A Must-see Gem Hidden Along the Banks of Beautiful Haslam Creek
A hidden gem near Nanaimo awaits snowbirds and explorers seeking an affordable, natural getaway this fall. Vancouver Island travellers can book a stay at Parkbridge’s Rondalyn Resort for a secluded, picturesque escape just a quick drive from the Duke Point ferry terminal or a quick drive from the Departure Bay Terminal.
Nestled in the woods between Nanaimo and Ladysmith, Rondalyn offers easy access to outdoor activities but is only a 5-minute drive from city comforts like restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and other attractions.
Resort Manager Linda Lofstrom says autumn is a particularly pleasant time to stay at Rondalyn, which is open year-round and sits on beautiful Haslam Creek banks, where salmon spawn each fall.
“ The weather around here is still quite nice in October and November,” she says. “Of course, there’s the scenery — all of the beautiful trees leaves changing colour, fish starting to run up the creek.
The resort is a perfect addition to anyone taking a scenic road trip from Victoria to the north of the island, particularly up the coast through Coombs, Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach and Cumberland.
Those on such a journey might stand in awe beneath the towering Douglas firs of Cathedral Grove, pop into the Fanny Bay seafood market for farm fresh oysters and live crab, take a nature hike through the Morrell Sanctuary and pop into White Sails brewing for its award-winning Snake Island Cascadian Dark Ale.
They will rest easy with Rondalyn’s amenity-rich accommodations, including overnight voyageur camping, rustic tent sites, seasonal RV sites and cabin rentals. All sites feature a fire-pit and picnic table. The friendly staff is on-site to help guests with whatever they need.
Lofstrom says the resort caters to a diverse range of guests, and all can expect peace and quiet after 11 p.m.
“ You get the groups that are well-behaved, they’re having fun and hanging out with family,” she says.
“You’ve got the older couples that you see sitting around fires, reading books and having a glass of wine. Then there are families with kids who are out riding bikes all around the resort while the parents are spending time together. Night rolls around, and they’ve got the fire going, they chit-chat for a while.
Lofstrom says guests tell her they return to Rondalyn each year because of the gorgeous scenery, the large and clean sites, proximity to hiking and biking trails, as well as Nanaimo.
“The location is just quiet,” she says, “you have the golf course and the tranquility of the creek running behind us.
Recreation on the resort includes:
But there are plenty more attractions nearby, including the Trans Canada Trail, Mindy’s Suspension Bridge, Haslam Creek Swimming Hole and WildPlay Element Park and Bungy Zone. View our brochure.
“Many guests bring motorbikes and quads to access local dirt roads, and some come purely for fishing or golf at four local courses”, Lofstrom adds.
She says business at the resort remained steady through the summer despite the pandemic, with plenty of local and returning customers. But they also booked a lot of new customers who had heard about Rondalyn by word-of-mouth.
“They decided to give us try, and they loved it, and they’ve rebooked already,” Lofstrom says.
“We’ve definitely gained some new customers this year”.
Pandemic protections are in place, including contactless check-in and measures to allow physical distancing.
Whether you are passing through or staying for a while, you won’t want to miss this must-see gem. For all inquiries about Rondalyn Resort, please visit us online.
Check out other Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort locations in BC.
- 9-Hole Golf Course
- Clubhouse with TV, Cable and DVD
- Heated Pool and Hot Tub
- Basketball Court, Beach Volleyball and Road Hockey
- Children’s Playground
- Horseshoe Pits
Rondalyn Resort is a CanaDream Club partner. Enjoy preferred sites at no additional cost (where available) when you show your CanaDream key tag.