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Pacific Ranch

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· British Columbia
10 acres
3 sites
3 Caravan/Tent
On a hillside property in the heart of Vancouver Island’s west coast, Pacific Ranch offers amazing views, stream-side forest walks, and private tranquillity. Driving in along the winding and steep driveway, you will arrive on our unique property and find rocky, moss-covered bluffs, and fern-carpeted forests. Across these settings are two private campsites for one to choose from. There is a lot to do in the area for outdoor adventurers, including walks along the Galloping Goose Trail, many local beaches, as well as biking and hiking trails right off of the ranch. You can visit picturesque local villages close by, as well as head to one of the local lakes for a day of swimming. Bring your own tents and van/truck campers. We can accommodate vehicles under 26 feet (water hookup available). You will be parking on loose gravel and the site requires levelling.  Campfires are permitted as long as there is no fire ban. Pets are welcome!
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Hosted by Yvonne C.Joined in May 2020
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41 Ratings · 36 reviews
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Cody W.recommends
September 5, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
We had a great time camping with you and love to come back in the future
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Ray M.recommends
September 5, 2022
Site 3 - Creekside
Imagine being tucked away in a rainforest, your campsite caressed within a tree canopy of whispering firs & Arbutus, seemingly chattering to one another with leaves dancing hypnotically with the rays of a setting sun. This was an epic find - many thanks to our hosts for making our Labour Day long w/end anything BUT laborious. We cycled the “Goose”, hiked the majestic Lake Trails, & sipped Burrowing Owl 🍷 to honour the many natural sounds of our furry neighbors who lulled us to sleep. Ray & Vanessa
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Anne D.recommends
August 22, 2022
Site 3 - Creekside
I had a lovely overnight camping in the forest, loved the trails and the peace and quiet. The hosts were friendly and welcoming. This is a hidden gem and I will be back
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Meg F.recommends
August 19, 2022
Site 1 - Cedar Grove
Ou man the lot is so beautiful and unique. Such a nice mixture of forest, creek, and views. I've stayed here twice now and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a lovely spot near Victoria
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Stephanie G.recommends
August 14, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
The view from the spacious site was absolutely stunning with the added bonus of horses there to greet us. The hosts were very welcoming with excellent communication regarding directions and expectations. Overall a fantastic experience. Thanks again.
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Kate P.recommends
August 8, 2022
Site 3 - Creekside
A beautiful spot to camp. Lovely mossy trees and quiet forest setting.
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Marc Andre M.recommends
August 1, 2022
Site 1 - Cedar Grove
Just awesome experience!
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Katherine O.recommends
August 1, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
The place was more than what we have expected. It was the perfect spot with a wonderful view, especially for us, as first time campers. Dave was a great host, they were very accommodating and they gave us clear directions and guidance before we arrive at the camp site. We can't wait to go back & experience the other camp sites! :) It was really a lovely stay and experience!
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Chelsea D.recommends
July 22, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
Unique & peaceful property
SUCH a cool property!! Peaceful, beautiful, and unique. We have a lovely greeting and then enjoyed a private campsite up on the ridge line with a nice view. I enjoyed seeing their horses too. I’d stay again!
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Ciara B.recommends
July 18, 2022
Site 1 - Cedar Grove
Such a beautiful spot
We had such a fun time camping this weekend! It was our first time taking our baby camping and it gave us a lot of peace of mind to be near town if we needed anything. The property is stunning and it was special to show our son the horses! Our site was very private and easy to get to. We enjoyed driving to the cafe for a snack on Saturday and East Sooke Park for a hike.
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Carrie K.recommends
July 15, 2022
Site 3 - Creekside
Serenity in the woods
Gorgeous, quiet and hospitable campsite. Interactions via text with Dave were easy and informative and we spent a lovely evening cooking over the fire and enjoying the beautiful forest surroundings.
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Nick N.recommends
July 8, 2022
Site 3 - Creekside
Always a quiet escape.
My second time back and just as wonderful as the first.
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Russell B.recommends
July 4, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
Sweet spot and being walking distance to Matheson Lake was awesome! Dave was an excellent host
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Jason B.recommends
July 4, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
Camping in the forest
Amazing location and extremely quiet!! Felt like I was hundreds of miles from civilisation but really could get anything needed within 10 mins into Metchosin.
