As of July 12, 2024,  campfires are prohibited in most areas within the Coastal Fire Centre, including in CRD Regional Park campgrounds. This prohibition does not include the use of CSA-rated outdoor stoves—devices used outdoors for cooking, heat or ambiance that burn charcoal briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, and have a flame height of less than 15cm tall. This prohibition is in place until October 31, 2024, or until the order is rescinded.

This 51.73 hectare regional conservation area on the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula features a long sandy beach for exploring, picnicking and swimming. Explore the intertidal zone, bird watch along the shore or in the fields, and enjoy the panoramic seascape views of Haro Strait, James Island and Mount Baker.

Dogs must be on leash in the campground.


  • ivb-featureslong, sandy beach for exploring, picnicking and swimming
  • beach, dune, wetland, and shrub ecosystems, home to numerous resident and migratory bird species, and many fragile plants
  • bird watching along the shore and in the fields
  • panoramic seascape views of Haro Strait, James Island and Mount Baker
  • a loop trail offers an easy and scenic walk
  • self-contained RV and tent campground

Trail Rating: Easy
Size: 48 hectares
Location: Island View Road in Central Saanich
Established: 1966
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset



The Island View Beach Campground is currently open. It operates seasonally from the Victoria Day long weekend in May to the Thanksgiving Day long weekend in October. 

All sites at Island View Beach Campground must be reserved; there are no first-come first-serve sites.

Online Reservations

The CRD’s secure online reservation site allows you to reserve and pay immediately for a campsite with no wait. Reservations can only be made up to 30 days in advance. You will first have to create an account.



    • $25/night; $10 additional vehicle.
    • Payable online by Visa or Mastercard. Payable on site by Visa, Mastercard or cash.
    • Fees apply to all changes or cancellations.

    Facilities and Services

    ivb-servicesThe campground has 18 beach front RV sites, 5 treed tent trailer sites and 24 treed tent sites. All the camping sites are self-contained. The campground provides:

    • waterfront views
    • public garbage bins
    • pit toilets
    • drinking water station
    • picnic areas
    • group fire ring (for use only when a campfire ban is not in effect)

    The campground does not provide hydro, dumping station, showers or individual fire pits.

    Campground Rules

    • Maximum length of stay 14 days per calendar year
    • Reservations can only be made up to 30 days in advance
    • No more than 7 persons per campsite with a maximum of 4 adults
    • Quiet time 10pm to 7am
    • Generator use permitted 9 - 11am and 6 - 8pm
    • Checkout by 11am
    • Fires permitted in designated area only and only when a campfire ban is not in effect
    • Dogs on-leash in campground
    • Pick up your dog’s droppings
    • Alcohol not permitted outside campsite
    • Smoking is prohibited
    • Invasive Plant Management areas closed to visitors and pets


    Tell us about your camping experience by filling out this quick comment form.

    Things to Do

    Circle Walk

    ivb-thingstodoExplore Island View Beach Regional Park along a circle route. Head north down the beach, then join one of the access trails through the foredunes. Return by way of the inland trail through the old salt marsh and backdunes, and stop at the picnic area for a snack.

    Wildlife Viewing Tips

    Seabirds and shorebirds land at Island View Beach during migration times in the spring and autumn. Migratory seabirds graze on the eel grass beds at low tide or probe for worms, clams and other creatures in the sand. They are often exhausted from their long travels and need all the nourishment and rest they can get. Watch these animals from a distance and keep dogs on the trail and under control.

    Some of BC's most threatened shorebirds nest on the ground on isolated rocky islets, spits and shorelines. Oystercatchers, for example, are one species at risk. They lay their well-camouflaged eggs in a scrape — nothing more than an arrangement of pebbles or even the bare rock itself. Oystercatchers also rely on distraction to fend off predators. Stay well clear of any bird displaying evasive behaviour and watch where you walk.


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    Detailed Park Accessibility Information

    How to Get There

    Follow the Pat Bay Highway from Victoria. Turn right on Island View Road, then left on Homathko Road, which leads to the park entrance. Allow approximately 30 minutes driving time from Victoria.

    • 12km from the Victoria Airport
    • 17km from Swartz Bay Ferry terminal
    • 20km from downtown Victoria
    • Easy bike commute from the Lochside Regional Trail

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    Picnic Shelter Reservations

    Picnic shelters are available for reservation in regional parks. All shelters offer undercover picnic table seating and nearby toilet facilities. Barbeques are permitted. The cost to reserve a shelter is $50 plus GST.


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    Overnight Permit Parking

    The CRD, in conjunction with Central Saanich, provides overnight parking for use by kayakers and canoeists planning to launch from the park for overnight excursions. Read more about obtaining an overnight parking permit.

    Control of Carpet Burweed in Regional Parks

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    Please conserve our Parks

    Please follow these rules to keep the park natural and enjoyable for everyone.

    • Stay on designated trails
    • Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers
    • Dogs must be on leash where required, otherwise under control to avoid injuring or disturbing people, pets or wildlife
    • Pick up dog droppings and take them to the trash
    • Leave no trace and carry out litter
    • Motorized vehicles, camping, open fires, smoking, and alcohol are prohibited

    Dog Restrictions

    Dogs are required to be on a leash at the park campground. From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through all beach areas above the natural boundary of the sea, and are not allowed to stay. Read more about canine courtesy on our pets in parks page.

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