Island’s first RV show to be hosted in Nanoose

NANAIMO – Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of B.C. hosts first Vancouver Island RV show.

The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of B.C. has found a venue big enough to host the first RV show on the Island.

The event happens Friday to Sunday (April 5-7) at Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre in Nanoose where five RV dealerships from across the Island will display everything from campers to full-size motor homes.

“Basically the dealers on Vancouver Island have been looking to have an indoor RV show for quite a long time, but a venue has been the problem,” said Joan Jackson, association’s executive director. “It’s amazing, you can get all kinds of arenas and whatnot, but the doors aren’t big enough for RVs to go in and when you have attached bleachers surrounding an ice rink the floor is not very big.”

Arbutus Equestrian Centre’s indoor riding arena has plenty of space and big doors.

Jackson said dealerships from Courtenay to Sidney will have up to 80 vehicles on display, plus RV resorts will have exhibitor booths promoting Vancouver Island camping destinations as well.

Food vendors will be on site and face painting will be available for kids of all ages.

The show is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission for the weekend is $5 for adults and free for children.

For more information, please visit the association’s website at

“We do hope to make it an annual event and, so hopefully, we’re going to have a giant success,” Jackson said.