- June 10-12, 2022
- Location: Capital Regional District, Metchosin
- Selling Feature: Large private sites, on-site boat and fishing gear rentals, proximity to trails
- Price per night: $62.40 + GST + $5 per child over 5 beyond 2 guests
- Hookups: Full service with 30amp power
Pedder Bay is a convenient short drive from our home. This made is perfect for a quick, short weekend getaway with the trailer. While close to home, its location made us feel like we had completely left the area without breaking the bank on fuel costs. Access is easy from Victoria, coming down Rocky Point Road, turn onto Pedder Bay Drive (there is a rather steep hill when towing just before the turnoff), and coming down Pedder Bay Drive you come across a check in booth with phone over to the office to check in. From there, you just proceed to your site and get setup. Staff interaction can be pretty minimal here.
Check-In and Site Access
The staff at the resort are friendly when you interact though. They are well-informed and educated with regards to the marine conditions and boat rentals. Maneuvering was easy into our large booked site and I was backed in and unhooked in no time. As usual, I plugged in my surge protector plug and it showed the electrical was not a problem. I can’t stress enough and recommended to use some form of surge protection, I use a Camco Dogbone RV Circuit Analyzer as some campgrounds are known to haphazardly install more electrical sites without permit which can cause problems with the sensitive circuits in the trailers. We were in site # 26 which was large and flat. The sites here are shielded from each other with cedar hedges that are tall and mature; this gives you a great sense of privacy.
Activities and Amenities
Pedder Bay is a beautiful RV resort, as the name suggests, it sits on the edge of Pedder Bay. It has on site boat rentals through the Oak Bay Marine Group at a reasonable price on a 2-hour minimum. They don’t take reservations though and are first-come-first serve. The staff are aware of marine conditions and won’t allow rentals when conditions aren’t safe for these small craft to go out. It can be deceiving as Pedder Bay is quite sheltered, but as soon as you leave the bay, you’re at the mercy of converging currents and can get quite rough.
For kids, there isn’t really anything to mention for on site activities. We usually have our own set of toys for the kids to play with. The walk down the dock and hilltop overlooking the bay is quite nice and my daughter loved doing her gymnastics up there. The kids also enjoyed clamoring down the rocks to the water and explore the shore edge. The RV Resort is in close proximity to local trails and activities offsite though.
There is also WiFi available throughout much of the resort, and the speeds were decent as well with a download of 21.2Mbps and upload of 18Mbps. I was able to stream YouTube content in at least 720p with no lag. Our Telus networked cellphones also had full reception here.
The “campground” itself is advertised as an RV Resort. The main roads are paved with gravel sites. This means scooters and solid-tire toys like kids balance bikes can be played with. There were loads of kids and families around as well and the kids quickly make and interact with new friends. There is a general store on site, because of the attached boat and fishing gear rental, this store is quite well stocked, and there is also a licensed café on site too. For those with your own boats, there is a nice boat launch that you can use, I believe there is an additional fee attached and prior to using you have to park and speak with the staff inside the office/general store prior to launching.
There are a variety of sites here, back in, waterfront, pull-thru, etc. Along with a variety of power options, depending on the site, 15 amp, 30 amp, and 50 amp. This resort easily accommodates big rigs.
This was our second time at this RV Resort. It was again nice, with the biggest benefit for us being its proximity to home, but being secluded, we felt like we had left Greater Victoria altogether. We didn’t get to rent a boat and go out this time, but we will definitely be returning in future seasons and if conditions are right, will take a boat out to try our luck fishing as well. For the price, friendly staff, and nicely setup pads, Pedder Bay RV Resort offers good value for money for a full service location, and there are also sometimes last minute sites to book even getting into busier weekends.