Hiking in Sooke

July 13, 2020

Sooke has trails that are suitable for every person - from long hiking trails to forests, open grasslands, great views of the strait, and beaches. Take your pick from any of the locations that are the ideal picturesque spot to make a lasting memory.

Ed MacGregor Park: This is the perfect place to enjoy a walk through a beautiful park setting while heading down along the wooden boardwalk. Watch locals crabbing and enjoy a beautiful sunset on the water. This is a stroller, walker and wheelchair-friendly trail.

Whiffin Spit: Whiffin Spit Trail is a natural protrusion of sand and rock that has been reinforced to protect the inner harbour. The gravel path is pet-friendly and is relatively flat with many benches to rest on along the way.

Sooke Potholes Provincial Park: Sooke Potholes is a popular destination along the Sooke River that features unique rock formations that were formed from the last ice age, millions of years ago. This well-groomed trail is complete with stairs and fences making the path easily accessible and safe for young explorers.

Galloping Goose Trail: The Galloping Goose Trail used to be part of a Canadian National Railway line. Since then, it has been turned into a beautiful trail for everyone to enjoy. With mostly flat terrain you can cycle, stroll, run or even horse ride through the rural sections.

Roche Cove: Surrounded by the rainforest, this sheltered cove provides the perfect opportunity to find solitude and harmony with nature. The Trail offers 7-kilometres of ocean views and old-growth cedar trees.

Grass Lake Trail: This beautiful pet and mountain bike-friendly trail is located on a remote lake in Sooke. It is perfect for those wanting to get off the beaten track. You can find this trail from the Sooke Potholes parking lot or from the Sea to Sea Regional Park just south of Sooke Potholes Park.

Mount Manual Quimper: This trail follows an old logging road to one of the last remaining forest watchtowers in the region. As you ascend the mountain, the backdrop of large cedars and pink flowers will provide you with a beautiful backdrop. Once you reach the summit, you will be greeted with phenomenal panoramic views of the area.

East Sooke Regional Park: East Sooke Regional Park is one of the most spectacular parks in the region and attracts novice and experienced hikers to its 50 kilometres of trails through forest, marsh and field, with pocket beaches, rocky bays and tide pools for exploring.