Campground Review: Halifax West KOA

27 June 2018

This past weekend, my family and I joined with 4 other families and camped at KOA in Upper Sackville. It was very easy to get to - we just popped off the highway in Mount Uniacke and drove about 2 minutes to get to the campground. As a family that has only hauled the trailer for one camping trip earlier this year, ease of getting to a campsite is important to us!  

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When we entered, we passed by a large heated pool, a dock to rent canoes, multiple private lots surrounded by trees, and a big playground with a bouncy pillow. We were in section C, which was a loop at the end of the campground and it is wide open! We had an incredibly spacious lot (C14 - we would request that spot again!) with a big patch of grass beside us for the kids to play! And we were situated right on the river! If you have canoes of your own, you can bring them and easily get to the water directly from your site. We also saw some kids fishing, too! 

Backing up a trailer is a skill. My husband is getting much better at it, but it is still a work in progress. The driveways in section C were great because there was a lot of room for backing up and pulling forward as needed. They were also relatively flat, so it was no trouble leveling it out. They do have some pull through sites in a different section which are quite spacious as well, but we had no trouble getting in to ours. 

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We are getting so much quicker at hitching and unhitching the trailer. The hitch and sway bar we purchased at Stone’s helps a lot on the highway. It was very windy driving back from the campground on Sunday, but we could barely feel any pull at all! I would highly recommend purchasing a good quality hook up. Also, for highway driving, having mirror extenders make the trip much more safe. It is nearly impossible to see traffic just using the normal mirrors, so getting extenders are a must!

The bathrooms are located both beside the playground and also up by the front desk, which was great for after swimming or if the kids needed to use the bathroom while at the playground. The showers there are clean and big! 

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I liked this campsite a lot because there is something for everyone. If you like the more woodsy feel, you can choose a site that is more private and set back farther in the woods. If you like a more open camping experience, you can choose that too! Personally, we like to be open because we have 2 young kids and they can run around and it is easy to see them! We were also camping with 4 other families, so it was great that we were surrounded by people that we knew! The playground was just through a small patch of trees and I was comfortable letting my 4 and 6 year old kids head up there! This is a great spot for kids.

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There is an Irving gas station just a couple of minutes up the road, and we found a pizza place that delivers! Also, it’s not too far from Sackville where you can find multiple grocery stores. We always seem to forget essentials (this time it was ketchup), so having those things close are great for us!

One thing that has been a game changer for us this time was bringing our own little tabletop BBQ and outdoor table to keep set up. Cooking inside is great if the weather isn’t nice, but cooking outside is much easier and its nice to have the cooking mess outside! When you travel with a group and are planning meals together, cooking outside just makes sense! Also, having a tablecloth for the picnic table is a must because there is often bird droppings and lots of dirt on the table, so it’s nice to be able to give it a good wipe, but also cover it before dining outdoors.

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Another purchase we made for our second camping trip was a big 8’x10’ outdoor mat. I was shocked at how much it helped to keep the dirt outside! The camper can get dirty, very quickly so just by cooking outside and having a mat outside the door, it cuts down on grass and mud in the trailer, big time!

We would definitely camp here again. The kids loved it, we loved it! One more little tidbit - campfire nachos are the perfect snack for night time campfires! Shareable and delicious!

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Our next adventure will be camping outside my parents cottage July 1 weekend - but then July 20 we are heading to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Kingston! We are all looking forward to that one!! Until next time...happy camping! 

LACEY75Lacey Cyr is a wife, mom of 2, math teacher and first-time camper from Halifax, NS reviewing her family's campground experiences for Stone's RV as they travel this summer

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