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Sooke River Campground
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Sooke River Campground
Ranked #7 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Sooke
Reviewed July 13, 2014

Grassy treed sites adjacent to the river inlet. Good layout of the campground; free Sani-dump. Clean!! Friendly helpful staff. Playground, swimming, pet friendly. We have stayed here before & will definitely be back again. Thank you!

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

The camp ground itself is ok, gets pretty windy in the open area and there is limited sites in the trees. This site use to be great to camp at but after last night, things have obviously changed. All children must be supervised at all times, which means that if you are a single parent with two or three kids camping with you...everyone must go to the washroom at the same time even if they don't want to. I had a 16 year old with me that took the two boys (age 8/9) to the park and was told this was unacceptable. Must be an adult. You can not have visitors with you past 10 pm so during the summer when its to warm to light a fire until 8:30/9pm you only get an hour to roast your hot dogs and smores before they MUST leave. This camp ground was almost empty last night and there was no wavering on allowing them to stay just a bit longer, their vehicle was going to be towed regardless of it being parked across the street and off their property. The sun hadn't even gone down yet when we realized the small amount of firewood my husband had bought before leaving for the night wasn't enough but we couldn't buy more because the store was closed but the operators were there but still refused service. I understand having rules and I understand if you give people an inch many will take a mile but just sitting around a camp fire quietly having smores and hot dogs with a few kids is what camping is all about and their rules seem to be extreme. Camping belongs in the hospitality industry and a great campground provides great hospitality especially if you are trying to promote the area. Unfortunately, they have lost sight of this. We won't be staying here again, nor will we recommend it to our friends.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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6  Thank LAXMOM1971
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

We stay here all the time and love it. This campground had a reputation for rowdies but ever since the new caretakers took over a couple of years ago they have done very well returning it to a respectable family site. Rules are no different than any other place. People that don't like rules tend to be the ones that complain about them. If you're not a drunkin idiot the caretakers go out of their way to make your visit a good one. Campers acting badly are quickly read the riot act. Now the campground is quiet and enjoyable.

The river is beautiful but can get low during the summer. There is a local museum and a rec center about a two minute walk away. Bears are often seen across the river feeding on the salmon. Washrooms and showers are clean and very functional. Many places charge $55 a night and these guys charge $35. Prices are great.

I recommend this place anytime. Try it. Other than the caretakers, this campground is run by the volunteers within the community of Sooke. It's not a private enterprise. The caretakers can easily work a 16 hour day during the busy times. Consequently getting up hours earlier to open the gates is not an option for these tired people. Provincial campgrounds lock their gates too. No exceptions.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank LordHumble
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We had a lovely spot along the creek and enjoyed wildlife viewing right from our campsite. Toilets & showers were nothing fancy, but were fine. Noise from the road & highway was disturbing sleep at times. Hosts were helpful and mostly friendly, but could be very blunt bordering on rude at times (though I am sure it is easier for them that way when dealing with so many people all summer). Over all it was a great experience, but some sites are very open with no shade, so be aware of that.

Room Tip: treed sites along creek were our favourites, unless you like full sun.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Staff was great. Zero tolerance for rowdies. Lots to do in the area. Right on the river. Good prices and good clean amenities. A small store allows you to buy small needed supplies but there is a complete town just up the road.

Room Tip: The campground is run by the Sooke community association. Being community run they take pride in ens...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I chose this campground as a cheaper alternative to the highly recommended but expensive B&B's in the area that would not take a 2 night reservation. The campground itself is nice. Check the map when getting a site because some are nice along the river and shaded by trees; whereas some are in an open field. It's a small campground and easy to get around. It is not walking distance from anything so you'll have to drive. The river itself is very low and not the beautiful river pic that is on the website but it is still a beautiful area. It was a quiet location as far as highway noise. Be prepared for the RULES. The overall tone set by the operators is one of Their Campground - Their Rules which isn't necessarily a bad thing; just be prepared - the focus is rule based and not customer service based. The gates do lock at 10 pm and are not openned until 7 am irrelevant of your trip plans. We had a friend that couldn't stay here with his motorhome after he paid for the night because they wouldn't unlock the gates for him to catch a ferry nor would they refund the nights stay. We had a 6 AM fishing charter, which isn't uncommon in Sooke, but again, there was no option for us to make this reservation except that we park outside the gates (we were tenting) and put a sticker on our bikes that said "do not tow." The woman was friendly enough so long as you don't question the rules and the only dealings we had with the man was when he came over and told us we were not to let our bikes idle in the morning due to noise which seemed a little adversarial and unprovoked since our bikes do not have loud pipes. Perhaps a friendlier approach wouldn't have left such a bad taste in my mouth. The people in the camp site next to us listening to music most of the night and then back up at 4AM were certainly more noise pollution that we were. The bathrooms are rustic but clean and work well. You can buy firewood for the fire ring that is was in the campsite. We had water and electric at the site we booked. I would probably stay here again if in the area depending on our plans fitting into their rules. When reserving, ask for the list of rules before making that final decision.

Room Tip: Check the map to ensure shade and trees as opposed to open field.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Tracey F
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Camping at Sooke River Campground is a wonderful experience. We visited this rustic retreat set in a small piece of wilderness during the annual Bluegrass Music Festival, and were greatly entertained by talented bluegrass pickers and singers for 3 days; well worth the $50 admission. The planning and organization from all parties involved must have been no easy task, but from our point of view, it was very well done. The Sooke River Campground Hosts were very on top of this busy weekend, clearly indicating important safety rules as is necessary with so many young children populating the sites (a good feeling of security). Tim and Ali are very welcoming and know the area well for those wanting to venture into the nearby Sooke Village for shopping. The campground boasts clean washrooms/showers, play park area, small store, affordable firewood, free WIFI near the store, good sized serviced sites and unserviced sites, 3 cabins, river views with swans (great for a canoe paddle), and within very close range of service stations and grocery stores. A well organized campground with caring hosts. Well worth visiting on a long weekend when they assist hosting many fun activities. Finally, this is an affordable campground not a resort, and should be viewed as such.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Tammy A
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Address: 2259 Phillips Rd, Sooke, British Columbia V9Z 0Y3, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Sooke
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Ranked #7 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Sooke
Number of rooms: 72
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