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Visitor Information
  • Visitors to Sooke Potholes Provincial Park should watch for rising and falling water after periods of heavy rainfall, especially from September through July.
  • There are steep cliffs in some areas of this park; visitors should use caution in these areas

General Visitor Safety Information (park safety, hazards, wildlife safety information, health risks)

Park Contact R.L.C. Enterprize Ltd.
E-mail address: office@rlcparks.ca
Phone: (250) 474-1336

Sooke Potholes Provincial Park

About This Park

Sooke Potholes Provincial Park provides access to the series of deep, polished rock pools and potholes carved naturally into the bedrock of the Sooke River. This area is a favourite day-use destination for many local and regional residents.

Glacial action during the last ice age 15,000 years ago is responsible for the formations, as the moving, melting ice packs stripped the surface area and carved a path deep into the natural bedrock. Huge boulders carried along by the rushing river became lodged, were swirled against the canyon walls and consequently carved out the potholes that can be seen today.

The water in this very popular park is beautifully clean and clear, providing a wonderful swimming and picnicking destination in the summer. The Sooke River is also an important coho and Chinook salmon spawning river, and opportunities exist for catch and release fishing. Sooke Potholes Provincial Park provides an ideal location to view the annual salmon spawning run.

Park Size: 7.28 Hectares.
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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.

Sooke Potholes Provincial Park is located near Sooke on southern Vancouver Island. The park is accessed via Sooke River Road, 5 km north of West Coast Highway 14.

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Nature and Culture

  • Conservation - This park provides wildlife viewing opportunities along an important coho and Chinook salmon spawning river. Located within the Leeward Island Mountains Ecosection, the park protects remnant old-growth Douglas fir and associated sensitive plant communities that line Sooke River. The Sierra wood fern, a red-listed plant, is found in the park. The river itself is an important wildlife corridor for all species, including black bear and Roosevelt elk, as it connects the Sooke Hills and Capital Region greenbelt.
  • General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are limited opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Fishing

Fishing

Opportunities for catch-and-release fishing exist in this park; restrictions apply. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Swimming

Swimming

There is no designated swimming area at this park, however swimming in the naturally-formed pools is a very popular summertime activity. Most of the popular swimming areas are located outside of the park boundary. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This day-use only park has no picnic tables. The only facilities are pit toilets, located at the parking lot.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park has 2 pit toilets, located at the parking lot.