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Island View Regional Park

Island View Regional Park
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Primary marine trail launch; Primary campsite

Island View Regional Park is a primary marine trail launch site by agreement with the Capital Regional District. 

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Coordinates: lat 48° 34.329' lng -123° 21.971'
 
Landing Comments Easy on pebble,cobble beach or boat ramp. Exposed to SE.Camp
 

About Island View Regional Park

From the CRD website updated Oct. 5, 2017:

This park offers an expansive beach along the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula, and excellent bird watching.

Features

  • long, sandy beach for exploring, picnicking and swimming
  • beach, dune, wetland, and shrub ecosystems, home to numerous resident and migratory bird species, and many fragile plants
  • bird watching along the shore and in the fields
  • panoramic seascape views of Haro Strait, James Island and Mount Baker
  • a loop trail offers an easy and scenic walk
  • self-contained RV and tent campground

Trail Rating: Easy
Size: 48 hectares
Location: Island View Road in Central Saanich
Established: 1966
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Campground

The campground operates on a first-come first-served basis. No online or phone reservations.

The Island View Beach Regional Park RV & Tent campground operates seasonally from the Victoria Day long weekend in May to the Labour Day long weekend in September.

Fees

$15/night tenting; $20/night RV's; $10 additional vehicle. Payable by cash only.

Facilities and Services

The campground has 18 beach front RV sites, 5 treed tent trailer sites and 24 treed tent sites. All the camping sites are self-contained. The campground provides:

  • waterfront views
  • public garbage bins
  • pit toilets
  • drinking water station
  • picnic areas
  • group fire ring

The campground does not provide hydro, dumping station, showers or individual fire pits.

Campground Rules

  • Maximum length of stay 14 days per calendar year
  • No more than 7 persons per campsite with a maximum of 4 adults

  • Quiet time 10pm to 8am

  • Generator use permitted 9-11am and 6-8pm

  • Checkout by 11am
  • Fires permitted in designated area only
  • Dogs on-leash in campground
  • Pick up your dog’s droppings
  • Alcohol not permitted outside campsite
  • Smoking is prohibited
  • Invasive Plant Management areas closed to visitors and pets

Things to Do

Circle Walk

Explore Island View Beach Regional Park along a circle route. Head north down the beach, then join one of the access trails through the foredunes. Return by way of the inland trail through the old salt marsh and backdunes, and stop at the picnic area for a snack.

Wildlife Viewing Tips

Seabirds and shorebirds land at Island View Beach during migration times in the spring and autumn. Migratory seabirds graze on the eel grass beds at low tide or probe for worms, clams and other creatures in the sand. They are often exhausted from their long travels and need all the nourishment and rest they can get. Watch these animals from a distance and keep dogs on the trail and under control.

Some of BC's most threatened shorebirds nest on the ground on isolated rocky islets, spits and shorelines. Oystercatchers, for example, are one species at risk. They lay their well-camouflaged eggs in a scrape — nothing more than an arrangement of pebbles or even the bare rock itself. Oystercatchers also rely on distraction to fend off predators. Stay well clear of any bird displaying evasive behaviour and watch where you walk.

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