Sooke Mountain Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Due to safety concerns, the failing bridge over the second Charters River crossing has been removed.
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
Know Before You Go
- 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 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.
- Overnight camping is not allowed in the park due to concerns about the risk of fire and the absence of necessary facilities and services that would be required to allow for this activity to safely occur in the park.
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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.