Goldstream Provincial Park
NEW FOR 2017: Sites 40A, 45A, 144 and 145 are NEW to the Discover Camping Reservation Service for the 2017 season!
You can start booking these sites on May 11, 2017 – an updated map and site details will also be available on Discover Camping at this time. Reservation dates for these new sites are from May 12 – September 3, annually.
March 13, 2017: Campground Reconstruction
Please be advised that campground reconstruction of the outside loop (i.e. sites #97-60 and sites #59-28) in the upper campground is currently underway until May 12, 2017. In addition, four new campsites are being added to the camping inventory in this area of the park as part of this project. This area of the campground and the trails leading to it are closed to the public. The adventure playground and flush toilet/shower building remain open to public use. Camping is still available in middle loop of the upper campground and in the lower campground area of the park. BC Parks requests that you stay out of the construction closure areas. The balance of the park remains open to the public. BC Parks apologizes for any inconvenience while we improve the facilities in this park.
March 13, 2017: Bike Park Closed
Due to ongoing wet weather, the bike park, which had significant upgrades in late 2016, will remain closed until the new track surface dries out and is suitable for public use. The track condition will be regularly re-evaluated and the surface modified over the next 2-3 weeks to determine its suitability for safe and enjoyable use by riders. BC Parks expects the bike park to be open again by the middle of April 2017. A project has been underway to make repairs and enhancements to the features in the bike park. Please respect this temporary closure and keep out of this area. The adjacent playground remains open to public use.
FUN ALERT: Since its opening June 6th – the bicycle Pump Track and Skills Loop Trails have been enjoyed by many happy campers! This new and exciting facility is centrally located in the campground next to the playground equipment and amphitheater. The new facility includes a 20 x 12 metre, figure eight, pump track full of dips, bumps and banked turns for kids to have fun and develop their bike handling skills. Adjacent to the pump track are 275 metres of skills loop trails for beginner and intermediate rider abilities. The pump track and trails were designed for youth ranging from toddlers on run bikes to older kids on BMX and mountain bikes – however we fully anticipate that adults, especially parents will also enjoy riding these features with their kids! Check it out!
See photos of the new Pump Track and Skills Loop Trails in the photo gallery!
About This Park
Awesome video of the new facilities in Goldstream Provincial Park.
It’s a world that seems far removed from the urban adventures of British Columbia’s capital city whether the visitor is a hiker seeking inspiration from this magnificent example of the great outdoors or a naturalist looking to add to their notebook. There’s something new, different and exciting every month of the year at Goldstream Park.
Goldstream’s numerous trails criss-cross through the dramatically different terrain of two distinct vegetation zones. The park is home to 600-year-old Douglas fir trees and western red cedar, mixed with western yew and hemlock, red alder, big leaf maple and black cottonwood. On the drier ridges visitors can find flowering dogwood, lodgepole pine and arbutus. The arbutus, with its thick leathery evergreen leaves, red-dish trunk and peeling bark, is Canada’s only broad-leafed evergreen and is found exclusively on Vancouver Island and on the southwest coast of British Columbia. In the spring and early summer, Goldstream overflows with colourful wildflowers, including the shade-loving western trillium and the calypso, a delicate orchid of the mossy forest glades.
Trails range from easy, wheelchair accessible walks to strenuous hikes and track along creeks, through forested uplands and past abandoned gold diggings from the days of the Gold Rush. More adventurous hikers can climb to the top of one of the highest points in Greater Victoria – Mt Finlayson, a recent addition to the park in 1994. Another trail leads you to stunning Niagara Falls, which cascades 47.5 metres down a rock cliff into a crystal clear canyon pool below.
The park is also the site of an annual chum salmon spawning run, which draws thousands of salmon – and visitors – every year. Riverside trails and observation platforms provide extraordinary opportunities to view this natural phenomenon, which also attracts Bald eagles, who swoop down to devour the bodies of the spawned out salmon.
Park naturalists are available at the Freeman King Visitor Center, which offers interpretive programs and informative lectures about the area’s natural history for individuals and groups. The park also features a large picnic area with shelters, as well as vehicle accessible camping and group sites.
For your convenience during the summer season, this park has a small concession managed by the Park Operator.
Established Date: June 26, 1958
Park Size: 477 hectares (454 ha upland, 23 ha foreshore)
- Goldstream Park is home to waterfalls, including Niagara Falls, which at 47.5 metres is almost at high as its famous namesake, and Goldstream Falls, a small waterfall located in the southwest corner of the park near the campground.
