Parks Paradise in Sooke
Sooke is home to some of the nicest parks that Vancouver Island has to offer.
A short walk through East Sooke Regional Park will lead you to a soft white sand beach encompassed by lush forest. There are trails which lead you to ancient petroglyphs! These truly are an incredible sight that we should all take a moment to appreciate at least once in our lives. Try to spot the seal that is carved into a seaside rock. Be careful on this journey though, there are signs to remind you that you are entering the true wilderness. Just try your best to keep all of your senses fully aware, and if you hear or see something, pay close attention because there have been lots of wildlife sightings in the area.
You do not need to fly to the south of France for a nice relaxing picnic on a sandy beach. Sooke’s French Beach Provincial Park is the perfect place to go for a hike, picnic or a day of adventure. This area is known to have many otters, so bring your cameras but please do not feed them. Although they look cute, they may just snag a little something from your bag if you leave it close to the shore unattended. The park is equipped with bathrooms and even hires volunteers to watch your cars.
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park is typically the main attraction for tourists or locals who want to see the beautiful caverns carved out by the years of erosion. This is a walk through time with bedrock that was carved over 15,000 years ago during our last ice age.
Explore the ruined hotel site or take a dip in the fresh pools or anywhere along the river, make sure it is not spawning season though because the river is definitely not ideal swimming, or smelling at that time.
Ed Macgregor Park is where you can strut along the beautiful boardwalk and enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunset with the nicest 180° view in town. It might be tricky to find at first but once you do I assure you it will be well worth it. Make sure if you are walking there that you ask people along the way, the locals are very friendly and will not steer you in the wrong direction.
You could also pay a visit to Matheson Lake Regional Park, or hike along my personal favourite: the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Quimper Park has the Whiffen Spit which is an easy stroll suitable for the whole family as well as our four legged friends.
If you’re planning a trip in the area, come stay at Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina. It is the perfect oceanside getaway. Just 35 minutes from Victoria and right on the water, book your stay today!