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“Excellent hiking with great views”

East Sooke Regional Park
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Sooke
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We stopped here expecting a small historical farm and were very pleased when we discovered a large area with numerous hiking trails. We didn't have too much time so we opted for a short hike to the beach. Once there we encountered two harbor seals and watched a sea otter catch and eat a fish. Our only suggestion would be to have maps with trail distances.

Thank TravelingTaylor
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

This most amazing park is well worth the drive! Watch the signs carefully. The hike can be difficult for some but most parts are great. Wear sensible shoes and something you don't mind getting a little muddy.

This is one of the most under-used parks on the South Island but yet one of the most beautiful! Take a picnic in (please bring your garbage out with you).


ENJOY!!!

Thank Jay B
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We asked at the Victoria Information Center for a good place to get out of town and see some natural beauty and do a little hiking. The clerk immediately suggested the short drive out to Sooke (about 40 min.) and gave several suggestions as to where to go for a variety of activities. We ended up at East Sooke Park because it had both beach and forest hikes. We ended up on a 1-hour hike that hugged the coast before turing inward through the beautifully dense forests back to our car. The coast was mostly rocky but had some nice sandy sections that were not terribly crowded. The hike was breathtaking for being so accessible (one of our fellow hikers wasn't much of one). We would have liked to explore more in the area if able - simply gorgeous.

Thank CaptDefeated
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Reviewed July 23, 2011

I have been to East Sooke Park many times. We often take the kids from work (ages 5-12) there for the day. We usually go to the Aylard Farms section. The kids love it because the beach is huge, sandy and has lots of logs that they can walk across and pile into forts. I love it because it is beautiful. There is a beautiful trail that connects the different sections of the park - it's not too difficult and it has some amazing vistas. A favourite memory of mine is looking out across the water and seeing a pod of approximately 30-35 killer whales frolicking about 100 metres off-shore! We had 50 kids with us, and every one of them stood watching the whales in silent awe - an incredible moment!

The only downsides to this park is that the outhouses absolutely stink and it is difficult to get to via public transit.

Outhouses aside, if you are visiting Victoria and have access to a vehicle, I highly recommend a visit to this amazing park. One of the best parts about it is that you will encounter very few other people there (unless you happen to be going on the same day that I do with the kids from work).

Thank somegalfromcan
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

We had a great outdoor and hiking day out in this park which was a nice change to the vibrant city life we had experienced some days in Vancouver downtown. You get to see lush forests and awesome coastal views and great hiking trails on top - BC nature at its best!

We came across East Sooke Park by coincidence in the internet and are surprised that not more visitors to Victoria make it down there. It's just some 45 minutes outside Victoria by car and very easy to reach. It's a great park and above all - it's FREE! Probably nobody promotes this as there is no commercial interest behind it...

In the park we did a round-trip starting at Aylard Farm along the Coast Trail to Beechey Head and then headed back inwards to our starting point. This took us some 4 hours including quite a few stops for taking pictures plus a 1 hour lunch break atop the Beechey Head. The views you get to see along the coast are just awesome. Don't let yourself put off by the description of the coastal trail in the internet - that's where you want to go. First, it's there where you get these great views, second, that's the interesting and more 'challenging' trail. Having said that, the trail is not too tough, you need hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers and if you go hiking from time to time and are in normal physical shape (like us) you'll be fine. The interior routes are less fun as quite plain and at times almost gravel paths which is not what you come out here for.

Quite good info on the park you'll find on the following website, including a very useful map to download, which was all we had to find our way around.

http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks/eastsooke/index.htm

1  Thank allarabbiata
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