Hike and Swim at Sooke Potholes
Canada › Sooke Potholes
Added by The Mountain Bed .com
This beautiful spot 1 hour from Victoria boasts captivating rock formations, forested trails, rushing rapids, and pebble beaches. The Sooke Potholes Regional Park is a great place to camp, hike, swim, or picnic.
The Sooke Potholes seem to have something for everyone. Those seeking quick and easy beach access can enjoy short, well-groomed trails that lead straight to the pebble beaches from each of this spot’s multiple parking lots. There are also a number of paths leading to viewpoints overlooking the river. Complete with stairs and fences, these paths are both easily accessible and safe for young explorers.
Those looking to spend an afternoon at the potholes can happily meander the day away with the many trails surrounding the area (approximately a 3km radius). Enjoy the variety of trails winding through the woods or just above the rushing waters. There’s truly no shortage of options here!
Spots to note:
The ruins of an abandoned convention centre lie far above the rushing waters. Though unfinished, the area boasts a number of magnificent walls, log beams, and a huge fireplace.
There is also a designated campground to allow yourself ample time to explore this spot in the summer.
Don’t forget: On your way in, take a moment to admire the waterfall to the right of the bridge (just before the Sooke Potholes Regional Park sign).
- Hiking boots or running shoes
- Camping gear if you plan to stay the night!
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Camping, Chillin, Cycling, Hiking, Photography, Swimming
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
ReviewsLeave a Review
More Than Meets The Eye
This place is a year round location for adventuring and exploring. The winter is truly the best time to experience this gem because the rapids are so strong and violent and the waterfalls are a spectacle to see. Summer and spring are good times to go too, but the winter months are where's it's at. Just be careful, it's slippery!
More Adventures Nearby
Take a Stroll along Oceanfront Loop
Canada / Squamish Yacht Club
Start by the Squamish Yacht Club. There is parking here, and it is also fairly close to downtown. Follow Logger's Lane until you run into a dirt (sometimes muddy) trail.
Photograph Abraham Lake in the Winter
Canada / Abraham Lake
Abraham Lake is one of the Canadian Rockies most incredible winter photography locations.
Hike to Cataract Falls at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
Canada / Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
The main parking lot is off of McLaren Road on the north-east side of the park, with an honour-pay system. Multiple hiking loops are well marked, with clear "Falls this way!" arrows on every sign.