BAMBERTON PROVINCIAL PARK

Outside of Victoria – about 45 km N – off Hwy #1

overview of bamberton

Overview of Bamberton

For years the warm waters surrounding Vancouver Island’s Mill Bay have been a popular destination for local salmon fishers. The inviting water and the 225-metre long sandy beach have also made nearby Bamberton Provincial Park an ideal spot for parents to bring their families.

While the kids frolic in the warm waves, parents can lounge in the sand and enjoy the views across the inlet – to the east are the shores of the Saanich Peninsula, with the southern Gulf Islands and Mt. Baker beyond. Rising sharply to the west are the mountains of south Vancouver Island.

Fronting on the west side of Saanich Inlet, of particular interest in this park is the abundance of arbutus trees, identified by its thick, leathery green leaves, reddish trunk and peeling bark. The arbutus is Canada’s only broadleaf evergreen and is found only on Vancouver Island and the lower coast of mainland British Columbia.

A vehicle accessible campground is nestled in this forest environment, where eagles and osprey can be seen circling high above. Waterfowl and seals are frequent visitors to the surrounding waters.

The park is very popular in the summer months, and can be busy as well in June, when a number of nearby schools make field trips to study the intertidal life on the beach. With Victoria just a 30-minute drive south over the scenic Malahat Drive, Bamberton is within easy reach of many tourist attractions. You can also hop on the Mill Bay ferry for the 25-minute trip to Brentwood Bay and visit the world-renowned Butchart Gardens.

Campground Dates of Operation

All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
Year round
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:

Winter Season:
April 15 – September 30

A portion of the campground is open from October 1 – April 14, during which time a winter fee is in effect (no water or firewood)

Campground Reservable Dates: May 13 – September 6
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 53
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
24
Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the “Attention Visitor Notice” above for park alerts.

The park is located on southern Vancouver Island, approximately 45 km north of Victoria off Highway 1. Turn east off Highway 1 onto Mill Bay Road, near the north end of the scenic Malahat Drive. BC Ferries offers service from Mill Bay to Brentwood Bay, a distance of 8 km by sea with a crossing time of 25 minutes. Bamberton Park is located a 5-minute drive south of Mill Bay. Nearby communities include: Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, Duncan, Victoria.

Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. Campfire rings are provided at each campsite. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located at the campground and day-use area. Taps are shut off during the off-season

Picnic Areas

There is a picnicking and day-use area available at this park with a large vehicle parking lot, picnic tables, flush toilets, fresh water and a large grassy area where children can be let loose to play. The day-use area provides easy access to the beach.

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit toilets are located at the campground and day-use area. Flush toilets can also be found at the day-use area and are accessible from April 1 to September 30.

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites, nestled amongst a mixed woodland forest. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available. Bamberton Provincial Park is open year round, with limited facilities in the off-season.

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $18.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $9.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Winter Camping Fee: $11.00 per party / night

Wheelchair Access

The campground at Bamberton Park is wheelchair accessible. The route from the parking lot at the day use area to the beach is wheelchair accessible and paved; some portions are steep. Toilet facilities are also wheelchair accessible.
Map to Bamberton

Map to Bamberton

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