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The Great Outdoors


By Anne Marie Moro

Finding ‘scenic’ is easy here on the West Shore. Whether you want to walk, hike, stroll, run, bike or swim, you certainly don’t have to go very far to find a spectacular change of scenery! Sooke is a case in point, offering casual, moderate and very challenging trails for outdoor adventurers and scenic explorers alike. If you are unfamiliar with Sooke, here is a selection of park and trail gems we love:

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1. Whiffen Spit

Take a nice easy 30-minute walk through Whiffen Spit Park with its sweeping views of Sooke Basin on one side and the open waters of the Juan de Fuca Strait on the other. There are wooden benches situated along the way so you have a chance to sit back and breathe in the natural beauty of the Vancouver Island south-west coastline. Well-maintained for public access.

2. Ed MacGregor Park

Ed MacGregor Park has waterfront woodland walking trails and luxurious walled gardens. It’s a landscaped gem! It provides public access to oceanfront green space located right in the heart of downtown Sooke. The park also features an events area, amphitheatre and displays artwork from resident artists. At the bottom of the park is the new Sooke Marine Boardwalk and access to the Rotary Pier and harbour with amazing views of Sooke Basin. A tranquil stroll at any time of day.

3. Sooke Pot Holes

For a more challenging, hilly hike, there is a part of the Galloping Goose that trails through Sooke Pot Holes Provincial Park finally ending at an old gold rush ghost town located just beyond the Sooke Potholes. Lots of diverse views in forests, fields, alongside ocean and rivers. Keep your eyes open for wildlife. Moderate level hike.

4. Roche Cove Regional Park

Roche Cove is a scenic outdoor recreation area located in East Sooke with many hiking trails that offer a variety of beautiful forest walks through the area. The Galloping Goose Trail passes right through Roche Cove Regional Park and the park is also located next to Matheson Lake. A very scenic, seasonal trail along Matheson Creek hosts small waterfalls and plenty of thick, green moss along the trail where sections hug the edge of the creek. Challenging hike.

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