Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, Sooke

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Make a splash at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, one of the most popular spots in British Columbia to swim in a natural setting. Located in a 7.28 hectare (17.9 acre) regional park, the potholes were originally formed 15,000 years ago from glacial movement in the last ice age. Today the holes are are filled with clear, fresh water used for diving, swimming, and playing. You'll find picnic areas near the pools that offer a spot for resting as the river babbles alongside; watch Chinook salmon swim the currents. Restrooms are available in the car park. Using our world travel planner, Sooke attractions like Sooke Potholes Provincial Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is a place we visit every time we come to the island in the summer. The water is crystal clear and awesome for swimming. The current is so gentle, it’s safe even for the little ones. Our...  more »
  • One of the main outdoor attractions in Sooke. Can be confusing which parking lot to park in as there are multiple. Nice viewing areas once you get there, easy walk.  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful park. The potholes of water were incredible fun and refreshing to swim in. They also had an abandoned castle with beautiful graffiti but it is closed off to public. A must visit if you’re in Vancouver island.
  • This place is beautiful!! I go every summer. There are multiple swimming places, many you just have to climb down to. There is a shallow area I always see families near the "entrance". If you want to hike, park at the lower parking lots, but if you want to swim, you want to be at the further parking spots. You will still have to walk 10-15 mins to any good spot.
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