In This Park

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Sooke Mountain Provincial Park

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.

Know Before You Go

Stay Safe

  • 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.

Park 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.
  • 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.


Maps and Brochures

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.

Activities Available at this Park



Recreational fishing is permitted in Shields Lake, subject to current provincial fishing regulations. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.



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 is allowed in the park. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations 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.