Above is a map of the eco-systems at Kingswood Camp. Right Click on the map to download ('save image as' - then save as a jpg)
If you need a PDF of the map of the eco-systems at Kingswood Camp click here to download.
Click here for a copy of the Kingswood Brochure.
Click here for a calendar of available dates at Kingswood
Kingswood Camp is north of Victoria on the Saanich Peninsula. It is ideal for many different outdoor activities for all ages. A wide variety of wild flowers bloom from mid-March until the end of June. Both residential and tenting accommodations are available, enabling larger groups such as Districts to camp at one facility yet house all levels from Sparks to Rangers.
The sign in/out kiosk is by the caretaker's cottage. Across the road from there is a shed with tents and patrol boxes as well as canoe storage. The Daisy Ives Memorial Chapel is also on site.
Four sites offer a variety of camping experiences depending on the size and experience of the group.
1) Residential: McKevitt Lodge
This residential site can house 30 (youth + adults) and is wheel chair accessible. There is a large room with a fireplace; a kitchen with stove, fridge, hot water and triple sinks; and a sleeping room with 24 bunks, no mattresses; and a small room for Guiders. A covered porch faces the group activity area.
Sparks and Brownies have priority in the Lodge: February - June and September - October.
2) Freeman King
A camp site in a treed area for 30 campers (youth + adults). There is a shelter with picnic tables, cooking area and woodstove. The site has 4 outhouses.
3) Bill Reith
A larger camp site in an open area for 30 campers (youth + adults). There is a shelter with picnic tables, cooking area and woodstove. The site has a 3 cubicle outhouse.
For the more adventurous, a lightweight camping spot. Everything must be packed in.
Things to do and see nearby:
Swimming (Beaver Lake), 1/2 hour walk south on trail from lower site or north on trail around Elk Lake - 10 km
Nature walk and picnic north on trail from lower site
- Bear Hill Regional Park
- Mount Work Regional Park
- Island View Beach
- Lochside Trail - runs from Swartz Bay Ferry terminal to connect with the Galloping Goose Trail to downtown and also to Sooke
Saanich Historical Artifacts Museum (Heritage Acres)
Sidney Spit - access by ferry, summers only
Butchart Gardens, open all year, fireworks Saturdays in July and August
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
British Columbia Aviation Museum - near airport
Saanich Commonwealth Pool, wave pool
Ocean Sciences Institute, Pacific GeoScience Centre and Canadian Hydrographic Centre - studies climate, chemistry, ecology and physics of the ocean. Mid-day tours available, phone for appointment
How to book:
For SVI members and GGC members see the Camp Booking information and book online.
For other organizations - Girl Guides of Canada has priority bookings during September to June. See the Camp Booking or email SVI Area Camp Booking rep. to check availability.