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!

Features

  • 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

Size: 63.5
Location: Sooke
Established: 2005
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

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.

Campground

The Spring Salmon Place (KWL-UCHUN) Campground operates seasonally each summer on a first-come, first-served basis. No online or phone reservations.

  • Open to September 18, 2017

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.

Services provided:

  • Some riverfront views
  • Public garbage bins, food scraps bins and recycle bins
  • Toilets
  • 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

Feedback

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Campground Operation

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.

Public Transportation

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.

Photo Credit

© Image courtesy of Dennis Powers


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Alerts & Notices

  • Closure of Todd Creek Trestle on Galloping Goose

    The Todd Creek Trestle near Sooke Potholes is closed for repairs until further notice. The Galloping Goose can be accessed north of the trestle via Sooke Potholes parking lot 2, and south of it from the parking lot on Sooke River Road. Read more>>


  • 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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Contact

CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.478.3344
Email

Spring Salmon Place (KWL-UCHUN) Campground
T'Sou-ke Nation
Tel: 250.642.3957

Todd Creek Trestle Closure

The Todd Creek Trestle on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail (km 48), near Sooke Potholes Regional Park, is closed for repairs until further notice. Read more >>

This Place is Wild: Use Caution

You are sharing this natural area with large carnivores such as bears, cougars, and wolves.

  • Stay alert. Wildlife may be in the area. Watch for signs such as tracks, claw marks on trees and scat.
  • Make noise to avoid surprise encounters, especially around blind corners and areas with dense vegetation.
  • Do not approach or feed wildlife. Keep a minimum viewing distance of 100 m from bears, cougars, and wolves and 30 m from other animals.
  • Dogs kept on a leash helps to reduce the risk of encounters with large carnivores.
  • Do not leave children or pets unattended.

Help reduce human-wildlife conflicts:

Pay Parking at Sooke Potholes

Pay parking is in effect for the summer season from May 1 to September 30. The cost of parking is $2.25 per day, or $20 for a season's pass. Revenue collected from parking fees helps to offset the costs of park services for visitors. Read more >>

Do you have a park event planned with a large group?

Does your school or group intend to hold a picnic or other specific event in one of our regional parks? If so, please advise us so we can be prepared. Read more >>

Campground Video

Enjoy this Shaw TV video featuring T'Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordon Planes at Sooke Potholes Spring Salmon Place (KWL-UCHUN) Campground.

Feedback

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

Please conserve our Parks

The Sooke River is an area of steep cliffs and deep fast-moving water. Please use caution and wear appropriate footwear.

  • 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
  • Dogs on-leash in campground
  • Leave no trace and carry out litter
  • Smoking and motorized vehicles are prohibited
  • Fires are prohibited (except in the campground)
  • Alcohol is prohibited (except in the campground)

Dog Restrictions

Dogs on-leash in campground

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

Keep dogs under control & pick up dog droppings

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