A Favourite Camping Spot
The SW Coast highway from Victoria to Port Renfrew is a gorgeous ride, with formal and trail campsites abounding, and an incredible (huge!) hinterland should you branch inland to the north. Jordan River Regional Campground has long been a favourite stop of mine. It's a seaside campground, though you can pitch tent in the trees so you have cover in ornery weather. You may need to bring your own water in. There's a coffee house down the road, and (the kicker!) there's almost always a small hard core group of surfers there to catch waves. Even in winter, you'll have interesting (slightly insane) company in the campground.
Here's one of the seaside campsites (you're advised to find a more sheltered site in winter) at Jordan River Regional Campground. In the ocean background you can just see several black dots - these are surfers, part of a wonderfully insane year round community of surfers who congregate here & just north at Sombrio Beach.
Jordan River is about 25+kms NW of Sooke along the west coast highway (see map below). A further 45kms will take you to Port Renfrew, the end of the coastal road (and a West Coast Trail trailhead). On my last visit, I came down right to Jordan River through the hinterland to the north, via East Forby Main for the last leg. Several years past, they closed this campground down for a while because of concerns about currents from the nearby Jordan River endangering surfers when they released water from up-river dams. They've now got a blast warning signal in place and the camp is back in business.
A stretch of grand seaside between Jordan River & Port Renfrew to the west. Wonderful riding.
Routes to Jordan River Regional Park Campground
Here's a link to the regional campsite webpage. There's 22 sites, including ~a half dozen walk-in sites, which work well for cycle tourists. A dozen or so sites are just off the parking area. They have a designated 'surfers area', which warms my heart. The website says there's a water station, but when I was last there in summer 2017, they were recommending against using the water (unsure if that might have improved). East from the camping areas is a seaside park stretching 3+kms down to popular Sandcut Beach. The coffee (and munchies) house is a km or so west of the campground along the West Coast Road.
A rather dreary day, but if you look carefully, you'll see the black dots out there trying to catch a wave. A really hard core group was out at first light my last visit as the tides were promising