Today Colleen Long of the CRD Regional Parks Department released news of Sooke Wilderness Park to her mailing list of dozens of park volunteers. The southern portion of Sooke Hill Wilderness Regional Park is now open for public use. This portion of the park is accessed by a recently-completed parking lot on Sooke Road near Humpback Road.
“It has been a lot of work to get this portion of the park and new parking lot open for the public,” said Colleen Long. “I know people have been anxious to get into the park and explore all it has to offer. Such a beautiful day for the opening. Enjoy.”
Sooke Hills Wilderness Park is the Capital Regional District’s largest regional park at 4100 hectares, with its neighbour Sea to Sea Regional Park being the second largest at 4000 hectares. Both parks are in the traditional territory of the T’Sou-ke and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) First Nations. The park provides a buffer to the Greater Victoria Water Supply Area and includes the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail, which forms part of The Great Trail route (formerly the Trans Canada Trail), a network of multiuse trails across Canada.