Update, 11am: Whiffin Spit and Sooke Bluffs Impacted by High Winds and Tides – PARKS OPEN

Thursday, January 11, 2024, 4:46 p.m. – Whiffin Spit parking lot is now open. Crews will remain working in the area for several days to improve trail accessibility.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024, 11;00 a.m. – Whiffin Spit and Sooke Bluffs Parks are back open; however, Whiffin Spit parking lot is closed. Whiffin Spit Trail is functioning as a nature trail with considerable debris on the path; please use caution if visiting the park. Crews will remain working in the areas for several days.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 12:05 p.m. – Sooke Bluffs is now closed. Crews will continue to monitor and determine when access can be safely re-opened.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 11:35 a.m.- For public safety, Whiffin Spit Park is being closed to the public. High winds and tides are washing considerable debris, including logs, ashore posing unsafe conditions.

Crews are continuing to monitor and will reopen once the weather calms and crews can restore the site appropriately.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 11:15 a.m. – Due to the recent onset of high winds and tides, we urge all visitors to exercise caution at Whiffin Spit and be aware of the potential risks associated with these natural phenomena.

Nature Trail Status:

Whiffin Spit will continue to function as a nature trail for the time being. Take necessary precautions, if visiting, and know that the trail is not fully accessible.


High Winds:

The current weather conditions are characterized by increasing winds, which can create hazardous situations, especially along the coastal areas. Please be mindful of your surroundings, and avoid standing close to the water’s edge.


High Tides:

The combination of high tides and strong winds may result in elevated water levels along the shoreline. Visitors are advised to avoid areas prone to flooding, including low-lying trails and coastal zones.


Safety Tips:
  • Stay Informed: Check weather updates before your visit and stay informed about any advisories or warnings.
  • Dress Appropriately: Wear appropriate clothing, including sturdy shoes, and consider bringing rain gear in case of inclement weather.
  • Stay on Designated Paths: Stick to marked trails and paths to minimize the risk of accidents and encounters with hazardous conditions. Do not cross flooded sections.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this period. Our primary concern is the safety of all visitors, and we encourage everyone to use caution and respect the power of nature.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 250.642.1634 or email parks@sooke.ca