Hit the Trails
Sooke has trails that are suitable for every person. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of wonderful paths that have been marched and molded by the fearless feet of early explorers. From long hiking trails to forests, open grass lands, great views of the strait, and beaches. Take your pick from any of the locations that are the ideal picturesque spot to snap a photo for social media or to keep a lasting memory.
Ed MacGregor Park is the perfect place to enjoy a walk along the wooden boardwalk, watch locals fish for crab and enjoy a beautiful sunset on the water. An added bonus is that the construction of this fresh boardwalk was so well designed that strollers, walkers and wheelchairs will have no problem rolling along this beautiful wooden boulevard.
Whiffin Spit Trail is an area that seems to be bursting with history; many have conquered this stretch of land and claimed it as their own. Now this is not owned by one but by all of us. We all have the freedom to march along the narrow strip of sand. Keep your eyes on the prize and try to spot a pod of resident orcas that have been known to make appearances from time to time.
East Sooke Park is perfect from the moment you step out of your car. There are volunteers who monitor the parking lot so you can have peace of mind while you are finding some peace and quiet along the trails. They know the area very well and can give you advice on which trails to take for any occasion, make sure to grab a map from them.
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park has many trails to choose from.
The Riverside Trail is easy; it may be short but is still quite scenic. This trail is well marked and will lead you to the old ruins of the failed 1980s hotel. You can choose to swim in the water but please proceed with caution as there have been some fatalities throughout the years.
It would be hard to describe each and every trail in the area because there are just too many to choose from. If you are looking for an incredible easy to moderate hike in the nearby area here is a list of some highly recommended, beautiful trails; Grass Lake Trail will lead to a remote lake out in the wilderness. Mount Manuel Quimp this is the last remaining forest watchtower in the region, this path will take you over 500 metres in elevation. Along Iron Mine Bay and Copper you will find yourself surrounded by the tall lush trees and ferns at the end you will reach a clearing that takes you to a beach with a little deserted island.
These trails and many others are just waiting to be explored. Just 35 minutes away from Victoria is the perfect oceanside getaway with a suite that is the perfect fit for you or a group. Come make Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina your home base for the long days of adventure ahead.