this trip. I had to balance between watching the sunsets and enjoying the fire. I would prep the firewood in advance, head out to watch the sunset and then come back, build the fire and then treat myself to a dessert. Nothing beats a day out in the rainforest, then relaxing by writing and enjoying the glow of a campfire that you made all by yourself! There a lot of trails to explore in the park and you can tackle a couple of them a day. Besides the trails you can relax on the beach, explore Tofino or Ucluelet, take in the views or try surfing.
Green Point Campground is equipped with:
- Flush toilets (clean)
- Picnic tables
- Firewood provided for a fee
This isn’t back country camping, but this has been my favourite car camping campground that I’ve visited. With the beach a five minute walk downhill, Pacific Ocean views, campsites, look outs and an interpretative program, it’s hard to beat. They also have a “Bare Campsite” program. This means you do have to put most of your things away in your car or a provided food storage locker when you leave your site, as it protects you but most importantly the wildlife. The only thing this site doesn’t have is showers but you can head to the Way Point Campground and use their pay showers for a couple of dollars.
Overall, I loved my time at the park. The staff was incredible, the interpretative program added tremendous value to my stay, the beautiful sunsets; time in the rainforest gave me time to relax and connect with nature.
For more information, check out Park’s Canada website about Green Point Campground. For my experience with their Interpretive Program, check out my post.
Location: Green Point campground is located 12 km north of the Ucluelet-Tofino junction on Hwy.4, halfway between Ucluelet and Tofino in British Columbia, Canada.
*Note: I didn’t receive any form of payment for this post however I did receive a free Parks Canada discovery pass however I paid for the campsite fees, my transportation and all other expenses. I’ve happen to fall in love with this place and hope other people take advantage of this beautiful part of the world*
21 thoughts on “Green Point Campground”
Love the photos – they really add to the post!
Thank you Wendy, it’s hard to take a bad photo in this part of the world.
Wow, looks like a gorgeous spot! We are planning on heading to Canada this summer for some camping, so I will have to remember this place. It’s always nice to have clean bathrooms as well 😉
I’m use to having to use pit toilets so this was a welcomed addition with a little building with indoor plumping and sinks! If you come to the west coast, I highly recommend checking out Pacific Rim National Park. I’m sure you will love it. Let me know if you will be coming to Vancouver.
I love camping. Ken and I camp whenever we can. I am also an expert fire builder. 🙂 Love your photos in this post. Beautiful beaches…so enticing!
Hopefully it’s enticing enough for you to experience it yourself! I love camping as well.There is something about spending a night in the fresh air that recharges you.
I haven’t been camping in years. I really must give it another go. This looks beautiful. Congrats on building your first campfire! Just this past winter I learned how to start a fire in the wood stove all by myself, so I can relate to the accomplishment.
Congrats on starting your first fire in a wood stove, it feels great to reach an accomplishment! You should try camping again, besides the beauty of a place it’s an inexpensive accommodation. Plus, the feeling of sleeping in the fresh air and hearing nature around you can’t be beat.
Your photos really are great! I’ve always wanted to get to Tofino, so this will be another reason to get out to the Island.
Hi Bev, I highly recommend this area of the island. I’ll be returning in September as I can’t seem to stay away.
I’m not a camper at all – unless it’s glamping with an ensuite and a proper bed ( I know, I’m a sook) but the idea of the Canadian scenery and your gorgeous photos could tempt me. Fabulous!
Thanks for the comment Jo! If you bring the right supplies, camping can be really comfortable. Plus the views and environment can’t be beat.
You just got me really excited to do some camping this summer!
Yah! Looking forward to hearing about your camping adventures. Come out west.
Can I just say that last photo is one of the best I’ve ever seen on any blog, ever? Truly amazing!
I love campgrounds like this. I too am not interesting in the party atmosphere but just having a relaxing time and enjoying nature. There’s a really nice provincial park campground in PEI, Cabot Beach, that you would enjoy, It’s small and simple but you can camp just a few feet from the ocean. Always a treat!
Hi Vanessa, thank you so much for the huge compliment, I’m blushing!
If you are ever out in BC, you have to go check out Pacific Rim. Cabot Beach sounds like my type of campground. I’m going to add it to my FourSquare to do list!
Would you believe I’ve never camped? Not once. Not one day in a tent. But this post is super inspiring to get me outdoors and get me to explore a bit more!
Wow, Christina! If you enjoy the outdoors, camping is the next step. I would recommend making it super comfortable the first time you go instead of roughing it. With drive in campgrounds, you can bring as much stuff as you need to be warm, comfortable and happy.
I am in Vancouver end of July early August and have just booked in here for a week with my tent, Im used to hiking and wilderness camping
Is this area on the main road from Nanimo to Tofino ( i am from England) there is a bus that goes from Nanimo to tofino I am hoping it goes through this area
also can I get a lift into Tofino from the campground would you think ?? I usually find its not too hard to bag a lift off someone
Is there a shop or store near the site
Guess Ill get it all sorted before August, flights already booked hostel Vancouver booked Green point reservation made
any info is gratefully received
Congrats on booking your trip!
The campground is located on Pacific Rim Hwy, close to Tofino! If you are taking a bus to Tofino, you will drive past it and they will probably let you jump off. If they won’t let you jump off, a lot of people hitchhike. I would see multiple people daily.
There isn’t a store near the campground, but there are stores in Tofino!
Have a wonderful trip and if you need any more information, let me know. You should make a reservation at Green Point as they often sell out. I love Pacific Rim National Park, you’ll have a great time.