Heading outdoors for a little wilderness exploration is a must for anyone visiting Vancouver Island. The island’s expansive shorelines and untouched old growth forests are magnetic.
EAST SOOKE PARK
East Sooke Park offers a taste of almost every natural wonder the island has to offer in one peaceful place. Head into the park and discover a multitude of small beaches, tide pools filled with life, untouched old growth trees, an array of wildlife, and all of it under the canopy of one of the island’s lesser-known temperate rainforests. With a multitude of trails as well as numerous entry and access points to its beaches, viewpoints, and even an old mine site.
An ideal starting point for day hikes, the cove is located on the Sooke Basin, a must-see sight in its own right. From Anderson Cove, most hikers head up to Mount Maguire, where they are rewarded with panoramic views of the Olympic Peninsula. Bird lovers will love the brilliant close-ups of the Bald Eagles and Red-Tailed Hawks that frequent the area.
IRON MINE BAY
For those who prefer the sea to sky, skip the hilltops and head out to Iron Mine Bay. The trail winds through rainforest and meadow and is relatively flat, with only one steep incline leading to the beachfront. The beach itself is home to an array of beach and ocean-dwelling creatures such as sea stars, barnacles, and more, so watch your step!
Please note, we aren’t encouraging travel at this time; however, we will continue to post blogs and content across our social media channels to provide a virtual travel experience. We look forward to welcoming all visitors to Sooke when the time is right.