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Brooke T.recommends
July 4, 2022
Site 3 - Creekside
Tent camping near Sooke!
We loved tent camping on Dave’s land! The site was well maintained and amongst beautiful old growth rainforest. We camped on site 3, which was near the driveway, so it wasn’t completely private, but still far more private and comfortable than what you would get at a standard campsite. Close to great hikes, Victoria, and Sooke. Dave was great, quick to respond, and easy to work with. Would highly recommend!
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Carlita L.recommends
June 30, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
We had a lovely stay on Pacific Ranch, the directions were clear and we loved seeing the animals on our way out. I would recommend to anyone looking for a little haven surrounded by peaceful and quiet nature.
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Hope E.recommends
June 26, 2022
Site 3 - Creekside
The space was well maintained, quiet and beautiful. Would recommend if you’re looking to be close to town but also have the feeling of being off grid.
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Rhandi S.recommends
June 24, 2022
Site 3 - Creekside
Highly recommend
Easy to get to, beautiful as hellllll! Super close to Matheson Lake- walkable. We (not me) caught 2 fish while there and the hike around was beautiful. Headed back to camp for a peaceful evening. So much better camping in solitude 😛 Thanks for the amazing stay!
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Jared V.recommends
June 20, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
Charming 🏕 Retreat
Dave and Elizabeth were warmly welcoming and friendly hosts at Pacific Ranch. The property is tucked away in the woods with a fairytale like atmosphere all around. We originally booked the Creekside campsite, and Dave was helpful when we changed our minds and asked to stay at Long View instead. As the name would suggest, the campsite is situated further up the slope and has a stunning view looking out towards the Olympics. There were two wooden cottage chairs situated by a fire pit which set a charming camp retreat feel amongst the forested scenery. A selection of firewood was provided for us and down below there was a convenient spot to fill up our containers with water. At night the Ranch is softly lit up with a warm glow of bulbs strung all along and across the outside which was comforting. The adorable dogs and horses down on the Ranch also added to the feeling of safety which allowed for a peaceful nights sleep. Dave was super responsive and provided plenty of information about the location prior to our arrival. Elizabeth showed us to our site and gave us a run down of the space making us feel welcomed in. All in all would recommend as a highly approachable wilderness retreat, offering a secluded camping experience with some of the rougher edges polished away for more peace of mind and relaxation. Many thanks to Dave & Elizabeth
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Kassandra B.recommends
June 5, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
Seclusion and beauty!
Incredible spot! For our week on the island, this was our best sleep. Removed from everyone and everything- stay in the heart of the rain forest! Would stay again and hope to stay again one day!
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Jen I.recommends
May 25, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
Lovely, very private spot. Views of the snow capped mountains, yet close-ish (30 minutes or so) to Victoria. Handy if you are still exploring the city. Site 2 is definitely a walk in site (through a horse pen with adorable horses!) - so wear sturdy shoes and pack light-ish or portable-ish. Very accommodating hosts with great communication and and easy, friendly check in. Sweet horses and welcoming dogs. A breath of lovely nature with nice hosts and Adirondack chairs set up to take in the views!
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Nick N.recommends
May 24, 2022
Site 1 - Cedar Grove
Beautiful quiet spot in the trees.
What an awesome little gem of a camping spot! I was solo camping in my small camper van and it was the perfect location. Dave's land is beautiful, quiet, clean and private. Great host, awesome communication, friendly and available but provided tons of privacy. No cellphone service was a nice forced break from the world. Will totally come back again.
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Colin L.recommends
May 22, 2022
Site 3 - Creekside
Emma and Pete were incredible hosts and their property is absolutely gorgeous. My girlfriend and I had such a nice stay it was exactly what we wanted. We set up a hammock and just looked at the trees for a while and it was so peaceful. Would absolutely come back.
