Where to Find the Best Camping Near Sooke
Looking for a great place to go camping?
You already know how beautiful Sooke is and how much it has to offer for outdoor enthusiasts, but with so much to choose from, where do you find the best camping near Sooke?
Let’s take a look at a few places that should fit the bill.
French Beach Provincial Park
French Beach Provincial Park can be found on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, on Vancouver Island’s west coast. With magnificent trails through the forest, it is a great place to explore on your camping trip, and when you need time to just relax, there is a sand and pebble beach where you can take a cool ocean swim or enjoy a picnic with your friends and family.
There is one group campsite with a maximum group size of 50, which is open during the main camping season (mid-March to the end of October) and which has the following amenities:
- Hot water, a double sink, and a woodstove under private shelter
- The shelter has an outlet for small appliances
- Group fire pit
- Pit toilets that are wheelchair accessible
- Parking for RVs
- Large grass tenting area
- Private location
French Beach is an ideal location for whale watching, as Gray Whales pass by in the spring on their way north to their feeding grounds, and back again in the fall. It is also a great spot for observing bald eagles, ospreys, and several seabirds.
Vehicle-accessible camping is available year-round, with a picnic area, pit toilets, a sani-station, and fresh water. You will be a short walk to the beach, and if you like, other camping and hiking locations are close by in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.
- Winter Recreation
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park
This park – a favourite location among locals for day trips—features a series of polished rock pools and potholes by nature.
Glacial action 15,000 years ago involved melting ice that carved a deep path into the natural bedrock of the Sooke River. The flowing river carried large boulders that became lodged here and began to swirl about against the canyon, resulting in the potholes that you can view today.
Sook Potholes Provincial Park offers magnificent swimming and picnicking opportunities in a wonderfully clean, clear location. There are also ample opportunities for fishing or watching the annual salmon spawning run.
Activities in this location include:
- Pets on a leash
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park offers 2 pit toilets, located at the parking lot.
Sooke Mountain Provincial Park
Approximately 5 km from the nearest road access– with suggested access via Harbourview road– the Sooke Mountain Provincial Park offers wilderness camping that many people are not even aware of. Established in 1928 to protect wildlife, wilderness, and this scenic location on the southern part of Vancouver Island, it is part of the Sooke Hills greenbelt.
With rocky hills, lakes, and forested slopes, the park is a magnificent location for camping and other activities. Be aware, however, that you are required to practice leave-no-trace camping here.
Activities in the Sooke Mountain Provincial Park include:
- Horseback riding
- Hunting (refer to current Hunting and Trapping Regulations)
- Mountain Biking
These are just a few of the wonderful opportunities Sooke offers for camping. With so much natural beauty on display and so many opportunities for outdoor adventure, you really can’t go wrong.