This park offers an expansive beach along the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula, and excellent bird watching.

Features

  • long, 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

Campground

The campground operates on a first-come first-served basis. No online or phone reservations.

The Island View Beach Regional Park RV & Tent campground operates seasonally from the Victoria Day long weekend in May to the Labour Day long weekend in September.

Fees

$15/night tenting; $20/night RV's; $10 additional vehicle. Payable by cash only.

Facilities and Services

The 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

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

Campground Rules

  • Maximum length of stay 14 days per calendar year
  • No more than 7 persons per campsite with a maximum of 4 adults

  • Quiet time 10pm to 8am

  • Generator use permitted 9-11am and 6-8pm

  • Checkout by 11am
  • Fires permitted in designated area only
  • 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

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Things to Do

Circle Walk

Explore 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.

Amenities

Information Kiosk Parking Lot Picnic Shelter Accessible Picnic Shelter Picnic Area Toilet Accessible Toilet Wheelchair Access canoeing rv-camping

 

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.

  • 12 km 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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    Alerts & Notices

    • Fire danger rating is Extreme, campground fire ban in effect

      Fires and smoking prohibited at all CRD parks & trails, including campgrounds. Please take extreme care in natural areas #CRDParks #BCwildfire. Read more >>

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    Feedback

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

    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 >>

    Control of Carpet Burweed in Regional Parks

    Carpet Burweed is an aggressive invasive species that threatens native plants. Find out how Regional Parks manages this weed and how you can help prevent its spread.

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    Please conserve our Parks

    • Stay on designated trails 
    • Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers
    • Keep your dog under control
    • Pick up your dog's droppings
    • Leave no trace and carry out litter
    • Smoking is prohibited
    • Bicycles are prohibited (except in the campground)
    • Alcohol is prohibited (except in the campground)
    • Fire are prohibited (except in the campground)

    Dog Restrictions

    From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through beach and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay.

    Please be aware that some regional parks have specific regulations regarding dogs. Read more >>

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