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Thái P.recommends
May 22, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
Lovely campspot
Great camping spot in a lovely ranch. Dave and his wife were very friendly and helpful to us. You will be welcomed by a pack of cute doggies and friendly horses as well. They did a great job to keep you company with very small charge of fee (they do love petting). My camping spot is well maintained with breathtaking view surrounding by trees and few birds and Dave gave me a lot of firewood to last our night there. We took a small trail which led us to a higher spot (some proper shoes required if you want to get to this lookout, I did it with my flip flop and I could not enjoy the small hike). Dave will give you very detailed instructions to get there however make sure you have an AWD/ 4x4 or good tires as about very last 300-400m road is little bit tricky for 2WD. Basically, an 2WD might make it with a lot of wheel spinning as we saw a dodge mini van went there. If you love a private spot, country-feeling camping, lovely dogs, horses and don’t mind to give them a good pet every time you want to get some thing from your car, this spot is for you. We definitely will be back to this property.
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B. Kate R.recommends
April 28, 2022
Site 3 - Creekside
Rainforest and Native Plants!
We loved the natural landscape of Dave's land. The walks are beautiful- very much BC rainforest with several old-growth trees on the property, which we value. A very quiet low-key place, Dave greeted us upon arrival and ensured that we had everything we needed. This was a staycation for us less than an hour from our house, but it offered the respite we'd been craving and since we love "wild", it offers that feel without all the people of regular campgrounds. The horses were a huge bonus for me as well! So gentle and lovely! A great couple of nights! We fell asleep to the sound of the creek and nightsong of many birds and slept over 9 hours per night- silence and bliss... Thank you! We shall return!
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Sarah A.recommends
February 25, 2022
Site 2 - Long View
It was super beautiful in the morning!😍 The view spot is worth climbing up there for sure!
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Lyn C.recommends
November 19, 2021
Site 1 - Cedar Grove
Quiet and easy
This place is beautiful and quiet! If you’re looking for a quiet spot that is a good launching pad for some day hiking and kayaking - this is it.
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Axel C.recommends
November 14, 2021
Site 2 - Long View
Amazing place to sleep and live a great experience !
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Rob W.recommends
November 12, 2021
Site 2 - Long View
Amazing views and tranquility.
On a hillside property in the heart of Vancouver Island’s west coast, Pacific Ranch offers amazing views, stream-side forest walks, and private tranquility. Driving in along the winding and steep driveway, one arrives on the unique property to find rocky, moss-covered bluffs, and fern-carpeted forests. Across these settings are three private campsites for one to choose from. The highest site at the top of the hill on the bluff was my choice, where the sun rising above the mountains through the trees is the morning view. Down the hill there are two more sites: a smaller middle site tucked along a walking path in the forest; and the lowest and largest site, also under the trees and just overlooking the stream. No matter the choice of site, each is provided with a firepit and firewood, and lots of privacy, with the highest and lowest sites coming equipped with seating as well. Numerous taps exist around the property for water fill-up, and there’s an axe for chopping wood down at the lowest site. For those looking to catch the sunrise and mountain views, at the very top of the property is a fantastic seating area for guests to enjoy. Near the house there’s even wifi should one need to connect for a few minutes, as cell reception on the property is spotty at best. Do keep in mind, however, there’s no bathroom provided (yet) so use the forest responsibly, or bring your own camp toilet. Activities on the property abound, with walking trails cutting throughout and leading off onto crown land. The horses are friendly and wander about, and there’s a number of dogs – who, while a bit barky, are friendly enough when they’re not exploring the property on their own terms. With the plethora of mountain/bluff views and the stream running below, ample wildlife viewing opportunities exist throughout the property. Matheson Lake is mere steps away, providing fishing, swimming, and hiking. Also nearby is East Sooke Regional Park with amazing west coast views, hiking trails, and more. The hosts are supremely friendly, welcoming, and responsive, very quick to do anything to make a stay at the Ranch as good as possible. Although I visited in some very changeable weather, the hosts were extremely helpful and kind in making me as comfortable as I could be in the torrential downpours. For anyone looking to explore Sooke and the west coast, Pacific Ranch makes a great basecamp.
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Lacey E.recommends
September 1, 2021
Site 2 - Long View
Beautifully quiet, stunning views
Dave was quick to respond and was able to provide detailed directions so we didn’t get lost. It is a gorgeous location with beautiful views and an amazing space. No cell service was annoying when I arrived/ lol but by the time the sun went down I was grateful to be able to unplug and relax 100%. Can’t wait to go back when the fire ban is lifted!
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