Goldstream Provincial Park

 

Goldstream Provincial Park is an oasis of the great outdoors located just 16 km north of the major urban centre of Victoria. This park has majestic scenery, including massive 600-year old Douglas firs, two spectacular waterfalls, and the river that is home to the annual chum salmon spawning run. Numerous hiking trails of every level of difficulty run through the mixed forest of Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock, alder, maple and cottonwood to various viewpoints within the park. The stunning 47-meter tall Niagara Falls is one of the most popular attractions. Several trails lead up to the drier ridges with their distinctive vegetation of dogwood, lodgepole pine and arbutus. During the months of October and November, nature enthusiasts will be delighted to observe thousands of salmon swimming up the Goldstream river, while bald eagles swoop down to feed on them. During the summer, park naturalists run interpretive programs at the Visitor’s Centre and offer informative lectures about the park’s natural history.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - Group Camping - - Picnic Areas Campfires Flush Toilets Pit Toilets Showers Drinking Water RV Sani Station - - - Wheel Chair Accessibility - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

- Hiking Swimming - - - - - Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching - - - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 173, reservable: 75, nearest town: Langford (5 km), Victoria (16 km)

Additional Information

Location

Goldstream Provincial Park is located 16 km northwest of Victoria on southern Vancouver Island on the Highway 1. There are separate entrances for the main campground, group campsite and day use area:

  • Visitors coming to the campground now must use Amy Road via Westshore Parkway to get to the campground. The Westshore Parkway intersection is just south of the old (now closed) Sooke Lake Road intersection and the first traffic signal after the Spencer Road intersection on Trans Canada Hwy #1.
  • The entrance to the day-use area is at the junction of Trans Canada Hwy #1 and Finlayson Arm Road.
  • The entrance to the group campsite is off the Trans Canada Hwy #1 opposite the now closed Sooke Lake Road intersection.

Contact Information

R.L.C. Enterprize Ltd.
E-mail address: office@rlcenterprize.com
Phone: (250) 474-1336
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $24.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14): $12.00 per senior\' couple / night.

Winter Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night.

Operation Dates

This park is open for camping year-round, but there is no water, firewood, or sani-station available during the winter season.

Operation dates with full services and fees: March 15 - October 31. Campground reservable dates: May 8 - September 13.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites in a forest setting.

Group Camping

Group Camping

There are 2 group campsites at this park, with picnic shelters, woodstoves, electricity and water. Each group campsite has a large lawn area and they are surrounded by forest. These sites may be reserved by calling 1-250-474-1336. Group Camping Fee: $24.00 per party / night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a large day-use area with a picnic shelter, woodstove, flush toilets, fire rings and numerous picnic tables. The Freeman King Visitor Centre can be reached by a short trail from the day-use area parking lot. The centre is open daily year round. Day-use Area Vehicle Parking Fee: $1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per day. Group Picnicking Fee: $50.00 per group.

Campfires

Campfires

Campfire rings are provided at each campsite, as well as communal rings in the day use area. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator. Campfire bans may be in effect. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Water taps are shut off during the off-season.

RV Sani Station

RV Sani Station

A sani-station is available from March 15 to October 31. The facility is located in the main campground. Sani-station Use Fee: $2.00 per discharge.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Some facilities and hiking trails in the park are wheelchair accessible.

Activities

Hiking

Hiking

Goldstream Provincial Park has an extensive network of trails, totalling a distance of approximately 16 km. There are trails of every level of difficulty in this park, ranging from 5 minutes to several hours in length. More adventurous hikers can climb to the top Mt. Finlayson and be rewarded with panoramic views from the Straight of Georgia to the Straight of Juan de Fuca.

Swimming

Swimming

Some sections of the Goldstream River near the campground may be used for swimming.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles are allowed on roadways and the paved trail from the day-use area to the Freeman King Visitor Centre. Bicycles are not permitted on park trails.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

There are excellent opportunities for nature and wildlife watching at this park. An observation platform near the Visitor Centre provides visitors with great views of salmon spawning run during the months of October and November and the eagle feeding frenzy in the winter. Trails throughout the park lead to various features and viewpoints, including the 600-year Douglas firs. During the spring, colourful wildflowers, including the shade-loving western trillium and the calypso, a delicate orchid of the mossy forest glades, can be found at the park.

User Reviews

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Lots of big trees

Submitted by yas on September 22, 2010

The campground is really nice, with lots of moss-covered trees to provide shade and privacy. The vegetation is the typical West Coast cedars, firs, and hemlocks. Some of the trees are unbelievably huge. There are lots of hiking trails in the park. The day use area is located a short drive north of the campground. Camping supplies can be bought at a small store across the road from the campground.

 

User Images

Deer pays a visit to a campsite

yas
Sep 22, 2010

yas
Sep 22, 2010

Huuuuuuge trees

yas
Sep 22, 2010

A typical campsite

yas
Sep 22, 2010

 

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