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Old 09-27-2016, 02:53 PM   #1
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Campground suggestions?

The exciting day is almost here! We will acquiring our new 21' escape next week (hopefully). It appears that the downside is that many of the campgrounds near Chilliwack area close down on October 10. We'd like to camp near ETI for at least a couple of days to check out everything before starting our trip home. Preferably we'd like to find campsites with electrical & water hookups. Since we're not familiar with the area, could anyone offer any suggestions? As long as we're within a reasonable driving distance to ETI (should any problems arise) we'd also like to enjoy some of the sights around the area as well. After leaving that area we're thinking we'd like to check out Glacier as well as Yellowstone. Any suggestions there? Also, does anyone know of a campground in the US before we cross the border for orientation? We'll be tent camping or in back of truck (equipped with camper cap). Any and all suggestions are welcome as far as experience crossing border, campgrounds, etc. All words of wisdom from your experience are appreciated. Still struggling to figure out what we need/do not need to take with us for very basic equipping the escape for our trip home.
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Old 09-27-2016, 02:58 PM   #2
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There is a KOA in Bellingham, Wa which is open year round. Bellingham is within 2 hours of the factory. Burlington, Wa KOA is also open year round.
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I tent camped at Rasar S.P. in WA day before orientation and it is open year-round. Bay View and Birch Bay both are partially opened. Here is a link for WA SP schedules:

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Old 09-27-2016, 03:54 PM   #4
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The exciting day is almost here! We will acquiring our new 21' escape next week (hopefully). It appears that the downside is that many of the campgrounds near Chilliwack area close down on October 10. We'd like to camp near ETI for at least a couple of days to check out everything before starting our trip home. Preferably we'd like to find campsites with electrical & water hookups. Since we're not familiar with the area, could anyone offer any suggestions? As long as we're within a reasonable driving distance to ETI (should any problems arise) we'd also like to enjoy some of the sights around the area as well. After leaving that area we're thinking we'd like to check out Glacier as well as Yellowstone. Any suggestions there? Also, does anyone know of a campground in the US before we cross the border for orientation? We'll be tent camping or in back of truck (equipped with camper cap). Any and all suggestions are welcome as far as experience crossing border, campgrounds, etc. All words of wisdom from your experience are appreciated. Still struggling to figure out what we need/do not need to take with us for very basic equipping the escape for our trip home.
You can try Cottonwood Meadows RV Park. They are located just off the Lickman Rd. exit and near the Chilliwack Tourism Centre which is all practically across the freeway from Escape. They have full hook up sites, cable TV, fully equipped washrooms, free Wi-Fi and pet friendly. The website shows their rates being between $42-$45 for full hook ups. Basic hook ups (probably just power and water) $32-$37 per night.
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:58 PM   #5
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Lynden, WA KOA is technically open year round and is very convenient. While they close the office sometime in the fall the campground can still be booked and used self serve all winter. All utilities are on at the sites year round.
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:34 PM   #6
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Bay View State Park is a beautiful spot right on Puget Sound south of Bellingham.
Bay View State Park | Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
It's open year around.
If you're thinking of taking the Northern Cascades Hwy (WA hwy 20),
Bay View is at the western end. WA-20 is a beautiful, scenic route. The weather coming up is PNW std. rain, no snow; so WA-20 would be a 'go'.
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:26 PM   #7
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Bay View State Park is a beautiful spot right on Puget Sound.
I agree. It's where we initiated our 19.


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Silver Lake Park is run by Whatcom County, Washington. It is about a half hour from Sumas down roads with no traffic, at least our route on a Frdiay afternoon.
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We just stayed at Lynden KOA after picking up our 5.0TA last week and it was a nice place to get everything squared away before traveling further away from Chilliwack.
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I agree. It's where we initiated our 19.
Was this the first time you slept in it too?
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