popular with picnickers, and those looking for easy excursions.
A 5 minute walk through open fields leads to a pocket beach
where you can discover intertidal life, or watch River Otters
scurrying across the sand. Trails head inland to hilltop views,
or along the rugged Coast Trail.
on the Sooke Basin, is the starting point for hikers heading
to Babbington Hill, and Mount Maguire. On these hilltops,
Bald Eagles, and Red-tailed Hawks join you for sweeping views
of the Olympic Peninsula.
the most westerly access to the park, and to the Coast Trail.
An old logging road winds through forest to meadow and beach.
Here, at low tide, look for Periwinkles, Goose Neck Barnacles,
and Purple Sea Stars.
Here to visit EastSooke.com
Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC
awaits you at East Sooke Regional Park. Experience it as you hike
along the windswept rocky coast, over dry hilltops, through dark
rain forest to sheltered coves.
East Sooke is the largest CRD Park, encompassing
1422 hectares ( 3512 acres) of natural and protected coastal landscape.
In this Wilderness Recreation Park, youll experience solitude
and harmony with nature in a par untouched by urban progress.
Over 50 kilometers ( 31 miles) of trails
draw you into the timeless beauty of East
Sooke. Begin your exploration at one of the three entry points.
From mid September to late October, Turkey Vultures
and Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, American Kestrel,
Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Harrier, Osprey, and
Bald Eagle gather in East Sooke Park on the Southern tip of Vancouver
Island; a staging area for south bound migrants which stop over
here before crossing the 18+ miles of the open ocean of Juan de
Fuca Strait on their way to Olympic National Park, Washington. Peak
migration is at the end of September.
Directions: Follow the Beechy Head trail from
the Aylard Farm, East Sooke Park Entrance. Stay to the left for
about a 20 min walk on the trail until you see an unmarked path
on the right that leads forward and up to rock bluff lookout. Follow
this very short path, climb the rock - you are there.
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Victoria, B.C. V9B 2Z8
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