December 15, 2017 info@discoversooke.com The small seaside town on the southwest shores of Vancouver Island

Provincial Park Camping

Overnight camping in your vehicle is allowed at China Beach, Sombrio Beach and Parkinson Beach. Day-use recreation facilities at the four trailheads include parking and pit toilets. Small fires are only permitted on beaches below high tide mark. No fires are permitted at Botanical Beach. Use driftwood for fires – do not cut trees or snags. Portable campstoves for cooking will be required at some campsites.

Juan de Fuca Trail:

No vehicle accessible camping except at three of the trailhead parking lots – Juan de Fuca East (China Beach), Sombrio Beach and Parkinson Creek. These areas are for self-contained units only. Open all year. Fees collected year round for wilderness walk-in camping. Self-registration envelopes and safes are located at each trailhead for depositing your camping fee. Fees collected at China Beach (Juan de Fuca East), Parkinson Creek, Sombrio Beach and Botanical Beach trailheads.

China Beach Campground:

This area offers vehicle accessible campsites. The campground is located in a forested area with open understory just east of the China Beach day-use area and Juan de Fuca East trailhead. Open and fees for services collected May 15 to September 15. On October 1, campground gate is locked. Check in for reservation holders is 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Check out time is 11:00 a.m. Gates open 7:00 a.m. and close at 11:00 p.m.

There is no camping at the Botanical Beach Trailhead.

Beach Sites:

Camping at Mystic Beach, Bear Beach, Chin Beach and Sombrio Beach (East) is available on the beach. Please use camping pads at West Sombrio camping area; otherwise there are no designated sites. Remember to camp on the beach to prevent degradation of the forest vegetation.

Forest Sites: Camping at Little Kuitsche Creek and Payzant Creek is in the forest and away from the beach. There is limited shoreline access at Little Kuitsche Creek and no shoreline access at Payzant Creek. Fires are not permitted at these sites. A portable campstove will be required for cooking. Camp only on designated tent pads.

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Private Campgrounds

There are a handful of private campgrounds in the Sooke Region. The ones that are first come first serve are:

  • Fairy Lake (Port Renfrew)
  • Lizard Lake (Port Renfrew)
  • Pacheedaht Camping (Port Renfrew)
  • Jordan River Western Forests (Jordan River)

These private campgrounds we suggest you call and make reservations.

  • Sunny Shores (Sooke)
  • Sooke River Campground (Sooke)
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