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Sooke Mountain Provincial Park

Due to safety concerns, the failing bridge over the second Charters River crossing has been removed.

This park is essentially backcountry with no facilities. Be prepared for all kinds of weather and conditions. This is bear/cougar country – so be prepared and read the wildlife safety information.

There is no road access into this park. Walk/hiking access is via Harbour View Road.

About This Park

Sooke Mountain Provincial Park was established in 1928 to protect wildlife, wilderness and scenic values close to Victoria. This mountain park was one of the earliest provincial parks established on southern Vancouver Island and is part of the extensive Sooke Hills greenbelt. The park protects the conservation values of the rugged rocky hills, lakes, forested slopes and the watershed near Sooke River, as well as provide recreation opportunities such as wildlife viewing, wilderness hiking, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding in a wilderness setting. The park is also surrounded by other protected park areas and part of a larger wilderness corridor. The park is undeveloped, has no road access and no maintained hiking trails.

Park Size: 450 hectares

Access

There is no road access or motorized vehicle use in this park. Walk/hiking access is via Harbour View Road and visitors must be prepared to wade across Charters River as there are no bridges.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • Conservation: The park fulfills a significant conservation role in protecting threatened ecosystems such as Garry oak and rocky outcrops. The creek and moist valley forest provides valuable habitat for amphibians, reptiles and birds. The park also protects some of the watershed for the important fish-bearing Sooke River.
  • Wildlife: This park is one of the largest areas in the region for protecting large predator/prey habitat including Roosevelt elk, gray wolf, black bears and cougars. Grouse, songbirds and hawks are also ound throughout the park.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is allowed in Sooke River. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

There are no developed trails at this park. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey any posted signs. Shortcutting any designated trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is allowed in the park. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting and Trapping Regulation synopsis for specific hunting regulations.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There is wilderness/backcountry camping available during the winter season. Please be prepared for all weather conditions.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. There is minimal parking on Harbour View Road. The park is open year round. Be prepared for all weather conditions, especially during the winter season.