East Sooke Park Vancouver Island British Columbia

 

Ayland Farm is 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.

Anderson Cove, 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.

Pike Road is 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.

East Sooke Park Vancouver Island British Columbia

 

 

 

 

 

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East Sooke Park, BC
Birding & Hiking

Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC

West Coast wilderness 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, you’ll 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.

 

 

Hawk Migration
East Sooke Park

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.

This information is courtesy of:

Capital Regional District Parks
490 Atkins Avenue
Victoria, B.C. V9B 2Z8
Phone (250) 478-3344 Fax (250)478-5416

 

 
 

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East Sooke Park Vancouver Island British Columbia