We've just returned from our main vacation for the summer, and our sixth consecutive year staying up-island at Pacific Playgrounds. Each year, I mean to take the camera and post a mini photo-tour of the campground, and each year we return home with no (or very few) photos.
This time it's different. I took advantage of a dull morning, with everyone else off shopping for fishing tackle, to take a stroll with dog and camera in tow.
So, visitors are greeted by the welcome sign alongside the office and store. Straight ahead is a marina and boat launch.
The campground itself is pretty typical. Six roads with generous pitches and dotted with trees that provide welcome shade.
This is our pitch, complete with the clutter of two weeks' outdoor living. And, yes, those are animal cages in front of the picnic shelter. Our rabbit and hedgehog come camping with us, as well as the more traditional dog!
At the back of the campground is a large playing field. There is a swimming pool and playground behind the building just left of center.
A track leads into the woods behind the campground. This lamppost always makes me think of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
This track makes a good shortcut up to the public road, and this gorgeous old bridge. The grocery store is just a few minutes walk away. Very handy.
The bridge crosses the beautiful Oyster River, seen here meandering off towards the sea. The river runs right alongside the campground, hidden behind the trees on the right. The river was lower this year than we've ever seen it. Too low for tubing, but nice and warm for swimming in the deeper sections.
Follow the river downstream and we arrive back at the marina...
...And then the wide expanse of Saratoga beach.
That trip for fishing tackle paid off, with some salmon brought back from Campbell River.