Sooke Potholes

About the Park

Sooke Potholes Provincial Park provides access to the series of deep, polished rock pools and potholes carved naturally into the sandstone bedrock of the Sooke River. This area is a favourite day-use destination for many local and regional residents.


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.


The water in this very popular park is beautifully clean and clear, providing a wonderful swimming and picnicking destination in the summer. The Sooke River is also an important Coho and Chinook salmon spawning river, and opportunities exist for catch and release fishing. Sooke Potholes Provincial Park provides an ideal location to view the annual salmon spawning run.



This day-use only park has no picnic tables. The only facilities are pit toilets, located at the parking lot.



There is no camping at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. There is camping at neighbouring Sooke Potholes Regional Park managed by the Capital Regional District.



There are no campfires allowed at Sooke Potholes.



Sooke Potholes Provincial Park is located near Sooke on southern Vancouver Island. The park is accessed via Sooke River Road, 5 km north of West Coast Highway 14.


Nearby Parks

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, French Beach Provincial Park.



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