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Goldstream Provincial Park

Goldstream Provincial Park offers a real experience through the old-growth temperate rain forest with magnificent waterfalls, giant trees, and a winding river that meets the sea, flowers, birds, and fishes.
The park can be an inspiration for all kinds of visitors with different and exciting things that can be found every month of the year.
Annual fall salmon that runs in the Goldstream River and the numerous bald eagles that gather at the Goldstream Provincial Park for feeding at that time is one of the most exciting views.
Goldstream Provincial Park is an excellent place for hiking (short or long!) with multiple trails that pass through distinct vegetation zones. You can find 600-year-old Douglas fir trees and western red cedar mixed with red alder, western yew and hemlock, big leaf maple and black cottonwood. Also, flowering dogwood, lodgepole pine and arbutus are located on the drier ridges. Goldstream overflows with many-hued wildflowers, including the shade-loving western trillium and the calypso, a delicate orchid of the mossy forest glades, found in the spring and early summer.


Goldstream Provincial Park Location

Goldstream Provincial Park has 477 hectares (1178.69 acres) surface area and is just 17 km (10.5 miles) away from downtown Victoria, Vancouver Island.
Goldstream is also a part of the Nanaimo Lowlands Ecosection and the Coastal Douglas Fir Biogeoclimatic Zone.
Goldstream Provincial Park is a natural wonder with a diversity of flora and fauna.
Fish like Salmon, steelhead trout and steelhead, birds such as hummingbirds, turkey vultures, Bald eagles, ducks and gulls, and animals like Black bears, deer and cougars, beavers, raccoons, minks, Gray Douglas squirrels and otters can be found at Goldstream Provincial Park.
Small Garry oak meadows, 600-year-old Douglas fir trees and arbutus are placed at the park.
The park includes Goldstream Niagara Falls, which cascades 47.5 meters (155 ft) down a rock cliff into a transparent canyon pool below. Goldstream Falls, located in the park's southwest corner, close to the campground.


How to Get to Goldstream Provincial Park by Car

From Victoria:
The Fastest route from Victoria is via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N Rd, which is only 19.2 km (12 miles) and takes about 19 minutes.
Head west on Pandora Ave toward Government St. After 99 m (324.8 ft), turn right onto Government St. Drive for one kilometre and slight right toward Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N. After 72 m (236.2 ft), use any lane to turn left onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N and drive for 18 km (11.1 miles) more to reach the Goldstream Provincial Park.

From Nanaimo:
Nanaimo's fastest route is via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S, which is 92 km (57 miles) and takes about 1 hour and 9 minutes.
Head east on Wallace St toward Fraser St. After 350 m (1148.2 ft), the Wallace St turns slightly right and becomes Victoria Crescent. After 170 m (557.7 ft) turn left onto Esplanade. 36 m (118.1 ft) more and then turn right onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S. Drive for 91.2 km (56.6 miles) and turn left onto Finlayson Arm Rd. After 28 m (91.8 ft) sharp left onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N. Drive for 190 m (623.3 ft) to reach the Goldstream Provincial Park.


The Hike to Get to Goldstream Provincial Park

1. "Goldstream Trestle" is an out and back trail located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. This moderate trail has a 2.6 km (1.6 miles) length and 172 m (564.3 feet) elevation gain. Goldstream Trestle features a waterfall and is mostly used for hiking. The best time to use this trail is from May until October. You need to leash your dog while on the trail.

2. "Mount Finlayson Loop" is located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. This difficult trail has a height of 6.1 km (3.8 miles) and 431 meters (1414 feet). Mount Finlayson Loop features a great forest and is mainly used for hiking. The best time to use this trail is from May until October. Dogs must be kept on a leash.

3. "Gold Mine Trail" is an out and back trail located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. This easy trail has a 3.5 km (2.17 miles) length and 135 m (443 ft) elevation gain. It features a river and is mainly used for hiking, running, and nature trips. Please keep your dog on a leash.

4. "Mount Finlayson Trail" is an out and back moderate trail located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. The trail has a 3.1 km (1.9 miles) length and 373 m (1223 ft) elevation gain. Mount Finlayson features beautiful wildflowers and is mostly used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching. The best time to use this trail is from May until October. Dogs must be kept on a leash.

5. "Mount Finlayson backside Trail" is an out and back moderate trail located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. The trail has a 3.7 km (2.3 miles) length and 267 m (876 ft) elevation gain. It features a great forest and is mostly used for hiking and running. Dogs must be kept on a leash.

6. "Goldstream Falls via Gold Mine, Arbutus Ridge, Upper Goldstream, and Prospector's Trail Loop" is located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. This moderate trail has a 10.1 km (6.27 miles) length and 382 m (1253 ft) elevation gain. It features a great forest and is mostly used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. The best time to use this trail is from May until October. Keep your dog on a leash while you are using the trail.

7. "Goldstream to Finlayson Arm" is an out and back moderate trail located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. The trail has a 1.3 km (0.8 miles) length and 29 m (95.1 ft) elevation gain. Goldstream Trestle features a waterfall and is mostly used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

8. "Goldstream Falls from Goldstream Campground" is a moderate loop trail located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. The trail has a 5.5 km (3.4 miles) length and 114 m (374 ft) elevation gain. Goldstream Trestle features a waterfall and is mostly used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips. The best time to use this trail is from May until October. You need to keep your dogs on a leash.

