Goldstream Provincial Park is a large natural and forested park located less than 20 km north of Victoria on the Trans-Canada Highway.
A popular place for hikes and camping, Goldstream Park is 477 hectares in size. It features over 170 campsites, many of which are available year-round.
There are extensive hiking trails, a river and even a couple of waterfalls in the area. One of them in fact is called Niagara Falls and is over 47 metres high. There are also picnic tables, a picnic shelter, lots of forest trails and wildlife in the area (including eagles and sometimes even bears).
Where is Goldstream?
Goldstream Provincial Park is located in the Greater Victoria municipality of Langford.
Leaving Victoria and heading up the Trans-Canada Highway, the park is just north of the community of Langford. Before the highway narrows and you enter a bit of a ravine, you’ll find the campground on your left. Soon after the highway narrows, the main day-use parking area is a little further up on your right.
Goldstream Park Salmon Run
A popular time to visit the park is during the annual salmon run in autumn. From mid-October until late December thousands of Chum salmon make their way up the river to spawn and then die. Lesser numbers of Coho and Chinook can also be seen in Goldstream River at various times.
At its peak, the salmon run at Goldstream is impressive. Hundreds of people turn out to see the fish, as do hundreds of seagulls, dozens of eagles and even the occasional black bear.
Peak salmon run season varies each year, and the numbers of fish vary from year to year. Early to mid-November is generally a pretty good time to visit.
Other good things to know about Goldstream Provincial Park include the following:
- Fishing is not permitted in the park
- Dogs are allowed along most of the trails when on leash
- There is a small nature centre that can be interesting to visit.
For a map of the park click Goldstream Park Map.
For a map of the campground area click Goldstream Campsite Map.