Ruckle Provincial Park

 

Ruckle Provincial Park is found on Saltspring Island, the largest of the Gulf Islands, and is an area of amazing natural beauty with plenty for visitors to enjoy. Most of the campsites in this park are walk-in, and can be reached by a five-minute walk from the parking lot. Campers can pitch their tents in a grassy area above a rocky shoreline of the Swanson Channel, just steps away from the water. Sea lions, seals, orcas, and otters can often be spotted in the waters near the shore. There are 15 km of hiking trails within Ruckle Provincial Park. One trail runs along 7 km of the rocky shore to Yeo Point, while others weave through the forested areas. The park is directly adjacent to a heritage farm, where some of the facilities are open to visitors. Saltspring Island is renowned for its community of artists and craftspeople, and there are many studios, galleries, and shops a short driving distance from the campground. Artisans of all sorts present their homemade wares at the Saltspring Saturday Market that runs from April to October in the village of Ganges.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping Group Camping - - Picnic Areas Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - - Wheel Chair Accessibility - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming Scuba Diving - Canoeing / Kayaking - Wind Surfing Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching - - - - -

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 86, reservable: 0, nearest town: Fulford Harbour (6 km), Ganges (16 km)

Additional Information

Location

Located on Saltspring Island in the southern Gulf Islands, Ruckle Provincial Park is found in the southeastern part of the island, along Beaver Point Road. BC Ferries offers service to Long Harbour on Saltspring Island from Tsawassen on the mainland, to Vesuvius on Saltspring  from Crofton on Vancouver Island, and to Fulford Harbour on Saltspring from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island.  Please visit www.bcferries.ca for information on ferry schedules and fees.

Contact Information

K2 Park Services Ltd.
E-mail address: k2parks@shaw.ca
Phone/Fax: (250) 539-2115

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night.

Walk-in / Cycle-in Frontcountry Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night. 

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $7.50 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 no amenities such as water and firewood are provided during the winter season.

Campground dates with full fees and services: March 15 – October 31.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park has 8 vehicle accessible campsites, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsite reservations are not accepted.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

This park has 78 walk-in campsites, located along the edge of the forest and extending across an open grassy area overlooking Swanson Channel. These sites are located approximately 5 minutes from the parking lot and are popular with cyclists as well.

Group Camping

Group Camping

There are 3 group campsites at this park, set in an open field. Facilities include pit toilets, a group fire ring, fresh water and picnic tables. Call 1-250-539-2115 to reserve a group campsite. Group sites are not reservable on long holiday weekends. Group Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area; continue straight on the main park road past the campground turnoff to the day-use parking lot. A large grassy area and rugged shoreline at the day-use area provide great viewing opportunities of passing boats and ferries. Facilities at the day-use area include pit toilets, picnic tables and an information shelter. Group Picnicking Fee: $50.00 per group. Day-use Area Vehicle Parking Fee: $1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per day.

Campfires

Campfires

There are a number of group fire rings throughout the campground. Campfires are not allowed at individual campsites. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

The water taps are shut down for the winter season.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

There are salt water fishing opportunities at this park. Visitors can fish from the rocks near the campground. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations.

Hiking

Hiking

An extensive trail system exists at Ruckle Park, with more than 15 km of trail. A shoreline trail runs from the heritage farm area right through to Yeo Point, along with other inland trail routes that range from easy walks to more difficult hikes.

Swimming

Swimming

Ocean swimming is possible at this park, but there is no designated swimming area.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Scuba divers frequent the waters off Ruckle Park, drifting among the castle-like caves or floating above the bountiful ocean floor, where they will find a profusion of plumose, anemones, sponges, nudibranches, octopi, seastars and giant barnacles.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

There are ocean kayaking opportunities at this park. Canoeing is not recommended.

Wind Surfing

Wind Surfing

There are opportunities for windsurfing at this park.

Bicycling

Bicycling

This park is a popular camping location for cyclists, as it serves as a good base for exploring the rest of the Saltspring Island. Bicycles are allowed on the main roads only and are asked to walk their bikes into the main campground area. Bicycles are not allowed on the walking trails in the park.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

Ruckle Park features beautiful ocean views from the day-use area and along the trails, as well as scenic pastoral views of the neighbouring farm. The Heritage Farm feature a number of old farm buildings, including a barn, an old residence and other buildings, still used as working buildings today). The big orchard barn has open access (schedule is posted at the site). Other buildings are available for viewing from the outside only %u2013 visitors are not permitted inside.

User Reviews

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

Good park

Submitted by yas on August 9, 2009

I loved that this park is right on the ocean. There are a lot of easy/moderate hiking trails that lead you to places with stunning views of the area. One thing I didn't like is that campsites din't have their own fire pits, only group ones. There are several campsites that are in the trees, most sites, however, are in the open field. So, depending on what you like and what you find you will either enjoy your stay there or will be disappointed with this park.

 

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This park is located right by the ocean

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Jun 28, 2009

Seaside vegetation

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Jun 28, 2009

View at the park

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Jun 28, 2009

 

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