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Goldstream Provincial Park, Victoria

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Victoria Goldstream Provincial Park

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A great mixture of outdoor adventures for all ages and for all levels of participation. Throughout the 376 hectares of parkland, Goldstream Park has it all... waterfalls, rippling streams, wildlife, salmon spawning, Bald Eagles and lush forests complimented by a twisting trail system crossing over two different forested environments. Goldstream is part of the Nanaimo Lowlands Ecosection and the Coastal Douglas Fir Biogeoclimatic Zone.

Goldstream Provincial Park is located 15 kilometres north of the city of Victoria, BC located on the south of Vancouver Island. The park is highlighted by the lush natural environment guarded by the great forests of the area which, and is one of the best exhibits on Vancouver Island. Among the many different types of trees found here on the west coast are, the 600-year-old Douglas Fir trees, Western Red Cedar, Western Yew, Hemlock, Red Alder, Maple, Arbutus and Black Cottonwood.

At the higher levels of Goldstream Park in the drier seasons, far away from the rippling stream there are beautiful hills covered in flowering Dogwood trees, Lodgepole Pine trees and Arbutus trees.

During the spring and summer months Goldstream Park turns into a rainbow of colors because of the awakening blossoms from the forest's floor that erupt like the the shade-loving western trillium and the calypso, a delicate orchid of the mossy forest glades. Being a protected park, Goldstream takes pride in protecting all of it's vegetation and wildlife including the hard to find fauna like the Dense Spike Primrose and the Pacific Waterleaf.

Probably most famous for it's annual Chum Salmon spawning run. Thousands of visitors a year make the trip to the park to watch the spawning life cycle of the Salmon during the months of October through November. The Salmon spawning also attracts Bald Eagles eager to scoop up a mouthful of Salmon for dinner. There is a bridge over the river and a viewing platform offering great views of this yearly ritual.

There are over 16 kilometres of hiking trails to explore for all ages. Some of which are wheelchair accessible. Most trails start at the day use area or from the nearby campgrounds. There are 5-15 minute walks along the riverbed to the harder climbs for the more active hiker like the hike to the top of Mt. Finlayson. Mt. Finlayson is a hard hike straight up over rock boulders and stairs to the top of the mountain resulting in rewarding marine views overlooking Strait of Georgia to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Goldstream Provincial Park also has some other natural beauty trails to uncover like the trail that leads you to the crashing Niagara Falls, which rumbles down the rock cliffs 47.5 meters into a canyon pool below. Goldstream Falls, a smaller waterfall is located in the southwest corner of the park near the campground.

Public access to many amenities like a large day-use/picnic area with a picnic shelter, woodstove, flush toilets, fire rings, numerous picnic tables and an Interpretive Centre. Cold water taps are located throughout the park.

The nearby campsite has a sani-station/dump which is only available from March 15 to October 31. There are hot showers, pit toilets and an amphitheatre but there is no swimming area or a boat launch.

How to get to Goldstream Park:

Located north on Hwy #1 leading out from - Victoria, BC which is a short 16 km drive to the park boundaries. The entrance to the day-use area is at the junction of Hwy #1 and Finlayson Arm Road. Watch for signs to day use area and campgrounds as they have different entrances.

 




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