By / 19th October, 2017 / Things to do in Victoria BC, Travel / Off

Your Guide to Retreat into Nature

Whether you’re looking for a rigorous hike, a serene place to take in the breathtaking beauty of the ocean, or to go exploring and find wildlife, Sooke has it all. From ocean beaches to freshwater pools, whatever your activity level, you won’t want to miss visiting Sooke, BC. And if bike riding is more your thing, be sure to check out the bike park!

1. East Sooke Regional Park

If you want to escape into nature for a hike, this is a beautiful place to visit with it’s rocky coast, dark rainforest, and sheltered coves. There are 50km of trails that weave through forest, marsh, and fields. Along the way, you’ll find pocket beaches, rocky bays, and tidal pools where you can find periwinkles, goose-neck barnacles, and purple sea stars.

Hilltops offer views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains as well as chance sightings of bald eagles, turkey vultures, and red-tailed hawks.

2. MacGregor Park and Marine Boardwalk

If you’re looking for something less intense, this oceanfront green space is located in downtown Sooke. You can follow beautifully landscaped walking trails through woodlands, walled gardens, and a boardwalk. In addition, there’s artwork from resident artists on display.

3. Ella Beach

This quiet, serene beach is located at the end of Ella Road. Surrounding the rocky beach are large Douglas Fir and Sitka Spruces. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of seals or sealions, ocean birds and eagles.

4. Matheson Lake Regional Park

If you’re interested in a walk, you can follow the 3.8km trail that loops around the lake and includes a picturesque wooden bridge. The lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout and, if you go on a warm fall day, the sandy beach provides a great place for a picnic.

5. Muir Creek Beach

The explorer in all of us will love this beach! Not only do you have a chance to catch the sight of a bald eagle, blue heron, seal, deer, and even the occasional bear or cougar, but low tide reveals the Neogene fossil area. The smooth ridged sandstone with swirls of colour and fossil area can be found an easy 2-hour walk from Muir Creek Park.

6. Roche Cove Park

This sheltered cove is made up of primordial temperate rainforest. With 7km of trails through cedar forest and along a creek, your efforts will be rewarded with hilltop views of Roche Cove and the Sooke Basin.

7. Seaparc Bike Skills Park

Seaparc is for all ages and skill levels of bike riders. It’s a great place to learn how to ride and jump with sections set up for beginners and other areas that include structure elements to challenge riders such as dirt jumps, ramps, elevated trails, and rideable objects.

8. Sooke Potholes

This is a beautiful area for a picnic, fishing, swimming in the summer, and canoeing. With it’s clear water and occasional waterfall, these freshwater pools are nestled within rock walls.

The area is surrounded by old-growth Douglas Fir and is a natural corridor for wildlife such as black bear and Roosevelt Elk.

9. Whiffin Spit Park

The natural breakwater is 1.2 kilometres out into the Sooke Harbour. This long band of land protects the Sooke Basin from breakers and is not only a great place to go beachcombing, but a peaceful place to view the ocean.

The Lodge at Weir’s Beach

The Lodge at Weir’s Beach is the perfect retreat. It’s located between Sooke and Victoria and offers the best of both worlds. Take in a day of sight-seeing, shopping, or a festival in Victoria, then spend the following day exploring the natural beauty Sooke has to offer. Listen to waterfalls or the crash of the ocean as you hike through forests, gardens, and fields.

This ocean-front property features a hot tub and private fireplaces. Imagine waking up to a beautiful sunrise as you drink your morning coffee on your private terrace. Each room is unique, so be sure to check out the available features.

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