Goldstream

Current News:

New Rental Trailer in a special site in Goldstream with full hook-ups.  Interested in stress-free camping?  Check out our trailer information page by clicking here.  (We also have a trailer in place at Rathtrevor Beach and Sproat Lake Provincial Parks.)

 

Our Summer Programs are up and running with a 2:30pm Jerry's Rangers program and a 7:30pm Evening Amphitheatre Program at the campground Amphitheatre.  Click on the link here to go to our program schedule

 

‚ÄčTo go to our Nature House website click here.

 

 

The Goldstream Nature House is open year round! The Goldstream Nature House is full of amazing natural history displays and a great little store full of toys, books, stuffies, hiking guides, freshly brewed coffee, cold drinks, frozen novelties and MORE!  Open every day from 9:00-4:30 you NEED to stop by on your next visit.  

About the Park

Massive trees, majestic waterfalls, a meandering river that meets the sea, flowers, birds and fascinating fish are but a few of the attractions that draw people to Goldstream Provincial Park, a mere 16 km from downtown Victoria on southern Vancouver Island. 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 crisscross 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, reddish 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 meters 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. Our RLC Park naturalists are available at the Goldstream Nature House/Freeman King Visitor Center, which is open year-round and boasts amazing displays, bookstore, gift shop, and refreshment area. RLC Park Naturalist offer interpretive programs and activities about the area’s natural history for individuals and groups. Check www.naturehouse.ca for more information.

 

Picnicking

Goldstream has a large day-use/picnic area with a picnic shelter, woodstove, flush toilets, fire rings and numerous picnic tables. Nature walks and trails of varying lengths starting at the day use area offer the opportunity to see some of the park's more notable features. The Goldstream Nature House/Freeman King Visitor Centre can be reached by a short trail from the day-use area parking lot. The centre is open daily year round.

 

For reservable group site facilities please contact Discover Camping www.discovercamping.ca.

 

Fires are allowed in the designated fire rings in the day-use area. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don't gather firewood from the park (this is an offence under the Park Act subject to a violation ticket). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your fire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented.

 

Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites in a forest setting. Campsite reservations are accepted and recommended during the peak season. Some first-come, first-served sites are also available. Goldstream Park is open year round; however facilities are limited during the winter season.

 

Group Camping

There are 2 group campsites at Goldstream Park, Prospector and Goldminer. They are located adjacent to each other and across the highway from the campground area near park headquarters. These sites are reservable up to one year in advance.

 

Each groupsite can accommodate up to 100 campers/picnickers and can be booked for overnight camping or daytime picnics. There is a shelter available in each site that includes hot and cold running water (March to October), sinks, potbelly stoves, picnic tables and counters along with electricity for small appliances. The communal fire pit in each location has benches surrounding it and overlooks a large field area suited for tenting and games. Vehicles must park on the gravel as there is a sprinkler system in the field area. Large tents used for wedding and special events must be set up in consultation with the Park Manager to ensure the water lines are not damaged. The groupsite locations are private and have access to the Goldstream day use area via a trail system.

 

Reservations are accepted up to 1 year in advance of arrival.

 

Fires

Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings provided that a fire ban is not in effect. Firewood is available for purchase in the park. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please do not gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. It is illegal to burn wood or material from the forest because it is destructive and damages the protected ecosystems within the park.

 

Location

Goldstream Provincial Park is located 16 km northwest of Victoria on southern Vancouver Island on the Trans Canada Hwy (Hwy #1). There are separate entrances for the main campground, group campsite and day use area. Access to the campground is via Sooke Lake Road from Hwy #1 at the southern boundary of the park. The entrance to the day-use area is at the junction of Hwy #1 and Finlayson Arm Road. Nearby communities include: Victoria, Langford, Duncan, Colwood, Metchosin, Sooke

 

Nearby Parks

Nearby parks include Gowlland-Tod Provincial Park, and Bamberton Provincial Park.

 

 

For further information, visit www.bcparks.ca