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Sooke Potholes Provincial Park presents visitors with a wonderful series of deep, polished rock pools and potholes, carved naturally into the sandstone bedrock of the Sooke River.

Glacial action during the last ice age 15,000 years ago is responsible for the sandstone 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.

Water in the pools and potholes is beautifully clean and clear, providing a delightful swimming and picnicking area during summer. Hiking trails in the park are not well developed or marked, but if you can find your way, it can be fun exploring the area.

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

In the Sooke region you’ll find excellent salmon fishing in the Sooke River, where the annual salmon run is best viewed from Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. The 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

One of the most interesting rural sections of the Galloping Goose Trail runs for about 20 km from Roche Cove Regional Park to Sooke Potholes Provincial Park and Leechtown.

Picnic tables line the river next to the parking area, with the potholes just steps beyond. Other facilities are fairly basic, and are limited to parking and toilets.

This site has been luring picnickers from the Victoria region for years, so don’t be surprised by the controlled mayhem when you arrive. Either get down to the river early, or be prepared to park further up the road.

The park has a bike-friendly campsite located about 3 kilometres in from the bottom of the Sooke Potholes. The six-group-spot site, part of the larger potholes 66-site campsite, was the first site to specifically cater to cycling campers on Southern Vancouver Island. The facility is equipped with bike lock-ups, a shelter for cooking, and a fire pit, which allows bikers to go on hiking trips while their bikes and gear are safe and secure.

Located on the banks of the spectacular Sooke River, and in a beautiful forest setting, the campground has been a draw for locals for over a century.

The Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC) purchased the Sooke Potholes to prevent development of the neighbouring area. The Capital Region District of Victoria purchased part of the land from The Land Conservancy a year later and created the Sooke Potholes Regional Park, which was subsequently designated as a provincial park, thereby permanently preserving the popular potholes.

The 7.28-hectare Sooke Potholes Provincial Park is located in Sooke, near Victoria on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, 3 miles (5 km) north of West Coast Highway 14. The park is accessed via Sooke River Road to the parking lot.

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Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
6971 West Coast Road Sooke BC V0S 1N0 Home Phone: 250-642-3236Home Fax: 250-664-7475Visit Website

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Nestled in the quaint seaside village of Sooke, just 35 minutes from Victoria, Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina is the perfect year-round oceanside getaway, surrounded by the rugged natural beauty for which Vancouver Island is known. Our resort vacation rental accommodation provides all of the comforts of home, giving you plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy your own space, under the same roof as your friends and family. Fully-furnished suites have fully-equipped gourmet kitchens, electric fireplaces, private balconies, and full or partial views overlooking our private 114-slip marina and the Strait of Juan de Fuca! Indulge in year-round sport fishing, world-class golf, kayaking, whale watching, winery tours, hiking and eco-tours.

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Sooke Harbour House
1528 Whiffen Spit Road Sooke BC V9Z 0T4 Home Phone: 250-642-3421Home Fax: 250-642-6988Work Phone: 1-800-889-9688Visit Website

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Sooke Harbour House is a luxury boutique hotel on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, featuring a spa, fine dining, and an art gallery. The 28 cozy and romantic guest rooms feature ocean views, balcony or terrace, private bath with luxurious deep soaker tub and/or misting shower, wet bar, and a wood-burning fireplace. Enjoy the live beachfront entertainment; sunbathing seals, frolicking otters, and visiting whales. Located 45 minutes from Victoria.

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Amazing Vacation Homes
Vacation Locations: South West Vancouver Island Office Location: 2629 Otter Point Road Sooke BC V9Z 0J1 Work Phone: 1-877-374-8944Visit Website

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Amazing Vacation Homes provides a high-caliber service in property and holiday management of vacation homes and cottages in Victoria, Sooke and southwest Vancouver Island, including waterfront properties with incredible ocean and mountain views. We have homes available for wedding venues and honeymoons as well as corporate retreats and even filming locations.

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