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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  • A beautiful location, easily walked. This was our first trip back to Saltspring Island in at least 20 years, and we remembered this spot fondly, so wanted to come back...we were not disappointed! It w...  more »
  • Beautiful mix of pastoral scenes, easily accessed camping and phenomenal hikes through the other 90% of the park. Please take the 10 essentials with you if you choose to go hiking late in the day. It ...  more »
  • As a B&B operator, we recommend to all our guests to visit Ruckle. It's a great place to hike, picnic and walk along the ocean's edge. The Park is part of the Ruckle pioneer farm so history awaits as ...  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.