The CRD has been developing a new regional park trail, Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail. It will become part of the The Great Trail (formerly known as The Trans Canada Trail) route. The trail is in the Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park Reserve.
The trail opens on June 23, 2017.
“The 13 kilometer trail will meander through the watershed lands from the Malahat to Humpback Reservoir and cross the Goldstream river via a 40 meter suspension bridge,” said Mike Hicks, Juan de Fuca’s Electoral Area Director.
Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail will provide part of the route for The Great Trail network and the Vancouver Island Spine Trail. It the north end it will connect with the Cowichan Valley Trail, which is being extended south of Shawnigan Lake. At the south end, it will connect to City of Langford trails and streets and link with the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, all of which are part of The Great Trail route.
While the plans currently begin in Langford and reach up to Cowichan, there are plans to further extend the trail to Sooke.
“In two years the CRD Parks will construct an east-west connector trail from the Great Trail to Sooke Pot Holes, Harbour View and the Galloping Goose,” said Hicks. “When completed, this will truly be one of the greatest wilderness trail routes ever.”
For now, the hiking and biking trail will be developed between the Humpback Reservoir in Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park Reserve and the CRD – Cowichan Valley Regional District boundary.
Once completed, the unpaved wilderness trail will be challenging with steep grades. It will be suitable for biking and hiking, and will offer a unique wilderness experience as it travels through remote areas and wildlife habitat.