A World of Camping Pleasure Close to
Westwood Lake Campgrounds is centrally located just 2 km off Highway
19, in a semi-rural area nestled on Mount Benson. It is close to Shopping,
Parks, Golf Courses, Lakes and Beaches.
Nanaimo is connected with Vancouver and the mainland by ferries and
Air. It is also a large port city on Vancouver Island, with every
facility required to serve both the commercial and recreational needs.
Nanaimo is generally known as a gateway to the rest of Vancouver Island.
Centrally located, scores of the island's best known destinations
are easily within reach.
Time and Driving Distances from Nanaimo
Duke Point Ferry Terminal
Departure Bay Ferry
If you're coming from Vancouver, take either the Tsawwassen ferry
to Duke Point (just south of Nanaimo), or the Horseshoe Bay ferry
to Departure Bay, near the downtown Nanaimo.
Nanaimo's Regional Airport is about a 35-minute drive south of Westwood
Lake Campgrounds. Comox's Airport is about 1.5 hour drive north.
Alternatively, enjoy the spectacular 20 minute flight from downtown
Vancouver to Nanaimo by sea plane. Choose from regularly scheduled
flights and land at the harbourfront.
From Victoria, Nanaimo is a quick hour-and-a-half drive north on the
Trans Canada Highway #1. From Port Hardy, take the Island Highway
south to Mud Bay where you connect to the new Inland Island Highway.
The trip is between five and six hours. Westwood Lake Campgrounds
is conveniently located just off Highways 19 (exit 18). Refer to Mapquest
for street directions.
By train, let VIA Rail bring you to destination from downtown Victoria
to downtown Nanaimo in approx. 2.5 hours. The Esquimalt and Nanaimo
(E&N) Railway runs daily.
Nast Traveler Readers’ 2005 Choice Award
Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers ranked Vancouver
Island as Top North American Island. Vancouver Island ranked
first ahead of Nantucket, MA, and Kiawah, SC, in the North American
Island category. This is the sixth consecutive year that Vancouver
Island has received this honour.
Travel + Leisure Readers' 2005 Choice Award
Vancouver Island had been voted as the winner of the World's
Best Award by Travel & Leisure Magazine for the
best travel location, (North American catagory). Vancouver Island
also ranks 3rd on the list of Top 10 Islands. Criteria included
Natural Attractions, Activities and Sites, People and Value.