McDonald (Gulf Islands National Park Reserve)


McDonald Park has been a part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada since 2003. This small park is conveniently located near the Swartz Bay ferry terminal at the end of the Saanich peninsula and is primarily used for overnight camping. Visitors here can take delight in exploring the nearby seaside community of Sidney with its plentiful cafes and crafts shops. The world-renowned Butchart Gardens are just 18 km away, and Victoria, with its multitude of cultural attractions, is 30 km to the south.


Vehicle Accessible Camping - - - - - Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - - Wheel Chair Accessibility - Managed Site / Facility Operator


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Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade

Number of campsites: 56, reservable: 0, nearest town: Sidney (4 km), Victoria (30 km)

Additional Information


McDonald park is located 2 km south of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, just off Highway 17.

Contact Information

Phone 1-866-944-1744 for more information

Camping Information


Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $13.85 per party / night. A camper “party” includes up to 8 people with a maximum of 4 persons who are 16 years of age or older, with one vehicle; for an additional vehicle, the fee is $6.90.

Operation Dates

Campround is open from March 15 to October 30. Campground is closed and the gate is locked during the off-season.




There are fire rings at each campsite. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator.

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