Tucked between Metchosin farmlands, this small nature sanctuary offers a quiet refuge.
- Gentle walking trail through mixed woodland and along a winding creek
- Cobble beach for picnicking and exploration
- Bird watching at Sherwood Pond
- Spectacular views of Juan de Fuca Strait, Race Rocks and the Olympic Mountains
Trail Rating: Easy to Moderate
Size: 15.80 hectares
Location: William Head Road in Metchosin
Hours: sunrise to sunset
Things to Do
Follow the trails and Sherwood Creek through Douglas-fir and broadleaf maple forests to Sherwood Pond. This is a good bird watching spot, particularly for migrating waterfowl.
Picnic at the cobble beach — you might see river otters, harbour seals or even a pod of orcas. On a clear day you can see Victoria, with Mount Baker rising in the background.
If you're on horseback, enjoy the equestrian trail with its view over neighbouring meadows.
How to Get There
Follow the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the Colwood exit. Follow the Old Island Highway, which turns into Sooke Road. From Sooke Road, turn left on Metchosin Road, which turns into William Head Road at the Happy Valley Road junction. Follow William Head Road to the park entrance on the left. Allow approximately 40 minutes driving time from Victoria.
Take BC Transit bus #50 from Victoria to the Langford Exchange. Transfer to #54 or #55 to William Head Road at Lombard Drive. The bus stop is at the park entrance. Contact BC Transit for schedule information.