Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island

(4.6/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
Stake a claim on the grassy meadows overlooking the Swanson Channel and camp in Ruckle Provincial Park, a park in the southern Gulf Islands. The site features a forest and field landscape stretching along a shoreline of rocky headlands, bays, and tiny coves. Watch for an abundance of wildlife in the ocean and along the shore including sea lions, orca whales, mink, otters, crabs, oysters, and octopus. Scuba diving is popular in the area, and bird-watchers can spot cormorants, grebes, eagles, or quail here. The park also features a well-preserved heritage sheep farm founded by the Ruckle family. Use our Salt Spring Island travel itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Ruckle Provincial Park and other attractions in Salt Spring Island.
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  • Very nice sea walk and view of the water. I would go back in a second. Nice woods and rock beach, we saw lots of marine life. Very good.  more »
  • Brilliant hiking trails - very well marked out and maintained. You don't need a map, just park in the car park, look at the map sign and decide which route to go and then just follow the trail - marke...  more »
  • A beautiful park at the Eastern side of the island with lots of hiking and walking trails (about 15 km). The shoreline trail goes from the heritage farm to Yeo Point. There are also inland trails that...  more »
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  • This is a really nice park, and I enjoyed our stay here in July 2016. Most of the sites are walk-in, meaning that you will have to carry your camping gear a few hundred meters to the camping area. They have wheelbarrows for that purpose. There are no individual fire rings, only group fire rings. The management company here has a very strange practice of forcibly dousing out fires with water after dark, even if people sitting around the fire are quiet.
  • One of the best provincial camp sites. Ruckle Park is a fantastic spot for family camping. It's walk-in, which is nice so that you don't have cars all over the place, but you have to be prepared to carry your gear in. The site is right on the ocean, and the views are fantastic. You'll see the ferries passing by, and even the occasional whale!
  • Really cool little hike along the shore here. How many hikes in Canada can you do where you spot a herd of deer AND a seal? Farm history was also interesting plus its still a working farm well over a century later.
  • Went in off season end of October. Beautiful colors and quite, perfect to be surrounded by nature and lovely views of water.
  • Right by the ocean. Great views! Cheap camping rates! Lots of large trees for shade. I loved staying here.