9. "Seven Peaks" is a point-to-point trail located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. This moderate trail has a 33 km (20.5 miles) length and a 1,625 m (5331 ft) elevation gain. The best time to use this trail is from April until October. Dogs are allowed to use the trail.

10. "Mount Finlayson Extended Loop" is located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. It has a 6.8 km (4.2 miles) length and 429 m (1407 feet) elevation gain. This moderate trail features a lake and is mostly used for hiking. The best time to use this trail is from May until October. Please keep your dogs on a leash while you are on the trail.

11. "Prospector Trail to Viewpoint" is an out and back trail located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. This easy trail has a 2.7 km (1.6 miles) length and 123 m (403 ft) elevation gain. It features a great forest and is mostly used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching.

12. "Bridge Trail" is a loop located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. It has a 0.6 km (0.37 miles) length and 22 m (72 ft) elevation gain. This easy trail has scenic sights and is mostly used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. The best time to use this trail is from May until September. Dogs are allowed to use the trail but must be kept on a leash.

13. "Arbutus Trail to Hidden Springs Lookout" is a loop located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada. This easy trail has a 4.8 km (3 miles) length and 136 m (446 ft) elevation gain. Arbutus Trail to Hidden Springs Lookout features beautiful wildflowers and is mostly used for hiking, walking, nature trips and bird-watching. You need to keep your dog on a leash.


History of Goldstream Provincial Park

Goldstream is placed on traditional fishing grounds of First Nations. The Goldstream River experienced a gold rush during the mid-19th century. Mining shafts and tunnels are all that relict from that period.
In 1985 the Greater Victoria Water Board gave the Goldstream Park area to the British Columbia people, and the rest lands were added through the Commonwealth Nature Legacy and Crown Land in 1994 and 1996.


Things to do around the Goldstream Provincial Park Area

All the marvel specifics turn this park into the magic place that will motivate you for hiking and cycling through the trails while enjoying the vegetation and the animals.
You can also find some sections of the Goldstream River near the campground that can be used for swimming.
The Freeman King Visitor Centre offers coffee and snacks, a gift shop, exhibits, programs and interpretive programming throughout the year. There is An open-air amphitheatre in the campground for the summer programs.
Although there is no fishing at the park, The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a practical program that teaches necessary fishing skills to youth under 16 years old.

The Best Parks Near Goldstream Provincial Park

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Willows Park

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West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park

West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park

Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park

Memory Island Provincial Park

Memory Island Provincial Park

Goldstream Provincial Park

Goldstream Provincial Park

Mount Douglas Park

Mount Douglas Park

East Sooke Regional Park

East Sooke Regional Park

Goldstream Provincial Park Activities

Wildlife Viewing

Goldstream Provincial Park is a natural wonder with a diversity of flora and fauna. Magnificent waterfalls, giant trees, and a winding river meet the sea, flowers, birds, and fish.
Annual fall salmon that runs in the Goldstream River and the numerous bald eagles that gather at the Goldstream Provincial Park for feeding at that time is one of the most exciting views.

Cycling

From the park's day-use area to the Freeman King Visitor Centre, you can go cycling on roadways and the paved trails but not on park trails. Remember that Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
It's needed to be mention that E-Bikes are not allowed on the trails within Goldstream Provincial Park.

Hiking

All the trails mentioned are excellent for hiking. They all offer spectacular views and are suitable for all skill levels. Just find the trail that matches your skill and your demands.

Swimming

There is no specific swimming area at the park, but you can find some sections of the Goldstream River near the campground that can be used for swimming. Be careful; there is no lifeguard on duty at provincial parks.

What you Can Expect to Do Near Goldstream Provincial Park

Hiking on the Grass Lake Trail

Hiking on the Grass Lake Trail

Hiking on Mount Manuel Quimper

Hiking on Mount Manuel Quimper

Hiking on Mount Empress from Sooke Potholes via Mary Vine and Todd Creek Trails

Hiking on Mount Empress from Sooke Potholes via Mary Vine and Todd Creek Trails

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast Trail

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast Trail

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast and Interior Trail Loop

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast and Interior Trail Loop

Victoria Diving

Victoria Diving

Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club Whale Watching

Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club Whale Watching

Van Isle Marina Whale Watching

Van Isle Marina Whale Watching

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Goldstream Provincial Park Outline

Specifications

Climate

Timing

Trails


1. The numbers are estimated on average for Goldstream.

What you Can Expect to See Near Goldstream Provincial Park

Spiral Beach

Spiral Beach

McNeil Bay

McNeil Bay

Langford

Langford

Gonzales Bay

Gonzales Bay

Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

Sooke

Sooke

Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens

Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum

Miniature World

Miniature World

Willows Beach

Willows Beach

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Sitting Lady Falls

Sitting Lady Falls

Gallery Merrick

Gallery Merrick

Florence Lake Cave

Florence Lake Cave

Planning for Goldstream Provincial Park

Suitability

Camping & Resort

Services

Tips

Packing


1. There are two group campsites at this park, with electricity, water, picnic shelters, and woodstoves. Each of them has a large lawn area, and they are surrounded by forest. These sites can be booked during the main camping season.
2. Toilets can be found next to the parking lot at the start of the trail and the Visitor Information Centre. No toilet facilities are available on the west side of the highway or near the waterfall.


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