Doug and Cathy Hull

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This is an older community park/fairgrounds on the shores of the Sooke River, 45 minutes from Victoria. Services include water, power (15 and 30 amp), a sani-station (no on-site sewer hookups), coin-operated showers in a rustic unheated restroom, and a small-boat launch onto the Sooke River. The campground hosts an annual Bluegrass Music Festival and the town's Canada Day celebration, so the grounds are very busy at those times. The nicest sites are 1-6 along De Mamiel Creek; Wi-Fi works from that location. Sites seem over-priced for the level of service and age of the facilities, but the location is good for those who enjoy canoeing, kayaking, or simply watching geese float up and down the river.

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This park has a beautiful setting on an ocean inlet thirty minutes from Victoria. For those who enjoy paddling, fishing, cycling, hiking, and dog-walking, the location is ideal. There is a boat ramp/dock with rentals, and the RV park is adjacent to the Matheson Lake hiking trails and the Galloping Goose multi-use trail; these trails allow dogs off-leash. Sites are spacious, new, and clean. WiFi works most of the time, but cell phones do not. Showers are spotless, but require loonies. The rates are pricey, but this is a great park if you can afford it.

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Spacious, landscaped, well-maintained sites, but “Oceanside” recreation and “Resort” amenities were not as advertised when we stayed here. The beach path was flooded and, from what we could see, the beach did not look suitable for the saltwater swimming, canoeing, and kayaking listed in Woodall’s. The adjoining property has beach access, but it is Indian reserve posted as “no trespassing.” It’s a 2-km, hilly bicycle ride through the reserve to the Lochside Trail, and a 10-km, steep bicycle ride to the nearest beach (Island View). WiFi did not work reliably, although we were assured it did when we phoned ahead. Dog owners should note that dogs are not allowed on the beach or the lowland areas. Bottom line: this is a clean, safe campground, but expect to leave the Resort to access the region’s attractions.