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My three-year-old's preschool has a tradition where the families get together at the end of the year for an overnight camping trip. This year the group decided to try-out Horne Lake.
Although Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is a famous Vancouver Island tourism attraction, it also happens to offer a beautiful lake with nice pebbly beaches and a great campground in the adjacent regional park. Our group chose to try out the Horne Lake Regional Park Campground's group campsite because we could be separated from other campsites and everyone (well, mostly everyone) thought it would be a unique Vancouver Island camping experience to stay in their permanent canvas tents.
Those who didn't want to stay in canvas tents either brought their own tents or rented nearby spots for campers and travel trailers. The Horne Lake Regional Park Campground's staff made it easy to reserve our spots and were super friendly and helpful every step of the way.
“ Let's just say that the Horne Lake Adventure Camp will be occupied by a bunch of three and four-year-olds the same time next year. ” Blain Sepos
We rented a canoe so everyone could take turns paddling while the other kids swam or played in our secluded area. It was perfect for young and old because we knew the kids couldn't go too far and we weren't bothering other campers with noise. My family spent the night in a canvas tent and we'd certainly do it again. They stayed cool, stood up to some wind we got later in the evening, and they were big enough for us to spread out with all the gear that a young family demands.
How did everyone else enjoy it? Let's just say that the Horne Lake Regional Park Campground will be occupied by a bunch of three and four-year-olds the same time next year. Don't worry though, there are lots of other Vancouver Island campgrounds plus a number of BC Parks in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region for you to experience next June.
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