- Goldstream is also part of the Nanaimo Lowlands Ecosection and the Coastal Douglas Fir Biogeoclimatic Zone. The park is home to small Garry oak meadows, arbutus, and Douglas fir trees – some more than 600 years old.
- The park protects a number of red and blue listed species of flora and fauna, including rare wildflowers and plant species such as the Dense Spike Primrose and the Pacific Waterleaf. It also protects various reptiles and amphibians and plays major role in conserving the Goldstream River salmon run.
- Each year, visitors can witness salmon spawning at Goldstream Provincial Park. The best time for viewing is late October through November. During this period, there is congestion on Hwy #1 while cars park and exit the day-use area. Please be cautious. Help prevent disruption of salmon spawning – keep pets on a leash and out of the water at all times.
- Please note: Fishing is not allowed in Goldstream Provincial Park
- For school groups and special group programs, please contact the Goldstream Freeman King Visitor Centre @ 250 478-9414 (phone/fax).
- West of the E & N Railway right-of-way is the Greater Victoria Water Supply Area – Access is prohibited.
- Please note that the head of Finlayson Arm and the Goldstream Estuary are closed to boaters and paddlers.
- No sani-station in Winter season.
- Mt. Finlayson Trail Caution: This trail is steep and rugged; dress for the terrain and weather; stay on the marked trail; allow adequate time for return in daylight. The summit can be accessed from Finlayson Arm Road or the day-use area. Use caution when walking on Finlayson Arm Road.
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||March 11 – October 31
Winter fee in effect from November 1 – March 10 with no water, no firewood, no sani-station available.
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 12 – September 3|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||173|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.|
ReservationsAll campsite and group site reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Group Camping Reservations:
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park from March 10 to October 27.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- 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.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: The area of the park was given to the people of British Columbia by the Greater Victoria Water Board in 1958. Additional lands were designated in 1994 and 1996 through the Commonwealth Nature Legacy and Crown Land additions.
- Cultural Heritage: Goldstream is located on traditional fishing grounds of local First Nations. Old mining shafts and tunnels are all that remain of the gold rush that Goldstream River experienced during the mid-19th century.
- Conservation: The diversity of flora and fauna within the area makes Goldstream Provincial Park a marvel of nature. With two distinct vegetation zones, the park offers views of 600-year-old Douglas-fir and western red cedar as well as stands of Garry oak and arbutus, found exclusively on Vancouver Island and the southwest coast of BC. Goldstream River, the site of an annual Chum salmon spawning run, also adds to the park’s natural values. The park also protects various reptiles and amphibians and a number of red and blue listed species of flora and fauna, including rare wildflowers and plant species such as the Dense Spike Primrose and the Pacific Waterleaf.
- Wildlife: Goldstream Park is home to black bears, cougars and deer, as well as numerous small animals like raccoons, minks, beavers, otters and Gray and Douglas squirrels. Salmon, trout and steelhead are found in the park’s streams, and migratory and resident birds such as hummingbirds, Bald eagles, turkey vultures, ducks and gulls can be spotted throughout the park. From late October through December of each year, the Goldstream River is the scene of one of nature’s spectacles as chum, coho and Chinook salmon enter the river via Finlayson Arm from the Pacific Ocean. Three to four years previously, these same salmon were born here before traveling to the sea to grow and mature. Their return to spawn and die in their ancestral spawning beds is fascinating. The Goldstream River estuary is closed to the public (including all boaters). This closure has resulted in a resurgence of wildlife using the estuary throughout the year. Due to the closure, once rarely seen Bald eagles now abound during the salmon run and nest during the summer – Eagle Extravaganza
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The management plan for Goldstream Park was approved in 1993.
- Goldstream Park Management Plan – 1993 [PDF 1.56MB]
Activities Available at this Park
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a fun, hands on, Learn to Fish Program that teaches basic angling skills to youth under 16 years old. Please note, lesson only; there is no fishing. Check back to this page or ask the Park Operator for information.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented and some parks may use communal fire rings. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.
View the Annual Drinking Water System Report [pdf]: Goldstream day-use area.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $120.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
Pit or Flush Toilets
New for 2015: Bicycle Pump Track and Skills Trails.
Goldstream has a new Bicycle Pump Track with 240 metres of beginner and intermediate skills trails complete with small obstacles. This new facility provides a safe and controlled environment for kids to get exercise, hone their bike handling skills and have fun. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia and must be worn by all kids and adults using the pump track and skills trails. Eye protection, gloves and knee and elbow protection is also recommended safety equipment for those using these facilities.