West Coast 3 - 4 Day Hike


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2017 - Please request to be informed when maps become available for an independent hike!
 
Daily Walking Distances: 12 – 15 km.  Ambitious hikers can add trail detours for a distance of 20 km each day.

Terrain: From beach walking to hilly trails. Includes level, paved trails, unpaved footpaths as well as short distances on country roads with little traffic.  Optional steeper hills and rugged paths. 

Detailed descriptions: Please look for Segment 4 - Metchosin to Sooke River Trail in this PDF document.

Itinerary


Day 1 - Metchosin: Beach and Farm Country

Sart your route at Hatley Castle National Historic Site, a picturesque Edwardian estates with beautiful gardens surrounded by 250-year-old trees. This is the location of Royal Roads University, set against a spectacular backdrop of the Juan de Fuca Strait and Olympic Peninsula Mountain range.

The tide decides your route from here as it follows the shoreline over sandy beaches, through rural neighbourhoods, past a waterfall and lagoon in a protected park to the charming and quirky farming community of Metchosin.  

Stay at the Lodge at Weir's Beach or Wit's End Retreat, both located in idyllic locations.  You will not want to leave again!

Day 2 – Past Bays and Lakes to Sooke Basin

Today, you can follow the easy route on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail - also ideal for cycling - or go off-the-beaten track here and there to experience the more remote areas.

We tell how to access the historic ‘Bardie Knockie Trail”, leading through open forest to a small observatory maintained by the Lester B. Pearson International College of the Pacific. Pause to absorb the view over endless forest and hills. If you like, stop at a marina offers fresh coffee and snacks on your way to Matheson Lake, which beckons swimmers on a hot day. Continue your walk on "the Goose" or venture deeper into the rugged landscape on trails only locals know.

Once arrived at the deep green waters of Roche Cove, you are near your destination, Sooke Basin.  Arrive at Arbutus Cove Guesthouse, located directly on the trail.
For dinner, consider a 1 km walk to the 17-Mile-Pub, the last of the roadhouses and a delightful mix between local pub and historic attraction with good pub food.

East Sooke Park - optional added day 

A morning shuttle takes you to this spectacular 1400-hectare coastal park. Hike over dramatic coastal bluffs and inland forests, optionally climb a 400-metre hill for unforgettable views.  Trails range from shorter hikes with lots of time for photo taking and some beach time to a very challenging 7-hour hike on the coastal trail. Our maps and directions will let you take the route that suits your interests. Stay a second night at your accommodation for day 2 or day 3.

Day 3 - Sooke River Park 

Venture inland to get a taste of the island's hills and mountain ranges beyond. Your hike takes you to the famous Sooke Potholes - rock formation that vary from dramatic waterfalls to peaceful swimming holes. Stop at a Salmon interpretive centre along the way.
This route is ideal for cyclists who can follow it to the location of a former gold-mining town-turned-ghost town.
At the end of your day, get picked up by Trek & Treats for a return shuttle to Victoria or your point of departure.  You can also stay longer, explore Sooke, or even travel on towards other West Coast destinations.


Request more information about this tour or register here.  
Read a more detailed description here. The Peninsula 3-Day hike covers Segments 1 - 3.

 
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