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Review: KOA Halifax West

September 29, 2017
Halifax West KOA

KOA Halifax West unfortunately goes down on our list of less preferred campgrounds.  There is no question that the park is well located for a visit to the Halifax area and even Peggys Cove.  However the park itself has had some growing pains that make us reluctant to recommend it without a strong warning.

The park itself has all the features you would expect of a KOA including a pool, laundry etc.  Even the sites in the front (older) section closest to the pool are excellent and if you can get a site in that area you may be much happier than we were.  The thing that we dislike about the park is that it recently went thru a poorly thought out expansion.  The first issue with this expansion is that the original park was surrounded by swamp on two sides (the back and the west sides) so to expand, their only option was swamp bound.  This presents several issues, one is that swamps tend to be popular breeding grounds for mosquitos and the back area did have its fair share of them.  The second is that many people often find out that when they fill in a swamp, they need to relevel the area frequently due to the soft wet and unstable ground.  Our site along with the roads and most sites in the new area was very uneven making it difficult to level the trailer, difficult to find a flat spot to put the picnic table and difficult to just find a flat spot to set up a chair.  The next issue was that with any expansion, the utilities like water and electricity need to be factored in, especially when increasing the size of the park around 3-4 times its original size.  A number of times every day we would see the voltage drop on our little Camco voltage meter to under 100v.  This kind of brownout is a silent killer as it does not cause equipment to stop working, it causes motors to draw more amps to make up for the reduction of volts, this generates heat which dramatically shortens the life of the Air Conditioner, Fridge and other appliances.  Finally the water service in the campground did not appear to have been upgraded when the park was expanded as during most parts of the day the water pressure was around the expected 50psi, but between 7am and 10am the water pressure would drop so low it was more like a leaky faucet than a steady stream.  This prevented us from being able to shower in the mornings so we had to do that in the evenings instead.

Now that it is a full year later, they may have overcome some of these growing pains but when we visited we were unhappy with the park due to all the issues we had.  However the area is still worth the visit with the Halifax Citadel, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (with many Titanic artifacts), the Fairview Cemetary (with most of the Titanic graves), the Keiths Brewery tours, the boardwalk and the close drive to Peggys Cove and Oak Island.

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