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“Stunning View”

Ruckle Provincial Park
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“Stunning View”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Beautiful hike and wonderful views. Well worth the trip of watching nature, water and the sailboats floating by

Visited October 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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“Beautiful hiking trail.”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Lovely views from this fairly easy hiking trail. It goes around the park and even goes through a little farm that had live turkeys just walking around. That part of the hike was my second favourite part of the park, with the views of the water along one part of the trail being my favourite.

Visited May 2014
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“Wish I had more time”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Really great for a full day of trail winding. My time here was brief as I had to catch a ferry but in the coming warmer months I may do an overnighter and camp here :)

Visited May 2014
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“a water's edge walk”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Gorgeous views of the ocean and Pender Island and beyond are had from walking the trails through Ruckle Provincial Park. If you are looking for a low-key trail hike, this area is a definite must when visiting on Saltspring. Wear runners or hiking boots as parts of the trail are quite gnarly. Even though the vistas are open, the ground itself is wildnerness! A nice place too to sun yourself on a rock!

Visited April 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Gulf Island Magic at Ruckle”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

You can not go to Salt Spring Island and not visit Ruckle Provincial Park and Ruckle Farm otherwise you'll be missing out on an important part of BC's history, the most spectacular natural beauty, and a great place to camp and get away from technology and the world that you are trying to escape. Otherwise, you'd go to New York, not a Southern Gulf Island.

If you're in good shape, you can ride a bike here - 10 km - up and down rolling hills, beside a few small lakes, until you reach the gates of this historic park where the oldest continuously operated farm in BC exists. There's typically not a lot of traffic on this part of the road but Salt Spring is not the safest place for cycling given that you're sharing the road with traffic and on the main Fulford-Ganges Road, in summer, that traffic can be (relatively speaking) quite a lot. But, I've biked here, when I was much younger and in shape, and it was never a problem if you use common sense and are extra cautious on any blind corners.

In August, the light is golden, in spring the sheep are plentiful, in Fall, you may or may not see Highland cattle, always there are turkeys. Explore the old Ruckle homestead, not open to go inside, but wander around and peer inside its windows where the rooms still have some of the old furniture. Sparrows are likely nesting high at the front of the old barn and there are a few outbuildings.

In the Spring, there is usually a one day event called Ruckle Farm Days with blacksmithing demonstrations, hotdogs, and other country-style events.

There are pathways that meander in and out of the forest that touches the waterfront, trails to explore, and quiet small rocky or white shell beaches (Grandma's Beach) and others. The Arbutus trees are plentiful, you may even spot Orcas and hear an owl in the forest at night. The ferries chug back and forth from Swartz Bay to Long Harbour.

A beautiful camping spot - a walk in campsite which means you park in a parking lot and then walk your stuff to one of the ocean-front campsites. There are wheelbarrows to help you reduce the number of trips from car to chosen spot. Outhouses, no showers, get your water from a pump.

There's a day area as well as the parking for the campsite. The day area and the campsite have picnic tables and in some places raised platforms to put your tent if you prefer that sort of thing. Depending on how dry it is, sometimes in summer there are campfire bans but otherwise, there are firepits.

There's a stocked farm stand on the property just after the park gates, usually full of jams, organic in-season produce, seeds, photograph cards, and cookies. It's a delight.

Dogs must be on leash to prevent them from chasing sheep and turkeys.

Families, couples, and solo travellers tend to camp here. It's a quiet place that doesn't tend to attract party animals. There are two group campsites that sometimes host youth groups or others.

Overnight camping has a fee $18.00 per party per day. There are no reservations. Campsite is on a first-come, first serve basis.

There is a change in service between winter and summer time periods. Google Ruckle and find the website.

Visited June 2013
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