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Spring Salmon Place Campground

Sooke Potholes Regional Park

Victoria + Gulf Islands, British Columbia

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  • A riverside campsite.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • Riverside campsite.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • Forested campsites.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • A forested campsite.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • Covered communal cooking area.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • Swimming hole on the Sooke River.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • Toilets, garbage and recycling.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • Sooke River.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • A family of otters swimming among the rock formations.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • Interesting rock formations on the Sooke River.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • Hideaway Beach is accessible from the campground.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • Sooke Potholes Regional Park.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
  • Downriver at Sooke Potholes Regional Park.- Spring Salmon Place Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful setting. Great swimming. Good location.
Cons: 
Reservations not possible.
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Region:
Victoria + Gulf Islands, BC
Managed by: 
T'Sou-ke First Nation
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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The Sooke Potholes Salmon Place Campground is a great spot to spend a few nights while exploring the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. It is located in a secluded area at the end of Sooke River Road just a few minutes past the uppermost Sooke Potholes Regional Park parking area. The campground features 67 tent/car campsites with picnic tables and fire pits plus one larger group site and four small bicycle/tent sites. There are pit toilets, drinking water, firewood for sale, a covered communal gazebo area, and private access to some of the best swimming holes on the river. For those who like to travel by bike, this is a great option for bike-camping as the Galloping Goose trail passes by the campground approximately 51 kilometers from Victoria and just a few kilometers south of its terminus at Leechtown.

Just down the road, Sooke Potholes Regional Park is a popular spot for day users from near and far, thanks to the unique rock formations in the canyon where bedrock was polished by glacial ice during the last ice age 15,000 years ago. The river has fantastic swimming, and it is home to a variety of wildlife including otters, bears, elk, and various bird species, as well as being an important spawning stream for Chinook and coho salmon. While the majority of the potholes are downstream in the public day use area, there are also some interesting rock formations immediately beside the campground, and a few campsites have direct river access right from the site.

The campground is about a half-hour’s drive outside of Sooke, just outside the range of cellular reception. All sites are payable by cash only and available on a first-come, first served basis; reservations are currently not possible. During the summer months the campground sometimes fills up, so it’s best to arrive early and/or have a backup plan.

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