Victoria weather affords residents the opportunity to camp year-round, and we’re spoiled for choice all over the island. With all the uncertainty in this world, other types of travel can pose significant challenges. Why not make this the summer to rediscover how fun and relaxing camping can be? If you’re new to camping, you may not be familiar with all of your local campground options. Here are some of our favourite campgrounds around Victoria.
Goldstream Provincial Park Campground
This is likely the one you’ve heard of most — and for good reason! It’s close proximity to the city means you can come and go if you wish. It’s also a great site to visit for the day, even if you’re not camping. In addition to several large, level, private campsites, you’ll find many lovely trails for leisurely walks or hikes. Flush toilets and hot showers are on-site, and the grounds are open all year round. They are by reservation during the summer months; plan ahead, as they do book up quickly!
Island View Beach
This fabulous beach is located just a few minutes off the 17 on the way out to Sidney. It is popular with campers looking to rough it for a night or two while still being close to town. It offers RV camping as well as several tent sites. The views are stunning along the 2KM trail, just remember to temper expectations regarding amenities: there’s not much privacy here, and it offers only pit toilets and no showers. This campground is only open during the summer months.
Spring Salmon Places Campground
You likely know Sooke Potholes for its fabulous beaches and views of the falls. But did you know there’s also a campground located at the end of the road? You can find sites privately tucked away into the trees and lining the street and river running through the site. Camping here is on a first-come, first-served basis. But if it happens to be full, don’t panic! There are a few other campgrounds nearby in Sooke, such as our next pick…
Sooke River Campground
This spot is an ideal fit for a family getaway. With large picnic areas, playgrounds, coin-operated showers, washroom facilities and more, you’ll find comfort for the whole family. You can even have water and power added to your site for a small upcharge.
Sidney Spit Marine Park
If you don’t mind a short ferry ride to get to your campsite, check out Sidney Spit! Once there, you’ll find beautiful, private campsites surrounded by white sandy beaches. Experience the serenity that comes with getting off the beaten path. One thing to note, however: there is no drive-in service to this park. You’ll have to take your gear on the ferry and walk to your campsite, so pack accordingly!
These are just a few of the MANY incredible camping spots we’re surrounded by! Planning a trip? Our Backpacking Checklist can help you determine what to bring along. And if you need to stock up on supplies, pick up a new tent or just have some general camping questions, our friendly, experienced staff is here to help you have a happy and safe summer.