Sooke Potholes Regional Park is located on the banks of the spectacular Sooke River. Enjoy the views, explore the trails, camp under the stars, or take a refreshing dip on a hot summer day!
- Spring Salmon Place (KWL-UCHUN) Campground
- Spectacular views of the Sooke River
- Freshwater swimming
- Access to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail
- Hiking on forest trails
Trail Rating: Easy to Moderate
Summer hours: 8am to 9pm
Things to Do
You can picnic or swim at the river, explore the short forest trails, camp under the stars, or enjoy the stunning vistas from one of several viewpoints. You may see black-tailed deer, red squirrels or bald eagles riding the breezes overhead.
The "potholes" are unique geological formations - deep pools in the river rock - that offer some of the best freshwater swimming in the region.
The Sooke River is the second largest on southern Vancouver Island and home to a salmon run every fall.
Riding the Goose
Sooke Potholes Regional Park is a great starting point for a trip by bicycle or on foot on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Travel south toward Roche Cove Regional Park, or through wilderness scenery all the way to the end of the trail.
The Spring Salmon Place (KWL-UCHUN) Campground operates seasonally each summer on a first-come, first-served basis. No online or phone reservations. The campground is open until Monday, October 3, 2016.
The 67-site RV and tent campground is located at the north end of Sooke Potholes Regional Park and adjacent to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. The campground is a local favorite on Vancouver Island and offers a high quality, self-contained wilderness camping experience.
- Some riverfront views
- Public garbage bins, food scraps bins and
- Drinking water station
- Picnic areas
- Individual fire rings, firewood for sale (except in case of fire ban)
- Caretaker on site
The campground does not provide hydro, dumping station or showers.
Cellular phone service is limited.
Campground and Park Rules
- Campground operates on a first-come first-served basis
- Fees $25/night; $10 extra vehicle; $7 firewood payable by cash only
- No more than 7 persons per campsite with a maximum of 4 adults
- Stay is limited to 14 days a year
- Check in time 1pm
- Check out time by 11am
- Park Entrance Gates open at 8am and close at 9pm
- Quiet time 10pm - 7am
- Generator use permitted 9-11am and 6-8pm
- Visitors must leave campground by 8:30pm
- Alcohol not permitted outside campsite
- Fires permitted in designated fire rings unless a ban is in place during high to extreme fire hazard ratings
- Smoking prohibited
- Dogs on-leash in campground
- Leave no trace and carry out litter
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The Spring Salmon Place (KWL-UCHUN) Campground is managed by the CRD and operated by T’Sou-ke Nation.
Questions? Call T'Sou-ke Nation at 250.642.3957 or CRD Regional Parks 250.478.3344
How to Get There
Follow the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the Millstream Road exit (Exit 14) to Sooke. Follow Veterans Memorial Parkway, then turn right on Sooke Road. Turn right on Sooke River Road and follow the signs. Allow approximately 45 minutes driving time from Victoria.
Take BC Transit #61 from Victoria to Sooke River Road (ask the driver to let you off as close as possible), then a several kilometre hike along Sooke River Road. Contact BC Transit for schedule information.
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