Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island

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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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  • We spent several hours walking through the park and exploring the many tide pools down on the beaches. Tons of starfish, crabs, and sea cucumbers everywhere. Easy hiking trails make it a good place fo...  more »
  • Came here for a nice walk. The trails look to well eatablished and there are plenty of picnic tables with ocean views if you want to stop for lunch. The trees are quite large and provide a lot of cove...  more »
  • Great place to go on a hike through the woods, it is good for camping (we did not camp) and for day use. Very enjoyable, well maintained, clean washrooms and helpful staff.  more »
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  • Pleasant park with lots of opportunities for hiking and trail walking. Nice views along the coast with small access to beaches and shorelines. The maps are not as frequent as other parks, but Ruckle Park gives a good atmosphere for Salt Spring explorers.
  • Cycled here from ferry landing to camp for a few days. awesome camping spot on a bluff overlooking the water, and in the evening, the view was spectacular. Exploring the rocky tidal pool beach was like therapy. be aware, there are not a lot of services in and around the park.
  • What a stunning provincial park! Can't wait to come back next year, everything was perfect.
  • Beautiful park with amazing trails through old growth forests. One of the best on Saltspring.
  • Ruckle Park is a great walking, hiking, camping and bird watching spot. There are plenty of picnic tables right by the ocean, a working farm and you can enjoy short walks on flat pavement, longer hikes through the forest by the water and perhaps spot a Bufflehead. :)

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